ATMD Bird & Bird’s Competition Law Seminar in conjunction with the launch of the Business Guide to Competition Law: Managing Your Risks

07 April 2011

The Competition Law Group at ATMD Bird & Bird is pleased to invite you to an afternoon seminar on 7 April 2011 in conjunction with the launch of the Business Guide to Competition Law: Managing Your Risks

Join us and our international guest speakers from Brussels and Vancouver for a series of presentations on various aspects of competition law. Our Guest of Honour will be Professor Tan Cheng Han S.C., Commissioner of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) and Dean of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS).
This seminar is particularly relevant to legal counsel or senior management who seek to be aware of competition law issues affecting the behaviour of businesses.

We hope you can join us.
For further information, or to register to attend this seminar please contact Audrey Goh at or call +65 6428 9446.

The programme

1.30 - 2.00pm

2.00 - 2.05pm
Susan de Silva, Partner, Corporate & Commercial, ATMD Bird & Bird

2.05 - 2.30pm
Education and Competition Law
Professor Tan Cheng Han S.C., Commissioner of CCS, Dean of the Faculty of Law, NUS

2.30 - 3.30pm
Managing Your Risks: Compliance
ATMD Bird & Bird
Sheena Jacob, Partner, IP & Technology
Susan de Silva, Partner, Corporate & Commercial
Sandra Seah, Partner, Corporate & Commercial
L Kuppanchetti, Consultant, Dispute Resolution

3.30 - 3.45pm
Q & A

3.45 - 4.30pm
Tea Break

4.30 - 5.30pm
Restrictive Agreements & Practices: A Practical Cross Border Perspective
Abuse of Dominance: Essential Facilities
Morten Nissen, Partner, EU & Competition Law, Bird & Bird, Brussels

5.30 - 6.15pm
The Five Pillars of Capacity Building in Competition Law and Policy in Emerging and Developing Countries
Dr Stanley Wong, former Member of Competition Authority of Ireland, Director of Mergers Division and Monopolies Division

6.15 - 6.30pm
Q & A

Speaker's biographies

Professor Tan Cheng Han S.C.
Professor Tan Cheng Han is Dean of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, and a Commissioner of the Competition Commission of Singapore. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004 and a Specialist Judge in 2006.
His other appointments include positions as Vice-President of the Singapore Academy of Law, member of the Appeal Advisory Panel to the Minister for Finance, member of the Steering Commitee to Review the Companies Act and member of the Military Court of Appeal. He is also a director of several listed companies.
Dr. Stanley Wong
Dr. Wong is a former Member of the Ireland Competition Authority and was Director of its Mergers Division and the Monopolies Division.
Dr. Wong has represented the Authority on various projects of the European Competition Network, on consultations of Member States by the European Commission on major cases in the area of abuse of dominance and mergers, on policy initiatives and in the Working Party No. 3 of the OECD and Unilateral Conduct and Mergers Working Groups of the International Competition Network (ICN).
On behalf of the European Commission he has made capacity-building workshops and presentations to competition authorities and universities in China (2009, 2010), Competition Commission of India (2010), the competition experts group of ASEAN (2009) and the Asian Competition Forum (2010).  In addition, he is a frequent speaker on competition law and policy at conferences and forums throughout the world including Canada, United States, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, Korea.
Prior to joining the Irish Competition Authority, he was a Partner and head of the competition law practice in Canadian law firm Davis & Company LLP. He has served as Chair of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.
Before entering the practice of law, he was Associate Professor of Economics at Carleton University, Ottawa. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge and a LL.B. degree from the University of Toronto.
Morten Nissen
Morten is a partner in Bird & Bird's EU & Competition Law Group based in Brussels, Belgium. His practice focuses on anti-competitive practices, abuse of dominance and State aid.
Morten has practiced in Brussels for the past 10 years. He acts for a wide range of companies in antitrust and State aid cases, both in defending companies under investigation as well as in complaints against breaches of the competition and State aid rules. He has also obtained clearance on numerous merger transactions from the European Commission and national competition authorities. He has particular experience with the energy, telecoms, media, electronic consumer goods, banking and railway industries. He has significant knowledge of network-based industries and the interface between intellectual property and competition law.
Morten is ranked as a leading practitioner for EU competition law by directories such as Chambers and Legal 500.
Sheena Jacob
Sheena is a partner of ATMD Bird & Bird LLP and heads the Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. Sheena has a wide range of experience in intellectual property, including advice on patent and trade mark protection strategies and advising on intellectual property portfolio management, government lobbying efforts and policy initiatives for clients to enhance protection of their intellectual property rights, advice on competition issues in relation to the exploitation of intellectual property.
Susan de Silva
Susan is a founding partner of ATMD Bird & Bird LLP and heads the firm's Corporate and Commercial Group. Susan has more than 20 years experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and has been named consistently as a leading individual for Corporate /Mergers and Acquisitions. Susan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) in 1983. She is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, and a Solicitor, England & Wales.
Sandra Seah
Sandra is a partner with the Corporate and Commercial Group of ATMD Bird & Bird LLP. She has a specialist practice in regulatory and competition laws and energy projects. Sandra acted for an industry regulator in the first ever competition law appeal under the gas laws of Singapore. She has advised on practices involving pricing, distribution and marketing as well as licensing strategies and strategic alliances, and has conducted compliance training workshops for clients. She is currently responsible for the filing of liner agreements for block exemptions with the CCS for various feeder operators and shipping lines each representing about 80% of their respective trades.
L Kuppanchetti
Kuppanchetti is a Consultant in ATMD Bird & Bird's Dispute Resolution Group and has specialised in commercial litigation and arbitration work since 1991. His practice includes competition law advisory & contentious work. He has acted for and advised amongst others, a sectoral regulator on a competition law appeal. His experience also includes having assisted and advised clients' on the conduct of "dawn raid" training programmes. He has presented papers at seminars and conferences on competition law issues, dispute resolution and infrastructure projects both in Singapore and abroad.