Global Business Welcomes New Multilateral Framework on Procedures in Competition Enforcement

Paris and Washington, D.C. June 27, 2018 – The global business community has applauded the launch of a new Multilateral Framework on Procedures in Competition Law Investigation and Enforcement (MFP), as announced recently by the U.S. Department of Justice. In a joint statement, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its American national committee, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), welcomed the announcement, saying they hoped the initiative would lead to fairer and more efficient antitrust procedures.

“As the world’s largest and most representative business organization, ICC welcomes the U.S. Department of Justice’s new Multilateral Framework on Procedures in Competition Law Investigation and Enforcement,” said ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton. “Business relies on and thrives in a global economy based on multilateral rules and shared principles. We encourage competition authorities to further engage with the private sector to ensure that investigations are conducted in a consistent and transparent manner worldwide.”

“The spread of antitrust regimes globally over the past 20 years has underscored the importance of due process as a cornerstone of sound competition enforcement,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “Multilateral forums such as the OECD and the International Competition Network have done, and continue to do, tremendous work towards normative convergence in this area. USCIB applauds this complementary MFP initiative, which goes beyond soft-convergence to employ a practical mechanism that will promote compliance by competition authorities with a dozen fundamental procedural fairness principles.”

On June 1, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, announced the MFP as a tool to “promote greater procedural norms and due process in antitrust, or competition, enforcement.” Delrahim said the United States, “in partnership with leading antitrust agencies around the world, will introduce and invite the global antitrust enforcement community to help finalize and join” the framework.

“USCIB members support this fresh initiative and its open multilateral nature,” Robinson said.  “Procedural fairness improves outcomes for agencies and stakeholders alike. The MFP is therefore great news for global antitrust enforcement and our members stand ready to assist it in whatever way they can.”

About ICC:
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organisation with a network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries. We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s largest companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

More at www.iccwbo.org

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of several leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contacts:
Stephen Lloyd, ICC
stephen.lloyd@iccwbo.org, +33 1 49 53 28 49

Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
jhuneke@uscib.org, +1 212.703.5043

Ericsson’s Kallay to Chair USCIB Competition Committee

Dina Kallay

New York, N.Y, February 15, 2018 – A telecommunications industry executive has been tapped to spearhead a top U.S. business group’s work on global antitrust policy. The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) has announced that Dina Kallay, head of antitrust (IPR, Americas & Asia-Pacific) at Ericsson, a leading global supplier of telecommunications equipment and services, will chair its Competition Committee.

USCIB, whose member include hundreds of America’s most competitive global companies, represents private-sector views to governments and policy makers worldwide. It does so via its affiliations with global business groups to focus especially on the work of the International Competition Network (ICN) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

“We are delighted that Dina Kallay will lend her expertise and industry leadership to our work on global competition and antitrust policy,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “As the U.S. continues to look to the ICN and OECD to foster international convergence and cooperation on competition law, including the coordination of cartel enforcement, we intend to serve as an even stronger voice for business in these forums.”

Prior to joining Ericsson in 2013, Kallay served as counsel at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs, where she focused on Asian and multilateral competition matters as well as on worldwide antitrust intellectual property matters. She previously worked at the European Commission’s antitrust agency (DG COMP), and practiced antitrust and intellectual property law at a number of law firms, most recently at Howrey LLP. Kallay is vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law I.P. Committee and a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School.

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 global network.

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence.  Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.  With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 917 420 0039, jhuneke@uscib.org

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