Third International Conference on Competition Regulation & Competitiveness

The importance of competition regulation is now globally recognized. In India also, a modern competition law is being implemented since May 2009. Many issues are emerging in practically every area of competition regulation. The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, with certain markets growing exponentially, certain products acquiring huge value, defying understanding within the traditional market and regulatory frameworks, also making application of traditional competition regulation tools very difficult.

Realizing the importance of competition law, Shaping Tomorrow organized an International Conference on Competition Regulation & Competitiveness on 5th February, 2015 in partnership with IIM, Kashipur and the leading Indian law firm AZB & Partners. The conference discussed the way forward for supporting a robust competition regulation framework in India. Shaping Tomorrow also organized an International Roundtable on its own on 6th February, 2016, on various dimensions of competition law.

Partners

The Conference was a 2-days afffair from 5th February 2016 to 6th February 2016. The first day consisted of presentations and discussions. And the second day was a round table. The complete agenda of the 2-days Conference is as follows:

5 February, 2016 [VENUE: The Lalit New Delhi]

Registration

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Session-I - Inaugural Session - Overview of Competition Regulation in India

09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome Address

Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur, India

Theme Address

Anurag Goel, Founder "Shaping Tomorrow" & Former Member CCI

Report Presentation/ Address

Ajay Bahl, Partner, AZB & Partners

Keynote Address

Frederic Jenny, Chairman, OECD Competition Law & Policy Committee

Chair Address

Devender Kumar Sikri, Chairperson, CCI

Inaugural Address by Chief Guest

P.K. Sinha, IAS, Cabinet Secretary

Vote of Thanks

AZB & Partners

Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Session-II - Theme - Analyzing & Regulating High-Tech Markets & Markets of Tomorrow: Ned for New Tools?

11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

Chair

Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM, Kashipur

Keynote Address

John Davies, Head of Competition Division, OECD

Panelists

Ashish Chandra, General Counsel, Snap Deal India

Mahesh Uppal, Owner, ConFirst (India) Pvt Ltd & Telecommunications Consultant

Moderator

Anupam Sanghi, Anupam Sanghi & Associates

Questions and Answers

Session-III - Theme - Jurisprudence Development (Anti-Competitive Agreements): Issues & Implications

11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

Chair

Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International

Keynote Address

Marc Raysen, co-founder, Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy (RCCA)

Panelists

Devdas Baliga, Genral Counsel Vice President - Legal, Coca Cola India & South West Asia

Trine Osen Bergqvist, Deputy Head of Abuse and Vertical Restraints Unit, Swedish Competition Authority

Moderator

Dr. Seema Gaur, Economic Adviser, Office of EA, DIPP

Questions and Answers

Lunch Break

01:40 PM - 02:30 PM

Session-IV - Theme - Jurisprudence Development (Abuse of Dominance): Issues & Implications

02:30 PM - 03:40 PM

Chair

Dr. Geeta Gouri, Former Member, CCI

Keynote Address

Ramji Srinivasan, Senior. Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Panelists

Nicholas Franczyk, Federal Trade Commission, U.S.A

Ruchit Patel, Partner, Ropes & Gray, UK

Moderator

Samir Gandhi, AZB & Partners

Questions and Answers

Tea/Coffee Break

03:40 PM - 04:00 PM

Session-V - Valedictory Ssssion - Theme - Institutional Development : Context, Issues, Way Forward

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Chair

Anurag Goel, Founder "Shaping Tomorrow" &Former Member CCI

Keynote Address

Professor William Kovacic, George Mason University, Washington, D.C.

Guest of Honour

Rajat Kathuria, Director ICRIER

M.S. Sahoo, Member, CCI

Valedictory Address – Chief Guest

Rajeev Kher, Member, COMPAT

Vote of Thanks

Safal Batra, Asst. Professor, IIM Kashipur

6 February, 2016 [VENUE: The Lalit New Delhi]

International Round Table on Competition Law

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Discussion on Various Dimensions of Competition Law

Various crucial dimensions of competition law that seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct through public and private enforcement, were discussed in this Round Table session. The discussion was convened to realize the potential of competition regulation to enhance innovation, consumer welfare and economic growth.

Speakers

Dr. Gautam Sinha

Director, IIM, Kashipur

He delivered the Welcome Address in Session I (Inaugural Session) and was the chair in Session II (Analyzing & Regulating High-Tech Markets & Markets of Tomorrow: Need for New Tools?).

Anurag Goel

Founder "Shaping Tomorrow" &Former Member CCI

He delivered the Theme Address in Session I (Inaugural Session) and was the chair in the Valedictory Session (Institutional Development : Context, Issues, Way Forward).

Ajay Bahl

Partner, AZB & Partners

Mr. Bahl presented the Report on Competition Regulation and Competitiveness in India in Session I (Inaugural Session).

Devender Kumar Sikri

Chairperson, CCI

He delivered the Inaugural Address in Session I (Inaugural Session) by highlighting both the 'mission' and 'vision' of the 'regulating body'.

Frederic Jenny

Chairman, OECD Competition Law and Policy Committee

He delivered the Key Note Address in Session I (Inaugural Session), covering a wide gamut of issues including the macro-economic effects of competition law, & its enforcement, and the enabling policies.

John Dvies

Head of Competition Division, OECD

He delivered the Key Note Address in Session II (Analyzing & Regulating High-Tech Markets & Markets of Tomorrow: Need for New Tools?) by comparing the short term vis-a-vis long term concerns of competition authorities.

There were various other imminent and highly recognized speakers who delivered speeches, presentations and papers in the sessions of the conference:

  • Anupam Sanghi, Indian Regulatory Practices Group LLP
  • Ashish Chandra, Corporate Counsel, Snap Deal India
  • Dr. Geeta Gouri, Former Member, CCI
  • M.S. Sahoo, Member, CCI
  • Mahesh Uppal , Owner, ComFirst (India) Pvt Ltd 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, U.K.
  • Samir Gandhi, AZB & Partners
  • Dr. Seema Gaur, Economic Adviser, Office of EA, DIPP
  • William Kovacic, George Mason University, Washington, D.C

 

 

Participants

The Conference was attended by 103 delegates (invites only). These participants were highly recognized and imminent people. The participants who joined the conference were from Competition Commission of India (CCI), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB) , IIM Kashipur, Lexis Nexis, AZB & Partners, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, etc.