About the Series
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) will once again be partnering the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) in this triennial flagship event that highlights key developments and emerging trends in competition law and policy in Singapore. Participants will hear from distinguished local and international competition experts including academics, competition law practitioners, businesses and regulators from ASEAN and other jurisdictions.
In light of COVID-19, this fifth edition is going digital and will be presented as a series of five webinars in the month of March 2021.
Session 1 (03 Mar 2021)
Digital platforms have been proliferating around the world, including Southeast Asia, at an increasing speed. Increasingly, they compete across different market segments to offer distinct products and services. As these digital platforms grow in size and scope, they have access to more data which enables their algorithms to better understand the needs of businesses and consumers.
This webinar brings together speakers with significant knowledge and experience with digital platform business and competition law to discuss the business strategies of digital platforms driving the development of their product ecosystems, as well as explore the roles and responsibilities of digital platforms as “gatekeepers”. The speakers will also examine the benefits and competition concerns arising from the ability of digital platforms to collect large amount of data from their users’ activities, and the competition law implications of utilising algorithms.
Session 2 (10 Mar 2021)
Data has become increasingly important with the rise of the digital economy and increased proliferance of big-data-driven businesses. Given the increased importance of data, this webinar brings together speakers from varied backgrounds, each with significant domain knowledge and experience to explore the different ways in which digital-economy companies may harness data to compete and serve consumers better. The speakers will also discuss how such uses of data may create certain tensions with antitrust and consumer data protection, and how the authorities may equip themselves with data tools to deal with data issues in the marketplace.
Session 3 (17 Mar 2021)
This webinar examines issues arising from the assessment of mergers in an era of digitalisation, eg. calculation of market shares, killer acquisitions, acquisition of data and network effects and the use of remedies such as commitments to addresss concerns that could arise.
Session 4 (24 Mar 2021)
For cross-border cases, how the geographic market is defined may affect whether competition in Singapore is found to be harmed, or the amount of turnover that is subject to financial penalty. With the digital economy transcending borders, issues relating to geographic markets have become more pertinent.
This webinar will examine the extent to which various factors may impact the definition of the geographical market, including the locations of suppliers, customers, product delivery, service performance, invoice, and procurement decision. The speakers will also discuss geographic markets issues in international transportation, digital platforms, and international services.
Session 5 (31 Mar 2021)
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth the accelerated adoption of the digital economy but at the same time has also created unique challenges for competition and consumer protection law enforcement for businesses and authorities alike. This webinar will provide an update on the latest competition and consumer protection law developments in Singapore and the world in light of the digital economy and the pandemic, and how businesses and practitioners can safely navigate through these challenges. The speakers will also discuss the future of international cooperation to address competition and consumer protection issues.
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