Tuesday, 1 December, 18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3ED

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John Davies

Brunswick, London

John is a Senior Advisor in our Regulatory and Public Affairs practice. He is a former lawyer and was a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he founded and managed the Brussels office and led the Global Competition Practice. Prior to Freshfields, John worked as a case officer in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition.


Jonas Koponen

Linklaters, Brussels

Jonas is a highly regarded international competition lawyer, based in Brussels. His experience spans from complex transactional to contentious competition law cases in Europe and beyond.

Jonas represents clients from around the world on merger review of M&A transactions. He has advised parties to numerous complex transactions, several of which were reviewed in “Phase II” by the European Commission and other authorities worldwide. In addition, he represents companies in investigations of business conduct, such as abuse of dominance, anti-competitive agreements and practices, and cartel matters (also involving applications for immunity and leniency) and related litigation.

His experience spans many industry sectors, with recent experience particularly in the  financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, software and information technology sectors.

Jonas is Global Head of Linklaters’ Global Competition Practice. 


Oliver Bretz

Euclid Law, London

Jan Bonhage

Hengeler Mueller, Berlin

Alec Burnside

Dechert, Brussels

Jonathan Gafni

Linklaters, Washington, DC

Pierre Honoré

Bredin Prat, Brussels

Barbara Kaech

General Counsel, Nord Stream 2 AG, Zurich

Itumeleng Mahabane

Brunswick, Johannesburg

Aimen Mir

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC

Anne Salladin

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Julie Soloway

Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Torsten Syrbe

Clifford Chance, Moscow

Manuel Vélez Fraga

Uría Menéndez, Madrid

Vivian Cao

Linklaters, Shanghai/Beijing

Naval Chopra

Amarchand, Delhi

Sarah Mackintosh

BEIS, United Kingdom


9.00: Registration and welcome coffee

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks
John Davies, Brunswick, London  
Jonas Koponen, Linklaters, Brussels

10.00: The European outlook and its impact on business

With a focus on French, German and UK governments, this session will consider how increased scrutiny of foreign investment affects business. It will then turn to the key cases shaping the current enforcement approach and discuss how to navigate target and acquirer-based risk. Is there a pattern to the recent spate of cases? How should advisors approach sector-specific issues? The session will delve deeper into requirements for remedies, including behavioural remedies such as business continuation, FRAND, information shielding and so on.  

Jan Bonhage, Hengler Mueller, Berlin

Pierre Honoré, Bredin Prat, Brussels 
Sarah Mackintosh, BEIS, United Kingdom

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: EU screening mechanism: balancing tensions

What will be the practical impact of the EU screening mechanism – and beyond that, how can we manage the tension between protectionism and the need to attract global capital to Europe? Taking a comprehensive look at the screening mechanism, our panel will discuss the extent of the Commission’s likely influence and its interaction with member states. Should we expect more convergence between member states?  What will be the dynamic between Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in their respective roles?

Alec Burnside, Dechert, Brussels 

Oliver Bretz, EUCLID Law, London
Barbara Kaech, Nord Stream 2 AG, Zurich
Manuel Vélez, Uría Ménendez, Madrid 

12.30: Networking lunch

13.30: Navigating risks in the evolving CFIUS regime

As the CFIUS regime continues to grow and develop, this session will discuss the trajectory of enforcement and consider new FIRRMA regulations expected to come into force in February 2020. With a focus on circumventing risks surrounding US foreign investment, panellists will discuss how to be sure of the right strategy – asking whether acquirer-based risks are all about China, and how to approach various sectors for potential target-based risks.

Anne Salladin, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Jonathan Gafni, Linklaters, Washington, DC
Aimen Mir, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC

14.30: A global comparison of FDI in Asia

Can the FDI landscape in Asia compare to trends in the rest of the world? Through an examination of the current status of the Chinese, Indian and Japanese markets this session will look at FDI trends used to boost growth – in particular new laws in Japan, and relaxed rules in India. The panel will seek to understand the new contours in China as the restrictive environment continues, notwithstanding a loosening of the framework following new laws which enter into force in January 2020.

Vivian Cao, Linklaters, Shanghai/Beijing

Naval Chopra, Armachand, Delhi, India

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: What can we learn from established jurisdictions? Examining Canada, Australia and South Africa - and what about Russia?

In our final session, panellists will discuss how we can grow from the lessons of established regimes. Can we expect a global FDI review landscape to emerge in years to come? Looking specifically at Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Russia this session will consider key issues and how they have evolved over time, including the challenges of the current multi-jurisdictional dynamic, the role of regulators and the extensiveness of their review. The panellists will discuss whether FDI will one day have the same global reach as merger control, or whether it will remain a very local issue?

Julie Soloway, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Itumeleng Mahabane, Brunswick, Johannesburg
Torsten Syrbe, Clifford Chance, Moscow

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks
John Davies, Brunswick, London
Jonas Koponen, Linklaters, Brussels

17.30: Close of conference


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