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Conference Information

Conference Information

Asian Competition Forum Annual Conference


14th Annual Conference

Antitrust and Technology Markets in Asia

United Conference Centre (95 Queensway 10/F United Centre Admiralty)

Hong Kong 10-11 December 2018


This year’s conference has the theme of the intersection of competition regulation and technology markets in Asia.

Our key note speaker will be Professor Eleanor Fox, New York University who will speak on:

The Technology Wars – refusals to deal (fairly) and the abuse of dominance – US, EU and Asia.

We have an excellent programme detailed below with over 35 leading experts and academics. Tickets are available here.

A downloadable version of the programme is also available here.

First Day – Morning

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Speech and Opening Address, Professor Mark Williams, Executive Director, ACF

9:15-10:00 Keynote Speech, Professor Eleanor Fox, New York University, Technology Wars, Refusals to Deal (Fairly) and Abuse of Dominance (Presentation slides)

SESSION (A): Big Data and Competition


Chair: Hassan Qaqaya

  • Big Data and Government, Daniel Sokol, University of Florida, USA (Presentation slides)

  • Japan’s Approach to Big Data and Competition, Sadaaki Suwazono, Japanese Free Trade Commission, Japan (Presentation slides)

  • Japan FTC’s Investigations on GAFA and Platform Business – JFTC’s Struggle with Big Data, and Privilege Issues, Kentaro Hirayama, Kyushu University, Japan

11:00-11:15 Break

SESSION (B): Algorithmic Collusion

11:15 – 12:55

Chair: Daniel Sokol

  • Algorithmic Collusion – The Robot Did It: A Defence Under Competition Law? A Practical Guide to How to Manage Competition Compliance Risk in an Increasingly Automated World, Stephen Crosswell, Baker McKenzie, Hong Kong

  • Tacit Algorithmic Collusion in Emerging Markets: an Insight from UNCTAD, Pierre Horna and Sita Zimpel, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Presentation slides)

  • Algorithmic Collusion: Is the Japanese Anti-Monopoly Act Up to Its Task? Steven Van Uytsel, Kyushu University, Japan, and Yoshiteru Uemura, Hannan University, Japan (Presentation slides)

  • Algorithmic Collusion and Antitrust Law Literature: A Discourse Talking in Circles, Yoshiteru Uemura, Hannan University, Japan and Steven Van Uytsel, Kyushu University, Japan (Presentation slides)

12:55 – 14:00 Lunch


First Day – Afternoon Breakout

SESSION (C): Competition and Technology in Developing Markets


 Chair: Deborah Healey

  • Antitrust and Essential Patents: First Principles and Global Developments, Dina Kallay, Ericsson, Sweden

  • Developing Economies and Competition in Technology Markets, KK Sharma, KK Sharma Law Offices, India (Presentation slides)

  • Is There Anything to be Learned from Uber/Grab? David Fruitman, DFDL, Cambodia (Presentation slides)

  • E-commerce, Technology and Development: The Next Frontier on Competition Policy for ASEAN and Other Developing Countries', Hassan Qaqaya, The University of Melbourne, Australia (Presentation slides)

15:30-15:45 Break

SESSION (D): The Legal Order and Due Process in Technology Cases in Asia


Chair: Andrew Heimert

  • Competition Law as a Fundamental Element of Modern Constitutionalism, Luis I. Gordillo, University of Deusto, Spain (Presentation slides)

  • Developing Economies and Competition in Technology Markets: Investigations and Due Process in Technology Cases, Philip Marsden, Bank of England; HM Treasury Digital Competition Experts Panel.  

  • Impact of Big Data on Antitrust Law Enforcement, Victor Hung, Hong Kong Consumer Council (Presentation slides)

  • Competition Authorities Showing-Off: Procrastination, Cosmetic Enforcement and Antitrust Hypocrisy, Francisco Marcos, IE Law School, Spain (Presentation slides)

15:30-15:45 Break

SESSION (E): Patent Licensing and Competition in Asia


Chair: Eleanor Fox

  • Addressing Standard-Essential-Patent Conflicts in Hi-Technology Markets: Japanese Approach in Global Context, Toshiaki Takigawa, Kansai University, Japan (Presentation slides)

  • Competition Law and FRAND Royalty Rates in Asia, Burton Ong, NUS Singapore, Singapore (Presentation slides)

  • China’s Approach on Refusal to Deal in the High-Tech Sector and Internet Industries, Michael Gu, AnJie Law Firm, China

SESSION (F): Economic Business Models in Technology Markets


Chair: George Siolis

  • Two-Sided Business Models and Economic Efficiencies, Hieu Trong, Yokohama National University, Japan (Presentation slides)

  • New Wine in Old Skins: Changing Business Models, Rhonda Smith and Arlen Duke, University of Melbourne, Australia (Presentation slides)

  • Online Competition, Merger/Acquisition vs. Consumer Welfare, Ningrum Sirait, Faculty of Law University of Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia (Presentation slides)

  • Merger and Innovation in the Digital Economy: Challenge on Conventional Merger Control Regulation From Comparative Perspective of EU, USA and China, Fang Xiaomin, German-Sino Institute for Legal Studies, Nanjing University, China (Presentation slides)

Second Day – Morning

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00-9:20 Information on post-graduate courses in competition law and policy, Professor Mark Williams, Executive Director of ACF

SESSION (G): Enhanced Scrutiny of Technology Transactions



Chair:  Philip Marsden

  • National Security and National Interest Issues in Technology Cases, The European Example, Jérémy Bernard, Delcade Avocats & Solicitors, France (Presentation slides)

  • Institutional Reactions to Technological Development: Has This Lead to Change and By What Means? María Pilar Canedo Arrillaga, Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition, Spain

  • Control of Foreign Investment and Implications for Competition Policy: The Example of Australia, Mark Williams, University of Melbourne (Presentation slides)

10:45– 11:00 Break

SESSION (H): Mergers in the Technology Sector

11:00 – 12:30

Chair: Stephen Crosswell

  • Mergers and disruptive innovation in Asia: the Grab/Uber case, Sébastien Evrard, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hong Kong (Presentation slides)

  • Merger Control Re-visited: How to Deal with Data Driven Mergers, Chandra Setiawan, KPPU, Indonesia (Presentation slides)

  • Merger Control Revisited: How to Deal with Data-Driven Mergers, George Siolis, RBB Economics, Australia

  • More Data, More Problems? Is Competition Law Well Suited to Deal with Big Data Mergers? Takeaways from EU Merger Control and Relevance for Asia, Nicolas Cassauba, Norton Rose Fulbright, Hong Kong

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Second Day – Afternoon

SESSION (I): Competition in Multi-Sided Markets

14:00 – 15:30

Chair: Professor Mark Williams

  • Market Definition of Digital Platforms: Response to the Impact of Two-Sided Platforms and Zero Pricing, Richard Li-Dar Wang, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (Presentation slides)

  • Market definition in the Hong Kong TVB case of broadcasting, Kelvin Kwok, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • Market Definition for Multi-sided platforms – Singapore Case Study on Grab and Uber Merger, Lim Wei Lu, Competition and Consumer Commission, Singapore

15:30 – 15:45 Break

SESSION (J): Data Privacy and Competition

15:45 – 17:20

Chair: Knut Fournier

  • Private Data – Do Failures of Privacy Obligations Create Competition Violations? Andrew Heimert, Federal Trade Commission, USA

  • Privacy as a Competition Law Concern? Lessons from Facebook/Whatsapp, Shilpi Bhattacharya, O.P. Jindal Global University, India

  • Digital Platforms and Their Effect on Competition in Media and Advertising Services Markets: The ACCC Inquiry, Deborah Healey, University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Data Protection and Competition Laws in Hong Kong: Never the Twain Shall Meet or different Ends of the Same Spectrum? Angus Young, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

  • Privacy, Data Protection, and Competition Law in China: Some Preliminary Considerations, Wendy Ng, The University of Melbourne

17:20 – 17:30 Closing Address, Prof. Mark Williams, Executive Director, ACF


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