CHICAGO, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- International antitrust law and practice are transforming rapidly, in large part due to leadership and legislative changes, recent court cases and merger reforms. The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law will hold an International Antitrust Forum to explore the changing antitrust landscape, featuring agency heads from a number of key jurisdictions including Brazil, Mexico and the United States, as well as senior agency officials from the European Community, Ireland and Japan. This two-day conference will be held Jan. 24-25 in Miami at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, South Beach. Attendees will gain insights into many of the major global issues facing antitrust practitioners, and will have the chance to participate in thought- provoking debates on key antitrust practice areas including multi- jurisdictional merger review, cartel enforcement, trade-based competition remedies and monopolization. On Monday, Jan. 24, opening remarks and introductions will be made by Richard J. Wallis, Microsoft Corporation, and chair of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law; Abbott B. Lipsky Jr., Washington, D.C.; and Elizabeth F. Kraus, counsel for multilateral affairs, Federal Trade Commission. A keynote address will be given by Eduardo Perez Motta, chair of Mexico's Federal Competition Commission. The final keynote on Tuesday, Jan. 25, will be given by FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras. Programs on Jan. 24 include: -- Shock of the New - This panel discussion will present perspectives of enforcers and practitioners on frontier issues. Slated to speak are Christian Lippert, Mexico City; Richard Wainright, responsible for competition and mergers, Legal Service of the European Commission; and Eduardo Perez Motta. -- Daniel Krepel Goldberg, Brazil's secretary of economic law, Ministry of Justice, will deliver an address, "Going Global: Multi- Jurisdictional Merger Review Introduction: What Agencies Need and What They are Doing to Alleviate Burdens on Merging Parties - The Brazilian Example." -- Challenges of clearing a transaction through different systems, navigating the competitive-effects theory minefield, and economics, efficiencies and econometrics are some of the main topics of the panel discussion following Mr. Goldberg's address. Debra A. Valentine, vice president, secretary and associate general counsel, United Technologies, is the moderator. Panelists will include Daniel Krepel Goldberg, Richard Wainright, Eduardo Perez Motta, and Amadeu Ribiero, Sao Paolo, Brazil. -- The luncheon keynote speaker is William E. Kovacic, E.K. Grubin Professor, George Washington University Law School. Kovacic is former general counsel to the FTC. -- Representing the International Client - This panel discussion will focus on spotting risks of individual, corporate and joint representation in merger and cartel cases, and confidentiality and privilege waivers. There will also be a discussion of discovery after the Intel v. AMD case. Panelists include Alec J. Burnside, Brussels, Belgium; Steven J. Cernak, General Motors Corp.; Donald C. Klawiter, chair-elect of the Section of Antitrust Law; and Cani Fernandez Vicien, Brussels. -- Cartel Enforcement Now - Terry Calvani, director of the Cartels Division, Irish Competition Authority; Daniel Krepel Goldberg; Veronica Roberts, Brussels; and Akinori Uesugi, secretary general, Japan Fair Trade Commission, will be panelists in this discussion of new regimes and initiatives, increased reliance on criminal penalties and increased fines, and new and strengthened amnesty programs. Sessions on Jan. 25 include: -- Trade-Based Competition Remedies - Among topics to be addressed are multilateralism, competition provisions in trade agreements including the World Trade Organization and FTAs, and the resolution of competition issues in these fora. Elizabeth Kraus, counsel for multilateral affairs, FTC, will moderate the session. Panelists include Eduardo Perez Motta; Gary Horlick, Washington, D.C.; and Daniel Sokol, Miami. -- Global Rumble: Monopolization vs. Dominance - Panelists at this final session will review diverging standards and dueling concepts; and essential facilities, access and special problems of technology. Speakers will be Makan Delrahim, deputy assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice; Joseph Kattan, Washington, D.C.; John Parker, senior vice president, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.; Richard Wainright; and Akinori Uesugi. For more information about the program, contact the ABA Section of Antitrust Law at 312/988-5609, or visit the section's Web site at http://www.abanet.org/antitrust . Materials, including the program brochure and registration forms, are located on the Web site. The ABA Section of Antitrust Law, with more than 9,000 members, is the leading forum for ongoing analysis of policies and developments affecting competition and consumer protection law. 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