Implementation of the Competition Ordinance in Hong Kong (14 June 2016)

Asian Institute of International Financial Law
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

Implementation of the Competition
Ordinance in Hong Kong

Ms. Rose Webb
Chief Executive Officer, Competition Commission

Tuesday, 14 June 2016
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Large Moot Court, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance came into full effect on 14 December 2015, more than three years after it was passed by the Legislative Council in June 2012. During the preparation phase, the Competition Commission was established and guidelines, policies and other publications prepared. The Commission also undertook an extensive outreach and education campaign to prepare the Hong Kong business community for the introduction of competition law. On the six month anniversary of the full implementation of the Ordinance, the presentation outlined some of the key legal and practical considerations that have arisen for the Competition Commission and how they compare to the experiences of competition authorities in other jurisdictions.

Ms. Rose Webb was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Competition Commission (Commission) in March 2016. She previously held the position of Senior Executive Director at the Commission from April 2014. Ms. Webb has been closely involved in the formation and development of the Commission and in all aspects of its operations since the commencement of the Competition Ordinance on 14 December 2015. She has represented the Commission in Hong Kong and at international meetings.

Immediately prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Webb was Executive General Manager, Mergers and Adjudication at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Ms. Webb has over 25 years of government and regulatory authority experience with wide exposure at Australian federal government departments and regulatory authorities such as the ACCC and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). She has led a wide range of legal and enforcement teams and possesses a deep understanding of competition law and policy.

Ms. Webb graduated with a double degree in Economics and Law from the Australian National University and has an LLM degree from Sydney University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training from the College of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Governance, Policy and Public Affairs from Queensland University.