Thursday, 9 - Friday 10 July 2020, Steigenberger Wiltcher's, Avenue Louise 71, 1050 Brussels

Currently, and based on advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the GCR Live 12th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture is proceeding as planned. As you will be aware, the situation is evolving daily so we may need to adapt the conference to any restrictions or health concerns. We are monitoring the situation very closely and this message will be updated as often as needed in order to keep all our participants informed.

As the Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak develops, we invite all those who intend to travel to Brussels to take all appropriate precautions, follow any health advice and abide by any travel advisories or restrictions to help lower the risk of infection.

In particular, we strongly invite you to (i) comply with any official recommendations or directives applicable at the place of your departure and any transit points, prior to travelling; and (ii) comply with any official recommendations or directives applicable in Belgium.

We urge all participants to act responsibly and to observe basic hygiene precautions. In particular, please avoid attending the ceremony if you feel unwell. Please follow the recommendations of the Belgian government and avoid shaking hands. As we have been experimenting over the past couple of days, there are many other ways to greet one another warmly and professionally.

We look forward to seeing as many of you, as safely as possible, soon!

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Bojana Ignjatovic

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. 

Thomas Janssens

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. 


Thursday 9th July 2020

13.25: Welcome coffee and registration

13.45: Chairs' welcome

Thomas Janssens, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics

14.00: Keynote speech

14.30: Competition law in a protectionist environment

As the political climate shifts towards deglobalisation and calls for protectionist trade policies, what is the likely fall out for competition policy? Can we expect a competition environment that is more lenient to national champions and adverse to foreign companies, or is competition policy likely to get sidelined by FDI and public interest regimes?

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?

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


Friday 10th July 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?

11.50: Fireside Chat   

12.30: Networking lunch     

13.30: Mergers: New problems, old solutions

  • Mind the Gap revisited – clarifying the EUMR test
  • The General Court judgment to come in CK Hutchison v Commission
  • Remedies in Mergers – What is the problem and how do you fix it?
  • Siemens / Alstom and other decisions

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 panel considers the new risks companies face in ensuring competition law compliance in the modern economy.

16.10: Chairs’ closing remarks

16.20: Conference close


Steigenberger Wiltcher's, Avenue Louise 71, 1050 Brussels, Belgium


  • "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

Private Practitioner
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Super Early €1300  29 May 2020
Early €1500 26 Jun  2020
Standard €1800 10 Jul 2020


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