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Conference Information

Conference Information

Asian Competition Forum Annual Conference


15th Annual Conference

Europe – Asia: Trade, Investment and Antitrust: Challenges and Opportunities

Co-Organisers: Asian Competition Forum &
Faculty of Law, University of Valencia, Spain


Date: 20 & 21 January 2020
Venue: La Nau, University of Valencia, Spain


This is our 15th anniversary and so it has been decided to broaden ACF’s footprint and to forge a new relationship with a major European Law School that has a substantial focus on international trade, investment and competition law. Consequently, the ACF has partnered with the University of Valencia, Spain to co-host the next ACF Annual Conference.

Given current global trade tensions, this year’s event will explore the theme of Europe-Asia: Trade, Investment and Antitrust: Challenges and Opportunities. The conference will be held in Valencia on 20-21 January 2020.

Judge Christopher Vadja of the Court of Justice of the European Union will deliver the key note speech.

We propose to discuss a wide range of trade and competition issues including:

  • Trade Policies: Reducing Investment Opportunities or Providing New Opportunities?

    • Tariffs

    • Security regulation of trading relationships

    • Diversion of trade flows

    • State aid and subsidies, preferential policies

    • De-globalization – a new economic ‘cold war’ in prospect?

    • Can EU companies take advantage of US policy choices?

  • Antitrust and other regulation: inhibiting or promoting Europe – Asia inward investment?

    • Merger review tests and procedures

    • Exemption of sectoral interests (such as professional services) and SOE activities

    • Promotion of national champions

    • National security

  • Antitrust and International Transport

  • Antitrust and International Financial services

  • Cross Border Cartels: Discovery, Investigation and Remedies

  • Distribution of Goods and Services: Differences in regulatory approaches

  • Big Data, Privacy and Competition Regulation

  • Investment in Intellectual Property Rights and Abuse of Dominance in International Technology Markets

  • International Markets in Telecommunications Goods and Services: State intervention and the role of Antitrust

  • Convergence or Divergence in Antitrust Process and Investigatory Techniques?

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