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Quisumbing Torres (QT), member firm of Baker McKenzie International, participated in the recent Competition Law in Asia: Hot Topics and Future Trends conference held on 1 December 2017.

QT's Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban, Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group, and head of the firm's Competition Focus Group, moderated the panel discussion on Major Developments Around the Region. Among her panelists were Competition Commission of Singapore Chief Executive Toh Han Li, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Legal & Economics Division) General Counsel Wendy Peter, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Senior Competition Law Expert Antonio Capobianco, and Baker & McKenzie Tokyo Partner Junya Ae.

"Most jurisdictions in the region have enacted a competition law. Considering that these regimes took effect in different timelines, and under different contexts, it is important, if not necessary, for businesses to consider the similarities and differences in the key features, priorities and enforcement trends in the various jurisdictions when structuring their operations in the region," explained Christina.

In line with the second anniversary of Hong Kong's competition law, the conference highlighted relevant topics and recent updates on competition law in Asia. It also featured panel discussions on Information Exchange: Do the Rules Give Businesses Sufficient Flexibility?, Does Competition Law Help or Hinder Innovation? and Major Developments Around the Region.

Attended by the region's top senior experts and directors from various professional firms and competition authorities, and Baker McKenzie clients, the competition law conference's keynote speakers were Brent Snyder, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Competition Commission and Sir Philip Lowe, Former Director General of DG Competition and DG Energy, European Commission.

Other key speakers, panelists and moderators in the competition conference were Baker & McKenzie Asia Pacific Antitrust & Competition Chair Stephen Crosswell, Chinese University of Hong Kong Law Faculty Sandra Marco Colino, RBB Economics Partner Derek Ridyard, Qualcomm China Senior Legal Counsel Richean Li, HK Liner Shipping Association Secretary General Roberto Giannetta, International Air Transport Association Assistant General Counsel Daniel Kanter, Baker & McKenzie London Partner Nicola Northway, and MLex Chief Global Antitrust Correspondent Leah Nylen.

The Competition Law in Asia Pacific: Hot Topics and Future Trends conference was jointly organized by MLex and Baker McKenzie, and held at Hutchison House, Central, Hong Kong.

Quisumbing Torres' Competition Focus Group

QT's Competition Focus group is composed of the firm's Corporate & Commercial and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.

Known to be an essential part of Baker McKenzie International's Global Antirust & Competition group, the focus group provides the necessary strategic support and helps foreign and local clients navigate issues that they encounter in doing or expanding their business here in the Philippines. The team collaborates with antitrust and competition lawyers in Europe, Latin America, North America and the rest of the Asia Pacific region to give clients the highest level of service in an increasingly globally connected world.

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