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Antitrust and Developing Economies in an Era of Crises - Webinar #1: Growing Cross-Border Challenges and New Life for Public Interests and Industrial Policy

This webinar was organized by Concurrences, in partnership with Charles River Associates, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Orrick, and RBB Economics, with Gönenç Gürkaynak (ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law), James Hodge (South Africa Competition Commission), Willard Mwemba (COMESA), Vitaly Pruzhansky (RBB Economics), Angela Zhang (University of Hong Kong) and Daniel Rubinfeld (New York University School of Law).

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SYNTHESIS

The moderator, Professor Daniel Rubinfeld (NYU), introduced the panelists and opened the discussion by asking the panelists to speak about the impact of Covid-19 on the merger policy in their respective countries.

Gönenç Gürkaynak (ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law) said that despite the pandemic, the Turkish Competition Authority has continued processing merger applications under its regular timelines. Though it has become a bit difficult to reach case handlers at the Competition Authority by phone due to remote working, the authority has not extended review more than 60 days past the original date of filing even in the worst-case scenario.

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Speakers

  • ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
  • South African Competition Commission (Pretoria)
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) (Lusaka)
  • RBB Economics (Brussels)
  • University of California (Berkeley)
  • University of Hong Kong