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Ofcom official: UK internet infrastructure raises competition questions

Ofcom official: UK internet infrastructure raises competition questions

06 July 2016

While the UK's telecommunications regulator decides whether to separate incumbent operator BT’s internet infrastructure business from the rest of the company, industry experts warned yesterday that this may not be enough to boost competition and generate investment in the UK’s high-speed fibre optic network. Mark Briggs at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

Keep antitrust and online regulation separate, says Kjølbye

Keep antitrust and online regulation separate, says Kjølbye

06 July 2016

Competition enforcement should stick to pursuing the basic purpose of protecting competition, and not be used to achieve other regulatory objectives, Latham & Watkins partner Lars Kjølbye said yesterday. Tom Webb at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

“We don’t have enough people” for cartel and abuse cases, says CMA head

“We don’t have enough people” for cartel and abuse cases, says CMA head

05 July 2016

The acting chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority said today that the agency doesn’t have the staffing resources to tackle its current Competition Act caseload, due to the demands made by major market investigations. Tom Madge-Wyld at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

Chairs

Antonio Bavasso

Allen & Overy, London

Antonio is co-head of the Global Antitrust practice. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law, practising primarily in London and Brussels. 

Laurent Garzaniti

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Laurent is an antitrust, competition and trade partner in Brussels and is co-head of the firm's telecommunications, media and technology sector group.

Keynotes

Andrea Coscelli

Interim CEO, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London

Andrea Coscelli is the Acting Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which was established on 1 October 2013 and assumed its full functions and powers on 1 April 2014.

Speakers

Matthew Bennett

Charles River Associates, London

Lorenzo Coppi

Compass Lexecon, Brussels

Jenine Hulsmann

Clifford Chance, London

Rod Carlton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London

Jacques-Philippe Gunther

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Paris and Brussels

Richard Feasey

Frontier Economics, London

Joshua Gans

Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto

Ed Richards

Flint Global, London

Mike Walker

Chief Economic Adviser, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London

Alan Sewell

Chief Economist, Sky, London

Michele Piergiovanni

Head of Unit, European Commission, Brussels

Rainer Nitsche

E.CA Economics, Berlin

Claire Jeffs

Slaughter and May, London

Steve Unger

Group Director, Strategy, International, Technology and Economists, Ofcom, London

Kees Schillemans

Allen & Overy, Amsterdam

Helena Larsson-Haug

Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Lars Kjølbye

Latham & Watkins, Brussels

CPD/CLE points

This conference is accredited with 6.5 hours under the SRA professional development 

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

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

9.15: Keynote address

Andrea Coscelli, Interim CEO, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London

9.45: Session one: Mobile to mobile mergers: New paradigm or market-specific issues?

  • Mobile to Mobile mergers
  • EU standard vs national standard?
  • Is Telenor a reliable precedent?
  • Liberty Base
  • H3G/02 in the UK
  • US cases
  • Use of GUPPI and investment stories
  • Counterfactual
  • Role of efficiencies
  • Remedies
  • Post mortem

Moderator:
Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy, London

Panel:
Michele Piergiovanni, Head of Unit, European Commission, Brussels
Rainer Nitsche, E.CA Economics, Berlin
Kees Schillemans, Allen & OveryAmsterdam
Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Paris and Brussels 

11.15: Coffee break      

11.30: Session two: Hybrid mergers and the relationship between merger control, regulation and competition law

  • Hybrid mergers
  • Cable mergers in the US
  • EU vs National standard
  • Bargaining theories and Comcast
  • Exclusivities and antitrust law

Moderator:
Jenine Hulsmann, Clifford Chance, London

Panel: 
Rod Carlton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Mike Walker, Chief Economic Adviser, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London
Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May, London
Joshua Gans, Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto

13.00: Networking lunch   

14.00: Session three: Competition vs Regulation

  • Reform of EU telecom regime
  • Role of regulation in merger review
  • Asymmetry of Regulation with Tech
  • Reform of media regulation and copyright digital single market      

Moderator:
Ed Richards, Flint Global, London

Panel: 
Richard Feasey, Frontier EconomicsLondon
Steve Unger, Group Director, Strategy, International, Technology and Economists, OfcomLondon
Alan Sewell, Chief Economist, SkyLondon

15.30: Coffee break

15.45: Session four: Digital platforms and data  

  • Platform and the role of market power
  • Role of regulation and antitrust
  • EU consultation on platform regulation
  • NCAs consultation on data and market power      

Moderator:
Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Panel:
Helena Larsson-Haug, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Matthew Bennett, Charles River Associates, London 
Lars Kjølbye, Latham & WatkinsBrussels
Lorenzo Coppi, Compass Lexecon, Brussels

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks 

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

17.25: Close of conference

Venue

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

Testimonials

  • "Very well organised, no issues, GCR staff always helpful and professional" -  Joseph Adam, Assistant General Counsel – Deere & Co

  • "Overall, the conference was well arranged and included discussions on current topics and issues facilitated by recognized speakers” - Ami Paanajärvi, Roschier Attorneys

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