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Uncertainty remains over hub-and-spoke cartels

10 May 2012

The line between “normal commercial push and shove” and cartel behaviour is sometimes hard to distinguish, says Edward Anderson, head of competition law at UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s – particularly for supplier sales teams that are given financial incentives to get price increases implemented and to alleviate buyers’ concerns.

Enforcers “between rock and hard place” in food sector, says EU official

Enforcers “between rock and hard place” in food sector, says EU official

09 May 2012

The European Commission and national authorities are frequently “between a rock and a hard place” as they seek to balance political pressure with their own antitrust remit, and to meet pressing demands from farmers, retailers and consumer groups, Paul Csiszár, director for basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture at the commission, said today.

Keynote Speaker

Paul Csiszár

DG Competition, European Commission

Speakers

Edward Anderson

Head of Competition Law, J Sainsbury, UK

Íñigo Igartua Arregui

Partner, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Spain

Marcelo Calliari

Partner, TozziniFreire, Brazil

Alastair Chapman

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK

Neil Dryden

Managing Director, Compass Lexecon, UK

Christian Ewald

Head of Unit, Federal Cartel Office, Germany

Andrew Groves

Deputy Director, Office of Fair Trading, UK

Susan Hinchliffe

Partner, Arnold & Porter, UK

Valérie Meunier

France's Competition Authority, France

Janice More

European GC, Heinz

Alex Nourry

Partner, Clifford Chance, UK

Ligia Osepciu

Monckton Chambers, UK

George Peretz QC

Monckton Chambers, UK

Alex Potter

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK

Michael Rowe

Partner, Slaughter and May, UK

Jacques Steenbergen

Director General, Belgian Competition Authority, Belgium

David P. Wales

Partner, Jones Day, USA

Professor Huang Yong

University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China

CPD points

The conference has been accredited with 6.5 CPD hours from the SRA.

Programme

09.00: Introduction: The last 12 months

John Davies, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK

09.20: Keynote: The Commission's role

Paul Csiszár, DG Competition, European Commission

09.50: Enforcement across the EU

  • Experience so far from retail sector inquiries
  • Resale price maintenance
  • In practice is hub and spoke still a viable theory of harm: reaction to the UK tobacco judgment

Íñigo Igartua Arregui, Partner, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Spain
Jacques Steenbergen, Director General, Belgian Competition Authority, Belgium
Ligia Osepciu, Monckton Chambers, UK
Christian Ewald, German Federal Cartel Office
Valerie Meunier, France's Competition Authority (tbc)

11.10: Coffee break

11.30: The view from outside Europe

  • Is hub and spoke a popular export?
  • How fares resale price maintenance enforcement after Leegin?
  • Chinese characteristics: price signalling and the Unilever case

Alex Potter, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK
David P. Wales, Partner, Jones Day, USA
Marcelo Calliari, Partner, TozziniFreire Advogados, Brazil

13.00: Lunch

14.15: The day-to-day dilemma - a case study

Practical experiences from the perspective of in-house and external counsel and the enforcement authorities

Alastair Chapman, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, UK
Edward Anderson, Head of Competition Law, J Sainsbury Plc, UK
Michael Rowe, Partner, Slaughter and May, UK
Andrew Groves, Deputy Director, Office of Fair Trading, UK
Janice More, European GC, Heinz

15.40: Tea break

16.00: Fast Moving Consumer Goods mergers

  • Implications of recent cases
  • Remedies: is it getting harder?
  • Retail mergers

Susan Hinchliffe, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, UK
Alex Nourry, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP, UK
Neil Dryden, Managing Director, Compass Lexecon, UK
George Peretz, Monckton Chambers, UK

17.25: Chairman's summing up and close

Venue

The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN, United Kingdom

Testimonials

  • "Marcelo Calliari provided a very good presentation combining practical advice and case law".

  • "A very interesting conference"

  • "Very informative and professionally presented. Case studies were a good idea - views of authorities also very helpful." Patrick Horan, Slaughter and May

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