DG Comp settlement process faces tough questions

16 November 2010

A representative of DG Comp was today forced to defend the European Commission’s position on settlement agreements, reiterating earlier remarks that the process should not be used “as a forum for negotiating fines”. Emily Gray in Brussels.

GCR conference report: still waters run deep

16 November 2010

Change at the top of the European Commission’s DG Comp has masked a bumper year for legal developments, according to the opening session at GCR's annual tour d'horizon. David Samuels in Brussels

DG Comp promotes international cooperation

17 November 2010

Johannes Luebking, head of the mergers unit at DG Comp, today warned companies against forum shopping when filing merger cases, stressing the close cooperation between the European Commission and member state competition authorities. Emily Gray in Brussels.


Richard Whish

Professor of Law, King’s College London

Lars Hendrik Röller

President, European School of Management and Technology


Martin Low

McMillan LLP

Ian Forrester

White & Case LLP

Stephen Kon

SJ Berwin LLP

William Baer

Arnold & Porter LLP

Matthias Pflanz

Charles River Associates

Tony Reeves

Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

Kris Dekeyser

Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Gerwin van Gerven

Linklaters LLP

Jackie Holland

Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of Fair Trading

Gary Spratling

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Kylie Sturtz

Legal Director of Compliance and Competition, AB Inbev

Fernando Castillo de la Torre

Legal Service, European Commission

James S. Venit

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Laurent Geelhand de Merxem

General Counsel Europe, Michelin

Andrzej Kmiecik

Van Bael & Bellis

James Killick

White & Case LLP

John Temple Lang

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Frank Wijckmans

Contrast Law

Adrian Majumdar

RBB Economics

Johannes Luebking

Head of Merger Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Simon Pritchard

Allen & Overy LLP

Howard Shelanski

Deputy Director for Antitrust for the Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission

Thomas Vinje

Clifford Chance LLP

Christian Duvernoy

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Jonas Koponen

Linklaters LLP

Andrea Lofaro

RBB Economics

Petri Kuoppamaki

Vice President Corporate Legal, Nokia

Simon Baxter

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Barbara Rosenberg

Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão, Advogados

Torsten Syrbe

Clifford Chance LLP

Derek Lotter

Bowman Gilfillan

Feng Yao

Broad & Bright

CPD points

This conference has been accredited 12 CPD points. 



Chairman: Richard Whish, Professor of Law, King’s College London

08.30 Registration and coffee

09.00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

09.10 Competition Law Snapshot

• Almunia: initial reactions?

• The first cartel settlements

• Inability to pay: a pragmatic solution in difficult times?

• The new vertical restraints regime: a done deal

• Proposed new horizontal guidelines: room for improvements?

• Astrazeneca: where next?

• Oracle/Sun Microsystems: the saga isn’t over yet

• Best practice guidelines: as good as they get?

Tony Reeves, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

10.20 Coffee

10.40 Trends and Developments in Cartel Enforcement – EU and US

• Review of recent cases

• Direct settlements – how the system is working

• Expansion of criminal sanctions and proliferation of leniency programmes

• The impact on cartel proceedings in these and other jurisdictions

• Shareholder liability

• Payment terms

Kris DeKeyser, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Gerwin van Gerven, Partner, Linklaters LLP

Jackie Holland, Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of Fair Trading

Gary Spratling, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Martin Low QC, Partner, McMillan LLP

Kylie Sturtz, Legal Director of Compliance and Competition, AB Inbev

12.20 Lunch

13.30 Competition Law Procedure Post-Lisbon

• Setting of fines – due process and quality of decisionmaking

• Compliance with human rights and CFR requirements

• Best practices – procedures

• Best practices – economic evidence

• Hearing Office guidance

• Lessons from the Member States

Ian Forrester QC, Partner, White & Case LLP

Fernando Castillo de la Torre, Legal Service, European Commission

James S. Venit, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Laurent Geelhand de Merxem, General Counsel Europe, Michelin

14.50 Revised Rules on Horizontal Cooperation Agreements: Recent Developments

• Cooperation between competitors in R&D, production and selling

• Main changes to the BERs and Guidelines in the pipeline

• Are the rules sufficiently clear in practice for major investment projects?

• Should companies have the right to obtain formal guidance from the Commission?

• New approach to the intra-group concept: will the formation of a JV entity remove restrictions on the parents’ conduct from Art 101?

• Standardisation – what the new guidelines may have to say about standard setting

• Information exchange – object of exercise infringement: changes introduced by the Horizontal Guidelines

Andrzej Kmiecik, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

James Killick, Partner, White & Case LLP

Stephen Kon, Partner, SJ Berwin LLP

Dr John Temple Lang, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Comment: Jackie Holland, Director, Policy & Strategy, Office of Fair Trading

16.30 Tea

16.45 Vertical Restraints – Practical Analysis of the Main Changes

• Vertical agreements covered by Regulation 330/2010: a framework of analysis for practitioners

• Overview of the economics covering self-assessment of vertical agreements falling outside the block exemption

– Practical tips on self-assessment

– What sort of evidence would be important to gather and why?

Frank Wijckmans, Partner, Contrast Law

Adrian Majumdar, Director, RBB Economics

18.00 Drinks reception


Chairman: Lars-Hendrik Röller, President, ESMT

08.30 Welcome coffee

09.00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

09.10 Recent Developments in EU & US Merger Control

• A review of recent cases

• Horizontal mergers – the new US Merger Guidelines

• The latest on remedies and settlements

• An economist’s perspective

Johannes Luebking, Head of Mergers Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Simon Pritchard, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Howard Shelanski, Deputy Director for Antitrust, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission

William Baer, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Matthias Pflanz, Vice President, Charles River Associates

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Recent Developments in Antitrust Enforcement and Merger Control in the BRIC countries

Moderator: Simon Baxter, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Brazil: Barbara Rosenberg, Partner, Head of Competition, Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão, Advogados

Russia: Torsten Syrbe, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

South Africa: Derek Lotter, Partner, Bowman Gilfillan

China: Feng Yao, Partner, Broad & Bright

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Special Focus: Dominance, Antitrust and the Internet

• Market definition for internet services: free services and two-sided markets

• Dominance: how to assess it (market ‘shares’, access to alternatives, entry barriers, durability, etc)

• Abuses: where to draw the line, and how to enforce it?

• What’s different about internet-related competition issues?

• Internet sales: when are they active and when are they passive?

Moderator: Thomas Vinje, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

Christian Duvernoy, Partner, WilmerHale LLP

Jonas Koponen, Partner, Linklaters LLP


Petri Kuoppamaki, Vice President, Corporate Legal, Nokia

Andrea Lofaro, Director, RBB Economics

15.45 Discussion and questions

16.00 Tea and close of conference


The Conrad Hotel Avenue Louise 71, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium


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