Application of antitrust law to digital platforms is theme of online debate
Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Rio de Janeiro Law School, through its Nucleus for E-commerce Studies (NEEC) and Brazil-China Study Center, will hold a webinar called “Chinese Competition Law: Comparative Perspectives of Alibaba Case” on June 29. The event, in English and without simultaneous interpretation, will be broadcast at 9:30 on FGV’s YouTube channel.
The webinar will discuss the application of antitrust law to digital platforms based on the case of Alibaba, which recently received a multi-billion fine from the Chinese antitrust authority.
The debate will be moderated by Evandro Carvalho, a professor of international law and the coordinator of the Brazil-China Study Center at the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School; and Professor Nicolo Zingales, also of the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School. The speakers will be Professor Chen Litong, senior partner at legal practice Dentons; and Paula Farani da Silveira, a board member of the Brazilian Antitrust Regulatory Agency (CADE).
“The State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antitrust agency, recently levied a record fine of US$2.8 billion on the Alibaba Group, the country’s biggest e-commerce company, due to anti-competitive practices. This was a historic case in China and it may have repercussions across the internet industry,” says Professor Evandro Carvalho, the coordinator of the Brazil-China Study Center.
Professor Nicolo Zingales says, “In Brazil, CADE has already judged a significant number of cases in the e-commerce sector. It is interesting to observe the existence of a certain convergence between the BRICS countries in the application of antitrust law to digital markets, driven by joint work done by the authorities in recent years.”
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