Frédéric JENNY | Chairman, OECD Competition Committee | President, Concurrences Review International Committee | Professor, Co-Director - CEDE, ESSEC, Paris (bio)
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH09.00
Olivier GUERSENT | Director-General, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
#1 LABOUR AND COMPETITION: NON-POACHING AGREEMENTS, STATUS OF PLATFORM WORKERS: WHAT ARE THE RISKS?09.30
In the US, in 2016, the DOJ and the FTC jointly issued the HR Antitrust Guidelines, which announced the DOJ’s intention to not only consider wage-fixing and non-dealing behaviour as per se illegal, but to prosecute it criminally. However, this position is questionable, particularly in light of some recent decisions in criminal cases where juries have not taken the same position and have decided to acquit targets of such charges (e.g. (U.S. v. DaVita, Inc., Case). In the European Union, the debate is not as advanced as no decision has yet been adopted. Only the Portuguese Competition Authority has issued its first statement of objections against an anti-competitive labour market agreement. In addition, the European Commission is currently working on a legislative proposal to improve the working conditions of platform workers considered as precarious. This includes the lack of transparency and predictability of contractual arrangements.
Matthew READINGS | Partner, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels (bio)
Martijn SNOEP | President, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, The Hague (bio)
Jee-Yeon LEHMANN | Vice-president, Analysis Group, Boston (bio)
Moderator: Frédéric JENNY | Chairman, OECD Competition Committee, Paris | Professor, Co-Director - CEDE, ESSEC, Paris (bio)
#2 COMPETITION LAW AND SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE: WHERE ARE THE EXPERTS?11.30
There are an increasing number of situations in which competition authorities are forced to interpret a text or practice that does not fall under competition law. In order to solve a legal problem, the authority is thus obliged to interpret a scientific statement. However, this raises the question of the limits of this practice: how far can the authorities go in interpreting these statements? What degree of freedom do the authorities have with regard to these regulatory, administrative decisions?
Gönenç GÜRKAYNAK | Partner, Elig Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul (bio)
Yann GUTHMANN | Head of Digital Economy Unit, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris (bio)
Pierre RÉGIBEAU | Chief Competition Economist, DG COMP, Brussels(bio)
David SEVY | Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon, Paris (bio)
Thibault SCHREPEL | Associate Professor of Law, VU Amsterdam | Faculty Affiliate, Stanford University’s CodeX Center (bio)
Moderator: Mélanie THILL-TAYARA | Partner, Dechert, Paris (bio)
#3 EXCLUSIONARY ABUSE: WHAT ARE THE NCAs AND COURTS’ RECENT TRENDS?14.30
Exclusionary abuses consist of preventing or excluding a competitor from entering the market. This is mainly characterized by an abuse of a dominant position. It therefore allows the company to charge excessive prices, which is considered an abuse of dominance under Article 102. In the Google Shopping case, the Commission considered that the conduct complained of would allow Google to foreclose the development of competing applications and operating systems. Indeed, Google’s algorithm downgraded the visibility of product comparison sites. How does the case law deal with this concept in the light of current market situations?
Frédéric DE BURE | Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Paris (bio)
Carmelo CENNAMO | Professor, Copenhagen Business School (bio)
Benoit DURAND | Partner, RBB Economics, Brussels (bio)
Stanislas MARTIN | Rapporteur-General, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris (bio)
Andreas MUNDT | President, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn (bio)
Jacques MOSCIANESE | Group Head of Institutional Affairs, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milano (bio)
Moderator: Ian FORRESTER | Former Judge, General Court of the EU, Luxembourg (bio)
#4 PROOF AND EVIDENCE: DOES THE DIVERSITY OF REGIMES CREATE INEQUALITY?16.30
US competition law is market-oriented and gives considerable space to the economic approach to competition. The US system applies the rule of reason which can be simplified or accelerated. This means that behaviour can be considered anti-competitive before a full economic analysis is carried out. Enforcement agencies engage in varying degrees of scrutiny on a sliding scale that is determined by the elements necessary to determine that conduct is anticompetitive. In contrast, EU competition law advocates competitive balance and the primacy of the legal over the economic. Thus, European courts appear to have developed a structured approach, based on cumulative criteria, which is distinct from the simple factual analysis used in the US. Do these regimes have the effect of creating a form of asymmetry, of inequality of arms before the judge?
Raphaël DE CONINCK | Vice President, CRA, BRUSSELS (bio)
Luc GYSELEN | Partner, Arnold & Porter, Brussels (bio)
Paul NIHOUL | Judge, General Court of the EU, Luxembourg (bio)
Ioannis LIANOS | President, Hellenic Competition Commission | Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy, Faculty of Laws, University College London (on leave) (bio)
Moderator: Laurence IDOT | Emeritus Professor, University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas, Paris (bio)
CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEECH18.00
Benoît CŒURÉ | President, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris (bio)
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Panel 1: Labour and Competition: Non-Poaching Agreements, Status of Platform Workers: What Are the Risks?
3. Daniel E. Shulak, Kathryn Hellings, The US DoJ declares that it is prepared to bring criminal charges against individuals who violate the prohibition on market monopolization, 2 March 2022, e-Competitions March 2022
4. Alain Ronzano, Competition policy: The European Commission launches public consultation on its draft guidelines on collective agreements concerning the working conditions of self-employed workers without employees, 9 December 2021
5. Christian Ritz, Hubertus Weber, The EU Commissioner for Competition Vestager announces increased focus on atypical cartels, including wage fixing or no-poach agreements in the labour market, 22 October 2021
7. Portuguese Competition Authority, The Portuguese Competition Authority for the first time issues statements of objections for an anticompetitive agreement in the labor market against national football league and 31 sports companies who agreed not to hire back employees who terminated their employment due to COVID-19 (Portuguese Professional Football League), 19 April 2021
8. Steven Bernstein, The US FTC and DoJ publish a joint statement in order to protect employers, staffing companies, recruiters and others against anticompetitive conduct in the labor markets during the COVID-19 crisis, 13 April 2020
Panel 2: Competition law and scientific expertise: Where are the experts?
1- Oles Andriychuk, Diane Coyle, David J. Gerber, Pier Luigi Parcu, Amelia Fletcher, Jorge Padilla, Salvatore Piccolo, Philip Lowe, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Daniel Zimmer, Juliane Kokott, Ariel Ezrachi, Maurice Stucke, Svend Albæk, Hanna Schröder, Competition Overdose: Exploring the Limitations, searching for the treatment, February 2022
3- Catherine Prieto, Laurence Idot, Emmanuel Combe, Anne Wachsmann, David Bosco, Etienne Pfister, Mathilde Poulain, Marie-Cecile Rameau, Josep M. Carpi Badia, Etienne Chantrel, Didier Theophile, Guy Canivet, Rafael P. Amaro, Henri Piffaut, Doris Hildebrand, Paulo Burnier Da Silveira, Fatma El-Zahraa Adel, The integration of public interest considerations in the application of competition rules (26 Nov 2020), May 2021
Panel 3: Exclusionary abuse: what are the NCAs and courts’ recent trends?
4- Frédéric Marty, Exclusionary abuse: The Court of Justice of the European Union dismisses a telecommunication company’s appeal against the judgment of the General Court of the European Union confirming the decision of the European Commission establishing its liability as parent company in a margin squeeze case implemented by its subsidiary (Deutsche Telekom), 25 March 2021
Panel 4: Proof and evidence: does the diversity of regimes create inequality?
1- Gregory E. Heltzer, David Henry, The US DoJ Antitrust Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers reveals that the DoJ intends to investigate and pursue alleged criminal violations against individuals or companies who violate Section 2 of the Sherman Act, 24 January 2022
3- Miguel Verdeguer, The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling clarifying the single economic unit doctrine in private enforcement providing an analysis that has far-reaching consequences on future damages claims across the EEA (Sumal / Mercedes Benz Trucks España), 6 October 2021
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