American Bar Association Anti-Trust Section Meets in Brazil for “Anti-Trust in the Americas”
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2011 — New developments in competition law, policy and antitrust enforcement throughout Latin America and North America will be the focus of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law conference “Antitrust in the Americas.” The one and a half-day conference co-sponsored with its Brazilian counterpart IBRAC, features government enforcement officials, leading scholars and private antitrust practitioners from both Latin America and North America. The meeting will be held June 16-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
On June 16, Eleanor M. Fox, New York University School of Law, will give the keynote address at 17h00.
For members of the press who cannot attend the conference, speakers are available to interview upon request. The following programs are featured topics at the conference:
“Multi-Lateral Cooperation” Panelists will explore benefits and challenges of the emergence of multilateral cooperation as an aid to national competition enforcement efforts throughout the Americas. They will discuss economic development as well as a cooperative effort among numerous governments in recognition of the increasing globalization of business.
June 16, 09h00 – 10h15
“Anatomy of a Leniency Deal” Panelists will focus on the emergence of “leniency” as an aid to uncovering wrongdoing and determining appropriate punishment for offenders in cartel cases. Speakers represent both sides of the negotiating table, and will discuss the opportunities and landmines that face leniency candidates and enforcers during the complex process.
June 16, 10h15 – 11h30
“Merger Control Regimes in Latin America” The surging growth of Latin American markets increases pressure on merger enforcement agencies to “get it right” as quickly and efficiently as possible. This multijurisdiction panel of experts will discuss some of the similarities and differences in the ways merger control is administered in leading countries throughout Latin America.
June 16, 11h45 – 13h00
“Models of Private Enforcement” Panelists will explore the prominent role the United States gives to private plaintiffs and their attorneys to serve as “private attorneys general” in the enforcement of antitrust law, and will discuss whether this could be a model for other countries in the region. They will also focus on Latin American policymakers’ attempts to address the concerns of private companies that claim to have been injured by anti-competitive conduct.
June 16, 14h30 – 15h45
“Climbing Fines in Cartel Cases” With top criminal enforcement officials using aggregate fines to measure success of their country’s cartel enforcement programs, discussion will focus on the process that lies behind the numbers, how the fines are determined and why some cartel defendants pay higher or lower fines than their co-defendants.
June 16, 15h45 – 17h00
“Procedural Fairness, Transparency and Institutional Design” Panelists from five key jurisdictions will explore fairness issues in the administration of competition law and its application in the Americas at a time when the stakes continue to grow higher in terms of the size and importance of global mergers and the proliferation of international cartel enforcement actions.
June 17, 9h00 – 10h00
“How Far Have We Come and Where Are We Going: The Evolution of Merger Review in Brazil” This combination of comments and Q&A will address key issues since the milestone Ambev case ruling more than a decade ago — How has the ruling stood the test of time? What lessons can M&A practitioners and clients learn from merger reviews that have been rendered by more recent CADE administrations?
June 17, 10h00 – 11h00
“Interviews of the New Heads of CADE, SDE and SEAE” Brazil’s new competition leadership will discuss their policy initiatives for antitrust enforcement under the Dilma administration, and will examine emerging challenges for their agencies’ agendas in a period of transition and rapid economic growth.
June 17, 11h15 – 12h30
More information about the Antitrust in the Americas Conference and a complete agenda is available here. This event is free and open to members of the press. To register, please contact Alexandra Buller at Alexandra.Buller@Americanbar.org or +1 202/662-1508.
With more than 9,000 members, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law is the leading national forum for ongoing analysis of policies and developments affecting competition and consumer protection law.
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