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Lasserre praises use of interim relief for improving telecoms competition

Lasserre praises use of interim relief for improving telecoms competition

02 July 2013

The president of France’s Competition Authority, Bruno Lasserre, today stressed the effectiveness of temporary enforcement measures in helping to achieve competition in the telecoms market. Harry Phillips at GCR Live: Telecoms, Media and Technology

DG Comp defends blocking patent injunctions

DG Comp defends blocking patent injunctions

03 July 2013

The European Commission has hit back at critics of its recent action over patent injunctions and defended its right to intervene on antitrust grounds. Harry Phillips at GCR Live: Telecoms, Media and Technology.

Chairs

Antonio Bavasso

Allen & Overy

Thomas Vinje

Clifford Chance

Keynote Speaker

Bruno Lasserre

President, French Competition Authority

Speakers

Jean-Yves Art

Associate General Counsel, Microsoft

Claudia Berg

Office of Fair Trading

Cristina Caffarra

Charles River Associates

Andrea Coscelli

Director of Economic Analysis, Ofcom

Lorenzo Coppi

Compass Lexecon

Dimos Dakanalis

Chief Antitrust Counsel, Oracle

David Elstein

Chairman, Broadcasting Policy Group and OpenDemocracy.net

Francis Fryscak

Cooley

Kyriakos Fountoukakos

Herbert Smith Freehills

Thomas Graf

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Kai-Uwe Kühn

Chief Competition Economist, DG Comp, European Commission

Petri Kuoppamäki

Professor of Competition Law, University of Helsinki

Andrea Lofaro

RBB Economics

Miguel de la Mano

DG MARKT, European Commission

Linsey McCallum

Director, Information, Telecoms and Media, DG Comp, European Commission

Becket McGrath

Edwards Wildman Palmer

David Parker

Frontier Economics

Programme

8.30: Registration and welcome coffee

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy

Thomas Vinje, Clifford Chance

9.10: Keynote speech: A competition policy mix in the telecom sector - the French example

Bruno Lasserre, President, French Competition Authority

9.40: Session one - Mobile telephony - how will recent antitrust and regulatory issues play out?

  • New technologies and network investments - what are the business needs and regulatory challenges?
  • Consolidation - recent experience in assessing mergers, pricing effects and dynamic efficiencies linked to investment
  • Network sharing - is it a better alternative from a regulatory perspective?
  • How national regulators and European Commission are interacting
  • Thoughts on recent merger control remedies
  • How regulatory regimes are interacting with one another
  • Current vertical issues

Panel
Kai-Uwe Kühn, Chief Competition Economist, DG Comp, European Commission
Andrea Coscelli, Director of Economic Analysis, Ofcom
Cristina Caffarra, Charles River Associates
Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Herbert Smith Freehills

11.00: Coffee break

11.20: Session two - Online distribution platforms and the relationships between content owners and digital distributors

  • What are the business dynamics and regulatory challenges for content providers and "digital platforms"?
  • The e-book case
  • Competition issues raised by on-line agency models, MFN clauses and pricing restrictions

Panel:
David Elstein, Chairman, Broadcasting Policy Group and OpenDemocracy.net
Becket McGrath, Edwards Wildman Palmer
David Parker, Frontier Economics
Claudia Berg, Office of Fair Trading

12.40: Lunch

14.00: Session three - Afternoon keynote address

Presentation and questions

Linsey McCallum, director, information, telecoms and media, DG Comp, European Commission

14.45: Session four - Will the true standard for foreclosure in IT cases please stand up!

  • What is the requisite legal standard for showing effects in Article 102 cases, given recent developments such as Tomra, Danish Post and AstraZeneca?
  • How will that affect antitrust enforcement in the IT space?

The speakers will also debate questions such as:

1) What legal standard for demonstrating effects applies after AstraZeneca?

2) Should the same or a different standard apply to IT cases?

Panel:
Miguel de la Mano, DG MARKT, European Commission
Andrea Lofaro, RBB Economics
Lorenzo Coppi, Compass Lexecon
Dimos Dakanalis, Chief Antitrust Counsel, Oracle

16:00: Coffee break

16.15: Session five - On-line competition - too much scrutiny or too little?

A session on the antitrust scrutiny of on-line search and mobile markets. Panellists will discuss the appropriateness of current investigations, examine the main issues and how they might affect future investigations, and consider the different approaches followed by regulators and enforcers in different geographies.

Panel:
Jean-Yves Art, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft
Francis Fryscak, Cooley
Thomas Graf, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton
Petri Kuoppamäki, Professor of Competition Law, University of Helsinki

17.30: Chairs' wrap

Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy

Thomas Vinje, Clifford Chance

Venue

One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD, United Kingdom

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