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Google commitments draw criticism at GCR Live

26 June 2014

Antitrust specialists today voiced concerns over Google’s commitments to the European Commission to address abuse of dominance allegations in the online search market, suggesting that the proposals will not go far enough to rein in the company’s supposedly anti-competitive practices. Leo Szolnoki at GCR Live: Telecoms Media and Technology.

Chairs

Antonio Bavasso

Allen & Overy

Laurent Garzaniti

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Keynote Speaker

Johannes Gungl

Head of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, RTR

Speakers

Julie Brill

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Cristina Caffarra

Charles River Associates

Prof. Pablo Ibáñez Colomo

London School of Economics and Political Science

Jonathan Kanter

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Christoph Keese

Executive Vice President, Axel Springer

Kai-Uwe Kühn

University of Michigan

Krzysztof Kuik

Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Andrea Lofaro

RBB Economics

Maria Martin-Prat

Head of Copyright Unit, Directorate-General Internal Market & Services, European Commission

Linsey McCallum

Director for Information, Telecommunications and Media, DG Competition, European Commission

Gregor Langus

Charles River Associates

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon

Michele Piergiovanni

Merger Control Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Ted Shapiro

Wiggin

Natalie Timan

Director of Economics, Competition and Markets Authority

Anthony Whelan

Acting Director for Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Nick Woodrow

Head of Competition Law, Vodafone Group Services

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chair's Introduction

Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy

9.15: Big data control and market power: Consumer protection issue, antitrust issue or both?

  • What are the issues and risks?
  • Information barriers to entry
  • Impact on competition and efficiency of information sharing
  • Consumer protection vs antitrust
  • Behavioural economics
  • Personalised pricing
  • What are the existing enforcement principles - is the existing case law fit for purpose?

Moderators:

Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy
Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Panel:

Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission 
Kai-Uwe Kühn, University of Michigan
Jorge Padilla, Compass Lexecon
Natalie Timan, Director of Economics, Competition and Markets Authority

10.45: Coffee break

11.00: Antitrust issues in search and advertising

  • Recent cases
  • Implications for future behaviour
  • Impact on search providers
  • Remedies

Moderators:

Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy
Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Panel:

Christoph Keese, Executive Vice President, Axel Springer 
Jonathan Kanter, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Andrea Lofaro, RBB Economics
Linsey McCallum, Director for Information, Telecommunications and Media, DG Competition, European Commission

12.15: Lunchtime keynote

Keynote Speaker:

Johannes Gungl, Head of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, RTR

12.45: Networking lunch

13.45: Competition in the telecoms sector – regulation, competition enforcement, reforms and impact on the telecoms industry

  • Overview and status of the proposed telecoms package
  • Impact on competition dynamic and antitrust analyses
  • International alliances/consolidation impact of regulation
  • The role of merger control and current/recent cases in mobile telephony

Moderators:

Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy
Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Panel:

Cristina Caffarra, Charles River Associates
Michele Piergiovanni, Merger Control Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
Anthony Whelan, Acting Director for Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG CONNECT, European Commission 
Nick Woodrow, Head of Competition Law, Vodafone Group Services 

15.30: Coffee break

15.45: Copyright reforms in the digital age: reforms, competition and investment incentives

  • Single market and possible reforms
  • The case for change in regulatory regime vs status quo
  • Territoriality and competition enforcement

Moderators:

Ted Shapiro, Wiggin
Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy

Panel:

Prof. Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, London School of Economics and Political Science
Krzysztof Kuik, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
Gregor Langus, Charles River Associates
Maria Martin-Prat, Head of Copyright Unit, Directorate-General Internal Market & Services, European Commission

17.00: Chair's closing remarks

Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

17.15 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Allen & Overy

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

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