Thursday, 09 November 2017, Washington D.C., USA

Overview

Inspiring women in competition policy: promoting support networks among women working in antitrust in the public and private sector

Competition policy: what does the future hold?

Competition policy faces many challenges in 2017 and beyond, with a traditional approach based on consumer welfare and economic effects being called into question from the left and the right. Other factors, such as the interplay between competition and the public interest, innovation, big data, privacy, and even industrial policy are coming increasingly to the fore. This conference will explore what these developments mean for antitrust, and whether they spell a growing or weakening role for competition policy in tomorrow's global economy.

This conference will be unique not only in its broad vision of the future of competition enforcement and policy. It will also celebrate the many leading women in antitrust. The conference is chaired by women and will showcase the strength of women in antitrust among our speakers and moderators. GCR will also celebrate the leading Women in Antitrust named in our recent survey with an all-conference dinner after the event.

CONFERENCE TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

  • Populism, public interest and antitrust
  • The nexus between competition and innovation
  • Big data and privacy as competitive concerns
  • US and EU: diverging competition enforcement priorities?

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137

Chairs

Kristina Nordlander

Sidley Austin, Brussels

Kristina Nordlander has a thriving EU competition, litigation and regulatory practice, representing major companies in a variety of sectors, including e-commerce, life sciences, financial services and payments, technology and chemicals. 

Edith Ramirez

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles

Edith Ramirez, former Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is co-head of the Antitrust and Competition practice and a partner in the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She has long been a strong presence in the international competition and privacy arena.

Speakers

Melanie Aitken

Bennett Jones, Washington DC

Fiona Carlin

Baker McKenzie, Brussels

Vicky Eatrides

Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch, Canada Competition Bureau, Quebec

Deborah Garza

Covington & Burling, Washington, DC

Céline Gauer

Director, Energy & Environment, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Catriona Hatton

Baker Botts, Brussels

Renata Hesse

Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington DC

Bojana Ignjatovic

RBB Economics, London

Aimee Imundo

Senior counsel, General Electric, Washington, DC

Claire Jeffs

Slaughter and May, Brussels

Susan Jones

Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis, Basel

Mary Lehner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington DC

Karin Lunning

Director, Department of Communications and International Affairs, Swedish Competition Authority, Stockholm

Lindsay Lutz

Legal Director, Antitrust and Regulatory, eBay, San Francisco

Maureen Ohlhausen

Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

Leigh Oliver

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Alejandra Palacios Prieto

President, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico City

Maria Raptis

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Lauren Stiroh

Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting, New York

Yingling Wei

JunHe, Shanghai

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' opening remarks

Edith Ramirez, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels

9.15: Fireside chat 

Speakers:
Maureen Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC
Alejandra Palacios Prieto, President, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico City
Karin Lunning, Director, Department of Communications and International Affairs, Swedish Competition Authority, Stockholm

Interviewer
Melanie Aitken, Bennett Jones, Washington DC

10.15: Populism, public interest and antitrust

With political rhetoric in the developed world taking on a strong nationalist, anti-globalisation hue, what will be the impact on competition policy? What have we learned about US public enforcement in the Trump Administration in 2017? What about the EU's focus on fairness, including in corporate taxation? To what extent should governments globally consider public interest facets such as employment, environment or ‘industrial policy' in enforcement of competition law?

Moderator:
Mary Lehner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington DC

Panel:
Vicky Eatrides, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch, Canada Competition Bureau, Quebec
Deborah Garza, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC
Céline Gauer, Director, Energy and Environment, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Yingling Wei, JunHe, Shanghai

11.30: Coffee break

12.00: The nexus between competition and innovation

Is there a connection between innovation and concentration? Are new innovation theories of harm being pursued in competition enforcement? How are agencies considering innovation across the world?

Moderator:
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels

Panel:
Fiona Carlin, Baker McKenzie, Brussels
Susan Jones, Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis, Basel
Leigh Oliver, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC
Lauren Stiroh, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting, New York

13.15: Networking lunch

14.15: Big data and privacy as competitive concerns

At what point does large-scale information become a competition concern? Where and what is the overlap between data privacy and competition?

Moderator:
Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May, Brussels

Panel:
Maria Raptis, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York
Lindsay Lutz, Legal Director, Antitrust and Regulatory, eBay, San Francisco

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Global competition regimes: diverging or converging?

In the US, Trump's seeming aim of dismantling the administrative state is in full swing, whereas in the EU, enforcement is if anything broadening - and post-Brexit, one can arguably expect even heavier regulation from the EU27. With this seeming tension between the two major regulatory approaches to competition law, what is the future for convergence and cooperation between the world's authorities? Where should agencies and counsel from developing economies look for leadership when different approaches emerge?

Moderator:
Catriona Hatton, Baker Botts, Brussels

Panel:
Renata Hesse, Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington DC
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London
Aimee Imundo, General Electric, Washington, DC

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Edith Ramirez, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels

17.30: Drinks reception

19.00: All delegates are invited to attend an all-conference dinner, kindly hosted by NERA Economic Consulting

Venue

Willard Intercontinental Washington, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $950 29 September 2017
Early $1,100 27 October 2017
Standard $1,250 9 November 2017

 

In-house/Governmental
Complimentary In-house/Governmental registration available