The ICN Merger Workshop brings together representatives of Merger Working Group member authorities with the aim of strengthening cooperation, sharing expertise and facilitating discussion on new challenges arising in merger regulation.
A variety of experts, including economists and lawyers, known as non-governmental advisors or NGAs, are also invited to participate in the Workshop.
The 2020 ICN Merger Workshop will be held on Thursday 27 February and Friday 28 February at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 (map).
Delegates are also warmly invited to attend:
- a pre-Workshop Welcome Cocktail Reception at 6 pm on Wednesday 26 February
- the Workshop Gala Dinner at 6.30 pm on Thursday 27 February.
The Workshop will include plenary and breakout sessions over two days. The sessions are intended to be directly relevant to Merger Working Group member authorities and attending delegates.
The Workshop will build around 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 and issues that will be discussed in each session:
If you would like to be added to the email list for the Workshop please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite expressions of interest for speakers and moderators for each of the plenary and breakout sessions.
To submit an expression of interest, please email the Workshop inbox by 22 November specifying your preferred session/s and whether you would like to participate as a speaker or moderator. You may also include a short summary of your ideas, and are welcome to list as many sessions as you like, in order of preference.
We hope to confirm all speakers and moderators by early December.
Please ensure that you also complete the registration form.
Registration for the Workshop is now open.
Please register at 2020 ICN Merger Workshop registration, preferably by 1 December 2019, but no later than 24 January 2020.
There is no cost for the Workshop which includes the following:
- pre-Workshop Welcome Cocktail Reception at 6 pm on Wednesday 26 February
- Workshop Gala Dinner at 6.30 pm on Thursday 27 February
- lunch and refreshments on each day of the Workshop.
NGAs are required to obtain their nomination from the member authority prior to registering.
Delegates are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation, and other related expenses (for example, visa costs, travel insurance and meals other than those outlined above), and ensuring they meet any entry requirements to visit Australia.
The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is offering a discounted room rate. There are also many other accommodation options within a short walk of the Sofitel, and several are also offering special rates or holding rooms for Workshop delegates.
See our frequently asked questions page for answers to common questions about the Workshop and its related activities.