Monday, 21 September 2020 - Tuesday, 22 September 2020, Zoom

The bigger picture of competition law and practice

Global Competition Review is delighted to announce a virtual edition of its Brussels conference: The bigger picture. Top government enforcers, company representatives and academics join private practice lawyers and economists from both sides of the pond as they come together to examine recent merger cases and questions arising from their outcomes, the limits of competition law enforcement and the effects of broader policy objectives on investigations as well as the impact of politics and the global pandemic on the long-term competition landscape.

The inimitable Richard Whish will take us through the year in competition with his first-class analysis of the themes and trends behind the headlines. Keynotes from Director-General Olivier Guersent and Chief Economist Pierre Regibeau offer delegates the opportunity to hear directly from these leaders about their recent work, thoughts on the future and the realities affecting competition law and enforcement in 2020. For more information including the full programme and topics, please refer to the programme below.

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Chairs

Bojana Ignjatovic

RBB Economics, Brussels and London

Bojana Ignjatovic is a Partner based in the London office of RBB Economics. Bojana has more than fifteen years’ experience as an expert in competition economics, in both private and public practice. She has advised on a large number of high-profile cases before the European Commission and many national domestic authorities, in particular in the UK. 

Thomas Janssens

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Thomas heads Freshfields’ global antitrust, competition and trade practice – a role that he combines with his dynamic and broad client practice.

He advises on EU and international antitrust law, covering transactional and conduct matters as well as related litigation.  Thomas has extensive experience in complex EU and international mandates, especially those requiring strategic management of cross-border challenges and parallel proceedings before several authorities.  The nature of his work also involves leading teams of Freshfields lawyers and local counsel around the world. 

Keynote Speakers

Olivier Guersent

Director General, DG Competition, European Commission

Richard Whish QC

Emeritus Professor, King's College London

Emeritus Professor Richard Whish is a legal academic and author. He is a qualified solicitor and was in legal practice in London from 1989 to 1998. He was admitted in 1977. He has been recommended for his contribution to competition law and policy, in the UK, the European Union and in many other countries with competition laws throughout the world.

Speakers

Elvira Aliende Rodriguez

Shearman & Sterling, Brussels

John Davies

Brunswick, London

Frederic Depoortere

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brussels

Ethel Fonseca

RBB Economics, London

Helen Gornall

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam and Brussels

Mark Hamer

Baker McKenzie, Washington, DC

Michael Han

Fangda Partners, Beijing

Kai-Uwe Kuhn

Professor of Economics, University of East Anglia and The Brattle Group, Brussels

David Parker

Frontier Economics, London

Pierre Régibeau

Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Maria Rocha Barros

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Booking.com, Amsterdam

James Webber

Shearman & Sterling, Brussels and London

Tania Van Den Brande

Director of Economics, Ofcom, London

Anna Vernet

Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Thomas Wessely

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Susanne Zuehlke

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Brussels

Programme

Monday 21st September

All times are in CET (UTC + 2)

3.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Thomas Janssens, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels and London 

3.15: Keynote speech

Olivier Guersent, Director General, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

3.45: The outer limits of competition law enforcement – how far is too far?

How – if at all – should broader policy objectives, including environmental and sustainability objectives, labour market considerations, and privacy concerns, be taken into account in merger and antitrust investigations? Is the ability to balance broader concerns in a competition law environment affected by Vestager’s new dual mandate, at least for digital businesses? And what should the right balance be between meeting these objectives by modifying competition law processes, though the use of ex ante regulation or new tools?

Moderator:
Mark Hamer, Baker McKenzie, Washington DC 

Panel:
Anna Vernet, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
David Parker, Frontier Economics, London
Tania Van Den Brande, Director of Economics, Ofcom, London
Maria Rocha Barros, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Booking.com, Amsterdam

4.35: Close of day one

 

Tuesday 22nd September 

10.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Thomas Janssens, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels and London

10.15: Richard Whish’s The Year in Review

Professor Whish will review the year just gone, emphasizing the themes and trends behind the headlines. 

Richard Whish QC, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London      

11.45: The global pandemic: What have the competition impacts been and what is likely to change in the long-term?

How has the landscape changed; has the bar moved forever? How will competition analysis in various areas be impacted as we move forward?

As the political climate shifts towards deglobalisation and calls for protectionist trade policies, what is the likely fall out for competition policy?  This panel of experts will look at these key questions in a changing world, as well as state aid, supply chain management and public interest regimes in the new global environment.

Moderator:
Helen Gornall, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam and Brussels

Panel:
Michael Han, Fangda Partners, Beijing
John Davies, Brunswick, London
Elvira Aliende Rodriguez, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels
Kai-Uwe Kuhn, Professor of Economics, University of East Anglia and The Brattle Group, Brussels

12.35: Close of morning session

 

4.00: Fireside Chat

Speaker: Pierre Regibeau, Chief Economist, EU Commission, Brussels

Host: Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels and London

4.35: Mergers: New problems, old solutions

    1. Mind the Gap revisited – clarifying the EUMR test

    2. General Court judgment to come in CK Hutchison v Commission

    3. Remedies in Mergers – What is the problem and how do you fix it?

    4. Siemens / Alstom and other decisions

Moderator:
Frederic Depoortere, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brussels

Panel:
James Webber, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels and London
Susanne Zuehlke, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Brussels
Ethel Fonseca, RBB, London
Thomas Wessely, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

5.25: Chairs’ closing remarks

Thomas Janssens, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, Brussels and London

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