Skip to content


Can regulation promote innovation and competition, while guarding against harms online?

Date: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Time: 13.30 - 17.00 UK time (13.00 for registration) | Drinks reception 17.00 - 19.00 hosted by Ofcom

Venue: Ofcom, Riverside House 2a Southwark Bridge Road, LONDON, SE1 9HA



Event Details

The event explores the synergies and tensions that might arise between promoting competition, innovation, and public policy objectives online. The first panel will debate successes and failures of ex-ante regulation in recent years and how any lessons may be applied to regulating digital markets. Against this backdrop, the second panel extends the discussion to protecting privacy, promoting plurality, and removing harmful online content - are these aims compatible with competition and does it matter if they're not?

This event is hosted under the Chatham House Rule.

Event organised by the Competition Law Forum (CLF) at BIICL in partnership with RBB Economics and Ofcom 


  • Luisa Affuso, Ofcom
  • Amazon
  • Kate Collyer, FCA
  • Jenny Haydock, Competition & Markets Authority
  • Chris Jenkins, Digital Markets Unit
  • Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, BIICL and Queen Mary, University of London
  • Tim Lamb, Facebook
  • Oliver Latham, Charles River Associates
  • Stephen Lewis, RBB Economics
  • Adrian Majumdar, RBB Economics
  • David Matthew, Ofcom
  • Tania Van den Brande, Ofcom


This event is by invitation only. Members of the competition Law Forum (CLF) will receive invitations directly. Ohers wishing to attend should contact The Events Team 

Event Programme

Panel 1: 13.30 - 15.10

Ex-ante competition regulation, investment and innovation - a balancing act?

  • When does ex-ante competition intervention promote investment and innovation, and when are they in tension? Lessons from regulation.
  • Application of lessons learned to the future: How should we promote innovation and investment when regulating Big Tech?

Panel 2: 15.30 - 17.00

Competition and other policy objectives - friends or foes?

  • To what extent are there synergies or tensions between promoting competition and public policy objectives online such as protecting privacy, promoting plurality, or removing harmful online content?

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 3 CPD hours.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

Event Cancellation Policy

By registering for an event, you have confirmed that you have read and understood our event cancellation policy. 

Donate Now Keep In Touch
Save and continue