Monday, 2 March 2020, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD, United Kingdom

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Chairs

Antonio Bavasso

Allen & Overy, London

Antonio is co-head of the Global Antitrust practice at Allen & Overy. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law and has advised on a number of high profile merger and behavioural investigations, as well as regulatory and antitrust litigation. Antonio is recognised as a leading expert on the application of antitrust and regulation to the telecoms, media and technology sector. He is also a visiting professor at UCL, where he is co-founder and co-director of the Jevons Institute.

Antonio has advised on number of mobile merger cases in recent years. His other recent TMT cases include advising 21st Century Fox on its proposed acquisition of Sky, its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company, and EMI Music Publishing on its acquisition by Sony.

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 Speakers

Andrea Coscelli

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London

Andrea Coscelli has been the Chief Executive of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) since July 2016.  He joined the CMA in November 2013 as the executive board member heading the Directorate responsible for UK merger control, the markets regime and the CMA’s work in regulated sectors.  He joined the CMA from Ofcom (UK Communications Regulator) where he was a Director of Economic Analysis.  He previously worked at Charles Rivers Associates (CRA) in London where he was a Vice President (Partner) in the Competition Practice.  He co-founded the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) in 2003.  He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter

Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington D.C.

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018.

Prior to joining the Commission, she served as Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Leader.

A native New Yorker, she advised Leader Schumer on legal, competition, telecom, privacy, consumer protection, and intellectual property matters, among other issues. Prior to joining Senator Schumer's office, Ms. Slaughter was an associate in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP. Ms. Slaughter received her B.A. in Anthropology magna cum laude from Yale University. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal.

Speakers

Cristina Caffarra

Charles River Associates, Brussels, London

Claudio Calcagno

Analysis Group, Brussels, London

Andrea Gomes da Silva

Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), London

Nelson Jung

Clifford Chance

Jonathan Kanter

Paul Weiss, Washington D.C.

Gabrielle Kohlmeir

Verizon, Washington D.C.

Martin McElwee

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London, Brussels

Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

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

9.45: Opening address

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

10.15: Online advertising 

As a handful of powerful companies have come to dominate the online advertising industry, this panel will discuss actions enforcers have taken to ensure those markets remain competitive and that those operating in the industry have not abused their power. Looking into the CMA’s upcoming market study on online platforms, the FCA’s report on online advertising; the US Department of Justice’s investigation into Google for suspected antitrust abuses in the online advertising market; and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry – our panel will review antitrust actions in the global online advertising market and the effect those actions could have on the industry and consumers.

11.30: Coffee break      

11.45: Competition issues in marketplaces, self-preferencing and the use of MFNs

In its April 2019 report the European Commission identified Most Favoured Nation clauses and self-preferencing as two specific behaviours with a direct effect on competition in marketplaces. The report - which identified MFNs as key conduct in ensuring marketplace dominance, and self-preferencing as a default example of anti-competitiveness – called for a stricter position to be taken. This session will discuss the effect of both MFNs and self-preferencing on marketplaces, looking at how best to deal with them and current stances.

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Lunchtime address

Commissioner Slaughter, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington D.C.

14.30: This House believes that remedies in antitrust and mergers are ineffective: What are the options?

In this session we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, the motion that remedies in antitrust cases are ineffective and that enforcers should consider other means of solving anticompetitive harm, including blocking mergers stricter behavioral remedies, use of regulatory tools and structural solutions. We will span across both antitrust, merger control and regulatory aspects.

15.45: Coffee break

16:15: Is antitrust law and regulation in the EU and US up to the task in the digital sector?

As antitrust scrutiny of the digital sector increases, so too does pressure on existing antitrust and competition laws to adequately address market power and abuses online.  Is it time to adapt policy and laws to meet the pace of the growing digital economy? Are enforcers doing enough to ensure competition online is maintained in the face of growing dominance? This panel will discuss what concrete steps practitioners should take, look for direct solutions, and ask whether policy currently in place can adequately serve the digital sector, or whether it is time for stricter regulation and enforcement standards.

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

17.40: Close of conference

Venue

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

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