The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) hosted the 2020 International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Workshop on Thursday 27 February and Friday 28 February.

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2020 Workshop

The ICN Merger Workshop brought together representatives of Merger Working Group member authorities to strengthen cooperation, share expertise and facilitate discussion on new challenges arising in merger regulation.

A variety of experts, including economists and lawyers, known as non-governmental advisors or NGAs, also participated in the Workshop.

The 2020 ICN Merger Workshop was held at the Sofitel Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria.

Workshop agenda

The Workshop included plenary and breakout sessions over two days. The sessions were intended to be directly relevant to Merger Working Group member authorities and attending delegates.

The Workshop focused on the foundation question 'How to achieve the right balance to merger review in a changing market environment?' through a range of topical plenary and small group sessions designed to cater to a broad range of interests among ICN members and NGAs.

The Workshop agenda contains descriptions of the topics addressed in each session.

ICN Merger Workshop 2020 agenda ( PDF 1.3 MB )

Speaker biographies ( PDF 1.3 MB )

Post-Workshop materials

As part of the short plenary session from the Co-Chairs, the Japan Fair Trade Commission provided an update on the Merger Working Group’s Conglomerate Mergers project. The slides that accompanied the update are available below.

Conglomerate Mergers - short plenary (JFTC) - PowerPoint slides ( PPTX 1.4 MB )

A transcript of ACCC Chair Rod Sims' address to Workshop participants at the Gala Dinner on 27 February is available at: Address to the International Competition Network Merger Workshop 2020.

Event photos

A selection of photos taken during the Workshop are available at: 
ICN Merger Workshop 2020 - event photos


ICN Merger Workshop 2020

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