Competition Law and Policy & the Business Community

Monday, 28th November 2011
Novotel Peace Hotel - 3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, 100006 BEIJING
*Co-organised by China Mergers and Acquisitions Association*

Moderator: Dr Stanley Wong, StanleyWongGlobal – SW Law Corporation, Special Advisor on competition policy, EUCTP

Dr Zhu Zhongliang, Division Director of Anti-Monopoly Bureau, MOFCOM

Mr Miek Van Der Wee, Head, International Relations Unit (A-5), DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Mr Torben Toft, Principal Administrator, International Relations Unit (A-5), DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Mr Fei Guoping, CEO of China Mergers and Acquisitions Association

Professor Wang Xiaoye, Professor and Director of Economic Law Department, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing

Professor Huang Yong, Professor and Director of the Competition Law Center, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing

Mr Paolo Palmigiano, Head, Competition Law, Group Legal, Lloyds Banking, London; Chair, In House Competition Lawyers’ Association

Mr Carlos Pascual Pons, Chief Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Consulate-General of Spain, Shanghai (formerly Director General, Spanish Competition Authority)

Ms Anne Vadasz-Nilsson, Deputy Director General, Operations, Konkurrensvereket (Swedish Competition Authority), Stockholm

Questions for consideration
  • What is competition law and competition policy? Why do most countries have it?
  • What does enforcement of competition law mean? What do competition authorities do to enforce the law? How do competition authorities monitor compliance?  What is the relevant experience in the EU and in China?
  • Why it is in the interest of business to understand competition law and its enforcement?
  • What are the consequences of non-compliance? What sanctions? Public enforcement.  Private actions (enforcement). What is relevant experience in EU and in China?
  • How to comply with competition law? What do companies do?
  • What do competition authorities need to do to educate the business community about competition law? Relevance of EU experience for China?
09:00-09:05: Introduction: Dr Stanley Wong
09:05-09:15: Opening Speech: Dr Zhu Zhongliang
09:15-09:45: Importance of Competition Law and Policy to the Chinese Economy by Professor Wang Xiaoye
09:45-10:15: Importance of Competition Law and Policy to the EU Economy by Mr Miek van Der Wee
10:15:10:45: Monitoring compliance with competitions laws: The experience of EU competition authorities by Mr Carlos Pascual Pons
10:45-11:05: Tea Break
11:05-11:35: M&A: the institutional arrangement and practice of Anti-Monopoly control by Dr Zhu Zhongliang
11:35-12:05: Promoting compliance and raising awareness by Ms Anne Vadasz-Nilsson
12:05-12:30: Q&A session
12:30-14:00: Lunch
14:00-14:30: Recommendations on the Anti-Monopoly Law and its enforcement and coordination from industry perspective by Mr Fei Guoping, CEO of China Mergers and Acquisitions Association
14:30-15:00: Legal Liability of Non-compliance with Anti-Monopoly Law by Professor Huang Yong
15:00-15:20: Tea Break
15:20-15:50: How to comply with competition law –developing effective competition law compliance programmes by Mr Paolo Palmigiano
15:50-16:20: Consequences of non-compliance: The EU experience by Mr Torben Toft
16:20-17:00: Q&A session
  *consecutive English-Chinese interpretation is provided*