Gunnar leads Oxera’s work in competition policy and litigation, with more than 20 years’ experience in the field covering mergers, agreements, abuse of dominance, damages and state aid. He has advised companies such as Deutsche Bahn, Nokia, Mars, Belgacom and Mastercard, as well as government bodies and the European Commission. Gunnar has provided expert testimony before courts in a range of jurisdictions, including the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand, and has presented at oral hearings in European Commission inquiries. Gunnar is currently a non-governmental adviser (NGA) to the International Competition Network (ICN) Working Group on Unilateral Conduct.
Baker Botts, Brussels
Paul Lugard is a Brussels-based EU and international competition lawyer. His practice focuses on complex merger review proceedings and investigations into alleged anticompetitive business practices. He has counselled some of the world's leading companies on strategic cooperation agreements, platform competition and technology licensing agreements. His areas of experience include the application of the antitrust laws to high technology sectors, including R&D, standardization, patent pools and licensing of SEPs. Paul was a senior vice president and the Head of Antitrust at Royal Philips Electronics from 2005 until 2012. He is the Chair of the ICC Competition Commission and serves as an NGA to the ICN and as Vice Chair of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Oxera, London and Brussels
Avantika specialises in competition policy and litigation. She has provided economic advice to companies in relation to mergers, horizontal and vertical agreements, and abuse of dominance, including in the context of private litigation and investigations by the European Commission and other competition authorities in Europe and beyond. She has worked on these issues across a broad range of sectors. Avantika has particular expertise in issues involving intellectual property rights, having been involved in the leading cases on the IP/antitrust interface such as patent settlements in the pharmaceutical sector and standard-essential patent licensing.
Vice President, European Union Government Affairs, Microsoft, Brussels
John Frank is Vice President for EU Government Affairs at Microsoft, leading a team of government affairs professionals across Europe to advance public policy in the areas of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and privacy. He was previously Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff to Brad Smith at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond Washington. From 1996 to 2002, John Frank led Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs group for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Paris. John was centrally engaged in Microsoft’s competition cases in Europe from start to finish. Prior to joining Microsoft, John Frank was an attorney at Skadden in San Francisco.
Professor of Law, University of Leeds, Leeds
Charles River Associates, Brussels and Munich
Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Senior Competition Counsel, Google, London
Senior Legal and Competition Counsel, Booking.com, Amsterdam
Head of Unit of C.6 Antitrust: E-commerce and data economy, European Commission, Brussels
Baker Botts, Washington DC
Head of Competition, AGCM, Rome
Vice President, French Competition Authority, Brussels
Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
Chief Patent Licensing Officer, Audi AG, Ingolstadt
Monckton Chambers, London
Chairman, Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, The Hague
Bristows, London and Brussels
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brussels
Director of Antitrust & IP Policy, Qualcomm; Senior Expert and Researcher, University of International Business and Economics, China and Academic Advisor, China's University of Political Law & Science, Washington DC
8.30: Welcome coffee and registration
9.00: Chairs’ morning welcome
9.15: Morning keynote address
John Frank, Vice President, European Union Government Affairs, Microsoft
10.00: Licensing of SEPs: same old or brave new world? The practitioners’ perspective
The panel will debate the key issues in SEP licensing with reference to the latest cases and judgments from jurisdictions around the world, including Unwired Planet v Huawei, TCL v Ericsson, Qualcomm v FTC and the European Commission’s decision in Qualcomm. Questions to be addressed include: Can national courts determine global licences, as in Unwired Planet and in TCL? How can courts ensure consistency of global licences across jurisdictions when other courts are considering the same patents and licensing rates? Are the approaches applied by competition authorities consistent with the approaches of courts? The panel will also discuss the licensing of SEPs for Internet of Things applications and the impact of recent cases.
Avantika Chowdhury, Oxera, London and Brussels
Matthias Schneider, Chief Licensing Officer, Audi AG
Koren Wong-Ervin, Director of Antitrust & IP Policy, Qualcomm; Senior Expert and Researcher, University of International Business and Economics, China and Academic Advisor, China's University of Political Law & Science, Washington DC
Pat Treacy, Bristows, London and Brussels
James Kress, Baker Botts, Washington DC
11.00: Coffee break
11.30: Dominance, abuse and FRAND analysis. An economist hot tub
This ‘hot tub’ session will see two economic experts debate the economic aspects of antitrust and FRAND assessments for SEPs, representing the perspectives of licensors and licensees, and moderated by a ‘judge’, Questions addressed by the experts include: How can one assess dominance and abuse in the presence of FRAND commitments? Are non-FRAND rates necessarily an abusive? When is the ‘ND’ in FRAND violated and when is it an abuse? What are the key issues in assessing FRAND rates?
Kassie Smith QC, Monckton Chambers, London
Gunnar Niels, Oxera, Oxford
Benno Buehler, Charles River Associates, Munich and Brussels
12.15: Mergers and innovation: two years on from Dow/DuPont
We are two years on from the heated debates about mergers and innovation in Dow/DuPont. What has happened since to mergers in innovative markets? What is the Commission’s current thinking? A senior economist from DG Competition explains.
Giulio Federico, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
13.00: Networking lunch
14.15: Digital platforms, data, innovation and market power
This panel will discuss the latest issues relating to market power and competition risks in the world of digital platforms. The panel will discuss the roles of data, algorithms, innovation and IP, and bundling and vertical integration in the consideration of competition issues in the digital economy, including their relevance for market power, consumer harm and for design of remedies. These issues will be covered from a legal, economic and technical perspective and with reference to cases such as Google, Amazon and Facebook.
Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Miguel Perez Guerra, Senior Competition Counsel, Google, London
Pinar Akman, Professor of Competition Law & Director of Centre for Business Law and Practice, University of Leeds
Andreas Reindl, Van Bael and Bellis, Brussels
Karen Jelgerhuis Swildens, Senior Legal and Competition Counsel, Booking.com International, Amsterdam
15.15: Coffee break
15.45: Agency roundtable: Antitrust, privacy and fairness in digital markets
Representatives of national competition authorities will provide their perspectives on competition policy in digital markets now and in future. This panel will provide insights from various market studies, application of competition policy and the interaction with other laws, the emerging approach towards merger control and ‘killer acquisitions’, and the latest on the options for platform regulation.
Ingrid Vandenborre, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brussels
Andrea Pezzoli, Director General, Competition, AGCM, Rome
Henri Piffaut, Vice President, French Competition Authority, Brussels
Martijn Snoep, Chairman, Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets
Thomas Kramler, Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
17.00: Chairs’ closing remarks
17.10: Drinks reception sponsored by Oxera