NDRC/SAIC: Workshop on Investigative Techniques

Friday, 25 November 2011
Tangla Hotel
19 Fuxingmenwai Street, Chang’an Avenue West Xicheng District, 100045 Beijing

Moderator: Dr Stanley Wong, StanleyWongGlobal – SW Law Corporation; Special Advisor on competition policy, EU-China Trade Project II

Ms Caroline Frydenberg, Head of Section, Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen (Danish Competition and Consumer Authority), Copenhagen

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

Mr Frank Schoneveld, McDermott Will & Emery, Brussels and Shanghai

  • design of overall investigation plan                                                                               
  • purpose of obtaining information from third parties (non-parties) such as competitors, customers and end-users                                                             
  • value of evidence of third-parties                                                                                    
  • factors in deciding whether to use oral interviews or written questionnaires  
  • art of formulating questions:  direct vs indirect techniques in asking questions               
  • interpreting answers
  • use of independent experts, consultants or organisations to assist case investigations
  • techniques for securing cooperation of parties whose conduct is under investigation
09:00-09:10: Introduction: Importance of a Case Investigation Plan by Dr Stanley Wong
09:10-09:40: Planning a case investigation I:  Manager perspective by Ms Anne Vadasz-Nilsson
09:40-10:20: Planning a case investigation I: Case handler perspective by Ms Caroline Frydenberg
10:20-10:40: Tea break
10:40-11:10: Preparing a client for an investigation by Mr Frank Schoneveld
11:10-11:30: Q & A Session
11:30-13:30: Lunch
13:30-13:40: Introduction: Objectives of oral interviews and written questionnaires by Dr Stanley Wong
13:40-14:10: Conduct of oral interviews and design of written questionnaires I: EU experience by Ms Caroline Frydenberg
14:10-14:40: Conduct of oral interviews and design of written questionnaires II: EU experience by Ms Anne Vadasz-Nilsson
14:40-15:00: Tea break
15:00-15:30: Preparing for and attending oral interviews and responding to written questionnaires: Parties under investigation and third parties by Mr Frank Schoneveld
15:30-16:00 Roundtable Discussion
  *consecutive English-Chinese interpretation is provided*