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.


Oliver Bethell

Director, EMEA Competition, Google, London

Andrea Coscelli

Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London

Laurent Garzaniti

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Calvin Goldman QC

Goodmans, Toronto

Nicole Kar

Linklaters, London

Bojana Ignjatovic

RBB Economics, London

Vassili Moussis

Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune, Tokyo

Carles Esteva Mosso

Acting Deputy Director General, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Amilcar Peredo

Basham, Ringe and Correa, Mexico City

Martha Samuelson

Analysis Group, Boston

Shweta Shroff Chopra

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Delhi

Robbert Snelders

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels

Marc Williamson

Latham & Watkins, Washington DC

Isabelle de Silva

President, Authority of Competition, Paris

Natalie Yeung

Slaughter and May, Hong Kong


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ morning welcome

Philippe Chappatte, Slaughter and May, London
Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York

9.15: Enforcers roundtable

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

Philippe Chappatte, Slaughter and May, London

Carles Esteva Mosso, Acting Deputy Director General, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Isabelle de Silva, President, French Competition Authority, Paris
Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London

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

Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Robbert Snelders, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London
Nicole Kar, Linklaters, London

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

Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York

Marc Williamson, Latham & Watkins, Washington DC
Calvin Goldman QC, Goodmans, Toronto
Amilcar Peredo, Basham, Ringe and Correa, Mexico City
Martha Samuelson, Analysis Group, Boston

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?

Vassili Moussis, Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune, Tokyo

Shweta Shroff Chopra, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Delhi
Natalie Yeung, Slaughter & May, Hong Kong
Anna Numerova, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Moscow

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 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend the drinks reception kindly hosted by RBB Economics

Brussels, Belgium