Coverage

Dealmakers should negotiate early, Feinstein says

Dealmakers should negotiate early, Feinstein says

17 September 2013

If merging companies want to avoid an in-depth US Federal Trade Commission investigation, it is best to come to the agency early – even before the merger is officially filed – with suggestions for how to fix competition problems, the FTC’s head of competition said today. Ron Knox at GCR Live New York.

For specialists, the question remains: What is the right amount of competition enforcement?

For specialists, the question remains: What is the right amount of competition enforcement?

18 September 2013

Judging whether competition authorities are intervening enough is impossible, but greater enforcement has led to more robust competition regimes over time, the former chairman of US Federal Trade Commission said yesterday. Faaez Samadi at GCR Live New York.

Global merger control: "Trying to make the best of a bad situation"

Global merger control: "Trying to make the best of a bad situation"

18 September 2013

Dealmakers looking at blockbuster cross-border mergers would be wise to devise a strategy for getting their deal cleared around the world – or risk stumbling over antitrust hurdles in the race to close, in-house lawyers and outside observers say. Ron Knox at GCR Live New York.

Chair

Nick Levy

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Nicholas Levy’s practice focuses on EU and U.K. antitrust law. Consistently recognized by Chambers as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Europe, Nick was named Global Competition Review’s “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2015. He has extensive experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures under the EU Merger Regulation, coordinating the notification of international transactions, and advising on all aspects of antitrust law, including anti-cartel enforcement, collaborative arrangements, vertical agreements and unilateral conduct.

Keynote Speaker

Deborah Feinstein

Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission

Deborah L. Feinstein was appointed the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition (BC) by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on June 17, 2013. She oversaw the Commission attorneys, investigators, and administrative personnel working to enforce the antitrust laws for the benefit of consumers.

Speakers

Melanie Aitken

Bennett Jones

Rachel Brandenburger

Hogan Lovells

John Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

John Fingleton

Fingleton Associates

Ian Forrester QC

White & Case

Ilene Knable Gotts

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Stephen Harris, Jr.

Baker & McKenzie

Ronan Harty

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Jerry Hausman

John and Jennie S MacDonald Professor of Economics, MIT

Nick Koberstein

Division Counsel, Abbott Laboratories

William E. Kovacic

Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School

Abbott (Tad) B. Lipsky

Latham & Watkins

Andrew McBride

Principal Antitrust Counsel, BHP Billiton

Sean Moylan

Deputy General Counsel, UTC

Mario Siragusa

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Annette Schild

Arnold & Porter

James Venit

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Introduction:

Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Keynote speech:

"US agencies' antitrust-enforcement practice: current issues and challenges"

Deborah Feinstein, Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission

10.00: Coffee break

10.30: Brussels comes to Manhattan

In the decade following the modernization of EU antitrust, the European Commission has emerged as - arguably - the world's leading antitrust agency, setting the agenda for other enforcers particularly in younger regimes. With that in mind, GCR Live NY is bringing to the US some of the biggest and best names from EU competition law and economics, to share experiences, point out issues and field audience questions on where the EU is now, how it got there, and where it looks likely to go.

i. EU Antitrust: a mature system of law yet?

Speaker:
Annette Schild, Arnold & Porter

ii. Panel discussion - EU Antitrust: the good the bad and the undecided, 10 years on from modernisation

Moderator:
Nick Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Panel:
Article 101 - Mario Siragusa, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Article 102 - Ian Forrester QC, White & Case
Merger control - James Venit, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

iii. EU Antitrust Policy: priorities and challenges

John Fingleton, Fingleton Associates

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by Bennett Jones

14.00: Global merger control - issues and challenges

When was the last time regulatory risk in China or Brazil was a gateway item on a deal for you? A few years ago - almost never. But recently? Since it has become as important to know how Brazil, China, India and Russia will react to a proposed merger as Australia, Canada or the EU, this panel brings together the names behind some of the biggest global deals of recent times to discuss their experiences navigating the changed landscape of global merger control.

Moderator:
Nick Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Panel:
Rachel Brandenburger, Hogan Lovells
John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ronan Harty, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Nick Koberstein, Division Counsel, Abbott Laboratories
Andrew McBride, Principal Antitrust Counsel, BHP Billiton
Sean Moylan, Deputy General Counsel, UTC

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Oxford Union-style debate

Motion: "This house believes the pendulum of enforcement in the US and EU has swung too far towards non-intervention"

Chair:
Stephen Harris, Jr., Baker & McKenzie

Debaters:
William E. Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School
John Fingleton, Fingleton Associates
Jerry Hausman, John and Jennie S MacDonald Professor of Economics, MIT
Abbott (Tad) B. Lipsky, Latham & Watkins

Judges:
Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Melanie Aitken, Bennett Jones
Ian Forrester QC, White & Case

17.30: Chair's wrap

Nick Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Close of conference

Venue

University Club, One West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, USA

Testimonials

  • “High quality of speakers, straightforward, great insights. An enjoyable and enriching day. To recommend”

  • “I enjoyed the mixture of outside counsel and in-house counsel”

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