(This is a provisional programme, more speakers are to be announced and the programme will be updated from time to time.)
In most competition law jurisdictions, the courts hold a central role in competition enforcement and ultimately shape the scope of competition law itself. In this regard, this panel will seek judicial perspectives from a range of legal traditions on novel issues which arise in adjudicating competition cases. Examples include, amongst others, the considerations in taking evidence in increasingly complex competition cases (for instance, ‘hot-tubbing’ economic expert witnesses), the role of specialist courts or specific judicial mechanisms in adjudicating competition cases and whether there is the need for the harmonisation of competition jurisprudence in light of conduct with an international dimension.
Judge Denise COTE, The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Mr Norman MANOIM, Chairperson, Competition Tribunal of South Africa
Mr Justice Peter ROTH, President, The United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal
Judge Christopher VAJDA, The Court of Justice of the European Union
Judge Li ZHU, IP Division of Supreme People’s Court, People’ Republic of China
This panel shall explore the effects and impact of regulatory frameworks on competitiveness and business at large. Looking at experiences of business leaders across different sectors and jurisdictions in the APAC region, the panel members will discuss how competition can benefit businesses and consumers, and explore what governments and policymakers can do to foster competition effectively, drawing from experiences and examples from around the world.
Mr Tony FERNANDES, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia
Mr Gary LIU, Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post
Mr Howard SHELANSKI, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Representative from the Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
Competition and innovation are often considered as major forces in fostering economic growth. This panel will explore how competition policy and enforcement can contribute to creating the ideal environment for market participants to innovate. How can industry regulators, competition authorities, and the government formulate optimal policies to stimulate innovation so as to boost economic growth?
Mr Roald KOCH, Director of International Business Development, Brandenburg Economic Development Board (WFBB)
Mr Jamie SPENCE, Founder and Managing Director, Asian Link Limited
Mr Han Li TOH, Chief Executive and Commissioner, Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore
Mr Ricky WONG Wai-kay, Chairman, Hong Kong Television Network Limited
December 2018 will commemorate the third anniversary of Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance coming into full effect. It serves as a good opportunity for Hong Kong (also once suggested by the government) to give a fuller review on the Ordinance’s framework and how it has been put into practice. This panel will look at Hong Kong’s young but fast-evolving competition law regime from business, legal, economic and socio-political angles – how this has and will continue to impact the world’s freest economy going forward.
Mr Jack LANGE, Chairman, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Ms Winnie TAM Wan-chi, Chairman, Hong Kong Communications Authority
Prof Richard WHISH, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London
Ms Natalie YEUNG, Partner, Slaughter and May
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML), which has become an essential part of China’s legislative framework, as well as an integral part of the international competition community. The past decade has seen evolution of the law and milestone achievements made by the Chinese competition authorities. Going forward, the recent consolidation of China’s AML enforcement power will inevitably cast a significant impact not only in the competition arena, but also the global economic landscape. Representatives of the Chinese agency will discuss and share their reflections on enforcement, latest development of the law as well as the challenges ahead, which will provide important references for the global practice of competition law.
Prof William KOVACIC, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, George Washington University
In the first years of competition enforcement, young competition agencies often face a range of challenges, including resource constraints, the lack of local expertise in competition law enforcement and legal precedents. It is very important for these agencies to learn from more experienced peers from other jurisdictions and to quickly build up their own organisational capacity. Apart from overseas counterparts, partnering with non-governmental advisers also enables young agencies to fulfil their missions more effectively and efficiently. In this session, panellists will share their perspectives and best practices in implementing competition law and policy and promoting competition culture through international cooperation and local collaboration.
Mr Matthew BOSWELL, Interim Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau of Canada
Ms Isolde GOGGIN, Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland
Mr Martyn HUCKERBY, Asia Pacific Head of Competition Law, Tiang & Co
Ms Vadiyya KHALIL, Chairperson, Competition Commission of Pakistan
Dr Kurnia TOHA, Chairman, Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) of Indonesia