On 19 June 2017 the Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) announced the appointment of Mr Brent Snyder as the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the HKCC. Mr Snyder will be CEO for a term of three years, starting 4 September 2017. He will be the third CEO of the HKCC since it was established in 2013, and will succeed Ms Rose Webb, whose term as CEO comes to an end on 2 September 2017.
Mr Snyder previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) for Criminal Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) from 2013 until 2017. From January to April 2017, Mr Snyder was Acting Assistant Attorney General leading the Antitrust Division.
In the Antitrust Division of the DoJ, Mr Snyder worked on cartel investigations and trials including thin-film transistor liquid crystal display panels, coastal water freight and air transportation. While serving as DAAG, he led the criminal enforcement function overseeing enforcement, prosecutions, leniency and other policy work.
Mr Snyder’s appointment as CEO is positive news for the enforcement of the Competition Ordinance in Hong Kong. The HKCC will benefit greatly from his experience in pursuing cartel investigations in a jurisdiction with a prosecutorial system. The HKCC’s first case before the Competition Tribunal, concerning allegations of bid-rigging, had its first case management conference on 26 May 2017. Following the case management conference, the Competition Tribunal issued a decision on 12 June 2017 granting broad confidentiality protections to the parties, thereby limiting disclosure of documents.