Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur, India - a premium institute of management education set up by the Government of India - is pleased to announce it Third International Conference on Competition Regulation and Competitiveness on February 5, 2016 at Hotel Lalit, Barakhambha Road, New Delhi, India. The conference is being organized by the IIM Kashipur,India in partnership with the leading Law Firm AZB Partners and the futuristic think-cum-action tank Shaping Tomorrow.
IIM Kashipur organized its First Annual Conference in this field on November 20, 2013. Heads of competition agencies of UK, Australia, Italy and Canada as also senior officials from OECD/UNTCAD, Prof. Eleanor Fox, Dr. Frederic Jenny and representatives of the Indian industry and corporate law firms had participated in the Conference. The equally successful Second Conference was organized on December 3, 2014 in which 15 participants from competition agencies from other jurisdictions had also participated, apart from distinguished foreign speakers as in the previous year.
The Third Conference has once again attracted some of the top-most global experts in the field of competition regulation, like William Kovacic & Frederic Jenny, apart from representatives of OECD, FTC & some foreign law firm, as also competition agencies from other jurisdictions, like Sweden, Turkey and Egypt. Eminent Indian law firms and corporates would also be active participants and delegates for the Conference.
The objective of the conference is to build and provide a global networking and interaction platform to understand and examine recent developments and prospects of competition regulation in India, to create a knowledge base to assist the decision-makers in different domains like government, regulators and corporates, and identify actionable agenda for companies, market participants and policy makers.
- Overview of Competition Regulation in India
- This Session would provide an overview of competition regulation and its impact on markets, firms & consumers in India, through the "Report on the State of Competition Regulation & Competitiveness in India", prepared specially for the Conference, to be released by Chief Guest & Chairman CCI. The likely impact of Competition Regulation, its reach to the people of the country and development of competition culture would be deliberated upon, as also its impact on the various dimensions of competitiveness. Lessons from experience from other jurisdictions would also be discussed.
- Analyzing & Regulating High-Tech Markets & Markets of Tomorrow: Need for New Tools?
- Competition enforcement in the High Tech markets has been a great challenge all over the world. CCI has also received cases from the High Tech/E-Commerce sector like, Google, Ericsson & Flipkart. The key features of these sectors, as also of the markets of tomorrow, which will have very different platforms, processes, participants and people, will be discussed along with the implications for competition agencies and the need to develop new tools for effective regulation. The impact of technology on markets and corporate structures/strategies world-wide would provide the underpinnings for this discussion.
- Jurisprudence Development (Anti-Competitive Agreements): Issues & Implications
- This Session would discuss various issues encountered during the enforcement of anti-competitive agreements both horizontal and vertical. Key issues which have come up for consideration before the Commission will be deliberated on, like the scope of investigations by Director General – CCI, procedural requirements (principles of natural justice), parameters of imposing penalty, per se and rule of reason approaches, price parallelism and plus factors, bid rigging cases and issues of corruption versus anti-competitive agreement between bidders, etc. Different perspectives on AOD/Uni-lateral conduct in different jurisdictions, and impact of CCI/COMPAT orders on markets, firms and competitiveness would also be discussed.
- Jurisprudence Development (Abuse of Dominance): Issues & Implications
- Over its six years of enforcement, Competition Laws of India has seen severe penalties imposed for violation of Abuse of Dominant position provisions under the Competition Act. It has raised several issues beginning from the definition of relevant market, requirement and emphasis on market shares for determining dominance, lock-in of customers and abuse, predatory pricing cases, determination of cost factor, dominance of trade associations, dominance of public sector units in some markets and competitive neutrality are some of the issues which require attention from the researchers, academia and professional. Impact of CCI/COMPAT orders on markets, firms and competitiveness would also be discussed.
- Institutional Development : Context, Issues, Way Forward
- Developments in the Indian Market, including the regulation of competition in India, are taken note of by many stakeholders world-wide. Institutional issues, particularly those relating to CCI and COMPAT, have assumed importance in this context. Credibility, accountability and effectiveness of these institutions, and the direction they give to jurisprudence development, in line with the letter and spirit of the law, would determine the impact on competitiveness & economic growth, and success of competition regulation in India. Larger institutional architecture, judicial oversight, and other relevant issues would be discussed in this session, as also the global experience in this context.
- Ajay Bahl, Partner, AZB & Partners
- Anupam Sanghi, Indian Regulatory Practices Group LLP
- Anurag Goel, Founder "Shaping Tomorrow" &Former Member CCI
- Ashish Chandra, Corporate Counsel, Snap Deal India
- D.K. Sikri, Chairperson, CCI*
- Frederic Jenny, Chairman, OECD Competition Law and Policy Committee
- Gautam Sinha, Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur
- Dr. Geeta Gouri, Former Member, CCI
- John Davies, Head of Competition Division, OECD
- M.S. Sahoo, Member, CCI
- Mahesh Uppal , Owner, ComFirst (India) Pvt. Limited and Telecommunications Consultant
- Marc Reysen, co-founder, Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy (RCAA)
- Naval Satarawala Chopra, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
- Nicholas Franczyk, Federal Trade Commission, U.S.A
- Osen Bergqvist, Deputy Head of Abuse and Vertical Restraints Unit, Swedish Competition Authority
- P K Sinha, Cabinet Secretary
- Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International
- Rajat Kathuria, Director ICRIER
- Rajeev Kher, Member, COMPAT
- Ramji Srinivasan, Senior. Advocate, Supreme Court of India
- Ruchit Patel, Partner, Ropes & Gray, UK
- Samir Gandhi, AZB & Partners
- Dr. Seema Gaur, Economic Adviser, Office of EA, DIPP
- William Kovacic, George Mason University, Washington, D.C.