Eurasian anti-cartel forum

INTERNATIONAL PRACTICAL CONFERENCE

II EURASIAN ANTI-CARTEL FORUM 2019

MOSCOW
SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

HILTON MOSCOW LENINGRADSKAYA HOTEL
KALANCHEVSKAYA UL., 21/40
MOSCOW

In today’s globalized economic environment, particularly as the wheels of digitization gain momentum, cartel schemes tend to internationalize, transcending local and national boundaries. Meanwhile, with increasing frequency the antitrust agencies encounter instances where criminals use digital technology smartly to establish and run cartels.

The current situation calls for an effective, systemic national and supranational anti-cartel effort equipped to respond to the challenges of the day, and that is where international interoperation between the national antitrust agencies would make a real difference. The CIS, EAEC and BRICS member are very attentive to these matters. The upcoming conference will discuss the challenges and outlook of the anti-cartel effort on the national and international level, running the gamut from investigation to criminal enforcement, exploring the mainstream trends in anti-cartel regulation, and studying the hands-on aspects of cross-border investigations across the CIS, EAEC and BRICS. Singular emphasis will be placed on the challenges confronting the anti-cartel effort in a digitized economic environment.

Conference languages: Russian, English

PROGRAMME

SEPTEMBER 16, MONDAY

The conference will include an itinerary of topic-specific panels and a business role-play game. The panel speakers will discuss the key trends, issues and opportunities for the anti-cartel effort at the present juncture, dwelling on such questions as prosecution of price-rigging activity, international interoperation, cross-border investigation and, notably, the future of the anti-cartel effort in a digital era.

A crucial part of the conference, the business role-play game will take on the format of simulated proceedings in a case of stock exchange price-rigging through the use of bidding robots. The players will present their evidence and contentions to the antitrust agency, which will assess them and issue its well-grounded decision. The role-play will be followed by an open debate, where all conference delegates will be welcome to speak, share their views and pose questions to the speakers. At the conclusion of the event, the keynote speakers will wrap up the outputs of the conference.

The conference will be attended by delegates from the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia, the Eurasian Economic Commission, international antitrust agencies and law enforcement agencies, as well as independent experts with extensive experience in anti-cartel practice.



09:30 – 10:00
Accreditation. Welcome coffee break.
10:00 – 10:30

Speakers:

Vassily RUDOMINO

Chairman of the Board Committee of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries”, Senior partner at ALRUD Law Firm


Andrey TSARIKOVSKIY

Stats-Secretary, Deputy Head of the FAS Russia


Aleksey SUSHKEVICH

Director of the Department for Antitrust Regulation, Eurasian economic commission


Representative of the Association of European Business


10:30 – 12:00

In a globalized market environment, the national antitrust agencies have no choice but to collaborate with each other, if they wish to more effectively safeguard fair competition in this new reality. The participants of this session will discuss the ongoing cooperation and prospective partnership opportunities in the investigation of anticompetitive schemes and collateral offenses within the framework of BRICS, EAEC and ICAP, and will also assess the status of, and outlook for the ongoing bilateral and multilateral treaties and other partnership formats. The panel will also address the most urgent gaps in the legal definition of anticompetitive deals and collateral offenses, which frequently reveal themselves in the course of proceedings.

Moderators:

Andrey TENISHEV

Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia


German ZAKHAROV

Executive Director of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries, Partner at ALRUD Law Firm


Speakers:

Viorica CĂRARE

Head, Carare Viorica & Partners (Moldova)


Manas Kumar CHAUDHURI

Partner, Khaitan & Co (India)


Noemy Melo COLIN

Head of the International Unit, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)


Aleksey SUSHKEVICH

Director of the Department for Antitrust Regulation, Eurasian economic commission


Mukhamed KHAMUKOV

Deputy Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia


12:00 – 12:30
Coffee break.
12:30 – 14:00

The effort to combat price-rigging schemes is a high antimonopoly policy priority in many legal systems. The key to success on this frontline lies in the efficacy of cross-agency interoperation, and in steadfast criminal prosecution of the colluding parties of a cartel. The participants of this panel will discuss the pertinent practice of law enforcement and the recent initiatives in the area of criminal liability for price-rigging offenses, zooming in on the nuances of cartel detection, investigation, and the application of indemnity provisions. They will, furthermore, review the current state of cross-agency interoperation in the anti-cartel effort, and opportunities for this interoperation going forward.

Moderators:

Andrey TENISHEV

Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia


Anton SUBBOT

Partner, Baker & McKenzie


Speakers:

Sergey BOCHKAREV

Deputy Head of the Department for Supervision over the Investigation of Particularly Important Cases, Procurator-General's Office


Mikhail SEDOV

Head of Department on Fighting Financial Crimes in State Procurement, Rosfinmonitoring


Regional Procurator’s Office representative (regional practice)


Representative of the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation


Anton TESLENKO

Deputy Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia


14:00 – 15:00
Lunch.
15:00 – 16:30

Digital transformation of economy and high-end technologies development also provide for transformation of anticompetitive agreements, including the ways of their execution and the performance thereunder. Software application shifts people’s role from direct actors to detached supervisors. Data transfer technologies have also changed a lot, as well as data volumes in the digital environment. E.g. almost all public procurement in Russia, comparable to 1/3 of GDP, have been digitalized. All this put forward new challenges both to the anti-trust regulator (in view of the need in new approaches) and the business that shall adjust itself to quick changes in the regulatory environment. In particular, the legal regulation of general approaches to such matters as secrecy of communications and bank secrecy are to be revised. There is also the need in approaches to qualification of price algorithms and hacker attacks application to eliminate competition, etc. The FAS of the Russian Federation has been actively working at “the fifth anti-trust package” related to the issues of anti-trust regulation in digital economy. The attendees of the session will discuss the abovementioned matters and other issues related to fighting anticompetitive agreements in the digital age.

Moderator:

Elena SOKOLOVSKAYA

Head of Antitrust Practice, Pepeliaev Group


Speakers:

Betal BIZHOEV

Project Director, Head of the Electronic Univesrity, Sberbank-AST


Valery BAULIN

Head of Digital Forensics Lab, IB-Group


Takhir SHCHERBA

Head of Antitrust Practice, Compliance Institute


Anton TESLENKO

Deputy Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia


Anatoly ZEMTSOV

Co-founder and Director General, DFCenter (Digital Forensic Center)


16:30 – 17:00
Coffee break.
17:00 – 18:30

The incidence of antitrust offenses, committed by harnessing high technology, particularly in the sphere of stock trading, is rising exponentially, which testifies to the relevance of the subject-matter of this role-play simulation – an improvised court case concerning a price-rigging arrangement in stock trading, achieved through the use of bidding robots. The participants of this role-play will present their evidence and contentions to the antitrust agency, which will review and assess them, and issue its well-grounded judgment. The role-play will be followed by an open debate, where all conference delegates will be welcome to speak and share their views.

Moderator:

Yaroslav KULIK

Partner and Head of Antitrust Practice at ART DE LEX Law Firm


Speakers:

Dmitry ARTYUSHENKO

Baker & McKenzie


Fatima KONIEVA

Head of the Digital Investigations Division of the Anti-Сartel Department, FAS Russia


Yulia KUPRIYANCHIK

Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department, FAS Russia


Polina MELKOEDOVA

Deputy Head of the Division for Particular Important Investigations of the the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia


Tatiana PROKAEVA

Adviser of the Anti-Сartel Department, FAS Russia


18:30 – 19:30
Evening reception.

*This schedule may be subject to change

Invited to speak

Dmitry ARTYUSHENKO
Dmitry ARTYUSHENKO
Baker & McKenzie
Valery BAULIN
Valery BAULIN
Head of Digital Forensics Lab, IB-Group
Betal BIZHOEV
Betal BIZHOEV
Project Director, Head of the Electronic Univesrity, Sberbank-AST
Sergey BOCHKAREV
Sergey BOCHKAREV
Deputy Head of the Department for Supervision over the Investigation of Particularly Important Cases, Procurator-General's Office
Viorica CĂRARE
Viorica CĂRARE
Head, Carare Viorica & Partners (Moldova)
Manas Kumar CHAUDHURI
Manas Kumar CHAUDHURI
Partner, Khaitan & Co (India)
Noemy Melo COLIN
Noemy Melo COLIN
Head of the International Unit, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)
Mukhamed KHAMUKOV
Mukhamed KHAMUKOV
Deputy Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia
Fatima KONIEVA
Fatima KONIEVA
Head of the Digital Investigations Division of the Anti-Сartel Department, FAS Russia
Yaroslav KULIK
Yaroslav KULIK
Partner and Head of Antitrust Practice at ART DE LEX Law Firm
Yulia KUPRIYANCHIK
Yulia KUPRIYANCHIK
Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department, FAS Russia
Polina MELKOEDOVA
Polina MELKOEDOVA
Deputy Head of the Division for Particular Important Investigations of the the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia
Tatiana PROKAEVA
Tatiana PROKAEVA
Adviser of the Anti-Сartel Department, FAS Russia
Vassily RUDOMINO
Vassily RUDOMINO
Chairman of the Board Committee of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries”, Senior partner at ALRUD Law Firm
Mikhail SEDOV
Mikhail SEDOV
Head of Department on Fighting Financial Crimes in State Procurement, Rosfinmonitoring
Takhir SHCHERBA
Takhir SHCHERBA
Head of Antitrust Practice, Compliance Institute
Elena SOKOLOVSKAYA
Elena SOKOLOVSKAYA
Head of Antitrust Practice, Pepeliaev Group
Anton SUBBOT
Anton SUBBOT
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Aleksey SUSHKEVICH
Aleksey SUSHKEVICH
Director of the Department for Antitrust Regulation, Eurasian economic commission
Andrey TENISHEV
Andrey TENISHEV
Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia
Anton TESLENKO
Anton TESLENKO
Deputy Head of the Anti-Cartel Department, FAS Russia
Andrey TSARIKOVSKIY
Andrey TSARIKOVSKIY
Stats-Secretary, Deputy Head of the FAS Russia
German ZAKHAROV
German ZAKHAROV
Executive Director of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries, Partner at ALRUD Law Firm
Anatoly ZEMTSOV
Anatoly ZEMTSOV
Co-founder and Director General, DFCenter (Digital Forensic Center)

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CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

To participate in the Conference, you should complete the registration.

All applications are considered individually by the Organizing Committee and applicants are informed about its decision via email within 3 days.

Participation is subject to the fee. You can proceed the payment in the Personal Office of the Delegate. Login and password for the Personal Office are sent by Organizing Committee after the application is confirmed.

Participation Fees

Registration completed before 31.05.2019 22 000 RUB
Registration completed from 1.06.2019 to 31.07.2019 25 000 RUB
Registration completed from 1.08.2019 to 31.08.2019 28 000 RUB
Registration completed after 1.09.2019 35 000 RUB

Not subject to VAT.

Seats are limited. The Organizers reserve the right to deny the participant without explanation.

We invite to register:

  • Representatives of the FAS of Russia and foreign competition authorities, interested in gaining experience in tactics and ways of cross-border cartels investigation, in learning the main trends of development of anti-cartel legislation in various countries and the prospects of further unification of legislation within EEU and BRICS
  • Representatives of other governmental authorities of Russia (the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Investigative Committee, Prosecutor's office), who would find interesting issues concerning mechanism of cartel investigation, their role and functions in investigation of these cases in a whole chain of decision-making of participants involved in investigation both while the case in considered by competition authority and after decision about violation of the antitrust law is made
  • Representatives of business community, who want answers to the major practical questions, concerning actions of the company, tactics of its employees’ behavior in case of detection of anti-competitive agreement
  • Practicing lawyers and representatives of science community, to obtain practical skills of participation in investigation of a cartel alongside with representatives of the FAS of Russia and other governmental authorities, to share experience and to learn more about antimonopoly regulation

10 Years of Fighting Cartels in Russia

Modern Russian competition laws have been in place for more than 25 years. Not surprisingly, they require constant adjustment and amendments to allow for a real fight against restriction of competition, creating clear mechanisms to minimize the possibility of abuse.

A list of instructions from the President of the Russian Federation based on the results of the State Council on Competition held in April 2018 is aimed at countering the cartelization of the Russian economy.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia by the order of the President has developed amendments to the legislation, which tighten the responsibility for cartels and provide the authorities conducting operative and investigative activities with the right to transfer cartel materials to the antimonopoly authority.

Also, issues related to the fight against anticompetitive agreements are included in a separate paragraph of the National Competition Promotion Plan, which was approved by Presidential Decree No. 618.

With adoption of the “Digital Economy” program, a toolkit was created to counteract cartels based on digital algorithms - the “big digital cat” project. With its help, it is planned to supervise auctions and identify anticompetitive agreements. The program will operate in particular on the basis of the procurement information system and other data sources: mass media, electronic trading platforms, open sources of information, and others.

As you can see, the work to reveal and suppress cartels and other anticompetitive agreements is in full swing.

It is impossible to tell about all projects, legislative initiatives and notable cases of the FAS Russia in the format of a single post, so we offer you to watch a short film “10 years of fighting cartels”.





How it was

Eurasian anti-carteel forum 2017

I Eurasian Anti-cartel Forum took place on November 24, 2017 in Moscow under support of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia). The Organizers of the international practical conference were Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries” and LF Academy. The Conference was dedicated to mechanisms of anti-cartel enforcement, main trends of development of international and domestic legislations, practical aspects of cross-border investigations within the CIS, the EEU and BRICS. The Conference was organized as series of moot sessions, where the participants took part in a simulated international investigation of a cartel agreement from the moment when it is revealed in the company and until sanctions are imposed and suits are brought in various jurisdictions. All participants witnessed more than 10 simulations and imitations of a chosen strategy of each body involved in investigation: companies-parts of a cartel agreement, law firms, Federal Antimonopoly Service, representatives of antimonopoly agencies and others presented their course of events. The speakers went step by step through practical ways how to resolve the situation from the moment the anti-competitive agreement within the company was revealed and until the case is brought before the court. At the end of the event, the participants were invited to a round-table discussion of the prospects of future legislative development and practice of combating cross-border cartels and to sum up the results of the Сonference.

Based on this moot investigation, Conference’s participants discussed the main trends, practical aspects and challenges of anti-cartel law enforcement in various jurisdictions as part of cross-border investigation.

Download the programme of the Eurasian Anti-Cartel Forum 2017.

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