MOFCOM: Roundtable on Mergers in the ICT sector

Tuesday, 13 March 2012
MOFCOM

Moderator: Dr Stanley Wong, StanleyWongGlobal; Special Advisor on competition policy, EU-China Trade Project (II)
Topics:                   

  1. Merger Review in the ICT sector                                                                      
  2. Case study I Hardware : Merger review of Western Digital/Hitachi and Seagate/Samsung hard disk mergers
    1. comparison of reviews undertaken by European Union and China with respect to
      1. *investigative techniques including information gathering
      2. *analysing the competitive effects including use of economic and quantitative techniques
      3. *remedies/conditions for clearance, if any (including implementation and monitoring issues)
  3. Case study II Software: Merger review of Intel / McAfee merger
    • comparison of reviews undertaken by European Union and China with respect to
      • *investigative techniques including information gathering
      • *analysing the competitive effects including use of economic and quantitative techniques
      • *remedies/conditions for clearance, if any (including implementation and monitoring issues)
  4. Brief discussion of case study III: Merger review of Panasonic / Sanyo merger

MORNING SESSION

09:00-09:10: Open Remark: representative from Anti-Monopoly Bureau of Ministry of MOFCOM
09:10-09:20: Introduction: The specific case of mergers in the ICT sector by Dr Stanley Wong
09:20-10:00: The EU experience of mergers in the ICT sector (hardware) – A brief history with lessons learned (20 minute presentation with time for consecutive interpretation).
10:00-10:40: EU review of Western Digital/Hitachi and Seagate/Samsung hard disk mergers (20 minute presentation with time for consecutive interpretation).
10:40-11:20: China review of Seagate/Samsung hard disk mergers (20 minute presentation with time for consecutive interpretation).
11:20-12:00: Roundtable comparative discussion (20 minutes with time for interpretation)
12:00: Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION

14:00 – 14:40: The EU experience of mergers in the ICT sector (software) – A brief history with lessons learned focusing on the specificities of this sub-sector (20 minute presentation with time for consecutive interpretation).
14:40-15:20: China review of Panasonic / Sanyo merger
(20 minute presentation with time for consecutive interpretation)
15:20-16:00: EU review of Intel / McAfee merger
(20 minute presentation with time for consecutive interpretation)
16:00-16:40: Roundtable comparative discussion (20 minutes with time for interpretation)
*Consecutive interpretation English – Chinese is provided*
18:00 Evening networking session – South Beauty Restaurant, Oriental Plaza