Monday - Tuesday, 9 – 10 July 2017, Brussels, Belgium

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2017 Programme

Day one - Tuesday, 4 July

13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: Chairs' welcome

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels and London
Benoît Durand, RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris

14.15: Keynote address 
Paul Csiszár, Director of Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

14.45: Antitrust across the Atlantic for the next four years how will it play out?

  • What conclusions about enforcement agendas can be drawn six months after President Trump’s inauguration?
  • Is it “Antitrust, Jim, but not as we know it”?
  • Will business have to consider the EU as the “bad cop” to the US’s “good cop”?
  • How different is the transition from the last Republican administration?
  • How similar is populist thinking to a focus on “fairness”?
  • What are the implications for US/EU cooperation on enforcement?

Moderator:
John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels and London

Panel:
Paul Csiszár, Director of Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Jessica Delbaum, Shearman & Sterling, New York
Suyong Kim, Hogan Lovells, London
Gerwin Van Gerven, Linklaters, Brussels

16.00: Coffee break

16.25: Guess who’s back: Article 102 everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask

  • Does the Commission still follow the guidance paper?
  • Exclusionary abuses after Google and Qualcomm: Where do we stand now?
  • Are exploitative abuses back on the agenda – and if so, how are they assessed?
  • Strategies for complaints: What are the best ways to attract attention?

Moderator:
Nicholas Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels and London

Panel:
Cristina Caffarra, Charles River Associates, Brussels and London 
Johannes Erlandsson, Senior Economist, Market Abuse Unit, Swedish Competition Authority (KKV), Stockholm
Helen Kelly, Matheson, Dublin
Frédéric Louis, WilmerHale, Brussels

17.40: Conclusion of day one

19.15 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Hogan Lovells and an all-conference dinner hosted by Shearman & Sterling.

 

Day two – Wednesday, 5 July

8.00: Welcome coffee and registration

8.30: Chairs’ welcome

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels and London
Benoît Durand, RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris

8.45: Richard Whish’s The year in review

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

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.

10.15: Coffee break                                             

10.35: Innovating theories of harm: Are horizontal mergers bad for innovation?

The Commission’s policy and recent case practice has increased its focus on the impact of mergers on innovation. 

  • What has made the Commission change its approach?
  • Do its theories of harm stand up to scrutiny?
  • Are there any rules emerging on how such mergers should be assessed?
  • And what commitments might work to remedy such concerns?
  • Which industries are most likely to be affected?
  • What can we learn from: Dow/Dupont, Teva/Allergan, Bayer/Monsanto?

Moderator:
Benoît Durand, RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris

Panel:
Fiona Carlin, Baker McKenzie, Brussels
Frederic Depoortere, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brussels
Giulio Federico, Head of Unit, Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
David Tayar, Clifford Chance, Paris

11.50: Doing deals – how to avoid gun-jumping and other procedural enforcement risks in the new environment

  • How can a buyer now protect the value of its investment between signing and closing?
  • Practical implications of Altice, Duke Energy and EY/KPMG for actions, information exchange, clean teams
  • Increased risk of failure to notify (China/Brazil)
  • Enforcement for provision of misleading information (Facebook/WhatsApp)

Moderator:
Sascha Schubert, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Panel:
Margaret Segall D’Amico, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York
Saar Dierckens, Senior Competition Counsel, Siemens, Munich  Simon Genevaz, Information, Communication and Media Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Andreas Reindl, Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels

12.50: Networking lunch                                              

13.40: New realities: Has competition policy caught up to the online marketplace?

  • Are competition authorities finally ready to accept online constraints on brick and mortar stores – and if so, what are the consequences for traditional analysis?
  • Algorithm pricing, artificial intelligence and collusion – should competition authorities be worried?
  • Online market place and the single market: Where to with geo-blocking?

Moderator:
Stephen Kinsella, Sidley Austin, Brussels and London

Panel:
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London
Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May, London and Brussels
David Foster, Frontier Economics, London
Mark Powell, White & Case, London and Brussels

14.50: Coffee break

15.10: What’s in the toolbox now? What are the latest investigations techniques used by the agencies?

  • New techniques are being added – what are they and how to prepare?
  • Up to date experience from dawn raids
  • Differences between agencies – legal and cultural
  • Data privacy risks now and preparing for the general Data Protection Regulation
  • Merger control – how to handle huge document requests at short notice
  • Encroachment on legal professional privilege principles

Moderator:
Jonas Koponen, Linklaters, Brussels

Panel:
Elvira Aliende Rodriguez,
Shearman & Sterling, Brussels
Kate Collyer, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London
Catriona Hatton, Baker Botts, Brussels
David Wood, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Brussels

16.25: Chairs’ closing remarks

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels and London
Benoît Durand, RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris

16.30: Close of conference

 

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