Tuesday, 19 November 2019, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Thilo Klein

Compass Lexecon, London, Düsseldorf

Thilo Klein is an Executive Vice President at Compass Lexecon based in London and Düsseldorf. Thilo has more than 15 years’ experience as an economic consultant, during which he has advised clients from a wide range of industries, in all fields of competition policy and in a variety of jurisdictions including the European Union, the UK, Germany, Austria, and countries in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, among others.

A merger specialist, Thilo has advised on numerous cases both before the European Commission and in other jurisdictions. 

Petra Linsmeier

Gleiss Lutz, Munich

Petra is partner in the competition law team of Gleiss Lutz, having more than 15 years of experience in this area of the law. She regularly advises national and international clients on German and European antitrust issues, the focus of her practice including advice on antitrust prohibition and abuse of market power, along with cartel defence and merger control proceedings. Petra furthermore has a long and successful track record in connection with internal investigations and advice on compliance and has been holding lectures on competition law at the university of Passau since 2013.

Keynote Speaker

Andreas Mundt

President of the German Federal Cartel Office, Bonn

Andreas Mundt has been President of the German Federal Cartel Office since December 2009. He is a member of the Bureau of the OECD Competition Committee and Steering Group Chair of the International Competition Network.

After qualifying as a lawyer following studies at the Universities of Bonn and of Lausanne, he entered the Federal Ministry of Economics. He then joined the staff of the Free Democratic Party in the German Parliament.

In 2000 Andreas Mundt joined the Federal German Cartel Office as rapporteur. He was Head of the International Section of the Bundeskartellamt from 2001 to 2005 and Director of General Policy from 2005 to 2009.


Thomas Ackermann

Professor of Law, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich

Saar Dierckens

Siemens, Munich

Johannes Dittrich

Linde, Munich

Andrea Gomes da Silva

Competition and Markets Authority, London

Thorsten Käseberg

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

Bettina Leupold

BSH Home Appliances Group, Munich

Guillaume Loriot

Director, Information, Communication and Media, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Silke Möller

Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf

Marieke Scholz

Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust Telecoms, DG Competition, Brussels


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks
Thilo Klein, Compass Lexecon
Petra Linsmeier, Gleiss Lutz

9.40: Keynote address

Andreas Mundt, President of the German Federal Cartel Office, Bonn

10.10: An update on developments in merger control

This panel will discuss how to surmount the myriad of challenges surrounding gun jumping enforcement, expansive data requests from enforcers and what the current state of merger enforcement means for businesses and their advisors. The session will also explore the effects of the General Court’s Hutchison vs. Commission case on the SIEC test, as well as rights of defence in UPS vs Commission.

11.25: Coffee break

12.00: Competition litigation in the spotlight

Leading practitioners will discuss the latest updates and developments in competition litigation, with insights from both a German and international perspective. Thanks to the numerous cases (truck, sugar, etc.) which are currently being litigated before the courts, the most recent decisions regarding the burden and level of proof, assumptions and more will be discussed.

13.15: Networking lunch

14.45: Big Data: Sizing up the digital economy

As Kommission Wettbewerbsrecht 4.0 is due to publish its recommendations for possible reforms to German competition law this Autumn, we explore the current state of competition law enforcement in the digital space and what changes practitioners can expect as the government adapts its approach to dominant platforms and big data.

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: Vertical restraints and block exemption

We explore the recent case law surrounding vertical restraints, including what the prominent cases surrounding Amazon has taught us in relation to the dual role of platforms on- and offline. This panel will examine the status of new block exemption rules and highlight potential effects on businesses and the economy.

17.45: Chairs’ closing remarks
Thilo Klein, Compass Lexecon
Petra Linsmeier, Gleiss Lutz 

17.55: Close of conference


Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf, Königsallee 1a, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

Private Practitioner
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Super Early € 550 11 Oct 2019
Early € 750 9 Nov 2019
Standard € 950 19 Nov 2019


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