Tuesday, 29 October 2019, Hotel Amigo, Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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

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Chairs

Philippe Chappatte

Slaughter and May, London and Brussels

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.

Speakers

Oliver Bethell

Director, EMEA Competition, Google, London

Étienne Chantrel

Head of Mergers Unit, French Competition Authority, Paris

Maria Coppola

Counsel for European Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

Andrea Coscelli

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

Jordan Ellison

Slaughter and May, Brussels

Amelia Fletcher

Professor of Competition Policy, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Laurent Garzaniti

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

John Harkrider

Axinn, New York

Suyong Kim

Hogan Lovells, London and Brussels

Cecilio Madero Villarejo

Deputy Director-General for Antitrust, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Philip Marsden

Visiting Professor, European Legal Studies Department and European Law and Economic Analysis, Bruges

Andreas Mundt

President, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn

Karen Silverman

Latham & Watkins, San Francisco

Antoine Winckler

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels

Gerwin van Gerven

Linklaters, Brussels

Joan de Solà-Morales

RBB Economics, Brussels

Christoph Stadler

Hengeler Mueller, Dusseldorf

Programme

 8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9:00: Chairs’ morning welcome

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

9:15: Enforcers’ roundtable

An international panel of enforcers will explore global perspectives on merger control enforcement.

Moderator: 
Philippe Chappatte, Slaughter and May, London and Brussels

Panel:
Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn
Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London
Étienne Chantrel, Head of Mergers Unit, French Competition Authority, Paris
Cecilio Madero Villarejo, Deputy Director-General for Antitrust, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Maria Coppola, Counsel for European Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

10:25: Coffee break

10:50: Horizontal mergers

Already, 2019 has seen a number of high profile prohibitions or challenges of mergers between competitors.  From the EC’s prohibition of Siemens/Alstom and the ensuing politically-charged debate, to the CMA’s controversial decision in Sainsburys/Asda, to the FTC’s challenge of Tronox/Cristal, these decisions have engendered extensive discussion.  We will hear from those on the inside what went wrong for these deals, and what this might mean for future tie-ups of competitors.

Moderator: 
Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Panel:
Antoine Winckler, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
Gerwin van Gerven, Linklaters, Brussels
Cristina Caffarra, Charles River Associates, Brussels and London

12:00: Networking lunch

13:00: Non-horizontal mergers

Vertical mergers are currently in the spotlight.  In the US, the DOJ’s unsuccessful appeal in AT&T/Time Warner may lead the FTC and DOJ to revise the guidelines on vertical mergers, whilst Staples/Essendant and Fresenius/NxStage Medical suggested significant partisan divergence within the FTC as to how to approach such mergers.  Vertical theories of harm are also under the microscope in the CMA’s review of Thermo Fisher/Gatan.  The panel will share their views on these cases, and discuss the degree to which vertical mergers may be considered harmful to competition.

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

Panel:
Karen Silverman, Latham & Watkins, San Francisco
Jordan Ellison, Slaughter and May, Brussels
Joan de Solà-Morales, RBB Economics, Brussels
Michael Weiner, Dechert, New York 

14:10: Coffee break

14:35: Digital mergers

These days, digital mergers give rise to a panoply of questions.  What should be done about so-called “killer acquisitions”?  What is the relevance of “big data”?  Is the existing merger control toolkit fit for purpose?  It is no surprise that we have seen a number of expert reports on this topic since the start of the year, including the Furman Review in the UK and the report from Vestager’s special advisers in the EU.  The panel will discuss whether digital mergers deserve special attention, and how best to address the key issues arising in this space.  

Moderator: 
John Harkrider, Axinn, New York

Panel:
Philip Marsden, Visiting Professor, European Legal Studies Department and European Law and Economic Analysis, Bruges
Oliver Bethell, Director, EMEA Competition, Google, London
Amelia Fletcher, Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

15:45: Back to the future? Trending (non-digital) theories in merger control

There is no shortage of trending theories in non-digital mergers.  Innovation theories of harm seem to be here to stay; common ownership is increasingly under scrutiny; and it is not possible to ignore the “national champion” debate that has unfurled in the wake of Siemens/Alstom.  But are these really new theories, or is this a case of “back to the future”?

Moderator:
Christoph Stadler, Hengeler Mueller, Dusseldorf

Panel:
Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London
Suyong Kim, Hogan Lovells, London and Brussels
Mette Alfter, Frontier Economics, Brussels

16:55: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

17.00: Close of conference

Venue

Hotel Amigo, Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Ticket prices

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