Iona McCall

AlixPartners, London

Iona is a specialist competition economist, and has led major projects for competition authorities, lawyers, and companies. She has extensive experience in the application of competition policy and the assessment of competition across a range of sectors including transport, financial services, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. She brings direct experience of working on analyses of market definition, market power, abuse of dominance, agreements, and barriers to entry. She also has expertise in estimating consumer harm and damages created by a variety of behaviors and market structures, such as cartels and mis-selling. Iona holds an MSc Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc (First) in economics and French from the University of Birmingham. Iona also spent a year studying economics at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Michele Davis

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London

Michele’s practice covers all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control and foreign investment, cartels, abuse of dominance, state aid and regulated industries.

She has particular experience of advising clients in the regulated sectors, including energy and utilities, water and telecoms.  Based in London, she has also spent time on secondment in our Beijing, Brussels and Washington DC offices.

Michele is recommended for EU and Competition law in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the UK Legal 500, where she is named as a Next Generation Lawyer. She is also recognised as a Future Leader in Competition Law in the 2017 and 2019 editions of Who's Who Legal: Competition and as one of the 40 Notable Women Competition Professionals in Europe in Private Practice by Women AT’s 40 in their 40s publication. 


Christy Baker

Group Legal Director, FirstGroup, London

James Baker

Frontier Economics, London

Alison Berridge

Monckton Chambers, London

Julia Cattanach

Chief Risk Officer, Experian, Nottingham

Simon Chisholm

Charles River Associates, London

Deba Das

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London

Satyen Dhana

Simmons & Simmons, London, Brussels

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen

British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London

Natalie Greenwood

EUCLID Law, London

Colin Raftery

Senior Director of Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority, London

Mari Scimemi

Director, Global Competition, Barclays, London

Victoria Wakefield QC

Brick Court Chambers, London

James Williamson

Vannin Capital, London


13.00: Welcome coffee and registration

13.30: An introduction to the Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders research
Rupert Wilson, Editor, Who’s Who Legal

13.35: Chairs’ opening remarks
Michele Davis, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Iona McCall, AlixPartners, London

13.45: The future of competition enforcement

This panel will discuss the implications of recent discussions around whether the current enforcement regime is fit for purpose, looking at the future direction of the competition enforcement and markets regimes and what this could mean for companies and individuals. Amongst other topics the panel will explore the CMA’s increasing focus on consumer detriment instead of competition per se, as well as potential proposals for reforms to the UK regime.

Natalie Greenwood, EUCLID Law, London

James Baker, Frontier Economics, London
Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London
Mari Scimemi, Director, Global Competition, Barclays, London

14.45: Coffee break

15.15: Getting deals cleared in a post-Brexit UK 

As inevitable change looms in the future of the post-Brexit UK, this panel will explore the fundamental proposals expected to be published in the Green Paper, including a mandatory regime for some deals, a special regime for acquisitions by large tech companies, and the role of the CMA in reviewing large-scale, cross-border deals. The panel will review these changes and discuss expected proposals for a new UK national security and investment review regime.

Satyen Dhana, Simmons & Simmons, London, Brussels

Alison Berridge, Monckton Chambers, London
Julia Cattanach, Chief Risk Officer, Experian, Nottingham
Simon Chisholm, Charles River Associates, London
Colin Raftery, Senior Director of Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority, London

16.15: What does the future hold for class actions?

The Merricks v Mastercard case is the first of its kind to test the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s collective action regime. Meanwhile, the first stand-alone claim is currently before the CAT (Gutmann v London & South Eastern Railway Limited). The panel will discuss what the future holds for collective proceedings. In particular we will focus on how the Merricks case has shaped the scope for group action claims in the UK and how it will affect the other existing claims, the potential for more stand-alone claims, and the role of litigation funders and economic evidence in all of this.

Iona McCall, AlixPartners, London

Christy Baker, UK Legal Director, FirstGroup, London
Deba Das, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Victoria Wakefield QC, Brick Court Chambers, London
James Williamson, Vannin Capital, London

17.15: Chair’s closing remarks
Michele Davis, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Iona McCall, AlixPartners, London

17.30: Delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


26-28 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y 0BQ, United Kingdom

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