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European competition law snapshot - 2009 reviewed

14 December 2009

Tony Reeves, partner at Clifford Chance LLP in Brussels, takes a look at DG Comp’s record in 2009, as part of Global Competition Review’s 2009 Competition Law Review conference

Competition policy challenges in Europe

14 December 2009

Keynote speech by Philip Lowe, director general of DG Competition, at Global Competition Review’s 2009 Competition Law Review in Brussels, on 17 November

Enforcement priorities in the new administration

14 December 2009

Remarks of Commissioner J Thomas Rosch of the US Federal Trade Commission at Global Competition Review’s 2009 Competition Law Review in Brussels, on 17 November

Chair

Peter Alexiadis

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP Brussels

Speakers

Lars Hendrik Röller

President, ESMT Berlin

Philip Lowe

Director General DG Competition, European Commission Brussels

J. Thomas Rosch

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Tony Reeves

Clifford Chance LLP Brussels

Philippe Chappatte

Slaughter and May London

Bruno Lasserre

President, Autorité de la Concurrence Paris

Gerwin Van Gerven

Linklaters LLP Brussels

Gary R. Spratling

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP San Francisco

Dr. Jürgen Schwarze

Director, Institute of Public Law, Department of European and Public International Law Freiburg

Wouter Wils

Legal Service, European Commission, Professor, King's College London

Robbert Snelders

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Brussels

Melanie Thill Tayara

Norton Rose Paris

Simon Priddis

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP London

Olivier Guersent

Director, DG Competition, European Commission Brussels

Christian Ewald

Chief Economist, Bundeskartellamt Bonn

Philip Collins

Chairman, Office of Fair Trading London

Luc Peeperkorn

Senior Administrator, DG Competition, European Commission Brussels

Stephen Kinsella OBE

Sidley Austin LLP Brussels

Matthias Pflanz

Charles River Associates London

Professor Frédéric Jenny

Director for International Relations ESSEC, Judge Supreme Court of France Paris

Lars Kjølbye

Howrey Brussels

James W. Lowe

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Washington DC

Thomas Vinje

Clifford Chance LLP Brussels

Philipp Gasparon

Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Daniele Calisti

Private Enforcement Unit, DG Competition, European Commission Brussels

Nick Banasavic

Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission Brussels

Petri Kuoppamaki

Vice President Corporate Legal, Nokia Corporation Helsinki

James S. Venit

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP Brussels

Stephen Kon

Partner, S J Berwin LLP London and Brussels

Robert O'Donoghue

Brick Court Chambers London

Nikos Vettas

Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, CEPR, and Economic Advisory Group in Competition Policy

Guillaume Loriot

Head of Unit, Antitrust and Merger Case Support DG Competition, European Commission

Jorge Padilla

Managing Director, LECG London and Brussels

Gunnar Niels

Oxera Oxford

Tim Reher

CMS Hasche Sigle Hamburg

CPD points

This conference has been accredited with 13 CPD points 

Programme

Registration and coffee

09:20

Chairman's opening remarks

09:30

Competition Law Snapshot - A Year in Review

  • The legacy of the Kroes' era
  • Ever larger fines: Intel and Car glass
  • New directions for vertical restraints policy
  • More consultations and changes to come: Regulation 1/2003, horizontal agreements, ECMR
  • The pharmaceutical sector inquiry findings: shocking?
  • Merger control in a recession
  • Challenges for the new DG Comp regime
  • Tony Reeves
    Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
10:40

Coffee

11:00

Latest Developments in Cartel Enforcement

  • Review of recent cases
  • Level of fines
  • Direct settlements - first assessment on how the process is working
  • Olivier Guersent
    Director, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Gerwin van Gerven
    Partner, Linklaters LLP
  • Gary R. Spratling
    Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Comment from:

  • Jürgen Schwarze
    Director Institute of Public Law, Department of European and Public International Law
  • Wouter Wils
    Legal Service, European Commission and Professor King's College London
12:30

Lunch

13:45

Information Exchange - Challenges for Antitrust in a Recession

  • Impact on trade associations
  • Managing production shutdowns
  • Tolling arrangements
  • Extra compliance
  • The recent T-Mobile case - whether a concerted practice (exchanging information at a single meeting) has an anti-competitive object.
  • Robbert Snelders
    Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
14:20

Vertical Agreements - The Revised Regulation and Guidelines

Review of the main changes - resale price maintenance, selective distribution, Internet selling and distribution options of dominant firms

  • Luc Peeperkorn
    Senior Administrator, DG Competition, European Commission

Panel discussion and comment::

  • Stephen Kinsella OBE
    Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Nikos Vettas
    Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, CEPR and Economic Advisory Group in Competition Policy
  • Melanie Thill-Tayara
    Partner, Norton Rose
15:30

Tea

15:50

Recent Developments in Merger Control - Policy Developments and Emerging Trends in an Economic Downturn

Moderator: Philippe Chappatte
Partner, Slaughter and May

  • Efficiencies in horizontal and non-horizontal mergers
  • What have we learned from the current crisis?
  • The failing firm defence - OFT and Commission
  • Remedies
  • The Commission's Review of the Merger Regulation and how it is working
  • The ICN Recommended Practice for Mergers
  • Recent economic developments in EC merger assessment
  • Developments in the US
  • Guillaume Loriot
    Head of Unit, Antitrust and Merger Case Support, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Simon Priddis
    Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Matthias Pflanz
    Vice President, Charles River Associates
  • James W. Lowe
    Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
18:00

Close of Day One

18:00

Drinks reception

Day Two - 17 November 2009

Chairman
Lars-Hendrik Röller
President of ESMT
08:30

Coffee

09:00

Chairman's welcome and opening remarks

09:15

Keynote Address

Reflections on the past seven years
"Competition Policy Challenges in Europe"

  • Philip Lowe
    Director General DG Competition, European Commission
09:45

Keynote Address

The first months of a new administration - priorities for enforcement, monopolisation and Article 2

  • J. Thomas Rosch
    Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
10:30

Coffee

10:50

Panel Session - Question Time

A roundtable discussion with senior competition representatives

  • Moderator: Lars-Hendrik Röller
    President of ESMT
  • J. Thomas Rosch
    Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Philip Lowe
    Director General, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Bruno Lasserre
    President, Autorité de la Concurrence
  • Christian Ewald
    Chief Economist, Bundeskartellamt
  • Philip Collins
    Chairman, Office of Fair Trading
  • Frédéric Jenny
    Director for International Relations ESSEC, Judge Supreme Court of France
12:45

Lunch

14:00

Article 82 - Competition Issues in the High Tech Sector

Moderator: Thomas Vinje Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

Application of Article 82 in innovative and high-tech markets

  • Review recent cases: Intel, Microsoft, Rambus
  • The online commerce roundtable
  • Nick Banasevic
    Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
  • James S. Venit
    Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Lars Kjølbye
    Partner, Howrey, Brussels
  • Jorge Padilla
    Managing Director, LECG
  • Petri Kuoppamäki
    Vice President Corporate Legal, Nokia Corporation
15:00

The Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry

The Commission's final report - findings and conclusions

  • Philipp Gasparon
    Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Stephen Kon
    Partner, S J Berwin LLP
  • David H. Rosenberg
    Industry Affairs, Corporate IP, GlaxoSmithKline t.b.c.
16:00

Tea

16:15

Damages Actions for Breach of the EC Antitrust Rules

  • Passing on; opt-in and opt-out; disclosure and costs
  • Quantification of damages
  • Daniele Calisti
    Private Enforcement Unit, DG Competition Comment and panel discussion
  • Robert O'Donoghue
    Brick Court Chambers
  • Gunnar Niels
    Director, Oxera
  • Tim Reher
    Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle
17:15

Close of Conference

Venue

The Conrad Hotel, Brussels

Prices

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