GCR Live is delighted to present the second edition of GCR Live Düsseldorf on Thursday, 16 November.

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Martin Klusmann

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf

Martin has significant experience in German, European and international competition law and has been involved in major merger cases and many national and international cartel cases, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

2016 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

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

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”.

Christoph Stadler, Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf

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.

Kathrin Westermann, Noerr, Berlin

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.

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

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

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

Düsseldorf, Germany


  • “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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