Monday, 21 – Tuesday, 22 September 2020, Steigenberger Wiltcher's, Avenue Louise 71, 1050 Brussels

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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. 


Keynote Speakers

Olivier Guersent

Director-General, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Richard Whish QC

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.


Elvira Aliende Rodriguez

Shearman & Sterling, Brussels

Mette Alfter

Frontier Economics, Brussels

Maria Barros

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer,, Amsterdam

Rachel Brandenburger

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law & Visiting Law Fellow, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

Maria Coppola

Counsel for European Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

John Davies

Senior Advisor, Regulatory and Public Affairs, Brunswick Group, London

Katrin Gassner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf

Helen Gornall

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam and Brussels

Michael Han

Fangda Partners, Beijing and Hong Kong

Maria Jaspers

Head, Antitrust Policy and Case Support Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Kai-Uwe Kühn

University of East Anglia and The Brattle Group, Brussels

Pierre Régibeau

Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Falk Schöning

Hogan Lovells, Berlin and Brussels

Howard Shelanski

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Washington DC

James Webber

Shearman & Sterling, London and Brussels

Thomas Wessely

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Susanne Zuehlke

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Brussels

Monday, 21 September 2020

13.25: Welcome coffee and registration

13.45: Chairs' welcome

Thomas Janssens, Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerBrussels
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels

14.00: Keynote speech with Olivier Guersent, Director-General, European Commission, Brussels

14.30The 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?

Kai-Uwe Kühn, University of East Anglia and The Brattle Group, Brussels

Mark Hamer, Baker & McKenzie, Washington D.C.
Maria Coppola, US Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C.
Rachel Brandenburger, 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,, Amsterdam   

11.50: Fireside Chat   
Hosted by Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels

Pierre Régibeau, Chief Economist, DG Competition, Brussels

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

Frederic Depoortere, Skadden, Brussels 

James Webber, Shearman & Sterling, London and Brussels 
Thomas Wessely, Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerBrussels
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


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  • "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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