Pre-ICN Forum examines global competition developments in Latin America

  • 21 May 2019

Co-organised by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Bar Association (IBA), the Pre-International Competition Network (Pre-ICN) Forum took place in Colombia with a special focus on antitrust policy and enforcement in Latin America.

Each year, the Pre-ICN Forum is the venue for an interactive dialogue between regulators and business experts on the key trends shaping the global competition system.

With this year’s forum taking place in Colombia, antitrust enforcement in Latin America was at the forefront of the Pre-ICN Forum. The first session of the day examined competition enforcement challenges and future outlooks in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.  Issues included pre-merger notification regimes, unilateral conduct, cartels investigation and leniency programmes.  The second panel brought together senior officials from the United States Department of Justice, as well as antitrust compliance experts from Europe to discuss the importance of promoting a culture of compliance to enhance competition enforcement.

John W.H.  Denton AO, ICC Secretary General said:

“As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, ICC is pleased to co-organise this year’s PreICN Forum to facilitate exchanges between leading antitrust practitioners from around the world on developments shaping international competition.”

The afternoon sessions examined global trends facing the competition industry globally, including procedural rights, and consumer harm in the high tech industry. These sessions combined insights of government, business, and legal representatives from Latin America and abroad. Panellists represented multinational law firms and companies, as well as national competition enforcement agencies from around the world.

Maria Monica Conde Barragan of ICC Colombia said:

“As Latin America continues to develop, competition law enforcement has become essential for business and society as a whole. This year’s Pre-ICN Forum addressed the most pressing competition issues and offered constructive solutions to improve the region’s competition enforcement.”

The Forum also featured keynote addresses from Andres Barreto Gonzalez, Superintendent of Industry and Commerce of Colombia, Andreas Mundt, ICN Chairman and President Bundeskartellamt, and Frederic Jenny, Chair, OECD Competition Committee, Professor of Economics, ESSEC Business School.

These sessions offered business representatives a rare opportunity to contribute to open discussions with competition agencies on issues that affect them most.