Global enforcers, top practitioners and leading academics track key recent developments in merger control around the globe.

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Philippe Chappatte

Slaughter and May, London

Philippe is Head of the Competition Group at Slaughter and May. He is responsible for the running and development of the firm’s global competition practice, including through the Beijing and Hong Kong offices and 'best friend' firms.

Ilene Knable Gotts

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York

Ilene Knable Gotts is a partner in the New York City law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she focuses on antitrust matters, particularly relating to mergers and acquisitions.


8.30 Welcome coffee and registration

9.00 Chairs’ morning welcome
Philippe Chappatte, Slaughter and May and Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 

9.15 Enforcers Roundtable

An international panel of enforcers exploring global perspectives on merger control enforcement

10.25 Coffee break

10.50 Merger control in Europe

  • Implications of Brexit for EU merger control
  • Vertical restraints and conglomerate effects
  • Development of EU and member state FDI regimes
  • Innovation and data aggregation

12.00 Networking lunch 

13.00 Merger control in the Americas

  • Antitrust under Trump
  • CFIUS and developments in FDI
  • Vertical restraints and conglomerate effects
  • Innovation and data aggregation
  • Remedies

14.10 Coffee break

14.35 Merger control in BRICs

  • How long are procedures taking?
  • Are non-competition issues being raised?
  • Is the approach to remedies different from the EU and US?

15.45 Theories of harm: Have authorities allowed too many mergers to go through?

  • Should antitrust objectives be broadened to include other considerations, such as;
    • Impact on employment
    • Impact on SME’s
  • Should we be looking at the impact on innovation and consumer protection?

16.55: Chairs' closing remarks

17.00: Close of conference

Brussels, Belgium