Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

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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 and London

Kristina Nordlander, co-leader of Sidley’s Antitrust/Competition group, has a thriving EU competition and litigation practice representing major companies in various sectors. Kristina is a skilled advocate and has led high-stakes antitrust investigations before the European Commission and precedent-setting litigation before the EU Courts. Kristina advises clients on all aspects of EU competition law, including merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance and other anti-competitive behavior. Kristina also focuses on EU competition law enforcement issues impacting the digital single market, online selling, mobile and electronic payments and other technology. Kristina founded the Women’s Competition Network and was named a 2017 “Top 10 Innovator” in Europe by the Financial Times.

PROGRAMME 

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ welcome

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

9.15: Keynote Speech

10.00: Antitrust enforcement in times of economic distress

This session would examine how antitrust agencies are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and related economic crisis. Speakers would consider recent calls for a potential moratorium on opportunistic takeovers in the US and discuss proposed European measures to prevent anticompetitive distortion in the single market caused by foreign subsidies and acquisitions of distressed assets. 

These developments have been championed as a response to the existing crisis, but also fall firmly within a wider debate about the politicisation of merger control and its interaction with industrial policy. 

The session would also respond to the US election, considering the effect of a new Biden administration or the re-election of Trump on antitrust enforcement. 

11.10: Coffee break 

11.40: Collaboration risks

The coronavirus pandemic has caused antitrust agencies across the world to reconsider the application of existing competition rules. Ordinarily anticompetitive coordination has been permitted to address wider concerns about health and safety. Targeted dis-applications of the EU competition rules have been applied in critical sectors such as transport and food, while non-binding policy guidance at national and EU level has helped reassure companies that they can engage in sensible collaboration during the pandemic. 

This session would look specifically at alliances between supermarkets and consider how agencies define temporary market power to go after excessive pricing as an abuse of dominance.

12.50: Networking lunch   

13.50: Speed debating

A dynamic, interactive group debating session.

14.50: Focus on online platforms – do we need new tools?

Calls for increased enforcement and new regulation of online platforms have become even stronger in the crisis as the digital economy grows.  

The panel will consider potential regulation of the digital economy and the role of ‘gatekeeper’ platforms as well as proposed new EU competition tools and market investigation powers to intervene in markets that are not functioning competitively.  

The session will also look at the FTC’s past reviews of Google and of Facebook’s acquisitions – and assess if the US election is likely to encourage or discourage increased enforcement against Big Tech.  

16.00: coffee break

16.25: Increasing intervention

Are competition authorities increasingly intervening in deals that involve the acquisition of nascent rivals? Are they stretching jurisdictional rules to tackle certain mergers? 

The session would consider Sabre/Farelogix: where the companies are fighting the CMA on jurisdiction after it blocked their deal; and the DOJ’s sharing of information with the UK enforcer to help steer the block.

Other potential topics of discussion would include recent merger regime changes in Austria and Germany.

17.35: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

Venue

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Testimonials

    • "Extremely relevant topics addressed by unquestionable leaders in the field", Anne Rodgers, Norton Rose Fulbright

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Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Expires
Super Early $750 25 Sep 2020
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