Filed under: Teleseminars
The ICN UCWG’s report on the analysis of loyalty discounts and rebates (2009) identifies a range of views as to the appropriate legal framework for analysing this type of unilateral conduct. While some agencies consider loyalty rebates and discounts as equivalent to offering a price discount on a single product and apply a standard predatory pricing analysis, others favour incorporating a price-cost test into a general assessment of anticompetitive foreclosure, arguing that in some cases loyalty rebates can have foreclosure effects without necessarily entailing a sacrifice for the dominant undertaking.
This teleseminar will give the panellists and the audience a platform to debate the merits of different legal frameworks for analysing loyalty rebates and discounts.
To join the call, dial +1-613 960 7515. The access code is 368 721 1. To view the slide deck in real time during the call, first dial in to the program and then click here.
Filed under: Steering Group, Teleseminars
Earlier this year, Mr. Andreas Mundt was elected to be the new ICN Chair. He will be joined by the ICN Vice Chairs Mr. Bruno Lasserre and Mr. Vinicius Marques de Carvalho, responsible for member and NGA engagement, and outreach and implementation, respectively. Join them as they:
1. Give an overview of their “Roadmap for 2013-2015”;
2. Invite you to share your views on the ICN ; and
3. Welcome you to get more engaged in the ICN’s work.
Please plan on joining the Steering Group Chairs for this Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2pm CET / 8am EST. Dial-in Number: +1-613-960-7513 and the conference code: 8766321 followed by the # key.
In order to facilitate a lively discussion, please send your questions/suggestions to the ICN Secretariat on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Filed under: Teleseminars
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the use of economics in merger analysis and the related MWG work-product: the updated Chapter 4 of the ICN Investigative Techniques Handbook for Merger Review! During the Teleseminar, you will be guided, by means of practical case studies from jurisdictions like Canada, Brazil and USA, on tools and evidence used by agencies in assessing the degree of rivalry between merging parties, together with suggested practices for case teams in performing analysis based on natural experiments. Also, the different levels of evidence in merger analysis will be presented based on their different costs and benefits.
Filed under: Uncategorized
The Competition Law Center (CLC) at The George Washington University Law School in Washington recently posted an online Worldwide Competition Database. The database contains a unique compilation of data on existing competition systems, including relevant competition laws and institutional profiles of each competition system. William Kovacic, a former Vice Chair of the ICN, is Director of the CLC.
Filed under: ICN Resources
ICN Curriculum Project: A new module on issues particular to developing countries has been released by the ICN Curriculum Project. Produced in large part by Non-Government Advisors Eleanor Fox and Bert Foer, and with significant contributions from the Mexican and South African competition agencies, to view the module, click here. We welcome your feedback here.
Filed under: ICN member news
In September, US Federal Trade Commission staff and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice released a joint model waiver of confidentiality for use in civil matters involving non-U.S. competition authorities. The model waiver can be used by individuals and companies in merger and civil enforcement matters involving concurrent review by US and non-US competition authorities. The model waiver is designed to streamline the waiver process to significantly reduce the burden on individuals and companies, as well as to reduce the agencies’ time and resources involved in negotiating waivers.
To promote greater transparency and better understanding of the FTC’s and DOJ’s and policies and practices related to waivers, the FTC staff and DOJ also released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to accompany the model waiver. The FAQ provides introductory information on waivers and on the confidentiality rules applicable to the information provided under the model waiver. It also describes the process for providing a waiver to either agency and explains specific provisions of the model waiver. By issuing the model waiver and accompanying FAQ jointly, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice hope to facilitate parties’ use of waivers generally and, in particular, the model waiver.
More information about waivers can be found in the ICN’s Merger Working Group’s report on Waivers of Confidentiality in Merger Investigations. The accompanying paper discusses the rationale for, content of, and use of waivers. It includes a copy of the ICN’s model waiver. The use of waivers has also been discussed as part of the Merger Working Group’s call series on international cooperation. The next call in that series will be held on January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Uncategorized
As part of its Action Plan on Transparency, the Competition Bureau of Canada recently published a draft bulletin on Communication during Inquiries. The draft Bulletin, now in a consultation period, summarizes how and when the Bureau generally communicates during an inquiry with parties under inquiry, other stakeholders and the public, in an effort to promote transparency regarding the Bureau’s work.
Filed under: Uncategorized
The World Bank Group Competition Policy Team has launched the 2013 Competition Advocacy Contest to disseminate success stories on how to build a culture of competition. The contest will search for the best advocacy stories on competition reforms conducted by any Competition Agency from developing and emerging markets. We see this as an excellent way to collect success stories and disseminate the relevant role of promoting competition in specific markets and sectors.
Click here to submit your proposal.
The four top applicants will be invited to present their stories at the headquarters of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. The stories will be featured in a World Bank Group publication. Please, send your submissions before November 15, 2013. The Investment Climate Department of the World Bank Group will announce the winning stories in January 2014 on its website.
Filed under: Conferences
Dates: 25th – 26th November 2013, Berlin
Organiser: The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law
Location: Mercure Hotel Berlin City
With Experts from:
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD), Procurement
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Procurement
- Swedish Competition Authority, Department for Enforcement of Public Procurement Laws
- Irish Competition Authority, Cartels Division
- Polish Ministry of Economy, Economic Regulation Improvement Department
- West Sussex County Council, Procurement & Contract Services Division
The seminar programme and the registration form are available here.
Filed under: Implementation, Teleseminars
Want to know more about the MWG? Don’t miss the Welcoming Call on Nov 7, 2013.
The Merger Working Group (MWG) invites you to the teleseminar on Nov 7, 2013. The Competition Commission of India, together with the other co-chair of the MWG, will welcome you and guide you through the main MWG activities and projects. You will discover key work products which are relevant for your everyday work in merger cases. You will learn where you can find all the tools and techniques used for developing reliable evidence in merger cases, recommendations for efficient and effective merger notification procedures, substantive standards for reviewing mergers and the criteria for applying those standards, tools for crafting remedies.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how the MWG can make an impact in your daily work and hear the experiences of new and old members of the group!!!
Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Time: 2pm Rome/Brussels time – 6.30pm New Delhi time (for max 1hour)
Dial-in Numbers: + 1 613 960 7515. Conference ID: 3687211