On September 5, against the backdrop of fast-changing business and policy practices with respect to antitrust and consumer protection, the USCIB Competition Committee held a joint meeting with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Competition Commission at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s offices in New York. The meeting took place in conjunction with the 45th Annual Fordham Conference on International Antitrust Law (September 6-7). Participants in the joint ICC/USCIB meeting represented many jurisdictions, including Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The keynote speaker was Bruce Hoffman, director of the Bureau of Competition at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Hoffman discussed the latest developments of antitrust policy with USCIB members, including for competition policy litigation and enforcement in the U.S., as well as upcoming FTC hearings, beginning next week in Washington, D.C., on the state of competition law and policy.
USCIB Competition Committee Chair Dina Kallay (Ericsson) referred to the FTC’s effort – which will look at the 21st-century landscape for competition, market concentration, consumer data, vertical mergers and other topics – as “the mother of all hearings.” Kallay and USCIB Competition Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Patterson (Arnold & Porter) led participants through an agenda that included updates on issues including mergers, due process, cartels, the International Competition Network (ICN), and the Multilateral Framework on Procedures, on which USCIB and ICC recently submitted a joint statement.