Coverage

Failure to assist farmers is biggest regret, says ex-AAG

Failure to assist farmers is biggest regret, says ex-AAG

05 November 2018

A former acting assistant attorney general for antitrust has said “the hardest” matter from her time at the Department of Justice was attempting to help farmers push back against powerful meat-packing companies.

McSweeny worried about “divergence” on big data

02 November 2018

A former commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission said she is worried about regulatory agencies diverging in how they judge the conduct of the world’s dominant technology platforms.

Antitrust tools are being stretched in digital markets, economist says

Antitrust tools are being stretched in digital markets, economist says

01 November 2018

Although antitrust enforcers insist that they have the legal tools and powers to address potential anticompetitive harms in the digital economy, they appear to sometimes overreach, an adviser to Google has said.

China regulator approached Luxottica/Essilor with caution, says Linklaters partner

China regulator approached Luxottica/Essilor with caution, says Linklaters partner

01 November 2018

A Linklaters partner has said China’s decision to impose remedies on the merger of lens manufacturer Luxottica and eyewear company Essilor was partly due to third-party pressure on a new antitrust agency, despite the US and EU unconditionally clearing the deal earlier this year.

Populism is “stretching” antitrust law, says Majoras

Populism is “stretching” antitrust law, says Majoras

31 October 2018

A former head of the US Federal Trade Commission has said that the recent rise of populism in the US could be responsible for the increased political attention to antitrust and the desire to move away from the consumer welfare standard.

Wilson insists US FTC is open to alternative standards

Wilson insists US FTC is open to alternative standards

30 October 2018

The newest member of the US Federal Trade Commission has said the agency is listening to criticism about how it enforces antitrust law, while reiterating her previous scepticism about certain behavioural remedies.

Data can impede cartel prosecutions, Israeli enforcer says

Data can impede cartel prosecutions, Israeli enforcer says

30 October 2018

The increasing need to master vast swathes of data when prosecuting cartels poses a huge obstacle and challenge to digital era enforcement, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has warned.

CADE looks to prevent clashes between antitrust and foreign trade enforcement

CADE looks to prevent clashes between antitrust and foreign trade enforcement

30 October 2018

A commissioner at Brazil's competition authority has revealed that the agency will become a member of the country's foreign trade chamber in a push to prevent conflicts with antitrust enforcement.

Chairs

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, co-leader of Sidley’s Antitrust/Competition group, 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. 

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Amy Berman Jackson

United States District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Amy Berman Jackson was appointed as a United States District Judge in March of 2011. Prior to joining the Court, she was engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C. as a member of Trout Cacheris, where she specialized in complex criminal and civil trials and appeals. Earlier, she was a partner at Venable, Baetjer, Howard, and Civiletti. She began her career as a law clerk for the Hon. Harrison L. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she received Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards for her work on murder and sexual assault cases.

Judge Jackson received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and her A.B. cum laude from Harvard College.

Speakers

Paula Azevedo

Counselor/Commissioner, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), Brasília

Elizabeth Bailey

NERA Economic Consulting, San Francisco

Kelig Bloret Dupuis

Head of Competition Legal Department, Essilor International, Paris

Kathleen Bradish

former Assistant Chief, International Section, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Anastasia Danias

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

Debbie Feinstein

Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC

Jamillia Ferris

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, DC

Rachel Grinberg

Bates White Economic Consulting, Washington, DC

Michal Halperin

Director General, Israel Antitrust Authority, Jerusalem

Catriona Hatton

Baker Botts, Brussels and London

Bojana Ignjatovic

RBB Economics, London

Helen Jenkins

Oxera, London

Gabrielle Kohlmeier

Associate General Counsel, Antitrust and Strategic Projects, Verizon, Washington, DC

Mary Lehner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC

Luciana Martorano

Martorano Law, São Paulo

Deborah Majoras

Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Procter & Gamble, Ohio

Margarida Matos Rosa

President, Portuguese Competition Authority, Lisbon

Terrell McSweeny

Covington & Burling, Washington, DC

Silke Möller

Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf

Gabriella Muscolo

Commissioner, Italian Competition Authority, Rome

Evelyn Niitväli

Reysen Competition Advice and Advocacy, Frankfurt

Kerry O'Connell

Slaughter and May, Brussels

Leigh Oliver

Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

María Carolina Pardo Cuéllar

Baker McKenzie, Bogota

Sharis Pozen

Vice President, Global Competition Law & Policy, General Electric, Washington, DC

Maria Raptis

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

Amanda Reeves

Latham & Watkins, Washington, DC

Julie Soloway

Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Élodie Vandenhende

Special Advisor to the President in charge of Digital Policy, French Competition Authority, Paris

Christine Wilson

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington, DC

Fay Zhou

Linklaters, Beijing

Programme

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: 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.

Moderator:
Edith Ramirez, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC and Los Angeles

Panel:
Christine Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington, DC
Michal Halperin, Director General, Israel Antitrust Authority, Jerusalem
Gabriella Muscolo, Commissioner, Italian Competition Authority, Rome
Margarida Matos Rosa, President, Portuguese Competition Authority, Lisbon
Paula Azevedo, Counselor/Commissioner, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), Brasília

10.35: Coffee break

11.05: 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? 

Moderator:
Kathleen Bradish, former Assistant Chief, International Section, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Panel:
Kerry O'Connell, Slaughter and May, Brussels
Julie Soloway, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Deborah Majoras, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Procter & Gamble, Ohio
Helen Jenkins, Oxera, London

12.15: Networking lunch   

13.30: Afternoon address

The Honorable Amy Berman Jackson, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

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?

Moderator:
Catriona Hatton, Baker Botts, Brussels and London

Panel:
Debbie Feinstein, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC
Fay Zhou, Linklaters, Beijing
Elizabeth Bailey, NERA Economic Consulting, San Francisco
Kelig Bloret Dupuis, Head of Competition Legal Department, Essilor International, Paris

15.10: Coffee break

15.35: 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?

Moderator:
Jamillia Ferris, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, DC

Panel:
Élodie Vandenhende, Special Advisor to the President in charge of Digital Policy, French Competition Authority, Paris
Luciana Martorano, Martorano Law, São Paulo
Amanda Reeves, Latham & Watkins, Washington, DC
Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics, London

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

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: Fireside chat 

Speaker:
Sharis Pozen, Vice President, Global Competition Law & Policy, General Electric, Washington, DC

Interviewer:
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels

10.00: 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?

Moderator:
Mary Lehner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC

Panel:
Maria Raptis, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York
Rachel Grinberg, Bates White Economic Consulting, Washington, DC
Anastasia Danias, Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer, National Football League (NFL), New York
Evelyn Niitväli, Reysen Competition Advice and Advocacy, Frankfurt

11.10: Coffee break

11.35: 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? 

Moderator:
Leigh Oliver, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Panel:
Terrell McSweeny, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC
María Carolina Pardo Cuéllar, Baker McKenzie, Bogota
Gabrielle Kohlmeier, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust and Strategic Projects, Verizon, Washington, DC
Silke Möller, Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf

12.45: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

12.55: Conclusion of conference

Venue

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

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super early $950 21 Sep 2018
Early $1100 19 Oct 2018
Standard $1250 31 Oct 2018

 

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