On behalf of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand (CLPINZ), I am delighted to advise that our 2020 workshop is proceeding in virtual format, and will feature keynote speaker Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Chair of Global Antitrust Practice and Partner at Baker Botts in Washington D.C., USA.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s workshop will be held as an all-digital event over three mainly morning sessions between Wednesday 19 August – Friday 21 August. We are still able to deliver a full programme of high quality topics with up to 9.5 CPD hours being available. Early-bird registrations are now open and run until 30 June 2020.
Ms Ohlhausen will be presenting on the role of antitrust in times of economic crisis and recovery. Her observations will draw on the extensive advice she has been providing clients during the current COVID-19 pandemic on issues such as pricing, joint ventures, mergers involving distressed assets, and platform competition topics, including her perspective on these issues as a former competition regulator.
Ms Ohlhausen currently chairs Baker Botts’ Global Antitrust and Competition practice. Her practice focuses on antitrust, privacy and data security and consumer protection investigations and litigation in the USA and abroad.
Before joining Baker Botts in late 2018, Ms Ohlhausen held the position of Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), having served as a Commissioner of the FTC since 2012.
In her role as Acting Chairman, Ms Ohlhausen directed all aspects of the FTC’s antitrust work, including merger review and conduct enforcement, and steered all FTC consumer protection enforcement, with a particular emphasis on privacy and technology issues. She regularly led the USA delegation at international antitrust and data privacy meetings and is the only FTC Commissioner to have received the Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her knowledge of and contributions to the Commission.
Another highlight of our 2020 workshop programme is a presentation on acquisitions of nascent competitors (aka “killer acquisitions”) by Renata B. Hesse, Co-Head of the Antitrust Group at Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington D.C., USA. Before joining Sullivan & Cromwell in 2017, Ms Hesse held the position of Acting Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, overseeing the Antitrust Division. Ms Hesse served in the Antitrust Division for 15 years, during which time she played a leading role in a number of the Division’s most challenging and significant investigations and litigations, including the Division’s review of the mergers between Comcast and Time Warner, and Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron.
The workshop programme also features a terrific line-up of other speakers, panellists and commentators, including international invitees Katharine Kemp, Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sarah Court, ACCC Commissioner, Marcus Bezzi, ACCC Executive General Manager, Ayman Guirguis, Partner at K&L Gates and Brent Fisse, Principal at Brent Fisse Lawyers.
Chairperson of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand