30 - 31 October 2018, Washington, DC

Leading female practitioners and enforcers discuss the evolving theories of competition law around the world today. GCR are delighted to host this day and a half event on 30thand 31st October at The Mayflower, Washington DC in association with the Women’s Competition Network.

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137


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.

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. 


Elizabeth Bailey

Nera Economic Consulting, San Francisco

Anastasia Danias

Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer, National Football League (NFL), New York

Elaine Ewing

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington, DC

Rachel Grinberg

Bates White, Washington, DC

Michal Halperin

Director General, Israel Antitrust Authority, Jerusalem

Catriona Hatton

Baker Botts, Brussels and London

Mary Lehner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC

Margarida Matos Rosa

President, Competition Authority, Lisbon

Kerry O'Connell

Slaughter and May, Brussels

Leigh Oliver

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Sharis Pozen

Vice President, Global Competition and Antitrust, General Electric, Washington, DC

Maria Raptis

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

Julie Soloway

Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Fay Zhou

Linklaters, Beijing

Gabriella Muscolo

Commissioner, Italian Competition Authority, Rome


Tuesday 30th October 2018

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ welcome

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

9.15: Keynote address

Speaker to be announced

9.55: Antitrust and the consumer welfare standard

With concerns about corporate consolidation and income and wealth inequality deepening, critics continue to question whether antitrust enforcement has been too lax. Is the focus on consumer welfare and economic efficiency unduly narrow? Should antitrust employ a broader standard that takes into account public interest concerns like the impact on workers and communities or the consequences of foreign investment? Is antitrust capable of curbing the growing economic power of today’s largest firms, including those in the tech sector? 

11.05: Coffee break   

11.35: Enforcers’ roundtable

Senior competition agency members from large and small jurisdictions across the world will compare enforcement priorities and the challenges they see in enforcing antitrust in their countries in 2019.

12.45: Networking lunch       

14.00: Non-horizontal mergers  

The trend of deeper investigation of non-traditional mergers has grown on both sides of the Atlantic, with examples such as AT&T/Time Warner and Essilor/Luxottica drawing a lot of attention. What are the theories of harm, both in vertical and conglomerate mergers? Are they applicable across jurisdictions?

15.10: Coffee break

15.35: Big data, privacy, and competition

Data has become the currency of the day, but do we really understand the role big data can play in creating or enhancing market power?  What are the hidden costs of “free” goods and the implications for antitrust?  Should antitrust be concerned with privacy, and, if so, how does one determine what constitutes a competitive level of privacy? 

16.45: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

17.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend the drinks reception hosted by GCR and the all-conference dinner kindly hosted by Nera Economic Consulting


Wednesday 31st October 2018

08.30: Welcome coffee and registration

09.00: Chairs' welcome

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

09.10: Fireside chat with general counsel

Speakers to be announced

10.10: Common ownership antitrust theory of harm

Does common ownership lead to reduced incentives to compete and thereby cause anticompetitive outcomes? Where is the evidence and have market structures changed in a way that causes concern? What are the competition policy implications if we need to consider not just horizontal overlap and market shares but also the degree of common ownership across firms in the same sector? Which industries are mainly affected and how can concerns be addressed or mitigated?

11.20: Coffee break

11.50: Competition and online platforms

How do we apply our traditional antitrust tools to online platforms?  When do platforms have market power?  Should platforms be subject to non-discrimination, non-self-favoring or some form of ‘fairness’ obligations?  Do we need to rethink antitrust analysis and theories of harm in multi-sided platform markets?  Do platforms’ use of algorithmic decision-making raise any specific concerns?

13.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

13.10 Conclusion of conference


Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super early €950 14 Sep 2018
Early €1100 19 Oct 2018
Standard €1250 31 Oct 2018


Complimentary In-house/governmental registration available