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.

Day 2: Roundtable to discuss pre-notification consultations; inter-departmental consultations on mergers; procedural rules and case handling

Day 2: Roundtable to discuss pre-notification consultations; inter-departmental
consultations on mergers; procedural rules and case handling

Date 25 October 2016
Venue: Hilton Haikou Meilan
Agenda

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

09:00-11:30

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

Session III: Pre-Notification Consultations
Overview:

  • Process of pre-notification consultations
  • Benefits and challenges
  • Streamlining and making pre-notification more time-efficient
  • Connected transactions

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

11:30- 13:00

Lunch

13:30-14:40

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

Session IV– The Merger Review Process, Competition Policy and Interactions with Other Government Departments
Overview

  • Procedure for inter-departmental consultations with other Directorates/ Ministries
  • Interactions / consultations between national competition agencies and their sector regulators
  • Procedure for consultations between DG Competition and Member States

Presentations by

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

14:40 – 14:50 Break
**CLOSED DOOR SESSIONS**
With no interpretation

14:50 – 15:45

Session V: Procedural Rules and Case Handling
Overview

  • Co-ordination processes
  • Applicable procedural frameworks

Presentations by

Roundtable discussion and Q&A session with all speakers and experts
15:45 – 16:00

Closing remarks
Mr HAN Chunlin, Deputy Director General, Anti-Monopoly Bureau, MOFCOM

Mr Torben TOFT, Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels

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

Day 3: Roundtable to discuss undertaking competition assessments of laws and regulations

Day 3: Roundtable to discuss undertaking competition assessments of laws and regulations

Date 26 October 2016
Venue: Hilton Haikou Meilan
Agenda

08:45-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:15

Opening remarks
Mr. ZHANG Handong, Director General, Bureau of Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly, NDRC

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

09:15-12:15

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

Session I –Undertaking Competition Assessments of Laws and Regulations
Overview:

  • Impact of regulations on competition
  • Identifying targets for competition assessment: ex ante and ex post
  • Framework for assessing competition impact of regulations
  • Examples

Presentations by

Q&A Session with all speakers and experts
12:15-13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:45

Registration

13:45– 14:00

Opening remarks
Mr. LU Wanli, Deputy Director General, Anti-Monopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau, SAIC
Mr. WANG Qing, Deputy Director General, Hainan Administration Bureau for Industry and Commerce

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

14:00 – 17:00

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

Session II - Application of Competition Law to the Automotive Sector
Overview:

  • Distribution issues and effect of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption
  • Horizontal practices
  • Access to technical information
  • Regional /local competition issues with distribution in automotive sector
  • Cases and examples

Presentations by

Discussion and commentary by

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 consecutive interpretation.

Day 4: Roundtable to discuss two-sided markets

Day 4: Roundtable to discuss two-sided markets

Date 27 October 2016
Venue: Hilton Haikou Meilan
Agenda

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

09:00 – 11:45

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

Session III - Two-Sided Markets, with particular reference to internet / digital platforms
Overview:

  • Market definition in two-sided markets
  • Specificities of two-sided markets in the online / internet sector
  • Assessment of market power in two-sided markets – cases and examples

Presentations by

  • Mr Renato Ferrandi, Senior Competition Official, AGCM (Italian Competition Authority) [60 minute presentation, including translation time]
  • Mr. LUO Yi, Official, Investigation Division I, Bureau of Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly, NDRC [20 minute presentation, including translation time]
  • Mr. SHI Nan, Official, Enforcement Division II, Anti-Monopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau, SAIC [20 minute presentation, including translation time]

Discussion and commentary by

Q&A Session with all speakers and experts

11:45 – 12:00

Closing remarks
Mr. Wang Huowang, Director of Competition Policy and International Cooperation Division, Bureau of Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly NDRC

Mr Torben TOFT, Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels

12:00 – 13:15

Lunch
13:15 – 13:30 Registration
Moderator: Ms Hilary JENNINGS, Special Adviser on Competition Policy, EU-China Competition Co-operation

13:30 – 16:45

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

Session IV – Horizontal Co-operation Agreements / Syndicates – cartels in disguise?
Overview:

  • Types of horizontal agreements
  • Economic effects
  • Legal questions raised
  • Case analysis and examples

Presentation by

Discussion and commentary by

Q&A Session with all speakers and experts

16:45 – 17:00

Closing remarks
Mr. ZHAO Guobin, Director of Enforcement Division I, Anti-Monopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau, SAIC

Mr Torben TOFT, Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels

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