Compass Lexecon, London, Berlin and 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.
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.
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.
Professor of Law, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich
Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart, Brussels
Competition and Markets Authority, London
Compass Lexecon, London
Heinz & Zagrosek, Cologne
Head of Competition and Consumer Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Presiding Judge, District Court of Dortmund
BSH Home Appliances Group, Munich
Director, Information, Communication and Media, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf
European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), Brussels
Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust Telecoms, DG Competition, Brussels
Cosmetics Europe, Belgium
Dechert, Brussels, Frankfurt
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.
Carsten Grave, Linklaters, Düsseldorf
Saar Dierckens, Siemens, Munich
Johannes Dittrich, Linde, Munich
Guillaume Loriot, Director, Information, Communication and Media, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Clemens York, Dechert, Brussels
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.
Thomas Ackermann, Professor of Law, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich
Uli Brunner, AlixPartners, Munich
Ulrich Denzel, Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart, Brussels
Gerhard Klumpe, Presiding Judge, District Court of Dortmund
Ann-Christin Richter, Hausfeld, Berlin
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.
Silke Heinz, Heinz & Zagrosek, Cologne
Andrea Gomes da Silva, Competition and Markets Authority, London
Per Hellstrom, Apple, London
Thorsten Käseberg, Head of Competition and Consumer Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Sophia Real, Google, Brussels
Agustin Reyna, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), Brussels
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.
Silke Möller, Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf
Urs Hagler, Compass Lexecon, London
Bettina Leupold, BSH Home Appliances Group, Munich
Marieke Scholz, Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust Telecoms, DG Competition, Brussels
Emma Trogen, Cosmetics Europe, Belgium
17.45: Chairs’ closing remarks
Thilo Klein, Compass Lexecon
Petra Linsmeier, Gleiss Lutz
17.55: Close of conference