Brussels Office Managing Partner Dave Anderson recently spoke on a panel of antitrust agency officials from the European Commission, Spain, Canada and the UN on international merger control at the International Competition Network’s (ICN) Annual Conference in Cartagena, Colombia. Anderson was one of a small number of private sector lawyers appointed by the European Commission to advise it on the work of the ICN and attend the annual conference as a non-governmental adviser to the EU (NGA).

Anderson was asked by the EU and the Canadian Competition Bureau to speak at the ICN regarding the recent wave of agency investigations for procedural infringements in merger control. His speech focused on the crackdown and fines by agencies, and he called for procedural fairness, transparency and predictability for businesses in such investigations. The map he created with a team from BCLP’s Brussels office of recent global investigations was a featured talking point of the panel that was convened under the auspices of the ICN’s Merger Working Group, led by the US Federal Trade Commission, the Japanese Fair Trade Commission, and the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

The ICN Conference is the annual meeting of officials from more than 140 antitrust agencies from around the world and their NGAs (corporate lawyers, private practitioners, economists and academics) who are appointed by their home agencies to advise on the ICN’s work. The ICN, led by a steering group that includes antitrust agency heads from the US, the EU, the UK, Russia and Germany, among others, focuses on creating, disseminating and implementing internationally recognized best practices in international antitrust law and procedure.