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29th April 2020

IIC UK CHAPTER ONLINE SEMINAR: Competition in Digital Markets

Chapter event, Virtual Event

Hosted by BRG

Date: 29 April 2020
Time: 1630 BST | 1730 CEST
2330 hrs HKT/SGT | 1130 EDT
Approx. 1.5 hours

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the issue of competition and regulation in digital markets was a high priority on the agendas of governments, regulatory authorities and companies. The impact of the pandemic has brought into sharp relief the importance of communications networks and digital platforms for the functioning of the economy. The large-scale shift to remote working that has happened in the space of a few weeks in many countries around the world would not have been possible only a few years ago. It has brought into stark relief, the role that communications and digital markets play in modern economies and how they have evolved from being complementary to traditional ways of living and doing business to being absolutely central.

However, this transformation in the way that we live and work has also highlighted our dependence on digital markets. It demonstrates the importance of competition in digital markets to provide investment in technology and infrastructure, the ability to respond to sudden shifts in customer demand and affordability. It also highlights the potential risk of over-reliance on individual companies and networks.

This on-line seminar, hosted by Mark Williams, BRG, provided the opportunity for an interactive discussion between panellists followed by Q&A from the audience. There were speakers from Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) and Ofcom.

Date: 29 April 2020
Time: 1630 BST | 1730 CEST
2330 hrs HKT/SGT | 1130 EDT
Approx. 1.5 hours

Registration for this event is now open.

Audience Questions

We very much welcome questions from the audience after the panel have finished speaking, but due to the expected number of participants these are limited to a maximum of two per delegate and must be submitted in advance by email to Joanne Grimshaw. Please send questions by 10.00am BST Wednesday 29 April.

Recording of UK Chapter webinar

This on-line seminar, provided the opportunity for an interactive discussion between panellists followed by Q&A from the audience. The full session can be seen here

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Report

Summary report of the webinar

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Brian Williamson Partner, Communications Chambers

Partner, Communications Chambers

Simeon Thornton Director, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Simeon Thornton is a Director at the Competition and Markets Authority, where he is leading the current market study into online platforms and digital advertising, the interim report of which was published in December 2019. He was previously chief economist and director of analysis at the Department for Energy and Climate Change, where he led a team of over 100 economists, statisticians, social and operational researchers. In previous roles he was responsible for climate change economic analysis at Defra, led market studies at the OFT and was a senior consultant at the economics consultancy NERA, specialising in energy market regulation and restructuring.

Tania Van Den Brande Director of Economics, Ofcom

Director of Economics, Ofcom

Tommaso Valletti (Prof) Head of Department of Economics and Public Policy, Business School, Imperial College

Professor Tommaso Valletti is Professor of Economics at Imperial College London, and also Professor of Economics at the University of Rome.

Currently the Head of the Department of Economics & Public Policy at Imperial College Business School, Professor Valletti is a Non-Executive Director to the board of the Financial Conduct Authority. He was the Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission (Directorate General for Competition) between 2016 and 2019, when he led the economic analysis on many large mergers (e.g. Deutsche Börse/London Stock Exchange, Dow/DuPont, Bayer/Monsanto, Microsoft/LinkedIn, Siemens/Alstom), state aid, and antitrust cases (e.g. Google Shopping, Google Android, Google AdSense, Qualcomm exclusivity, Qualcomm predation, Mastercard and VISA).

Professor Valletti has a magna cum laude degree in engineering and a flute diploma from Turin, and holds a MSc and a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. He has published in the fields of industrial economics, regulation, and competition economics, for a full list see http://ideas.repec.org/f/pva219.html.

Moderators

Mark Williams Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, UK

Mark Williams is an economist with 20 years’ experience in the economics, regulation and strategy of the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sector. This has covered a range of areas including competition policy, litigation, spectrum and business strategy. Most of this experience has been gained as a consultant economist working in the TMT practices of leading economic consulting firms - NERA, Frontier Economics and Deloitte. He also spent six years as a senior economist in the Global ICT team of the World Bank in Washington DC before joining Berkeley Research Group (BRG) in 2016 to lead the TMT practice. Throughout his career, Mr Williams has advised companies, governments and regulatory authorities in the UK and overseas. He has written extensively on the subject of ICT policy and regulation including two books on telecommunications infrastructure and policy.

Event details
Date:
29th April 2020
Location:
Online Meeting
Theme:
Competition Policy
Region:
Europe
Chapter:
UK

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