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Nov 12 2013

GCR Live 5th Annual Brussels: The conference about the bigger picture

Organised by: Global Competition Review

Tuesday, 12th November 2013 - Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Brussels, Belgium

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Chaired by John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Derek Ridyard, RBB Economics.

Delegates at GCR Live’s 5th Annual Brussels conference will benefit from a packed 2-day programme, which includes a comprehensive review of the past 12 months, MFN clauses, an in-house counsel panel, mergers, IP and pharmaceuticals, an Oxford Union-style debate, financial services plus a discussion on which competition law decision making format produces the best results. All delegates will have the opportunity to network with the speakers and fellow delegates at the cocktail drinks reception on day one of the event.

For further information or sponsorship enquiries, please contact GCRLive@GlobalCompetitionReview.com.

Speakers:

James Aitken, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Christian Ahlborn, Linklaters

Daniel Beard QC, Monckton Chambers

Ian Forrester QC, White & Case

Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Antonio Guerra, Uría Menéndez

Ronan P. Harty, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Julia Holtz, Director, Competition - EMEA, India, China, Google

Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics

Keith Jones, Baker & McKenzie

Nelson Jung, Office of Fair Trading

Hanno Kaiser, Latham & Watkins

Lars Kjølbye, Latham & Watkins

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

Kai-Uwe Kühn, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Michigan

Bernd Langeheine, DG Competition, European Commission

Andrea Lofaro, RBB Economics

Andrew McBride, Principal Antitrust Counsel, BHP Billiton

Niamh McCarthy, Head of Competition Law, IAG

Julian Miezitis, Head of Legal - Global Competition, Compliance and Iberia, Associated British Foods plc

Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt

Damien Neven, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Jorge Padilla, Compass Lexecon

David Parker, Frontier Economics

Luc Peeperkorn, DG Competition, European Commission

Paula Riedel, Linklaters

Trevor Soames, Shearman & Sterling

Julie Soloway, Blake Cassels & Graydon

Annette Schild, Arnold & Porter

Marcus Smith QC, Fountain Court Chambers, part-time Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT)

Melanie Thill-Tayara, Norton Rose Fulbright

Anny Tubbs, General Counsel, Unilever

Richard Whish, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

Antoine Winckler, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Alexander Winterstein, head of communications and interinstitutional relations, DG Competition, European Commission

Søren Zinck, LETT

Day One

08.30: Welcome coffee and registration

09.00: Chairs’ welcome

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Derek Ridyard, RBB Economics

09.05: Behind the headlines – a thematic review of the year

GCR Live’s twist on the traditional year-in-review opener. The eminent and entertaining Professor Whish will review the year just gone – emphasizing the themes and trends behind the headlines.

Expect Richard to cover:

  • key lessons from the year in cartels;
  • unilateral behaviour and the growing acceptance of the “as efficient competitor test;
  • shifts in enforcement instrument;
  • the growth of litigation and legislative initiatives there;
  • the emergence of new and influential enforcers beyond the US and EU

Speaker:

Richard Whish, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

10.05: Coffee break

10.30: Getting to grips with the competitive implications of MFN clauses

A session on the latest thinking about the effect of MFN clauses

The panel will discuss:

  • the e-books and hotel booking cases
  • differences in approach between national competition authorities
  • the choice between object and effect analysis
  • the agency defence
  • efficiencies, and
  • possible remedies

Chair:

Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics

Panel:

David Parker, Frontier Economics

Nelson Jung, Office of Fair Trading

Luc Peeperkorn, DG Competition, European Commission

Antoine Winckler, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

11.45: Fifty shades of grey – the appeal, challenges and frustrations of working in-house

A panel of in-housers will share how they deal with those occasions where there is no obvious answer:

Such as:

  • How to conduct a competition law risk assessment when your advice might not enjoy legal privilege
  • How to decide whether to notify a merger when the obligation to file is unclear
  • How to ensure competition law gets sufficient attention when other risks are competing for resources

Chair:

Andrew McBride, Principal Antitrust Counsel, BHP Billiton

Panel:

Julian Miezitis, Head of Legal - Global Competition, Compliance and Iberia, Associated British Foods plc

Niamh McCarthy, Head of Competition Law, IAG

Anny Tubbs, General Counsel, Unilever

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Mergers: has the Commission's aggressive stance in recent cases (Universal, Ryanair, UPS etc) created a tougher merger regime?

An incredibly eminent panel will debate whether it’s now impossible to get certain mergers through.

Chair:

Damien Neven, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Panel:

Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Bernd Langeheine, DG Competition, European Commission

Andrea Lofaro, RBB Economics

Jorge Padilla, Compass Lexecon

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: IP - Pay for delay cases in pharma – the EU and US approaches compared

Two leading names in pharmaceuticals and antitrust will compare the current position on either side of the Atlantic

Speakers:

Stephen Kon, SJ Berwin

Hanno Kaiser, Latham & Watkins

17.00: GCR Live Oxford Union-style Debate

Two teams will debate the motion:

"This house believes that the Commission Article 102 guidance has had no real impact".

Chair:

Richard Whish, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

Panel:

Julia Holz, Director, Competition - EMEA, India, China, Google

Daniel Beard QC, Monckton Chambers

Alexander Winterstein, DG Comp

Søren Zinck, LETT

18.30: Chairs' wrap

Cocktail reception sponsored by Shearman & Sterling, The Stanhope Hotel

Day Two

09.00: Chairs' welcome

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Derek Ridyard, RBB Economics

09.05: A competition law paradise: designing the ideal regime

What’s the ideal decision making format for a competition law regime? Is there one?

An experienced panel – representing enforcement, the bench, economics and counsel - will debate whether there’s such a thing as a competition law paradise. What elements would it contain (or omit): courts, specialist tribunals, private arbitration/mediation, administrative authorities? And does any current regime come close?

Chair:

Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt

Panel:

Marcus Smith QC, Fountain Court Chambers, part-time Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT)

Damien Neven, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Ian Forrester QC, White & Case

Antonio Guerra, Uría Menéndez

10.45 Coffee break

11.00: Financial services: a focus on the Libor/Euribor and CDS investigations

What should antitrust specialists make of investigations underway in financial markets? A panel representing a range of perspectives will discuss the questions raised by these enforcement actions:

  • which, if any, EU antitrust laws have been broken;
  • is the Commission trespassing into the regulatory arena;
  • how will these actions interact with regulatory initiatives underway; and
  • how, hypothetically speaking, should damages be tackled?

Chair:

James Aitken, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Panel:

Melanie Thill-Tayara, Norton Rose Fulbright

Paula Riedel, Linklaters

Kai-Uwe Kühn,University of Michigan

12.30: Networking lunch

14.00: Coordinating international merger control: higher stakes and different issues

With more and more agencies active in international merger control, delivering a coordinated clearance is a challenge. It’s not just differing procedural approaches and timetables but also the standards of review - negotiating remedies can seem like a series of painful, individual surgeries.

Against that backdrop, this panel will debate the best ways to navigate the changed merger control landscape and offer possible pragmatic solutions on how to get the deal through.

Chair:

John Davies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Panel:

Christian Ahlborn, Linklaters

Julie Soloway, Blake Cassels & Graydon

Keith Jones, Baker & McKenzie

Ronan Harty, Davis Polk

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: The GCR Live Symposium

To close, a reprisal of our popular symposium session – aka, a question and answer session on steroids. Audience members will be asked to submit questions in advance of the event for discussion by all those present. A panel of four speakers will get the ball rolling with their own reflections on each topic and the session will be under the Chatham House rule.

Chair:

Trevor Soames, Shearman & Sterling

Panel:

Jorge Padilla, Compass Lexecon

Antoine Winckler, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Lars Kjølbye, Latham & Watkins

Annette Schild, Arnold & Porter

17.30: Chairs' wrap

17.45: Close of conference

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Venue Details
The Stanhope Hotel
Rue du Commerce 9
Brussels, B-1000, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 506 91 11

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