'Too big to fail' firms outside antitrust remit, says Varney

20 June 2012

Financial institutions considered too big to fail have both their roots and their solutions “outside the antitrust universe”, said Christine Varney at GCR: Live Financial Services and Competition Law in London today.

Financial information exchange brings both efficiencies and risk, says panel

21 June 2012

Businesses must be careful to exchange the 'right kind' of information to avoid ending up on the wrong side of antitrust enforcers, a panel of lawyers and economists said yesterday at GCR Live: Financial Services and Competition Law, in London.

Deutsche Börse/NYSE battle revived at GCR Live

21 June 2012

Counsel to NYSE Euronext and financial institutions who took part in the landmark Deutsche Börse/NYSE merger review revisited the reasoning that ultimately led to the prohibition of the stock exchanges US$10.2 billion merger by the European Commission.

Banks break-up remains an option for new OFT chief

20 June 2012

Clive Maxwell, the new chief executive of the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), has said he will continue to consider referring UK banks to the Competition Commission (CC) for a break-up if competition doesn’t improve within the next three years. Stefano Berra in London.


Nicholas Levy

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Keynote Speaker

Clive Maxwell

Executive Director, Office of Fair Trading


Matthew Bennett

Charles River Associates, and former Director of Economics at the Office of Fair Trading

Oliver Bretz

Clifford Chance

Onno Brouwer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Lorenzo Coppi

Compass Lexecon

Peter Freeman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Simon Gaysford

Frontier Economics

Benôit Le Bret

Gide Loyrette

Alastair Mordaunt

Clifford Chance

Paolo Palmigiano

Lloyds Banking Group

Nickolas Reinhardt

Afore Consulting

David A. Schwartz

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Irmfried Schwimann

European Commission

Robbert Snelders

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Reinder van Dijk

Oxera Consulting

Christine Varney

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Duncan Wales


Mark Williams

NERA Economic Consulting

David Wood

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

CPD points

The conference has been accredited with 6.5 CPD hours from the SRA.


8:30am: Registration and coffee

9.00am: Chairman’s introduction
Nicholas Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

9.10am: Keynote speech: Antitrust issues in the financial services sector
Clive Maxwell, Executive Director, Office of Fair Trading

9.30am: Is the financial services sector different?
Peter Freeman, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Paolo Palmigiano, Lloyds Banking Group
Nickolas Reinhardt, Afore Consulting
Simon Gaysford, Frontier Economics

10.45am: A U.S. perspective on the application of antitrust rules to the financial services sector
Christine Varney, Cravath Swaine & Moore

11.30am: Coffee break

11.45am: State Aid in the financial services sector: issues and challenges
Keynote Speech: Irmfried Schwimann, European Commission
Oliver Bretz, Clifford Chance
Onno Brouwer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Lorenzo Coppi, Compass Lexecon

1.00pm: Lunch

2.15pm: Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext: legal, economic, regulatory and policy issues
Benôit Le Bret, Gide Loyrette
David A. Schwartz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Mark Williams, NERA Economic Consulting
David Wood, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Duncan Wales, ICAP

3.45pm: Tea break

4.15pm: Information exchange in the financial services sector
Alastair Mordaunt, Clifford Chance
Matthew Bennett, Charles River Associates
Reinder van Dijk, Oxera Consulting
Robbert Snelders, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

5.30pm: Chairman’s summing-up and closing


The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN, United Kingdom

Ticket prices

Registration is unavailable