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Alejandra Palacios Prieto. Chairwoman COFECE, Mexico

The Mexican Competition Commission (COFECE) has the honor of hosting the 2019 ICN Unilateral Conduct Workshop. The workshop will take place on November 14th and 15th at COFECE’s offices in Mexico City, Mexico.

The 8th edition of Unilateral Conduct workshops seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues surrounding the assessment of unilateral conducts in the context of digital platforms. To this end, plenary sessions, as well as break-out sessions discussing hypothetical scenarios, will be used to promote a deeper understanding of these platforms, the challenges involved in their analysis and the sharing of experiences and best practices among workshop participants, including representatives from ICN member agencies and Non- governmental Advisers (NGAs) from around the world. The first day will start off with a plenary on market definition and market power of digital platforms followed by discussions in break-out sessions. The rest of the agenda will focus on recent theory and practice on tying in digital markets and a focused hypothetical case scenario on the topic.

We encourage junior and mid-level staff investigators, attorneys, and economists that carry out investigations to attend the event and register as soon as possible. In addition, we ask you to invite and register one NGA. Registration will be opened until October 11th.

We have procured special rates at three hotels (please see list below). Rooms will be blocked for our event until October 31st.  Please take this under advisement and R.S.V.P. as soon as possible. Transportation between the listed hotels and COFECE will be provided on workshop days.

Please direct any question on the event to icnucw2019@cofece.mx and rlopez@cofece.mx

We look forward to welcoming you in November!

On behalf of the UCWG Co-Chairs,

Alejandra Palacios

COFECE’s Chairwoman

Don’t forget to fill in and send the registration by October 11th,

it is found on the left-hand menu.

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About ICN and UCWG

The International Competition Network has as principal mission to advocate the adoption of superior standards and procedures in competition policy around the world, formulate proposals for procedural and substantive convergence, and seek to facilitate effective international cooperation to the benefit of member agencies, consumers and economies worldwide.

The objective of the Unilateral Conducts Working Group (UCWG) is to examine the challenges involved in analyzing unilateral conduct of dominant firms and firms with substantial market power, facilitate greater understanding of the issues involved in analyzing unilateral conduct, and to promote greater convergence and sound enforcement of laws governing unilateral conduct.

About COFECE

The Federal Economic Competition Commission, COFECE, is the Mexican authority responsible for supervising, promoting, and guaranteeing competition and free access to markets. COFECE was created in June 2013 as part of a major reform of Article 28 of the Mexican Constitution.

COFECE’s mission is to guarantee free market entry and competition as well as to prevent, investigate, and fight monopolies, monopolistic practices, and unlawful mergers; regulate essential inputs and barriers to competition, in addition to any other restrictions to efficient functioning markets in accordance with the Mexican Constitution, international treaties, and corresponding legislation.

COFECE is presently comprised by a Board of Commissioners, the Chairwoman of said Board, the Technical Secretariat, the Investigative Authority and the Internal Comptroller’s Office.

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Day 1: November 14th

  • Registration
  • Opening Remarks by Alejandra Palacios Prieto, Chairwoman of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)
  • Plenary session 1: Recent developments in market definition and market power of digital platform markets
  • Plenary session 2: Tying: recent theory and practice in digital markets 
  • Break out sessions on focused hypothetical cases corresponding to plenaries
  • Workshop Welcome Event

Day 2: November 15th

  • Registration
  • Plenaries and Break out sessions
  • Conclusions and closing session
  • Optional Cultural Event: visit to the National Anthropology Museum
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Aimee Imundo

Aimee works as an International Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s International Section.  She is an expert in competition law, compliance and policy from the perspective of multinational businesses. Prior to joining the DOJ she served for 20 years at General Electric Company, most recently as Executive Counsel for Competition Law & Policy. She was also the Associate General Counsel for Antitrust at GE Capital, the financial services business of GE.  Before joining GE she was at Arnold & Porter, where she worked primarily on antitrust transactions, investigations, and litigation. She has served on the ABA Antitrust Section’s International Cartel Task Force and the Steering Committee of the International Cartel Workshop for several years and has served in several other leadership positions in the ABA Antitrust Section.  She has been on the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute. Aimee has twice been named one of the “100 Women in Antitrust” by Global Competition Review magazine.

Alessandra Tonazzi

Alessandra Tonazzi is Director of the International Affairs Office and acting Director of the European Affairs Office at the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). Her present role involves representation of the ICA in international fora and the promotion of international cooperation with other competition agencies. From October 2012 to April 2013 she was seconded to the Competition Division of the OECD. Prior to the appointment to her current position, she worked at the Authority as Senior Competition Policy Expert in various roles since 1997. She authored several articles on antitrust issues. She holds a PhD in Economic Analysis from the  University of Rome and a MSc in Economics from Warwick University. She graduated in Law and Economics from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.

Alfonso Lamadrid

Alfonso Lamadrid (LLM.Harvard, LL.M. College of Europe) is a partner at the Brussels office of Garrigues. He also holds various academic positions and is an NGA for the European Commission. In 2019 he was awarded the GCR Lawyer of the Year-U40 award. He is also the editor of the legal blog Chillin’Competition”.

Alicia Foster

Alicia is a Senior Competition Law Officer in the Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch at the Canadian Competition Bureau. She leads investigations related to abuse of dominance and other unilateral and joint anti-competitive conduct. Most recently, Alicia was involved in the Bureau’s litigation of the Vancouver Airport Authority case at the Canadian Competition Tribunal. Alicia has a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).

Alvaro Ramos

Alvaro Ramos is Head of Global Antitrust & Chief Antitrust Compliance Officer at Qualcomm, advising different business units on antitrust matters, handling antitrust filings (notably in relation to M&A) and dealing with investigations and litigation across the world. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was Legal Director at Cisco in Europe and worked for more than 10 years as an external counsel representing companies on issues related to antitrust. His experience covers the whole range of antitrust including cartels, dominance (monopolization) and mergers across a range of industries, including high technology, energy, consumer goods, automotive, aviation and pharmaceuticals. Alvaro Ramos lectures in several MBA, antitrust and IP programs and often participates as a panelist in conferences and seminars. He holds an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges) and Diploma in Economics of Competition Law from King’s College (London).

Andrea Minuto Rizzo

Andrea Minuto Rizzo is Head of International Affairs of the Italian Competition Authority. Within the same agency, he has also been Head of Staff to a Commissioner and case handler in the Banking and Financial Services Directorate. Previously, he worked for Enel and has been Head of the Electricity and Imports Unit of the Public Affairs Department. He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD and a Master in Economics of Competition and Regulation from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and published in several fields of competition policy.

Andrew Heimert

Andrew J. Heimert is Counsel for Asian Competition Affairs in the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs.  He is responsible for the FTC’s relationships with competition agencies in China, Japan, Korea, and several other Asian jurisdictions.  He is also responsible for international intellectual property issues, and works frequently on projects for the International Competition Network’s Unilateral Conduct Working Group, including those relating to vertical restraints. Mr. Heimert previously was the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Antitrust Modernization Commission, a bipartisan Commission created by Congress to study and report on the antitrust laws and recommend appropriate changes to Congress and the President. He has also worked on a variety of antitrust policy issues and investigations at the FTC as an attorney in the FTC’s Office of Policy and Coordination.  Mr. Heimert received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996.  He received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1993.

Andrey Tsarikovskiy

Stats-Secretary, Deputy Head of the FAS Russia. Graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics with the degree in “Economics and Organization of Machine-Building Industry”, qualification – engineer-economist. In 1995, became an Assistant to the Deputy of Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg. One year after was appointed to the Head of the Apparatus of the Vice-Governor – the Head of the Financial Committee of the Saint Petersburg Administration. Under his leadership, several laws and directives on financial management were developed. 1999-2004 – Director of Research and Development Programs, CEO of “Epicenter – Saint Petersburg”, center for economic and political research. Mr. Tsarikovskiy is the author of a number of legislative initiatives in the State Duma of the Russian Federation on economic, fiscal, tax and antimonopoly policies. Since 2004, has been the Deputy Head of the FAS Russia. Since July 2006, has been Stats-Secretary – Deputy Head of the FAS Russia. Mr. Tsarikovskiy is a member of Russian Government Legislative Commission and the Government Import Substitution Commission.

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Çağlar Deniz Ata

Mr. Çağlar Deniz ATA is a chief case officer who has been with the Turkish Competition Authority since 2005. Mr. ATA has lead over 50 cases during his service and is specialized mostly in energy cases especially on electricity production and distribution. Mr. ATA holds an MBA degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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David Lawrence

David B. Lawrence is Chief of the Competition Policy and Advocacy Section at the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. The Competition Policy and Advocacy Section has responsibility for the development and implementation of the Antitrust Division’s significant policy initiatives. Mr. Lawrence recently rejoined the Antitrust Division from a detail to the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as the Director of the T-Mobile/Sprint Transaction Task Force. Before the FCC, Mr. Lawrence served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General at the Antitrust Division, most recently for AAG Makan Delrahim. Mr. Lawrence started his career at the Antitrust Division as an Honors Program attorney. He has won four Antitrust Division Awards of Distinction for his work on investigation and litigation of major merger and conduct matters.

David Schwartz

David B. Schwartz is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Healthcare Division within the Bureau of Competition. He focuses on antitrust conduct issues in the healthcare space. David is the lead attorney in the FTC v. Surescripts litigation, filed in federal district court in the District of Columbia in April 2019, challenging alleged anticompetitive conduct by an electronic prescription platform. David also helped litigate the successful FTC v. Actavis case after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in that case, which involved reverse settlement payments between pharmaceutical companies. Before joining the FTC, David was an attorney in private practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and also a clerk for the Hon. Sandra S. Ikuta on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Diana Santillán

Diana Santillán holds an B.A. in Law by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a Specialty in International Public Law and an M.A. in Economy, Regulation and Competition of Public Services by the University of Barcelona. She joined COFECE in 2015, where she works at the Direction General of Market Investigations. She is part of case teams in charge of probes of markets such as industrial gases, ports, taxis, e-commerce. She has also done an internship at the CNMC of Spain.

Eduardo Mendoza

Commissioner José Eduardo Mendoza Contreras is an economist with a Ph.D. from Surrey University in the UK, he holds two master’s degrees in economics, one from Boston University and another from El Colegio de México (COLMEX) and a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). From 2006 to 2013 he worked as Commissioner's adviser, in 2013 he became General Director in charge of unilateral conduct investigations office at COFECE (Prácticas Relativas). In 2015 he was appointed Ministry of Economy's Head of the Unit of Competition and Public Policies for Markets Efficiency, where he directed several market studies and coordinated the application of the OECD´s Competition Assessment Toolkit to sectors as medicines, natural gas and food.

Ekaterina Rousseva

Ekaterina Rousseva has more than twenty years of experience in the field of competition law. After practicing competition law as an attorney, she joined the European Commission and since 2007 has been working at the Directorate General for Competition on a broad range of antitrust cases and policy projects.  She holds a Phd from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has authored the monograph “Rethinking Exclusionary Abuses in EU competition law” (Hart 2010) and is a co-author and editor of  “EU Antitrust Procedure” (Oxford, 2020). She is a visiting lecturer in competition law at the University of Sofia since 2011. 

Eric Jaramillo

B.A. in Law by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He studied an M.A. in Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho of Mexico. He works in COFECE since 2017, where he is currently General Coordinator at the Direction General of Market Investigations of the Investigative Authority. He has worked in cases of abuse of dominance and illegal mergers in energy markets, mainly.

Frank Montag

Dr Frank Montag is admitted to the bars of Brussels and Düsseldorf. His practice focuses on advising companies globally in merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations as well as representing them in proceedings before the Union courts in Luxemburg. Since 2010 he won nine times the Global Competition Lawyer of the Year award of Who’s Who Legal. Frank is a member of the Partnership Council of Freshfields. He held posts as chairman of The Finance and Risk Committee (2010 – 2016), co-head of the global Antitrust Competition and Trade group (2000 – 2006) and managing partner of the Brussels office (1990 – 2000). Frank served as chairman of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. (the Antitrust Lawyers’ Association for Germany, Austria and Switzerland - 2006 - 2018) and a member of the committee of management of the European Air Law Association (1992 – 2007). Since 2007, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich. Frank participated as non-governmental adviser to the delegations of the US Department of Justice (2003), the European Commission (2004-2005) and the Bundeskartellamt (2007-2019) in conferences of the International Competition Network (ICN). Frank is also one of the editors of Münchener Kommentar zum Wettbewerbsrecht and of Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht (Journal of Competition Law).

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Gian Luca Zampa

Gian Luca, based in Rome and Milan, heads the antitrust practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in the whole range of antitrust matters, including cartels & leniency, vertical arrangements, unfair trade practices, State aid, as well as merger control, both before the EU Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA). He is also highly active in antitrust litigation at national and EU level. In addition to his general antitrust practice, he has developed specific expertise and experience in the transport, financial and digital platform sectors. Before joining the firm in 2001, Gian Luca worked for three years at the Italian Antitrust Authority as an officer and case handler, dealing with broadcasting and transportation markets, during which he frequently represented the Italian Antitrust Authority in the course of oral hearing or Advisory Committees in Brussels. He then worked in New York at Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz before moving back to Italy. He graduated in law (J.D., summa cum laude) from the University of Bologna (1992) and was admitted to the Italian Bar (1995, Supreme Court 2012) and to the New York Bar (2003). He completed his first Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London in EC Competition Law in 1995 and graduated from Columbia University Law School, New York, having completed a second LL.M., specialising in antitrust economics and law in 2000. Since 2009, Gian Luca is a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) for the Italian Antitrust Authority in the Merger and now the Cartel Working Group of the ICN. Native Italian, he speaks English fluently and has a basic command of Spanish.

Hwei Rong Lo

Hwei Rong is a Senior Assistant Director in the Business & Economics Division at the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore, where she leads a wide range of cases across all three prohibitions under the Singapore Competition Act (anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and anti-competitive mergers). Her cases include merger filings and notifications of anti-competitive agreements, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations and inquiries, market studies examining competition and consumer protection issues, and competition advisories to other government agencies. She also has significant experience in advising companies on Singapore competition law and economics, having spent seven years within the in-house Competition Economics team of a top Singapore competition law and antitrust practice.

Iratxe Gurpegui

Iratxe Gurpegui is competition expert at the OECD Since 2015. Iratxe leads and elaborates reviews of public procurement processes and competition policy at the Latin America and the Caribbean region, among other activities. Before joining the OECD, Iratxe worked at the French Competition Authority and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition as a case-handler of several antitrust and merger cases.  She has also worked as competition lawyer in the private sector. Iratxe has a Law Degree with specialisation in economics from the University of Deusto in Spain and a Master’s Degree on European Law from the Institute of European studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Janine Bialecki

After graduating with degrees in Finance and Law from the Australian National University, Janine worked at the Australian Department of Treasury for eight years on policy and economic issues including investor protection, bank policy and competition policy. In 2016 Janine completed a Masters in Behavioural Economics and Game Theory at the University of Amsterdam. Shortly after returning to Australia, Janine joined the Behavioural Economics team of the Australian Government (BETA) where she spent two years providing advice and designing randomised controlled trials across sectors including tax, banking, workplace relations and energy.  Janine joined the ACCC in March 2018 where she now applies both behavioural and more traditional economic analysis to mergers, adjudication and enforcement matters.

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Joyce Midori Honda

Joyce Midori Honda is a partner of the antitrust practice group of Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, based in São Paulo. Joyce received a law degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP) in 2001 and holds an LL.M degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2007. She is the Vice President of the Competition Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/SP).

Kris Dekeyser

Kris 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

Maria João Melícias

Maria João Melícias is member of the Board of the Autoridade da Concorrencia from Portugal since May 12, 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was a “référendaire” at the Court of Justice of the European Union, in Luxembourg. Between 1999 and 2012, she was a legal practitioner, specializing in EU and Competition Law, as Associate lawyer and Senior Associate of PLMJ’s antitrust practice, in Lisbon, the law firm where she had also trained at. She holds a law degree from Lisbon University School of Law, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Trade Regulation from New York University, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in EU Competition Law from King’s College London and a postgraduate diploma in Competition Law, also from King’s College

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Monica Cunningham

Monica Cunningham is a case-handler in DG Competition, working on antitrust investigations in the IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics sector, and in particular on the Google Android case. Her previous experience in DG Competition includes working as a case-handler on antitrust cases in the energy sector; as a speechwriter to former Commissioner Joaquin Almunia and former DG Philip Lowe; and in antitrust policy. Before joining DG Competition, Monica worked as a lawyer for the UK’s competition authority (the OFT, predecessor to the CMA) and in private practice in London and Brussels. Monica is a dual UK/Belgian national, and studied law in the UK, France and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Moritz Jakobs

Moritz Jakobs works in the International Department of the Bundeskartellamt (German Competition Authority). He was formerly active as a case handler in several Decision Divisions of the Bundeskartellamt. He is a lecturer for abuse of dominant market positions (Art. 102 TFEU) at the Free University of Berlin. Prior to joining the Bundeskartellamt in 2015, he worked for several years as a Brussels-based attorney in the Antitrust Group of an international law firm. He studied law in Göttingen (Germany), Dijon (France) and Florence (Italy). He holds a doctorate from the University of Göttingen and a LL.M. of the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).

Moti Katz

Moti Katz holds a LL.B and a LLM (magna cumme laude) degrees in Law as well as a B.A. in Economics all of them were granted by Tel Aviv University. Moti Katz works for the legal department of Israel Competition Authority for the last five years. During his work he handles as a lawyer and for the last year as a team leader various Antitrust cases regarding mergers, restrictive arrangements and abuse of Monopoly position. Beside that he was responsible for legislation processes on behalf of the Authority and in charge on the field of Block Exemptions in the authority. Prior to that he had worked for a year as a lawyer in a private Law firm in Israel also in the field of Competition Law.

Nonkululeko Moeketsi

Nonkululeko Moeketsi is a trained economist and joined the Competition Commission South Africa in 2012. Whilst at the Commission she has worked on a number of complex merger and acquisition transactions, enforcement and cartel cases. She is currently holding the position of Senior Analyst at the Commission’s Market Conduct Division.

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Paolo Benedetti

Paolo Benedetti is a partner at Agon, Economics & Law - a Mexican consultancy firm that specialises in competition law and economic regulation. Between 2010 and 2013, he was the Director General of Outreach at the Mexican Federal Competition Commission. In that position he was responsible for coordinating the interaction between the CFC and federal and state governments, international organizations, and competition authorities in other countries. Between 2007 and 2009, Paolo was Deputy Director of Mergers at the CFC and Director General of Economic Analysis at the Ministry of Communications and Transport. He has also participated in regulatory and competition projects with the OECD, the Interamerican Development Bank and several Latin American countries. He holds a PhD in government from the London School of Economics. 

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Ram Kumar Poornachandran

Ram Kumar leads the competition practice of TT&A. He has advised Indian and foreign clients on complex matters across various sectors such as pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, energy, media, FMCG, glass and healthcare.

He has successfully advised and represented a number of clients in merger transactions, including: Linde in its merger with Praxair, 21st Century Fox in relation to the sale of its business to Walt Disney Co, Lafarge in its global merger with Holcim, and Novartis in its transformational restructuring with GlaxoSmithKline across three transactions and business divisions. On the antitrust side, Ram has successfully defended Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd. and Saint Gobain against abuse of dominance allegations before the CCI. He recently represented Star India in securing the quashing of a CCI investigation by the Bombay High Court. Ram has successfully represented Reliance Industries, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and 21st Century Fox in cartel investigations. He also regularly advises multinational companies on competition compliance issues. Ram is a non-governmental advisor to the CCI. Ram received his LL.M degree from the National University of Singapore and holds a postgraduate diploma in Competition Economics from King’s College London. Consistently rated for his expertise and experience by publications such as Chambers & Partners (2015 - 2019), Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal - “Future leader – Partners” 2019.

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Sara Estima Martins

Sara is a partner in the EU and Competition law practice of Portuguese law firm PLMJ and has more than 15 years’ experience in this area. Her experience covers all competition law matters, especially mergers, cartels and other horizontal practices, vertical agreements and abuses of a dominant position. Sara earned her law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra and has an LLM in EU law from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

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Sharon Pang

Dr. Sharon Pang has more than 20 years of experience in antitrust investigation and litigation matters spanning a wide range of industries in the United States. Since the passage of the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance in 2012, she has also been engaged by attorneys in Hong Kong to advise their clients on a broad range of competition-related matters.  Dr. Pang joined Deacons as Principal Economist – Competition in March 2018, and was appointed by the Hong Kong Competition Commission (“Commission”) to serve as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network from 2018 to 2020. Dr. Pang was retained as an economic expert by the majority of the respondents in the Commission’s second legal action against ten residential renovation service providers (CTEA2/2017), and was the first economic expert to have testified in front of the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal. 

Susan Jones

Susan is a Special Counsel in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition and Regulation group. She was previously the head of the global antitrust practice at Swiss healthcare company Novartis. Prior to Novartis, Susan was a senior associate at Allen & Overy in Brussels and a senior investigator at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Susan Philp

Susan Philp is a Director in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Substantial Lessening of Competition Unit.  The Unit is dedicated resource which investigates cases under Australia’s reformed laws for misuse of market power and concerted practices.  Susan has extensive experience in the investigation of dominance matters and in leading policy development and implementation at the ACCC, including the recent Harper Review which reformed our competition law.  Susan is a former Director of the ACCC’s International program and is the ACCC’s lead officer for the UCWG’s Vertical Restraints Project.

Teresa Abad Hernández

Teresa Abad Hernández is Chief Competition Inspector at Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia, working at the Information Society Unit. She has previously been case-handler on antitrust cases and merger control in digital markets, audiovisual and telecocommunications sectors. Before joining CNMC last year, she worked at the Spanish Department of Commerce, at the Tariff Policy Unit, as state economist and trade expert, for a year.

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Thulani Mandiriza

Mr Thulani Mandiriza is a principal economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa since 2012. He has worked on several mergers and abuse of dominance cases across various sectors during his time at the Commission. Prior to joining the Competition Commission, he worked for more than 10 years in both the public and private sector conducting economic research across various sectors. He holds post-graduate qualifications in economics and business administration.

Tim Capel

Tim Capel has been a Legal Director at the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) since 2016. At the CMA, Tim has worked on a range of merger, cartel and antitrust investigations – including those involving issues arising from the conduct of online platforms – as well as advising on legal policy matters. Before joining the CMA, Tim was a Senior Associate in the Antitrust and Competition practice at international law firm Hogan Lovells, based in the firm’s London office.

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Wei Hu

Through years of work at the Hong Kong Competition Commission as an economist, Wei is experienced in investigation of both cartel cases and abuse of dominance cases. Wei also led market studies, for example by using screening methods to examine certain Hong Kong local markets. He combines economic theory and empirical methods in his work.

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Yeny Luna

Yeny Luna has been a specialist investigator at the Superintendencia de Competencia of El Salvador for ten years, she is in charge of carrying out investigations relating to infractions to the Competition Law and the preparation of legal-economic content for resolution projects. She holds a masters in Economics, Regulation and Competition in Public Services, with a specialization in Network Services (Energy and Telecommunications) from the University of Barcelona. She holds a maters in Management, from the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” of El Salvador and a Bachelours Degree in Business Administration from Universidad de El Salvador (UES). 

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The workshop will be held at COFECE’s offices, which are located at:
Revolución 725, Colonia Santa María Nonoalco, Alcaldía de Benito Juárez, 03700, Mexico City.

You can see COFECE location in google maps here.

Entering the building, you will be asked to go through the metal detectors. To your right, you will see the reception area for the event. We recommend arriving 15 to 20 min before to register. COFECE’s staff will be waiting to escort you to the workshop.

 Transportation from Mexico City International Airport

Suggested modes of transportation are the authorized taxis from the airport and Ubers.

Taxis:
Upon your arrival, the recommendation is to use the authorized taxi services at the airport. These are the only taxis authorized by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes). Any other service at the airport is illegal (yes, we have our own regulatory barriers to competition!). You must purchase the corresponding ticket in authorized retail outlets before you use their services.

Taxi services are located at the international and domestic entrances at Terminals one and two. In both cases, taxi tickets are sold at the modules located near the arrival gates and in the walkway area. Credit card payments are received. Rates are posted in a visible place and are authorized by the SCT. (More information: http://bit.ly/2Qswdjz)

  • Terminal one:
    • Porto Taxi
    • Sitio 300
    • Nueva Imagen and Excelencia
  • Terminal two:
    • Porto Taxi
    • Sitio 300
    • Nueva Imagen
    • Excelencia
    • Confort and Yellow Cab

Fare: Rates are determined by the zone traveled to in relation with the airport.

Metro:
In service: on business days from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost per ticket: 5 MXN

Passengers may purchase reusable smart cards at the stations for 10.00 MXN; the minimum amount to prepay is 3.00 MXN. You may purchase your ticket at both the booths or the ticket machines available at any metro station. On occasion, smart cards may not be available. You will be required to pay with cash. Several stations have stairs (non-electric) which could hinder the movement with suitcases. Beware of pickpockets

Route
See map of Mexico City Metro System: Mexico City Metro map: http://bit.ly/2EwCR3s

 

Map of Transport Services at Mexico City International Airport

Transportation within Mexico City

Uber
You can download the Uber app and use this service in Mexico City.

Metro stations near COFECE
The following metro stations are close to COFECE’s offices.

  • San Pedro de los Pinos, (1500 meters) 20 minute walk
  • San Antonio, (800 meters) 10 minute walk
  • Mixcoac, (750 meters) 9 minute walk
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Barceló

Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel

Address

Paseo de la Reforma 1, Col. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06030 Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 276 Col. Juarez C.P. 06600, Mexico City

Per night + Tax

1930 MXN

195-207 USD

Please make your reservation a soon as possible in order to guarantee your stay in the hotel. COFECE will provide complimentary transportation to and from the above-selected list of hotels on November 14 and 15. 

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Welcome to Mexico City. If you find yourself with time to explore, there are a few stops and activities we recommend:

Downtown area

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

Visit the 400 m2 government building that houses the federal executive, which was previously Hernán Cortés’ second residence. It was erected over part of the Moctezuma Xocoyotzin’s Palace (the Tlatoani of the Mexica’s that was informed of the arrival of foreigners on the east coast). The Palace holds murals by Diego Rivera, which graphically narrate Mexico’s history as of prehispanic times to the 20th century, an homage to president Benito Juárez, botanical gardens, the former chamber of deputies, libraries, among others.

Address:  Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06066 Ciudad de México, CDMX


Free Walking Tour Mexico City

The free walking tour in Mexico City aims to make your experience the most likeable possible in your city, the guides will introduce you to the city through history, traditions, and local folklore by walking. The Pink Umbrella tour starts in front of Palacio de Bellas Artes next to the Alameda Park. Click here for more information.


Polanco area

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)

With more than 1,600 acres of gardens and history surrounding, the historic hilltop castle provides a spectacular view of the city. Home to the once emperors Maximiliano de Habsburgo and Carlota in 1864. Construction began in 1785 through the Mexican Independence, when it became a military academy. It was not until 1939 that it was open to the public. See paintings, documents, photographies and diverse objects, visit the salons and decks. The walk up is an experience you will never forget. A train is also available.

Address: Paseo de la Reforma I Sección s/n, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec. Polanco-Chapultepec


 Mexico City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Hit the major landmarks of Mexico City on this hop-on hop-off bus tour, a convenient way to get your bearings of the large and sprawling metropolis. Enjoy great views and informative commentary as you travel by open-top, double-decker bus, and hop off to sightsee independently. Visit top attractions including the Zócalo, National Museum of Anthropology and Revolution Monument. Buses run from morning until night, so you can experience Mexico City’s most noteworthy sights while shopping and dining at your own pace.

  • Visit 17 Mexico City landmarks and attractions on one affordable tour
  • Learn about the history of Mexico’s capital from the bus’s on-board audio
  • Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of a hop-on, hop-off experience
  • Admire the urban landscape from a double-decker, open-top bus

For more information click here


South of the City

San Angel Bazaar

The San Angel Neighborhood not only is site to the Saturday Bazaar, but also churches and art galleries. The Bazaar is between the San Jacinto square and Carme Square, and indoor and outdoor market, showcases jewelry and artwork of some of Mexico’s finest artisans. The best time to visit is in the morning.

 Address: Plaza San Jacinto s/n, Col. San Ángel. 01000


 Coyoacán

The blue House: Frida Kahlo's private universe (Casa Azúl)

Let yourself get lost in the most inner workings of Frida Kahlo’s life and passions by visiting her home in one of Mexico City’s oldest neighborhoods.

For more information click here


Cultural events and Dining in the Condesa neighborhood

There are several dining options in Mexico City, we suggest you start in the Condesa Neighborhood.  There are options to suit any budget, from a street food tour, such as the Taste of Condesa Tour to a list of restaurants recognized for their cuisine, you can’t go wrong if you are a foodie or in the mood to experience the combination of culture and palatable history.

You can also take a walking tour of Condesa and Roma using GPSMyCity


Shopping

Shopping can be a great way to unwind after sightseeing, the city has diverse malls and shopping centers to pick from. Pick and choose from exclusive boutiques and designer stores, up and down Avenida Presidente Masaryk (in Polanco) a shopping strip that rivals Champs-Elysees in Paris and 5th Avenue in New York City.

Address: Avenida Presidente Masaryk, Col, Polanco, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City

If malls are your preference, Antara Fashion Hall (Polanco) showcases elegant boutiques and designer stores in an open-air mall.

Address: Avenida Ejercito Nacional Mexicano No. 843 | Col. Granada Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City


Nearby Mexico City

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Explore the ancient pyramids and plazas at Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Several hotels offer tours in addition to those available on specialized tourist sites.

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  • Who can attend the Workshop?

Officials from competition agencies, which are members of the ICN. Participation of NGA’s is by invitation only.


  • How can I register for the Workshop?

Register by filling in the online registration form on the website. After the registration form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.


  • Is there any participation fee for the Workshop?

No, there is no participation fee. However, participants or their institutions/agencies are responsible for covering travel, accommodation and other related expenses.


  • How do I know if my registration has been confirmed?

Your participation in the Workshop will be confirmed by an email from the Mexican Competition Commission, which will be sent following your registration in the system.


  • I have not received confirmation of my registration.

In that case, please contact us via email: icnucw2019@cofece.mx


  • May I register on site on the day of the Workshop?

No, registration at the Workshop will not be possible. Please note that pre-registration online is required for all participants.


  • I am no longer able to attend, and I have already registered. What should I do?

Please send an email to inform that you are canceling.


  • Will printed materials be made available at the Workshop?

Participants will receive a printed copy of the agenda at the conference. Materials will be available for download on the Workshop’s website.


  • Will laptops or personal computers be available for rent at the Workshop?

No, participants are encouraged to bring their own devices.


  • Will there be Wi-Fi at the conference venue?

There will be free Wi-Fi connection at the conference venue.


  • What is the dress code for the Workshop?

You are kindly requested to wear business casual. Please note that the average temperature in Mexico City in November is  23° / 7°C (74° / 45° F).


  • How can I book a room?

Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Special rates have been negotiated with Hotel Barceló and Mexico CityMarriott Reforma Hotel. Please go to the Accommodations section of this website for information on the hotels.


  • Will I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

Please go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs site: http://bit.ly/2kjh9ci for entry requirements. Should you need an international visa invitation letter from the Federal Economic Competition Commission please select yes on this section in the registration form or contact us.


  • Will transportation from the airport to the hotel be provided?

No, you will have to make your own arrangements to get to your hotel. However, should you stay at one of the recommended hotels, transportation will be provided to the conference venue, on a schedule. COFECE will provide transportation from these locations to all activities during the Workshop days.


  • What is the currency in Mexico?

The Mexican Peso. For currency rates please check: http://bit.ly/2kjOgg8 


What language is spoken in Mexico?

Spanish is the official language spoken in Mexico. The Workshop will be in English, however, there will be at least one break out session in Spanish. Interpreters will not be hired.


  • Should I have travel or health insurance during my stay in Mexico City?

It is highly recommended that all participants carry an adequate travel and health insurance, as the organizers of 2019 ICN Unilateral Conduct Workshop cannot accept any liability for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur during the Workshop.


  • Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact the Workshop organizers at: rlopez@cofece.mx; icnucw2019@cofece.mx

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Renée López Fernández
+ 52 (55) 4747 6349

rlopez@cofece.mx 

icnucw2019@cofece.mx