OECD Competition CommitteeFrédéric Jenny (Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University, Doctor in Economics University of Paris II and MBA ESSEC) is a professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris, Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee, and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC. He was Non-Executive Director of the Office of Fair Trading in the United Kingdom (2007-2014), Judge on the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) (2004 to August 2012), Vice Chair of the French Competition Authority (1993-2004) and President of the WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition (1994-2003). He has written extensively about trade, competition and economic development and has served as an adviser to many developing countries on competition and trade issues. He is also President of the international Committee of Concurrences Review.
Japan Fair Trade CommissionKazuyuki Sugimoto was appointed Chairman of the JFTC in 2013 and reappointed in 2018. Before joining the JFTC, he was a professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. He had an extensive 35-year long career at the Ministry of Finance and other government organizations, where he held the position of administrative vice minister of finance following director general of the Budget Bureau at the Ministry of Finance. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Tokyo and an MA degree from the University of Cambridge. He was registered as an attorney from 2011 to 2013.
Bureau of Competition,
US Federal Trade Commission Ian R. Conner is a Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. He joined the FTC from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner in the Antitrust & Competition group. Prior to entering private practice, Conner was a Trial Attorney in the Transportation, Energy and Agriculture Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, which he joined through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.
EC Directorate General for CompetitionKris Dekeyser is Director of the Policy and Strategy Directorate at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. Before taking up his present position, Kris filled numerous management positions across DG Competition – he was in charge of antitrust and merger policy and case support; took up the duties of the European Commission's Cartel Settlement Officer at DG Competition's Cartels Directorate; and he was also Head of the Unit in charge of the European Competition Network and the Private Enforcement initiative. Kris graduated in both law and political sciences and he is a guest professor at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel. He is the author of a variety of publications in English and French in the field of competition law. He also regularly delivers lectures at seminars and conferences on Competition law, variously organised by Universities, Bar Associations, competition enforcement agencies, etc.
Founder and Competition lawyer,
Konkurrenz GroupAllen Grunes is a competition lawyer with the Konkurrenz Group in Washington, D.C. He has focused on competition law both in private practice and with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also been engaged in antitrust policy, including the question of how antitrust agencies should approach issues associated with “big data.” He worked at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he was responsible for merger and civil non-merger investigations (1995-2007). Mr. Grunes currently serves as President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and is on the Advisory Boards of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is co-author of Big Data and Competition Policy (Oxford University Press 2016) and has published articles in several distinguished U.S. law journals. Mr. Grunes holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a law degree from Rutgers University, and a master of laws degree from New York University.
Associate General Counsel,
MicrosoftAntony Cook is Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) for Asia. Antony leads a multi-disciplinary team that are responsible for legal and compliance support for business groups operating in the region; industry, community and government affairs counsel to Microsoft’s in-country operations; and support for digital security, intellectual property and data protection issues. Antony joined Microsoft in 2002 in Sydney and moved to Singapore in early 2006 as the Regional Director for Public Sector support in Asia Pacific. Antony managed the CELA team in South EastAsia(2007) and the Middle East and Africa (2010). Prior to joining Microsoft, Antony worked for BT LookSmart, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Moore & Bevins (now K&L Gates). Antony graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (with commendation) and a Bachelor of Laws. Antony is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.
EU General CourtPaul Nihoul is Judge at the General Court since 2016 and a chief editor of a number of legal journals including “Journal of European Competition Law and Practice”, Oxford University Press. He was Chair of the Academic Society for Competition Law (2013-16) and a visiting professor at a number of universities, in particular at Paris Dauphine University (2013-16). He was also a professor at the University of Groningen (1999-2001), then at the Université catholique de Louvain (2001-16). Before being appointed as a Judge, he has practiced law as an Attorney and Counselor at Law (Cleary Gottlieb, New York, 1989-1990) and has been a Counselor to a Cabinet Member (Belgium, 1990-1991), a Law Clerk at the Court of justice of the European Union (1991-1995). He earned a Master of Laws in Harvard University (1989) and a Doctor of Laws (1998).
Korea Fair Trade CommissionKim Sang-Jo was appointed Chairperson of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) in June 2017. Before joining the KFTC, he had been serving as a professor at Department of International Trade at Hansung University, Korea since March 1994. He participated in various social movements such as chaebol reform movement. He also engaged in diverse social activities by serving as a member of Financial Development Review Committee, Ministry of Finance and Economy, member of Competition Policy Advisory Committee, KFTC, head of the Solidarity for Economic Reform, and Solidarity for Economic Center, Financial Research Center of Korea, etc. In 2008, he received commendation from the president commemorating the 7th Fair Trade day. He completed bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in economics at Seoul National University, Korea. He was a visiting scholar at University of Cambridge in 2000, and participated in Yale World Fellows Program at Yale University in 2004.
Chief Executive Officer,
Hong Kong Competition CommissionBrent Snyder was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Competition Commission in September 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, he served in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (2003-2017), first as a Trial Attorney playing a key role in the Division’s criminal matters, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) (2013-2017). In his capacity as DAAG, he headed the criminal enforcement function overseeing enforcement, prosecutions, leniency and other policy work. He twice received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and was awarded an Antitrust Division Award of Distinction. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Snyder practiced law at Paul Hastings in Los Angeles and Perkins Coie in Seattle where he was a Partner. Mr. Snyder received his law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Seattle Pacific University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Board of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and MarketsChris Fonteijn was the Chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and Vice Chair of the International Competition Network. Prior to this, He was the chairman of both the Commission of the Netherlands Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority (OPTA), and of the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa). He earned his master’s degree in law from Leiden University, and subsequently worked in the Dutch Military Intelligence Service. From 1980 until 2005, he was a lawyer at the Rotterdam-based law firm NautaDutilh. At NautaDutilh, he specialized in energy and corporate law, and held various positions. He also worked for a number of years in the Middle East. In his final years at NautaDutilh, he directed the Energy & Utilities Group. In his capacity of Chairman of the Commission of OPTA, he sat on the board of IRG (Independent Regulators Group) and that of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) between 2008 and 2011. In 2011, he was the chairman of both of these international bodies.
Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityMr. WANG Xianlin is a distinguished professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, director of Center for Competition Law and Policy of SJTU. He is a member of the Advisory Group of Experts of the Anti-Monopoly Commission of the State Council of China，a member of the Expert Committee of State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and Vice president of Economic Law Association of China Law Society. WANG Xianlin earned his master’s degree of law from China University of Political Science and Law (1990), PhD in law from Renmin University of China (2001). He conducted his postdoctoral research in Wuhan University (2002-2004). He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the George Washington University Law School (2007-2008). He was a senior visiting fellow in Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich December (2017-2018). His research focuses on competition law and intellectual property law, especially the interface between the two fields. He has authored and co-authored 20 books, has published more than 100 articles. His recent work includes Competition Law (Renmin University of China Press, 2015，3rd edition); Intellectual Property and Anti-Monopoly Law: Abusing Intellectual Property Rights from the Perspective of Competition Law (Law Press, 2018, 3nd edition).
James Robertson Martin
Zelle LLP.James Martin co-chairs Zelle LLP’s antitrust and competition practice. He has represented corporations, financial institutions, and federal agencies in high stakes litigation ranging from cartels to monopolization, with a recent focus on the developing body of law applying antitrust laws to complex international financial markets. In 2015, he received the distinguished Burton Award as one of the nation’s top legal writers. His articles have appeared in Competition Law360 and CPI Antitrust Chronicle, among others. His presentations include “The International Reach of United States Antitrust Law” at the International Enforcement of Competition Law in the Age of Globalization Symposium (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan). He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1987, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1994, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
Korea University School of Law, SeoulHwang LEE is a professor at Korea University School of Law since 2008. His academic interest covers competition laws, intellectual property rights, telecommunication laws, and economic regulations. He served the Korea Fair Trade Commission for twelve years while playing a leading role in prosecuting big cases including the Microsoft Tying Case. Subsequently, he was appointed Research Counsel for the Justices of the Supreme Court of Korea (2006). In this role he drafted final judgments for an extensive array of competition and administrative law cases. In 2010, he established the Innovation, Competition & Regulation Law Center (“ICR Law Center”), a research institution that specializes in interdisciplinary research of intellectual property rights, competition laws, and economic regulations. In 2013, he launched the Korea-China market & Regulation Law Center (“MRLC”) with colleagues at the Renmin University Law School in China that explores competition and IPR issues in Asia. Professor Lee often teaches at foreign institutions and speaks/chairs frequently at diverse international conferences including events hosted by the American Bar Association, Global Competition Review.
Richard A. Powers
Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
US Department of Justice, Antitrust DivisionRICHARD A. POWERS A West Point graduate, Richard served in the Army as an Infantry Officer and received a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service in Iraq, after which he attended law school at the University of Alabama where he graduated cum laude. He has spent the bulk of his career at the Antitrust Division, first joining the Atlanta Office through the Attorney General’s Honors Program before moving to the New York Office. In New York, Richard prosecuted cartel and fraud cases in the financial services industry, including bid rigging in the Municipal and Bonds and Derivatives industry and various offenses related to the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Richard received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work on the LIBOR case. In 2016, he joined the Criminal Division Fraud Section’s Healthcare Fraud Unit in the Eastern District of New York where he spent two years prosecuting complex, multi-million dollar health care fraud, money laundering, and tax conspiracies and schemes.
Russia Federal Antimonopoly ServiceAndrey Tsyganov works at the Federal antimonopoly authority since 1990. In 2004 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation. He obtained PhD in Economics, planning and organization of economic administration in the Moscow State University and graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration with a degree in law. He participated in short-term training programs of the Ministry of international trade and industry of Japan and in a mid-term internship at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. For his big contribution to the state policy in the field of competition development, prevention, limitation and suppressing the monopolistic activity, he was awarded with the “Order of Friendship” by the President of the Russian Federation. He has a II class Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” and a title “Honored economist of the Russian Federation". He is co-author and editor of manuals for university students “Competition and antimonopoly regulation”, “Competition law of Russian Federation”. He is member of editorial boards of magazines “Russian competition law and economics”, “Competition and law”, “Competition today”.
University of East AngliaKai-Uwe Kühn is a Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia. He holds visiting appointments at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) and Georgetown University. From May 2011 to August 2013, Prof. Kühn was Chief Economist at DG Competition, European Commission. He has advised competition authorities and private firms on competition policy as well as merger, state aid, and antitrust cases for almost 25 years. Prof. Kühn is a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and has been the co-editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. His research interests are in theoretical, experimental, and empirical industrial organization and cover a wide range of topics including durable goods, vertical integration, vertical restraints, market foreclosure, the impact of credit constraints on market behaviour, as well as collusion and the coordinated effects of mergers. His research has been widely published, among others in the Journal of Political Economy, the Rand Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association.
Chung Yuan Christian UniversityAndy Chen is currently a professor of Law in the Department of Financial and Economic Law at Chung Yuan Christian University. He was the Chair of his Department from 2014 to 2016. Professor Chen served as Commissioner of the TFTC from 2007 to 2010. During his term at the TFTC, he was responsible for the agency’s international affairs, in addition to his case-reviewing obligations. He is a regular speaker on related topics to government agencies, private companies, and leading academic institutions and professional organizations, including Yale University, University of Southern California, National University of Singapore, Korea University. He also regularly provides expert opinions in lawsuits and participates in public hearings, conferences and workshops hosted by regulatory agencies and private business. He has published extensively on antitrust and regulatory issues. Professor Chen earned his law degrees from Soochow University (LL.M. 1992), Duke University (LL.M. 1994) and Northwestern University (SJD, 1998).
Euclid Law Ltd.Damien is a partner in Euclid Law. He was a partner in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling LLP where he was the co-head of the firm’s European litigation practice. He has assisted clients in many high-stake European Commission investigations and also represented clients before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also intervenes in national court proceedings and international arbitrations as an expert witness. Damien is also a professor of competition law and economics at Tilburg University and a visiting professor at University College London. Over the years, he has held visiting professorships at leading US law schools including Columbia, Harvard, Michigan and Yale. He was also a visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, for 15 years. He is also the author of over 100 law review articles and other publications. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics published by Oxford University Press. He is a non-governmental advisor of the ICN and a member of the International Task Force of the ABA Section of Antitrust.
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