The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pleased to announce that Ms Jeanne Pratt of the Canadian Competition Bureau will be acting Executive General Manager of its Merger and Authorisation Review Branch as part of a 12-month interchange.
Ms Pratt will be replacing Mr Rami Greiss, who will take on the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch at the Canadian regulator, where Ms Pratt is currently Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch.
“The ACCC is looking forward to Ms Pratt sharing her knowledge, experience, and expertise,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
“Ms Pratt has a deep understanding of Canada’s competition regime and will bring an invaluable insight into what parts of it we might learn from in an Australian context.”
“Exchange programmes like this allow the ACCC to build partnerships with international counterpart agencies to share and develop knowledge. These relationships are particularly valuable when it comes to pursuing cross-border investigations,” Mr Sims said.
This exchange will provide ACCC staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of international competition regimes and best practices, share their experiences of the Australian regime and for both countries to continue to build their expertise in various areas of competition.
“I would also like to thank Rami Greiss for helping to build upon the strong links between the ACCC and the Bureau. The ACCC regularly exchanges information and cooperates with its Canadian counterpart on competition and consumer protection enforcement activities and we have no doubt this exchange will further strengthen this relationship,” Mr Sims said.
Ms Pratt will begin her role at the ACCC on 18 July.
Ms Pratt became the Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch at the Canadian Competition Bureau in January 2015. Ms Pratt’s other roles at the Bureau have included Associate Deputy Commissioner, Criminal Matters Branch, and Special Legal Advisor to the Commissioner.
In Australia, the Executive General Manager, Merger and Authorisation Review is responsible for the ACCC’s merger and authorisation reviews under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Mr Greiss has previously served as ACCC Deputy General Counsel, General Manager of merger investigations, and General Manager of Enforcement Operations, Victoria. He has served as the Executive General Manager since 2014.
Other recent exchanges have included hosting staff on secondment from the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, and posting staff to the New Zealand Commerce Commission and the Competition Commission of Singapore. The ACCC has also assigned experts to Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos to assist in the development and implementation of their respective competition laws (funded under the ASEAN (Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement) and seconded expert staff to the ASEAN secretariat.
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