Coverage

Facebook lawyer slams Germany probe

Facebook lawyer slams Germany probe

04 May 2018

Germany’s abuse of dominance finding against Facebook stretches existing antitrust laws, contradicts the requirements of article 102 and undermines the single economic entity doctrine, a lawyer at the social media company has said.

De Silva: online advertising markets too national for EU review

De Silva: online advertising markets too national for EU review

04 May 2018

The president of France’s Competition Authority has said online advertising markets remain “very strongly national”, which would make it difficult for the European Commission to conduct a study into that sector.

US FTC official warns against conflating antitrust and privacy

04 May 2018

Counsel for international antitrust at the US Federal Trade Commission has said enforcers “should not conflate” data privacy with competition issues, but dismissed suggestions the FTC does not take privacy concerns related to mergers seriously.

State aid official denies bias against US companies

State aid official denies bias against US companies

21 May 2018

A European Commission official has said the enforcer’s fiscal state aid policy is not biased against US-based technology companies, pointing to the majority of cases that do not concern such companies.

DG Comp official: fairness is a consequence, not a goal

DG Comp official: fairness is a consequence, not a goal

21 May 2018

Fairness should be viewed as a consequence rather than an objective of competition enforcement, an EU official has said in response to criticism of fairness as an enforcement benchmark.

Chairs

Antonio Bavasso

Allen & Overy, London

Antonio is co-head of A&O’s global antitrust practice. He is dual-qualified in the UK and Italy and practises primarily in London and Brussels. Antonio is active in a number of sectors but has established a name as one of the premier authorities on TMT antitrust cases, and has worked on the competition aspects of most of the transformational mergers in this sector. He is a leading expert on media plurality, having advised on all major plurality reviews in the UK.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Isabelle de Silva

President, Authority of Competition, Paris

Speakers

Brice Allibert

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

Andrea Appella

Deputy General Counsel, Europe & Asia, 21st Century Fox, London

Cristina Caffarra

Charles River Associates, Brussels and London

Maria Coppola

Counsel, International Antitrust, US Federal Trade Commission

Gregory Crawford

Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Zurich

Daniel Culley

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels and Washington, DC

David Foster

Frontier Economics, London

Mai Fyfield

Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Sky, London

Hein Hobbelen

Bird & Bird, Brussels and The Hague

Helen Jenkins

Oxera, Oxford and Brussels

Timothy Lamb

Competition Counsel, Facebook, London

Munesh Mahtani

Google, London

Eric Lipman

Senior Litigation Counsel, Antitrust & Competition, Uber, San Francisco

Ewoud Sakkers

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

Bruno Soria

NERA Economic Consulting, Madrid

Andreas von Bonin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Programme

8.00: Welcome coffee and registration

8.15: Chairs’ opening remarks

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

8.30: Keynote address

Isabelle de Silva, President, Authority of Competition, Paris

9.00: Fairness, privacy and other policy goals and their implication for antitrust enforcement in the telecoms, media and technology sectors

Regulators and private practitioners will explore the extent to which antitrust enforcement should or should not pursue other policy objectives in the TMT sector. This is a very topical issue given the increased pressure on competition authorities to take into consideration in their actions broader goals such as fairness, consumer protection, privacy and media plurality, accuracy and accountability (in case of bias and fake news). This raises the issue of the respective scope and interaction between competition law and other regulations that also aim at protecting these objectives. The European Commission has touched on the issue in its merger review of Facebook/WhatsApp and more recently Microsoft/LinkedIn. It is at the core of the FCO pending investigation of Facebook’s privacy policy in Germany.

Moderator:
Laurent Garzaniti, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels

Panel:
Brice Allibert, Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
David Foster, Frontier Economics, London
Maria Coppola, Counsel, International Antitrust, US Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

10.15: Coffee break   

10.45: The in-house perspective: Antitrust and other policy goals for telecoms, media and technology companies

This panel continues the above discussion, providing an in-house counsel perspective on the extent to which antitrust enforcement should or should not pursue other policy objectives in the TMT sector.

Moderator:
Helen Jenkins, Oxera, Oxford and Brussels

Panel:
Munesh Mahtani, Google, London
Andrea Appella, Deputy General Counsel, Europe & Asia, 21st Century Fox, London
Eric Lipman, Senior Litigation Counsel, Antitrust & Competition, Uber, San Francisco
Timothy Lamb, Competition Counsel, Facebook, London

12.00: State aid for tech companies

The European Commission’s state aid enforcement has made the headlines over the last couple of years in particular with the investigation of favourable tax treatment granted by some Member States to a number of tech companies. This panel with gather a mix of expert practitioners and in-house counsels who will focus on the following issues:

  • What can member states do to fund innovation?
  • State aid and infrastructure financing - what is particular in the digital age?
  • How do the state aid rules support or stifle growth in tech in the EU?
  • Do state aid rules put Europe at a disadvantage globally?
  • What is the impact of recent fiscal state aid enforcement on tech players?
  • Is there a transatlantic divide, or a US bias?

Moderator:
Hein Hobbelen, Bird & Bird, Brussels and The Hague

Panel:
Andreas von Bonin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Ewoud Sakkers, Head of Unit, European Competition Network, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Bruno Soria, NERA Economic Consulting, Madrid

13.00: Networking lunch   

14.15: Vertical mergers in the TMT sector: Paradigm shift or evolution?

This session will look at mergers with a particular focus on the media sector. Vertical mergers in the media have received a high degree of scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years. In the US with Comcast/NBC-Universal and in the EU with a number of cases including Liberty Global/De Vijver, Liberty Global/Ziggo, 21CF/Sky. The Liberty Global/Ziggo approval has successfully been challenged before the General Court and the high profile AT&T/Time Warner merger is currently being litigated in the US. More mergers have been announced. Are we going to see convergence or divergence across the Atlantic and will these mergers mark a departure from precedents?

Moderator:
Antonio Bavasso, Allen & Overy, London 

Panel:
Cristina Caffarra, Charles River Associates, Brussels and London
Daniel Culley, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels and Washington, DC
Mai Fyfield, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Sky, London
Gregory Crawford, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Zurich

15.45: Chairs’ closing remarks 

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

16.00: 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

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £500 30 Mar 2018
Early £600 20 Apr 2018
Standard £700 4 May 2018

 

In-house/governmental
Type Price Until
Standard Complimentary 4 May 2018