2017 USCIB International Leadership Award Dinner

USCIB is delighted to honor Ajay Banga, president and chief executive officer of MasterCard. Each year this gala event attracts several hundred industry leaders, government officials and members of the diplomatic community to celebrate open markets and the recipient of USCIB’s highest honor.

Established in 1980, USCIB’s International Leadership Award is presented to a senior business executive who has made significant policy contributions to world trade and investment, and to improving the global competitive framework in which American business operates. Join us for what will be a truly memorable evening!

ICC – DG Competition Meeting

The ICC Commission on Competition ensures that modern business needs and markets are taken into account in the formulation and implementation of competition laws and policies.

The commission contributes business expertise and experience to the work of the ICN in areas of competition policy implementation, unilateral conduct, cartels and mergers. In addition, it contributes the business perspective to international discussions on due process principles in competition law;

The commission provides input to proposals on EU competition law reform in areas such as vertical restraints, horizontal agreements and enforcement by private parties and also gives international business views on competition policy developments in different regions.

The commission meets three times each year in plenary, but carries out work constantly throughout the year in issue-specific task forces.The following events take place during the year:

  • ICC/ICN Roundtable on Competition Policy, held in conjunction with the ICN annual conference
  • June meeting, held in conjunction with the BIAC/OECD meetings in Paris
  • September meeting, held in conjunction with the Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium in Washington DC or the Fordham Conference in New York
  • December meeting, held at the Directorate for Competition in Brussels

The commission gathers over 300 experts on competition law, including legal advisors from industrial and commercial enterprises and lawyers in private practice, from 40 countries.

OECD Competition Week

scalesA strong delegation from the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD will participate in the upcoming OECD Competition week, which will take place from June 13 to 17. Over the years, BIAC has become a trusted actor and knowledge partner in the activities of the OECD Competition committee and of its two Working Parties (Competition & Regulation and Cooperation & Enforcement). The BIAC Competition Committee is currently preparing written contributions on a number of topics, ranging from public interest considerations and jurisdictional nexus in merger control to commitment decisions in antitrust cases, as well as on the challenges of fidelity rebates. After very stimulating discussions on disruptive innovation in the financial sector during the last OECD Competition week, the focus will now be on legal services and on the way new technologies can have a disruptive effect on markets in this sector.

In parallel to this very rich program, the Working Party on Cooperation and Enforcement will hold a joint session with the OECD Working Group on Bribery. The focus will be on detecting antitrust and bribery cases (whistle-blower protection, leniency) as well as on the legal and practical challenges to the exchange of information between (domestic and foreign) competition and anti-corruption enforcers.

Will Trade Overtake Antitrust as the Protector of Due Process?

washington-Lincoln-MemorialsThe next meeting of the USCIB Competition Committee will be held in advance of the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting. In addition to Committee business, the meeting will include an expert panel discussion on the role of trade in antitrust due process issues.

SPEAKERS:

Randolph W. Tritell
Director, Office of International Affairs
Federal Trade Commission

Daniel Watson
Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North America
Office of the United States Trade Representative

DATE/TIME:

Monday, April 4, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

LOCATION:

Baker Botts LLP
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

RSVP:

Eva Hampl
ehampl@uscib.org

Dial-in information provided upon request.

Joint meeting of the ICC Commission on Competition and the USCIB Competition Committee

USCIB and ICC will hold their annual joint Competition Meeting in Washington, DC on September 30 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Members of the ICC Commission on Competition and the USCIB Competition Committee will come together to discuss issues and work of the committee regarding compliance and advocacy, premerger control regimes, due process, the International Competition Network, cartels & leniency, and arbitration, mediation, and antitrust as well as new initiatives to be considered such as intellectual property and antitrust issues.

 

Students Travel To D.C. To Discuss Antitrust Law With Federal Officials

Duke Today – April 6, 2015

Duke university undergraduate students met with the chair of USCIB’s Competition Policy Committee, among others, during their visit to Washington, D.C. as part of their research into the politics of market competition in the global economy.

Students Travel To D.C. To Discuss Antitrust Law With Federal Officials

 

Competition

The USCIB Competition committee promotes international legal policies that favor an open and competitive environment for U.S. business. The committee monitors global competition developments and contributes industry’s perspective through USCIB’s network.

The U.S. government uses the International Competition Network (ICN) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to pursue international cooperation on competition laws, including the coordination of cartel enforcement. The committee, USCIB and its international affiliates serve as a strong voice for business at both the OECD and the ICN.

Through participation in the Business Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, USCIB is able to advocate for global business goals at OECD roundtable discussions addressing a range of global competition concerns. Additionally, the committee advises U.S. government officials, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, on business positions concerning international antitrust issues and secures their support for those positions in international fora.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

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Chair

John Taladay
Partner
Baker Botts LLP

Vice Chair

Jennifer Patterson
Partner
Kaye Scholer

Staff

Eva Hampl
Director, Investment, Trade, and Financial Services
202-682-0051 or Eva Hampl@uscib.org

Elizabeth Kim
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or ekim@uscib.org

News Stories

OECD Competition Week (6/1/2016) - A strong BIAC delegation will participate in the upcoming OECD Competition week having prepared contributions on public interest considerations and other issues
Will Trade Overtake Antitrust as the Protector of Due Process? (3/24/2016) - The next meeting of the USCIB Competition Committee will be held in advance of the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting.

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ICC Brings Antitrust Compliance Advocacy to China and Brazil

ICC updates Chinese agencies on its antitrust compliance and advocacy work.
ICC updates Chinese agencies on its antitrust compliance and advocacy work.

With the rapid growth of antitrust legislation around the world in recent years, many businesses struggle to comply with laws that punish anticompetitive behavior. To help companies embed a culture of compliance within their operations, last year the International Chamber of Commerce issued its Antitrust Compliance Toolkit, which provides tools and advice for companies of all sizes seeking to create or strengthen an antitrust compliance program.

In August 2014, ICC met with competition authorities in China and in Brazil to discuss the toolkit and related compliance advocacy. To date, ICC has unveiled the toolkit through workshops in several countries, including the United States.

The ICC Commission on Competition gathers over 300 competition law experts from 40 countries. The commission launched the Task Force on Antitrust Compliance and Advocacy in 2011, an initiative that has developed practical toolkits on antitrust compliance and contributes to deepening the discussion and thought leadership with all stakeholders.

ICC Meets Competition Authorities in China

In China, the ICC Task Force on Compliance and Advocacy met with several Chinese agencies, accompanied by a delegation of ICC corporate members and representatives from ICC China and from the University of International Business and Economics of Beijing. Anne Tubbs, co vice-chair of the task force, said “ICC is delighted by the very positive welcome it received and the level of interest Chinese agencies showed in the Toolkit and related compliance advocacy work.”

Tubbs noted that the Chinese government is aware of the challenges companies face in mitigating compliance risks through internal controls. “A proactive focus on compliance, as a means of preventing anti-competitive conduct, can help embed a strong compliance culture across all markets, to the ultimate benefit of consumers,” she said. “ICC will continue to explore means of contributing to such efforts in China with assistance from local experts and advocates.”

Tubbs noted that the Chinese government is aware of the challenges companies face in mitigating compliance risks through internal controls. “A proactive focus on compliance, as a means of preventing anti-competitive conduct, can help embed a strong compliance culture across all markets, to the ultimate benefit of consumers,” she said. “ICC will continue to explore means of contributing to such efforts in China with assistance from local experts and advocates.”

The Chinese agencies – which included the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce, the national Development and Reform Commission, and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce – invited ICC to prepare a Chinese version of the Antitrust Compliance Toolkit and to remain in close contact for the future launch of such materials, as well as other initiatives including the development of guidance tailored to SMEs.

ICC Participates in High-Level Seminar on Compliance Law in Brazil

Hosted by the Center of Social and Economic Law Studies and the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), ICC participated in a seminar from August 28-29 in Sao Paulo to address competition law and policy and corporate compliance initiatives. The event brought together legal experts and representatives from the private sector, competition authorities, and national and international organizations.

Both private sector and agency speakers recognized the ICC Antitrust Compliance Toolkit as an invaluable benchmark for corporate compliance initiatives, serving the antitrust community worldwide. Much attention was also given to SMEs, noting that they deserve particular consideration as limited resources make it harder to develop and embed a successful competition culture. Simone Pieri, one of the contributors to the ICC Antitrust Compliance Toolkit, announced at the seminar that ICC will soon be rolling out an SME version of the toolkit.

As for the promotion of a competition culture, it was acknowledged that companies and lawyers have an important role to play. Speakers stressed that competition agencies should also promote competition culture through their decisions. The need to promote the globalization of competition compliance legislation and build international consensus and coherence on how to treat compliance programs garnered considerable attention from participants.

Staff contact: Rachel Spence

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