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?

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels and London

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?

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

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?

Benoît Durand, RBB Economics, Brussels and Paris

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)

Sascha Schubert, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

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?

Stephen Kinsella, Sidley Austin, Brussels and London

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

Jonas Koponen, Linklaters, Brussels

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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