Global Competition Review is pleased to present a premier one and a half day international conference, to be held at W South Beach, Miami on 2-3 February 2018, in association with Charles River Associates.
GCR has a preferential booking rate at W South Beach, for the nights of 1 - 3 February (inclusive). For more information, please contact Emma.Brown@lbresearch.com
E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137
Vice President, Charles River Associates (Toronto)
Margaret F. Sanderson has in-depth experience analyzing the economic issues inherent in a wide range of mergers, antitrust/competition, class certification, damages, finance, energy, and telecommunications projects.
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto)
Jason regularly provides strategic advice to domestic and foreign firms involved in merger and joint venture transactions, including providing risk assessments and navigating reviews through the Canadian Competition Bureau.
Crowell & Moring LLP (New York)
Allen & Overy LLP (London)
Senior Legal Director, Antitrust Enforcement, Competition and Markets Authority (London)
Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for European & Comparative Law, University of Oxford (Oxford)
Hogan Lovells International LLP (Washington, DC)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Washington, DC)
Senior Competition Law Officer, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Government of Canada (Quebec)
Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal (Buenos Aires)
Latham & Watkins LLP (Washington, DC)
Antitrust and Competition Law Counsel, 3M (Minneapolis)
Nishimura & Asahi LPC (Tokyo)
Baker McKenzie (Washington, DC)
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (New York)
Acting Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission (Washington, DC)
Gleiss Lutz (Stuttgart)
JunHe LLP (Beijing)
Advisor, Agriculture Division, DowDuPont (Brownsburg)
Clifford Chance LLP (London)
Head of Unit, European and German Antitrust, Bundeskartellamt (Bonn)
Jones Day (Washington, DC)
Baker Botts LLP (Washington, DC)
Dechert LLP (New York)
Slaughter and May (Brussels)
Director, Litigation and Global Competition Law, Uber Technologies (San Francisco)
President, American Antitrust Institute (Washington, DC)
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (New York)
White & Case LLP (Washington, DC)
Vice President, Global Competition Law & Policy, General Electric (Washington, DC)
Linklaters LLP (London)
Bredin Prat (Paris)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Washington, DC)
Barbosa Müssnich Aragão (São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro)
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto)
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Washington, DC)
Assistant General Counsel, Antitrust, Microsoft Corporation (Redmond)
Professor, Levin College of Law, University of Florida (Gainesville)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Washington, DC)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Berlin)
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Washington, DC
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Brussels)
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (Brussels)
Thursday, 1 February
7.00pm - 9.00pm: Welcome reception - sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Friday, 2 February
7.30am - 8.30am: Registration / light breakfast
8.30am - 8.45am: Chairpersons' opening remarks and keynote address
Margaret Sanderson, Vice President, Charles River Associates (Toronto)
Jason Gudofsky, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto)
8.45am - 9.15am: Keynote address
9.15am - 10.45am: Plenary: Economist roundtable
10.45am - 11.15am: Coffee break
11.15am - 12.30pm: (Concurrent sessions)
Merger: No predicted price increase: The entire story or just one act?
Merger analysis has increasingly begun to look beyond classical price effects to consider qualitative factors such as loss of opportunity, loss of choice, barriers to innovation etc. When would it be appropriate, if ever, for an antitrust agency to consider a remedy in a case where the only alleged competitive harm is a qualitative effect without any predicted price increase?
Antitrust: Deterrence in cartel enforcement - have we passed the breaking point, or is there room left to hurt?
This panel will consider the effect of deterrence on modern cartel compliance.
12.30pm - 2.00pm: Networking lunch sponsored by Baker McKenzie and lunchtime keynote address
2.00pm - 3.15pm: (Concurrent sessions)
Merger: Rethinking settlement in merger cases
In recent years, settling a merger case has become more difficult. Agencies worldwide have become much more particular about divestiture remedies, as they have become more sceptical of merger-related benefits. As a result, there is a perception among some in the bar that the list of demands from agencies has grown longer, even in cases where such demands may hamper efforts to resolve limited issues in otherwise very pro-competitive transactions.
The FTC's recent review of merger remedies found that all divestitures ordered during the review period were successful in maintaining or restoring competition in the affected market. This panel will debate whether divestitures are ever an effective way to address concerns in horizontal versus whether the agencies ask too much of merging parties in reaching a settlement.
Antitrust: Market power in e-commerce platforms: Plausible or fantasy?
The modern economy is characterized by a number of online companies that are expanding their operations that touch multiple industry verticals. We have seen the emergence of a number of significant e-commerce platforms that have become ubiquitous. Are these platforms emerging as a potential issue for antitrust regulators or can e-commerce platforms never, as a practical matter, raise antitrust concerns? How should antitrust regulation and enforcement apply to the emergence of these platforms? Issues to be considered include:
3.15pm - 3.45pm: Coffee break
3.45pm - 5.00pm: (Concurrent sessions)
Merger: Merger efficiencies: The great divide
With the exception of Canada, in most jurisdictions, including the US and EU, efficiencies are simply a factor in an integrated rule of reason analysis. Given recent decisions in the US, in which mergers were blocked despite cognizable gains to efficiencies, is the tide likely to turn? This panel will discuss whether efficiencies are likely to become a concern for the US agencies in antitrust analysis - and whether the ‘tipping point' is imminent.
Antitrust: Protectionism: How will it manifest itself in antitrust?
This panel will discuss the ways the rising tide of protectionism - seen in the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the successful "Brexit" vote and the success of non-major party candidates in French elections (as elsewhere)
5.00pm: Conclusion of day one
Evening: All delegates are invited to attend an all-conference dinner, sponsored by Charles River Associates. Further details to be announced.
Saturday, 3 February
7.30am - 8.30am: Registration / light breakfast
8.30am - 9.00am: Keynote address
9.00am - 10.15am: (Concurrent sessions)
Merger: Small mergers, big issues
As market dynamics shift, particularly in the technology sector, acquisitions that are small by revenues and/or assets standards may have increasingly large competitive effects. In an age where un-monetized data, or potential future disruption can be powerful market forces, are antitrust regulators asking the right questions?
Antitrust: Online cartels: Algorithm or collusion?
The online economy has become increasingly sophisticated, raising questions about the extent to which automatic algorithms sophisticated data analysis can lead to inadvertent, or more sophisticated forms of collusion. As competitors and their algorithms gain deeper vision into each other's pricing strategies, is the potential for online cartel activity is on the rise?
10.15am - 10.45am: Coffee break
10.45am - 12.15pm: Plenary: Big data: Essentially yours or essential facility?
This panel will discuss antitrust issues that have arisen from various regulators' consideration of "big data", as well as other considerations related to the regulation of new business models.
12.15pm - 12.45pm: Keynote address
12.45pm: Chairpersons' closing remarks and buffet lunch
"I found it very interesting for law firms and lawyers both EU & US. As a Colombian lawyer it was good to be updated on antitrust issues in other countries"
"Learned a lot that i can immediately apply in practice."
"A very strong event" Robert Mahnke, Paypal
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