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DG Comp economist defends US FTC thinking on Staples/Office Depot

DG Comp economist defends US FTC thinking on Staples/Office Depot

11 July 2016

Intervening in deals that would harm large customers with specific requirements, even if they would still obtain better prices than other consumers after a merger, is not “difficult to accept,” a head of unit and member of the chief competition economist’s team at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

ECJ failure to clarify by-object analysis is “really frustrating”, says Whish

ECJ failure to clarify by-object analysis is “really frustrating”, says Whish

13 July 2016

The European Court of Justice should have taken the opportunity to clarify what constitutes a by-object restriction in a recent market-sharing case, Richard Whish QC said yesterday. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

13 July 2016

The head of state aid at Europe’s competition watchdog yesterday said his agency’s concern about member states’ tax rulings centres on how they may diverge from what courts would seem to prescribe, but that his agency is not writing formal guidance for companies. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

12 July 2016

Discussing the European Court of Justice’s decision on injunctive relief available to standard-essential patent holders, Robert O’Donoghue at Brick Court Chambers called the court-imposed procedural obligations in patent negotiations rigid, undemocratic and out of tune with “real world” SEP litigation. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

DG Comp official resists need for effects in gun-jumping

DG Comp official resists need for effects in gun-jumping

05 July 2017

A European Commission antitrust official today stressed the importance of being able to punish gun-jumping without having to prove that the misconduct caused real harm.

Chairs

John Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

John Davies is a partner at Freshfields and former co-head of the firm’s global antitrust, competition and trade group. He divides his time between the Brussels and London offices.

Bojana Ignjatovic

RBB Economics, London

Bojana Ignjatovic is a Partner based in the London office of RBB Economics. Bojana has more than fifteen years’ experience as an expert in competition economics, in both private and public practice. 

Keynote Speakers

Giulio Federico

Head of Unit at DG Competition, Chief Economist Team, European Commission, Brussels

Richard Whish

Emeritus Professor, King's College London

Speakers

Dinner Speaker - Sir Philip Lowe

former Director General in the Energy, Competition and Development Directorates and Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

Melanie Aitken

Bennett Jones, Washington, DC and former Head of the Canadian Competition Bureau

Miranda Cole

Covington & Burling, Brussels and London

Benoît Durand

RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris

Kirsten Edwards-Warren

Compass Lexecon, London

Paul Gilbert

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, London

Jackie Holland

Slaughter and May, London

Gert-Jan Koopman

Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Jonas Koponen

Linklaters, Brussels

Jeroen Kortmann

Stibbe, Amsterdam

Matthew Levitt

Hogan Lovells, Brussels

Raymond Luja

Professor of Comparative Tax Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Maastricht

Philip Marsden

Professor, Inquiry Chair at Competition and Markets Authority, London

Stephen Mavroghenis

Shearman & Sterling, Brussels

Elizabeth Morony

Clifford Chance, London

Kristina Nordlander

Sidley Austin, Brussels

Robert O'Donoghue

Brick Court Chambers, London

David Parker

Frontier Economics, London

Thomas Paul

Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf

George Peretz QC

Monckton Chambers, London

Mark Powell

White & Case, Brussels and London

Kassie Smith QC

Monckton Chambers, London

Trevor Soames

Shearman & Sterling, Brussels

William Turtle

Slaughter and May, London

Sven Völcker

Latham & Watkins, Brussels

Andreas von Bonin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Programme

Day one - Monday, 11 July

13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: Chairs’ welcome

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels 
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London

14.15: Keynote speaker

Giulio Federico, Head of Unit at DG Competition, Chief Economist Team, European Commission, Brussels

14.45: The merger whirlwind: A perfect storm - Harder deals and tougher regulators?

  • Are dealmakers really overreaching?
  • Are regulators over-zealous, even on minor matters?
  • 4-to-3s - new line in the sand?
  • Return of coordinated effects and portfolio theories: serious contenders or unilateral effect "add-ons"?

Moderator: 
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB EconomicsLondon

Panel:
Melanie Aitken, Bennett Jones, Washington, DC and former Head of the Canadian Competition Bureau
Giulio Federico, Head of Unit at DG Competition, Chief Economist Team, European Commission, Brussels
William Turtle, Slaughter and May, London
Sven Völcker, Latham & Watkins, Brussels

16.05: Coffee break

16.25: Process, Privilege and Procedure: A guide to navigating new approaches to the EC process issues

  • The impact of Brexit
  • Could and should DG Competition be more transparent?  Can it improve on timing?
  • Access to file: who, how, what and when?
  • EUMR process from pre-notification to remedies: new developments and key stumbling blocks
  • Update on real life experiences on legal professional privilege claims
  • Potential for imports: lessons from other jurisdictions
  • Role of the Ombudsman

Moderator: 
Paul Gilbert, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, London

Panel:
John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels 
Stephen Mavroghenis, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels
Mark Powell, White & Case, Brussels and London

17.45: Conclusion of day one

19.15 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Hogan Lovells and a conference dinner hosted by Shearman & Sterling at the Hotel Amigo

Dinner speaker:

Sir Philip Lowe, former Director General in the Energy, Competition and Development Directorates and Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

Day two - Tuesday, 12 July

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ welcome

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels 
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London

9.05: Richard Whish’s year in review

Professor Whish will review the year just gone, emphasising the themes and trends behind the headlines – plus he will also consider the implications of Brexit for EU competition policy, including the effect on merger and antitrust investigations.

Richard Whish QC, Emeritus Professor, King's College London

10.35: Coffee break

10.55: Standard-Essential Patents: The EC position after the Samsung and Motorola cases

  • SEP litigation - legitimate competition issues or commercial disputes?
  • When do SEP injunctions constitute an abuse of dominance?
  • FRAND: what is a fair and reasonable price?
  • Cross-over implications for other areas (CDS settlements)
  • International perspectives

Moderator: 
Richard Whish QC, Emeritus Professor, King's College London

Panel:
Miranda Cole, Covington & Burling, Brussels and London
Trevor Soames, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels
Robert O'Donoghue, Brick Court Chambers, London

12.05: Networking lunch

13.15: Non-cartel antitrust enforcement: The calm before the storm?

  • The antitrust pipeline: what to expect and what it says about DG Competition's prioritisation criteria
  • Cross border issues in online distribution - the hot topic of 2016?
  • Exclusionary abuses: focus on protecting competitors, or competition?
  • What future for exploitative abuses?

Moderator: 
Jonas Koponen, Linklaters, Brussels

Panel:
Kirsten Edwards-Warren, Compass Lexecon, London
Matthew Levitt, Hogan Lovells, Brussels 
Philip Marsden, Professor, Inquiry Chair at Competition and Markets Authority, London
David Parker, Frontier Economics, London

14.25: Navigating follow-on damages: What every defendant (and plaintiff) should know

  • The impact of Brexit
  • (Strategic) choice of jurisdiction: the view from plaintiffs and the defendants
  • Should there be any coordination across jurisdictions? What does the directive achieve?
  • What's been the influence of the EC Practical Guidance on Quantifying Harm?
  • Presumptions on pass-on: any closer to guidance for the judiciary?

Moderator: 
Jeroen Kortmann, Stibbe, Amsterdam

Panel:
Benoît Durand, RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris
Elizabeth Morony, Clifford Chance, London
Thomas Paul, Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
Kassie Smith QC, Monckton Chambers, London

15.35: Coffee break

15:55: State Aid and selective tax rulings: Competitive advantage or tax evasion?

  • When do tax breaks constitute unlawful State Aid?
  • Should there be greater guidance on transfer pricing?
  • Are State Aid rules sufficient to address policy concerns over tax avoidance?
  • Other State Aid enforcement priorities

Moderator: 
Andreas von Bonin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Panel:
Jackie Holland, Slaughter and May, London
Gert-Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Raymond Luja, Professor of Comparative Tax LawFaculty of Law, Maastricht University, Maastricht
George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers, London

17:05: Chairs' closing remarks

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels 
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London

17:15: Close of conference  

Venue

Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour de l'Europe 3, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Ticket Prices

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