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5.3. Global Mergers in the Food Sector and Competition Law and Policy

Track: 5. Antimonopoly Regulation


The session will be devoted to the competition policy aspects raised by the recent mega-mergers in the food sector, in particular between large agro-chem and seed companies. These transactions will be assessed by a number of competition authorities around the world and raise important concerns as to the promotion of innovation in this crucial area of economic activity, the control of the global food value chains and the role of farmers in it.

Food production is of course an area of great economic and geopolitical importance. Tendencies of demand increase, which are expected to take place in the coming years, put a strong pressure to increase output which intensifies environmental impact, given increasing sustainability challenges (degradation of soil and reduction of arable land due to urban sprawl, water scarcity, biofuel consumption, climate change, etc.).

Thus, these transactions of economic concentration put before the competition authorities new tasks related to the consideration of a wide range of public interests (protecting the environment, meeting the needs of people in sufficient and high-quality food, diversifying sources of innovation in the agricultural sector, etc.), and features of the work of global value chains. These tasks will require both a shift in approaches to the analysis of transactions of economic concentration and a significant increase in efficiency in the interaction of competition authorities in different jurisdictions while considering global transactions of economic concentration, especially in developing countries.


Andrey Tsyganov

Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation


Tembinkosi Bonakele

Head of the Competition Commission of South Africa

Cristina Caffarra

Vice-president, Charles River Associates

Mary Hendrickson

Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia

Vladimir Elizarov

Director of Legal Practice, KPMG Law Russia&CIS


Director, Legal services, Tax and Legal Department of KPMG in Russia and the CIS

Education and qualifications

Vladimir graduated with honors with the Bachelor's Degree in Law from the Russian University of Friendship of Peoples, specializing in Financial Law, and in 2004 received a Master of Law (Honors) there. He has a translator’s diploma in English and German (with honors). Scholarship holder of the President of the Russian Federation.


Vladimir joined KPMG in November 2010. Prior to this, Vladimir worked for various international law firms in Russia for five years. He has considerable experience in business acquisition, investment project structuring (greenfield/brownfield) and advising clients on matters of Russian law, including corporate law, M&A, real estate, foreign investment, competition and securities.

Vladimir is an author of a large number of publications on restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, published on a regular basis in well recognized media as PLC M&A Guidebook, Russia Eurasia Executive Guide, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Lawyer, Consultant Plus.

Alexey Ivanov

Director, HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development

Dmitriy Katalevsky

Senior Associate, HSE — Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development, Associate Professor, Institute of Business and Business Administration, RANEPA

Shyam Khemani

Special Adviser, SKP Business Consulting LLP

Ujjwal Kumar

Analytic, CUTS International

Ioannis Lianos

Professor, University College London, Chief Researcher, HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development

Anna Mirochinenko

Head of the Department for Control over Chemical Industry and Agro-industrial Complex, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation

Reena das Nair

Senior Researcher, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg

Sergey Paraschuk

Associate Professor of the Department of Entrepreneurial Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Vitaly Pruzhansky

Partner, RBB Economics

Eugenia Rakhmanina

Head of Antimonopoly Practice, Linklaters CIS

Jerome Reichman

Professor, Duke University

*This schedule may be subject to change