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International Competition Network (ICN)

About the ICN

ICN is a network consisting of over 130 national and multinational competition agencies. It was established in October 2001 with the aim of facilitating procedural and substantive convergence and now is the largest international competition fora. Academics, lawyers and other practitioners contribute to the network as NGAs (Non-Governmental Advisors).

JFTC's involvement

JFTC has been involved in various activities of ICN, such as creating Recommended Practices or practical Reports. Moreover, JFTC has contributed to the ICN Annual Conferences and Workshops as speakers and moderators.

Followings are highlighted works of JFTC at ICN.

(1) ICN's Framework for the Promotion of the Sharing of Non-confidential information for Cartel Enforcement

Based on JFTC's proposal, ICN established the “Framework for the Promotion of the Sharing of Non-Confidential Information for Cartel Enforcement” in 2016 to foster "Pick up the phone relationship" for effective cartel enforcement by supporting member agencies on information exchanges. Since then, JFTC has been maintaining the framework.

As of January 2019, 35 competition agencies participated in the framework. By joining the framework, competition agencies are more easily able to gather information related to their cartel investigations from other member agencies, within the constraints of confidentiality in each jurisdiction.

We welcome any inquiries from competition agencies about the framework (e-mail to: icn-list-maintenance_at_jftc.go.jp (Please replace “_at_” with “@”.)).

For Reference:

(2) ICN’s Framework for Merger Review Cooperation

"Framework for Merger Review Cooperation" was established at the ICN Annual Conference in 2012 in Rio in order to promote effective and efficient multijurisdictional merger review. The purpose of the Framework is to facilitate effective and efficient cooperation between and among the ICN member agencies by identifying each agency’s liaison officers and possible ways to exchange information.
 
The framework is open to all member agencies responsible for reviewing mergers. It does not create any legally binding rights or obligations for any of the participants of the framework. As of May 2019, 61 agencies participate in the framework.
 
JFTC is responsible for maintaining the framework. JFTC creates a contact list of liaison officers based on the information submitted by the member agencies and makes it available to those ICN members that participate in the framework. If a participant of the framework would like to contact the other agencies that are reviewing the same merger, it may use the contact list to approach the liaison officers of its counterpart agencies.
 
We welcome any inquiries from competition agencies about the framework (e-mail to: icn_at_jftc.go.jp (Please replace “_at_” with “@”.)).

For Reference:

(vii)Introduction Video

  
  

JFTC hosted the 2018 ICN Merger Workshop on November 7 and 8, 2018 in Tokyo. Over 200 participants from about 40 jurisdictions got together, and discussed the role of merger review in the digital economy and the challenges of globalization under the theme “Merger Review in the 2020s: Do Digitalization and Globalization Change the Analysis?” Please refer to the agenda and conference materials of the workshop for more details.

ICN Templates

Recent Presentation Materials


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Tel: +81-3-3581-1998
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