Coverage

Google and FairSearch counsel spar over app blocking and Russian charges

Google and FairSearch counsel spar over app blocking and Russian charges

21 September 2015

A senior competition counsel at Google tried to dispel what he called a “popular but false narrative” that the company installs its apps on Android mobile operating systems and then forecloses its rivals’ apps from being accessed on those devices. Yasmine Harik at GCR Live New York

Antitrust class actions are a double-edged sword, say economists

Antitrust class actions are a double-edged sword, say economists

21 September 2015

Antitrust class actions have forced economic analysis to develop quickly and become more complex, especially in the United States, economists say, but aggregating plaintiffs’ claims can be “disastrous” if economic models are not based on sufficient data and factual evidence. Yasmine Harik at GCR Live New York

GCR Live in New York and big Apple appeal: The Tipline for 18 September 2015

18 September 2015

We’re reporting from the third annual GCR Live New York conference on a beautiful fall day. In the latest monster deal, telecoms company Altice said on Thursday it will pick up Cablevision in a deal worth $17.7 billion, creating the fourth-largest cable operator in the US.  We’ve got coverage from our London desk on the details of that merger, though we’re admittedly still wrapping our heads around Anheuser-Busch InBev’s bid for SABMiller. Stateside, there’s reaction to the clearance of Expedia/Orbitz, and more barbs traded between the Department of Justice, Electrolux and GE over discovery requests.

DG Comp has “strong preference” for structural remedies, official says

DG Comp has “strong preference” for structural remedies, official says

21 September 2015

While the European Commission’s merger review process has undergone critical changes since 1990, the continent’s antitrust enforcer continues to prefer divestitures to remedy problematic deals, the agency’s mergers chief said on Friday. Yasmine Harik at GCR Live: New York

Chairs

Nick Levy

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

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.

Ronan Harty

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mr. Harty, a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, provides general antitrust counseling to U.S. and non-U.S. companies and represents clients in enforcement agency investigations, domestic and cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, and litigations.

Keynote Speakers

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.

Carles Esteva Mosso

Acting Deputy Director General for Mergers, DG Competition, European Commission

Joshua Wright

Professor of Law, George Mason University and former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Joshua D. Wright was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on January 11, 2013, to a term that expires in September 2019. Prior to joining the Commission, Wright was a professor at George Mason University School of Law and held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics.

Speakers

Melanie Aitken

Bennett Jones

Jean-Yves Art

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Anu Bradford

Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization and Director of the European Legal Studies Center, Columbia Law School

Marc Brotman

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer

Alec Burnside

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

George Cary

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Susan Creighton

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Pierre Cremieux

Analysis Group

Frederic Depoortere

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Harry First

Charles L. Denison Professor of Law, Co-Director, Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program, New York University School of Law

Eleanor Fox

Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law

John Harkrider

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider

Claire Jeffs

Slaughter and May

Tero Louko

Senior Competition Counsel, Google

Frank Montag

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Ken Newman

Associate General Counsel, The Walt Disney Compan

Kristina Nordlander

Sidley Austin

Janusz Ordover

Professor of Economics, New York University and Compass Lexecon

Hartmut Schneider

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Wm. Randolph Smith

Crowell & Moring

Gerwin Van Gerven

Linklaters

Christine Varney

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Suzanne Wachsstock

Chief Antitrust Counsel, American Express

Michaelynn Ware

Assistant General Counsel, Antitrust & Competition Law, United Technologies Corporation

CPD points

The conference has been accredited with 8.5 CPD hours from the SRA.

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Nick Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Ronan Harty, Davis Polk & Wardwell

9.10: Session one: U.S. keynote address – Current challenges in U.S. antitrust enforcement

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

Moderators:
Christine Varney, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Wm. Randolph Smith, Crowell & Moring
Melanie Aitken, Bennett Jones

10.40: Coffee break

10.55: Session two: EU keynote address – The EU Merger Regulation turns 25 – Reflections on the past & challenges for the future

Carles Esteva Mosso, Acting Deputy Director General for Mergers, DG Competition, European Commission

Panel:
Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May
Frank Montag, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gerwin Van Gerven, Linklaters
Frederic Depoortere, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by Bennett Jones

13.15: Lunchtime speaker – Joshua Wright in conversation with George Cary

Joshua Wright, Professor of Law, George Mason University and former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
George Cary, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

14.15: Session three: Global antitrust enforcement today – A view from the frontline

Moderator:
Hartmut Schneider, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Panel:
Suzanne Wachsstock, Chief Antitrust Counsel, American Express
Michaelynn Ware, Assistant General Counsel, Antitrust & Competition Law, United Technologies Corporation
Ken Newman, Associate General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company
Jean-Yves Art, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Marc Brotman, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer

15.30: Session four: Google & Android – The case for and against antitrust intervention

Moderator:
John Harkrider, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider

Panel:
Tero Louko, Senior Competition Counsel, Google 
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin
Susan Creighton, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Alec Burnside, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

16.45: Coffee break

17.15: Session five: Antitrust today – An academic perspective of the good, the bad, and the ugly

Moderator:
Harry First, Charles L. Denison Professor of Law, Co-Director, Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program, New York University School of Law

Panel:
Eleanor Fox, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law
Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization and Director of the European Legal Studies Center, Columbia Law School
Janusz Ordover, Professor of Economics, New York University and Compass Lexecon
Pierre Cremieux, Analysis Group

18.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Nick Levy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Ronan Harty, Davis Polk & Wardwell

18.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Davis Polk & Wardwell

Venue

7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, 10007, USA

Ticket Prices

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