Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division to Co-Host the 19th Annual International Competition Network Conference

This year’s conference is the first to be held virtually

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The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division will co-host the 19th annual International Competition Network, or ICN, Conference, from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, 2020.

Originally planned as an in-person conference in Los Angeles in May, the conference will feature leadership from antitrust agencies from around the globe, as well as competition experts from international organizations and the legal, business, academic, and consumer advocate communities.

FTC Chairman Joseph J. Simons and Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim will open the conference and participate in a showcase program on competition enforcement in the digital economy. ICN Working Groups will then present recent ICN work product and discuss key competition issues, including the digital economy, mergers, cartels, unilateral conduct, advocacy, and agency effectiveness. Supplemental conference programming will be held throughout the fall.

“The ICN’s work benefits consumers by promoting sound enforcement and policy, and by reinforcing competition’s central role in driving productivity, innovation, and economic recovery,” said FTC Chairman Joseph Simons. It is a great honor for the FTC to support the ICN’s critical work and to co-organize this year’s conference.”

“We are proud to co-host the ICN annual conference, an important forum for our international partners in antitrust enforcement and others who are dedicated to effective competition policy,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. “As the economy moves to greater globalization and digitization, convergence and cooperation are more important than ever to ensuring sound antitrust enforcement.”

Registration is not required. A link to view the entire conference will be provided on the FTC Events Calendar immediately preceding the opening of the conference on Sept. 14, 2020 at 8:00 am EDT. Further information about the conference is available on the conference webpage and on Twitter @IntCompNetwork.

The ICN’s members include 140 competition agencies from 129 jurisdictions. The ICN provides a forum for antitrust agencies to address enforcement and policy issues of common interest and to discuss ways that member agencies can more closely align their policies and procedures.

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