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German decision “really concerning”, says Asics compliance head

German decision “really concerning”, says Asics compliance head

03 November 2016

A senior compliance lawyer at Asics today said the controversial decision by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office tackling the company’s allegedly illegal online sales restrictions appears to misapply EU law, and that the enforcer seems unsure about how to best interpret it. Tom Webb in Düsseldorf

Mundt: enforcers need to speed up in high-tech markets

Mundt: enforcers need to speed up in high-tech markets

03 November 2016

The president of Germany’s competition enforcer said today that enforcement agencies in Europe are asking themselves how they can “become speedier” in fast-moving markets – and that there is an ongoing debate about the use of interim measures. Tom Webb in Düsseldorf

Mundt opposes online platform regulation

Mundt opposes online platform regulation

03 November 2016

The head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office today acknowledged that digital businesses raise novel issues, but said he “firmly” believes that a uniform regulation for platforms is unnecessary. Tom Webb in Düsseldorf

EU pass-on presumption will need “careful” handling, says lawyer

EU pass-on presumption will need “careful” handling, says lawyer

03 November 2016

Discussing the likely effects of the German implementation of the EU Damages Directive today, Latham & Watkins Frankfurt partner Georg Weidenbach said the country’s courts will need to be careful with pass-on issues. Tom Webb in Düsseldorf

Chairs

Dr. Ingo Brinker

Gleiss Lutz, Munich and Brussels

Ingo is head of the firm’s competition practice. He advises clients on German and European antitrust law, in particular in connection with merger control investigations and litigation, and compliance programmes.

Susanne Zuehlke

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Brussels

Susanne Zuehlke is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

She advises global companies on all aspects of EU and German competition law. 

Keynotes

Andreas Mundt

President, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn

Andreas Mundt has been President of the German Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) since December 2009. In September 2013 Andreas Mundt was elected to be the new Steering Group Chair of the International Competition Network. 

Speakers

Becket McGrath

Cooley, London

Uta Itzen

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf

Hans Friederiszick

Ulrich Denzel

Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart and Brussels

Joachim Bornkamm

Former Judge, German Federal Supreme Court and Honorary Professor, University of Freiburg

Christian Horstkotte

Baker & McKenzie, Düsseldorf

Nadine Herrmann

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Hamburg and Brussels

Kim Dietzel

Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Birgit Krueger

Head of General Policy Division, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn

Christoph Stadler

Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf

Faustine Viala

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Paris

Fred Wandschneider

CEG Europe, Düsseldorf and London

Georg Weidenbach

Latham & Watkins, Frankfurt

Rein Wesseling

Stibbe, Amsterdam

Kathrin Westermann

Noerr, Berlin

Armin Jungbluth

Head of Division for Competition and Consumer Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

Aster Kamp-van de Velden

Head of Compliance EMEA, ASICS Europe, Amsterdam

Martina Maier

General Counsel, Competition, Unilever Legal Group, Brussels

Silke Möller

Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf

Romina Polley

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Cologne

Fabian Rinnen

CEG Europe, Düsseldorf

Christopher Rother

Hausfeld, Berlin

CPD/CLE points

This conference is accredited with 5 hours under the SRA professional development scheme. 

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks  

Ingo Brinker, Gleiss LutzMunich and Brussels
Susanne Zuehlke, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Brussels

9.15: An antitrust update for Germany

Leading experts will provide a substantive update on recent developments in Germany in the core areas of antitrust and competition law.

  • Merger control
  • Cartels
  • National antitrust litigation
  • Private damages actions

Moderator:
Martina Maier, General Counsel, Competition, Unilever Legal Group, Brussels

Panel:
Christian Horstkotte, Baker & McKenzieDüsseldorf
Silke Möller, Glade Michel WirtzDüsseldorf
Romina Polley, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & HamiltonCologne
Georg Weidenbach, Latham & WatkinsFrankfurt

10.15: Coffee break

10.45: A German approach: Antitrust in e-commerce

When it comes to vertical restraints, there’s a clear distinction between German views and those of other European jurisdictions. Our distinguished panel will examine the reasons for this difference of approach, looking particularly at Booking.com and “MFN” clauses on online platforms, and the idea of data as a “new currency”.

Moderator: 
Christoph Stadler, Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf

Panel: 
Hans Friederiszick, E.CA EconomicsBerlin and Brussels
Aster Kamp-van de Velden, Head of Compliance EMEAASICS Europe, Amsterdam 
Birgit Krueger, Head of General Policy Division, BundeskartellamtBonn
Becket McGrath, CooleyLondon

12.15: Networking lunch

13.15: Keynote address

Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn

14.15: The implementation of the damages directive

An international panel will analyse the implementation and effects of the EU Damages Directive as the December deadline approaches. Comparisons will be drawn between Germany and other EU member states, with particular focus on the UK and Netherlands.

Moderator: 
Kathrin Westermann, Noerr, Berlin

Panel: 
Kim Dietzel, Herbert Smith FreehillsLondon
Armin Jungbluth, Head of Division for Competition and Consumer Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Faustine Viala, Willkie Farr & GallagherParis
Rein Wesseling, StibbeAmsterdam

15.30: Coffee break

15.45: Private damages in action: A mock trial

This interactive session will see a combination of lawyers and economists act out a fictitious private damages case. Guided by the moderator, the session will address a number of core substantive arguments frequently encountered in private damages cases. After hearing both sides, the audience will have an opportunity to vote and determine the winner.

Judge: 
Joachim Bornkamm, Former Judge, German Federal Supreme Court and Honorary Professor, University of Freiburg

Plaintiffs: 
Nadine Herrmann, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & SullivanHamburg and Brussels
Christopher Rother, HausfeldBerlin

Defence: 
Ulrich Denzel, Gleiss LutzStuttgart and Brussels
Uta Itzen, Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerDüsseldorf

Court Appointed Expert: 
Fred Wandschneider, CEG Europe, Düsseldorf and London

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

Ingo Brinker, Gleiss LutzMunich and Brussels
Susanne Zuehlke, Willkie Farr & GallagherBrussels

17.20 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception kindly hosted by Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Venue

InterContinental Düsseldorf, Königsallee 59, Düsseldorf, 40215, Germany

Testimonials

  • “Excellent topics and an impressive panel.” Michael Galligan, Senior Counsel – IBM

  • "A good sharing and input forum." Corporate Legal Counsel & Company Secretary – Star Petroleum Refining Public Company

  • “An excellent conference - overall all the speakers were top of their game, thorough, clear and informative. Pitched at right level - so difficult to achieve this and it was done.”

    Practice Manager – Fountain Court Chambers


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