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Covington's Garza Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee on International Antitrust Enforcement Trends

July 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—Covington partner Deborah Garza testified on Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law to present the International Competition Policy Expert Group’s (ICPEG) report and recommendations. Ms. Garza currently serves as co-chair of ICPEG.

Assembled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year to consider the challenges presented by globally divergent approaches to antitrust and the interplay between competition policy and trade policy, the bi-partisan group of antitrust experts developed 12 recommendations for how the U.S. should approach these challenges. The first six focus on coordination of competition and international trade policy within the U.S. government through a White House working group, while the remaining recommendations address how the U.S. can most effectively promote international competition and trade policy through its participation in international organizations.

“Simply put, there is concern that certain major trading partners have in some cases denied foreign companies fundamental due process and in other cases applied their competition laws to protect their home markets from foreign competition, promote national champions and/or force the transfer of technology at royalty rates that favor local technology implementers,” testified Garza. “Such conduct has a significant unfair adverse impact on the ability of U.S. firms to compete at home and in global markets.”

Ms. Garza’s complete testimony can be found here.


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