17th International Conference on Competition

March 25-27, 2015



Hilton Berlin Hotel

Hilton Berlin Hotel

We regret to inform you that the conference
is already fully booked.

Präsident des BundeskartellamtesThe International Conference on Competition has been organised by the Bundeskartellamt every other year since the early 1980s. The conference is one of the most renowned international events dealing with competition law issues and brings together leading personalities and competition experts from all over the world, providing a forum for them to exchange their knowledge and experience.

The last conference in 2013 was attended by more than 350 participants from over 60 countries.

The 17th International Conference on Competition will take place
in Berlin from 25 - 27 March 2015.

The conference will be opened with keynote speeches to be delivered by Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, and Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG.

The Opening Session will be followed by speeches given by Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the US Federal Trade Commission, and Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Axel Springer SE, leading to a panel discussion on "Big data, media and competition". The panel will deal with the current debate on whether digital economy requires a new or different regulatory framework. It will also address the role of big data access as a potencial source of market power and the interplay between data protection and competition requirements.

The second panel discussion will take a close look at recent developments in the convergence of international merger control application.

The third panel discussion will deal with the role of state-owned enterprises between state and economy and the challenges competition authorities face when dealing with these enterprises.

The fourth panel will discuss the design of effective investigation procedures and sanctions in cartel cases. It will also address the role of private enforcement in this process.

A detailed conference programme is available here.

This is the second time that the Bundeskartellamt will host a workshop for the representatives of young competition authorities on the day before the conference. Topics of this event are "Ensuring Transparency and Procedural Fairness in our Daily Work" and "Mergers - Practical Issues of Investigation and Analysis".

The workshop programme can be found here.

The working languages of the conference will be German and English (simultaneous interpreting services will be provided). The conference venue 2015 will again be the Hilton Berlin Hotel, which is located centrally in Berlin-Mitte. I am looking forward to some interesting contributions and stimulating discussions with you at the 17th International Conference on Competition in Berlin.

Yours sincerely,

Andreas Mundt
President of the Bundeskartellamt

Attendance at the conference is by invitation of the President of the Bundeskartellamt only.

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