RBB Economics, Brussels and 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. She has advised on a large number of high-profile cases before the European Commission and many national domestic authorities, in particular in the UK.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Thomas heads Freshfields’ global antitrust, competition and trade practice – a role that he combines with his dynamic and broad client practice.
He advises on EU and international antitrust law, covering transactional and conduct matters as well as related litigation. Thomas has extensive experience in complex EU and international mandates, especially those requiring strategic management of cross-border challenges and parallel proceedings before several authorities. The nature of his work also involves leading teams of Freshfields lawyers and local counsel around the world.
Director General, DG Competition, European Commission
Emeritus Professor, King's College London
Emeritus Professor Richard Whish is a legal academic and author. He is a qualified solicitor and was in legal practice in London from 1989 to 1998. He was admitted in 1977. He has been recommended for his contribution to competition law and policy, in the UK, the European Union and in many other countries with competition laws throughout the world.
Shearman & Sterling, Brussels
Frontier Economics, Brussels
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Booking.com, Amsterdam
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law & Visiting Law Fellow, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.
Counsel for European Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC
Senior Advisor, Regulatory and Public Affairs, Brunswick Group, London
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam and Brussels
Fangda Partners, Beijing and Hong Kong
Head, Antitrust Policy and Case Support Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Hogan Lovells, Berlin and Brussels
Monday, 21 September 2020
13.25: Welcome coffee and registration
13.45: Chairs' welcome
Thomas Janssens, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels
14.00: Keynote speech
Olivier Guersent, Director-General, Competition, European Commission, Brussels
14.30: The global pandemic: What have the competition impacts been and what is likely to change in the long-term?
How has the landscape changed; has the bar moved forever? How will competition analysis in various areas be impacted as we move forward?
As the political climate shifts towards deglobalisation and calls for protectionist trade policies, what is the likely fall out for competition policy? This panel of experts will look at these key questions in a changing world, as well as state aid, supply chain management and public interest regimes in the new global environment.
Katrin Gassner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf
Elvira Aliende Rodriguez, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels
Michael Han, Fangda Partners, Hong Kong and Beijing
John Davies, Brunswick Group, London
15.40: Coffee break
16.10: A bridge across the pond: towards a new era of transatlantic convergence?
Are we witnessing greater convergence of US and EU competition policy? Will this result in increased enforcement on both sides of the Atlantic – and is such an increase warranted? What are the likely limits of policy convergence?
Mark Hamer, Baker & McKenzie, Washington D.C.
Maria Coppola, US Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C.
Rachel Bradenburger, Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford University
Howard Shelanski, Georgetown University and Davis Polk, Washington D.C.
17.20: Conclusion of day one
19.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception and All Conference Dinner sponsored by Shearman & Sterling
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
8.15: Welcome coffee and registration
8.45: Richard Whish’s The Year in Review
Professor Whish will review the year just gone, emphasising the themes and trends behind the headlines.
Richard Whish QC, Emeritus Professor, King's College London
10.15: Coffee break
10.40: The outer limits of competition law enforcement – how far is too far?
How – if at all – should broader policy objectives, including environmental and sustainability objectives, labour market considerations, and privacy concerns, be taken into account in merger and antitrust investigations? Is the ability to balance broader concerns in a competition law environment affected by Vestager’s new dual mandate, at least for digital businesses? And what should the right balance be between meeting these objectives by modifying competition law processes, or by the use of ex ante regulation?
Falk Schoening, Hogan Lovells, Munich
Maria Jaspers, antitrust policy and case support unit, DG Competition, European Commission
Mette Alfter, Frontier, Brussels
Tania Van den Brande, director of economics, Ofcom
Maria Rocha Barros, SVP, CLO, GC, Booking.com, Amsterdam
11.50: Fireside Chat
Pierre Régibeau, Chief Economist, DG Competition, Brussels
12.30: Networking lunch
13.30: Mergers: New problems, old solutions
James Webber, Shearman & Sterling, London and Brussels
Thomas Wessely, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Susanne Zuehlke, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Brussels
Ethel Fonseca, RBB Economics, London
14.40: Coffee break
15.00: Navigating the choppy waters of pricing, distribution and compliance in the modern economy
In view of the Commission’s ongoing review of vertical block exemption regulations, and a number of recent antitrust cases focused on digital markets, this analysis considers the new risks companies face in ensuring competition law compliance in the modern economy.
Helen Gornall, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam, Brussels
16.10: Chairs’ closing remarks
16.20: Conference close
"Very relevant to get general overview of current situation of competition law." Loreto Reguera, Akka Technologies
"Excellent conference on hot topics that are put into a broader framework." Silke Heinz, Heinz & Zagrosek
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