Wednesday 22 May 2019, San Francisco, USA

GCR is delighted to host the inaugural GCR Live Antitrust in the Digital Economy in San Francisco.

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137

Chairs

Jonathan Orszag

Compass Lexecon, Washington, DC

Jonathan Orszag is a Senior Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee. As a consultant, Orszag has conducted economic and financial analysis on a wide range of complex issues in antitrust, regulatory, policy, and litigation matters for corporations and public-sector entities. These engagements have involved a wide array of mergers and other economic matters in various markets, such as the sports, media, telecommunications, retail, healthcare, financial services, and high-tech industries. He has testified before the United States Congress, U.S. and international courts, the European Court of First Instance, and U.S. and international regulatory authorities on competition and economic policy issues.

Craig Waldman

Jones Day, San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Craig Waldman, who co-chairs Jones Day's global Antitrust Practice, has more than 20 years of experience representing companies in antitrust government investigations, private litigations, and by counseling them on how to manage antitrust risk in daily business activities. Craig's work has included all areas of antitrust including mergers, agreements among competitors, vertical distribution issues, price discrimination, criminal antitrust matters, monopolization, and intellectual property licensing and trade regulation.

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ welcome
Craig Waldman, Jones Day
Jon Orszag, Compass Lexecon

9.15: Morning Keynote

9.55: Tech deals in turbulent times: Merger review in the US, Europe, China and Brazil

Transactions among tech companies continue apace, even as enforcement priorities and philosophies shift around the world. Enforcers and practitioners from Europe, China, Brazil and the US discuss how these antitrust regimes view tech deals and transactions, and address whether shifting views of the power of tech companies will affect merger review.

11.05: Coffee break

11.30: Some call it “new-Brandeis” some call it “hipster” – either way, is there now such a thing as too big?

Should antitrust enforcers consider taking action to address the economic and social power of the world’s largest tech platforms: Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple? Leading experts debate if they should be broken up or regulated in some way, and if so, how?

12.40: Networking Lunch

13.40: Afternoon Keynote

14.20 Multisided digital platforms after American Express

The Supreme Court’s decision in AmEx looms large over many of the country’s largest digital platforms, all of which operate the same two-sided markets at issue in the American Express case. What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s AmEx decision for market definition in litigations and mergers involving the technology industry? Will a Democrat-controlled House consider a legislative reversal of the decision?

15.30: Coffee break

15.55: Digital ecosystems: App stores, customers & the Supreme Court

Panelists discuss and analyse the digital ecosystem with a focus on the implications of the Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in the Apple AppStore case and what that may mean for the relevance of Illinois Brick.

16.55 Chairs’ closing remarks

Craig Waldman, Jones Day
Jon Orszag, Compass Lexecon

17.00: Close of conference

Venue

San Francisco, USA

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $450 12 April 2019
Early $650 10 May 2019
Standard $850 22 May 2019

 

In-house/Government Representatives
Type Price
Standard $0