Day 1: Roundtable to discuss upfront buyers in divestiture remedies; reviews of online merger cases

Day 1: Roundtable to discuss upfront buyers in divestiture remedies; reviews of online merger cases
Date 24 October 2016
Venue: Hilton Haikou Meilan
Agenda


08:45-09:00

Registration

09:00-09:20

Opening Remarks
Mr HAN Chunlin, Deputy Director General, Anti-Monopoly Bureau, MOFCOM
Mr Torben TOFT, Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Moderator: Ms Hilary JENNINGS, Special Adviser on Competition Policy, EU-China Competition Co-operation

09:15-12:30

(tea break decided by moderator depending on progress of the discussion)

Session I – Remedies: The Use of Upfront Buyers in Divestiture Remedies
Overview:

  • Overview of the use of upfront buyers
  • Pros and cons of the use of upfront buyers to manage risk of long-term viability of divestment package
  • Practical issues
  • Growing trend?

Presentations by

Discussion and commentary by

  • Mr Jean-Christophe MAUGER, Case Handler, Mergers, Unit E4, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels [20 minutes commentary, including translation time]

Q&A Session with all speakers and experts

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 17:00

(tea break decided by moderator depending on progress of the discussion)

Session II - Mergers in Online Platforms
Overview

  • Particular features and challenges of the online/ internet sector
  • Application of merger review tools to cases in the sector:
  • 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)
  • Impact of privacy issues, big data

Presentation by

Roundtable discussion and Q&A session with all speakers and experts

[Consecutive interpretation from English-Chinese and Chinese-English provided]
Please note that speaking times must include time for interpretation.