Lawyers disagree on the scope of damages liability from settlements

03 October 2019

Mark Simpson and Laurent Geelhand have clashed on the possibility of companies calculating potential damages before reaching a settlement with competition enforcers.

Experts debate new excessive-pricing test

Experts debate new excessive-pricing test

03 October 2019

Lawyers are “crying out” for courts to develop excessive-pricing analysis beyond the two-pronged United Brands test, a senior UK competition barrister has said, as economists warned against complicating the status quo.

UK courts made a “nonsense” of Visa/Mastercard litigation, says former CAT president

UK courts made a “nonsense” of Visa/Mastercard litigation, says former CAT president

03 October 2019

Sir Christopher Bellamy has said that UK courts made a “nonsense” of the interchange fee claims against Visa and Mastercard, and the country “urgently needs” US-style judicial panels to hear common issues in cases brought by multiple claimants.

Trucks class action lawyer calls for quick compensation

Trucks class action lawyer calls for quick compensation

03 October 2019

A Dutch lawyer bringing a follow-on claim has called on truck makers and their lawyers to “enter into a dialogue” on quick compensation for transport companies, to restore confidence to the market.


Laurent Geelhand

Hausfeld, Brussels, London and Paris

Laurent Geelhand, Partner at Hausfeld in London and Managing Partner for Hausfeld in Brussels and Paris, is considered one of the pioneers of antitrust private enforcement in Europe. Prior to Hausfeld, he was European General Counsel of Michelin.

He has pursued actions against manufacturers or suppliers across several sectors, securing multi-million euros settlements arising from a wide range of cartels for his clients, often using innovative litigation strategies and funding schemes. He is widely recognised as an authority in European antitrust law and cross-border litigation.

Nicholas Heaton

Hogan Lovells, London

Nicholas leads the competition litigation practice in London. His extensive experience litigating before the High Court and the Competition Appeals Tribunal enables him to represent clients in a wide range of industries, from financial and industrial to transport and technology.

Keynote Speakers

Sir Christopher Bellamy QC

Chairman, Global Competition Practice, Linklaters, London

Sir Christopher is a Queen’s Counsel and Chairman of the Linklaters global competition group. He is one of the most influential competition lawyers in Europe and specialises in high level strategic advice involving competition, regulatory or EU issues. For many years a practising barrister, when he regularly acted for the UK Government, he was a judge of what is now the EU General Court from 1992 to 1999 and President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal from 2000 to 2007, before joining Linklaters. He holds a GCR Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jeroen van Velzen

Transport and Logistics for the Netherlands, Rotterdam

Jeroen van Velzen, attorney-at-law at the biggest entrepreneurs-association for logistic service providers in Netherlands. He provides legal support in the field of civil law (liability and damages) and administrative law since 2007. Also one of the two directors of NLTruckkartel B.V. The special purpose claim vehicle for mainly Dutch hauliers who suffered damages because of the truck cartel (1997-2011).


Gennaro d’Andria

3D Legal – DANDRIA, Milan

Pinar Bagci

The Brattle Group, London

Scott Campbell

Hausfeld, London

Peter Davis

Cornerstone Research, London

Kim Dietzel

Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Nicholas Frey

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London

Sarah Ford QC

Brick Court Chambers, London

Thomas Funke

Osborne Clarke, Cologne

Christopher Hutton

Hogan Lovells, London

Elizabeth Jordan

Linklaters, London

Oliver Latham

Charles River Associates, London

Adrian Majumdar

RBB Economics, London

Rob Murray

Mishcon de Reya, London

Rob Okhuijsen

Advanced Solutions Aligned Propositions, The Hague

George Peretz QC

Monckton Chambers, London

Francesca Richmond

Baker McKenzie, London

Mark Simpson

Norton Rose Fulbright, London

Catharina Tauson-Denysiak

General Manager Global Antitrust , Renault & Nissan, Paris

Frank Wijckmans

Contrast, Brussels


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' opening remarks

Laurent Geelhand, Hausfeld, Brussels, London and Paris
Nicholas Heaton, Hogan Lovells, London

9.10: Keynote address

Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, Chairman, Global Competition Practice, Linklaters, London

9.40: Collective actions – Key developments across Europe

We are six years from the Commission’s recommendation on common principles for collective redress, and five years from the EU Damages Directive. Whilst some jurisdictions press forward, others fall behind, and the implementation of collective redress across Europe is inconsistent in principle and in practice. The panel will address recent developments and the rate of progress in leading jurisdictions and consider what this means for companies and consumers across the European Union.

Nicholas Heaton, Hogan Lovells, London

Gennaro D'Andria, 3D Legal - DANDRIA, Milan
Elizabeth Jordan, Linklaters, London
Rob Okhuijsen, Advanced Solutions Aligned Propositions, The Hague
Francesca Richmond, Baker McKenzie, London

10.50: Coffee break 

11.20: How do you deal with multiple claims in multiple jurisdictions?

As antitrust damages cases continue to proliferate, we see infringements that span national borders being litigated in increasing numbers of jurisdictions. These proceedings are subject to differing law, procedure and timetables, and our panel considers the challenges and opportunities this fragmented picture presents to claimants and defendants across Europe.

Laurent Geelhand, Hausfeld, Brussels, London and Paris

Kim Dietzel, Herbert Smith Freehills, London
Thomas Funke, Osborne Clarke, Cologne
Mark Simpson, Norton Rose Fullbright, London
Frank Wijckmans, Contrast, Brussels

12.30: Networking lunch

13:30: Keynote address

Jeroen van Velzen, Transport and Logistics for the Netherlands, Rotterdam

14.00: The challenges of bringing or defending Article 102 claims: The economic perspective

Economists play an essential role in competition claims, and for Article 102 claims specifically economic issues have recently come to the fore. Our panel will look at a series of the most frequently debated topics facing economists in Article 102 claims. These will include: the assessment of dominance in multi-sided markets; the correct approach to excessive pricing analyses; and the treatment of data.

Pinar Bagci, The Brattle Group, London

Peter Davis, Cornerstone Research, London
Oliver Latham, Charles River Associates, London
Adrian Majumdar, RBB Economics, London
George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers, London

15.10: Coffee break

15.40: Settlements with the European Commission and their impact on damages claims

Settlements are an important tool in the European Commission’s armoury and have been frequently deployed since they were introduced in 2008. Their impact on the private enforcement of competition law breaches is increasingly complex, and the panel will consider the impact of this development over the last decade. They will consider whether any amendments to the regime should be considered to protect the interests of parties affected by competition infringements. 

Scott Campbell, Hausfeld, London

Christopher Hutton, Hogan Lovells, London
Nicholas Frey, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Rob Murray, Mishcon de Reya, London
Catharina Tauson-Denysiak, General Manager Global Antitrust , Renault & Nissan, Paris

16.50: Horizon Scanning

Antitrust Litigation in Europe is in an era of expansion, and evolution. This mini session will look ahead and reflects on likely focal points for development over the next five years, and where the risks and opportunities for stakeholders may lie.

Sarah Ford QC, Brick Court Chambers, London

17.20: Chairs' closing remarks

Laurent Geelhand, Hausfeld, Brussels, London and Paris
Nicholas Heaton, Hogan Lovells, London

17:30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright


Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG, United Kingdom


  • "In-depth discussions by experienced practitioners" Ginevra Bicciolo, Hansfeld

  • "Best of the best speakers" Carolin StadtausHogan Lovells International 

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