19 January

3rd Cartels Workshop: An advanced seminar on substantive and procedural EU developments

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From 19 January at 15:30 to 20 January at 17:00 CET

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19 Jan.

Webinar held on Wednesday 19 January 2022 15.30 CET

See below for the documentation of this webinar.


Anna MARCOULLI | Judge, General Court of Justice (EU), Luxembourg (bio)


The Substantive Issues Panel will discuss recent EU developments and priorities for the next year at the European Commission, NCAs and from the perspective of the EU Courts. The panel will then debate specific topics including the boundaries between permissible cooperation and impermissible cartel conduct in light of the recent EU decision in the car emissions cartel. Other specific topics may include algorithmic cartels, evidence standards regulators have regard to before deciding whether to pursue an investigation. Finally, the panel will discuss recent EU court case law regarding private damages.

Maria JASPERS | Director of the Cartel Directorate, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Richard MURGATROYD | Partner, RBB Economics, London (bio)
Milan KRISTOF | Référendaire, Court of Justice (EU), Luxembourg (bio)
María Luisa TIERNO CENTELLA | Competition Director, Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC), Madrid (bio)
Moderator: Kyriakos FOUNTOUKAKOS | Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brussels (bio)

20 Jan.

Webinar held on Thursday 20 January 2022 15.30 CET

See below for the documentation of this webinar.


Recent months have seen a dramatic resumption of surprise "dawn raid" inspections across Europe. In the procedural panel the continuing crackdown on cartels will be debated by senior officials, leading practitioners and in-house counsel. The panel will also debate key procedural reforms and innovations over the last 12-months, including the practical implications for businesses of recent cases and significant EU court judgments. Specific topics may include rights of defense in hybrid settlement procedures, the continued effectiveness of leniency programmes and scope for reform, the strengthening of enforcement powers across Member States with the adoption of the ECN+ Directive, and the relevance and legal issues arising from the use of new technologies to identify and prosecute cartels.

Georg BOETTCHER | Chief Counsel Competition, Siemens, Munich (bio)
Juliette ENSER | Senior Director of Cartels, United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority, London (bio)
Paola NEBBIA | Référendaire, Court of Justice (EU), Luxembourg (bio)
Dirk VAN ERPS | Adviser to the Deputy Director-General for Antitrust and Cartels, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Moderator: André PRETORIUS | Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, London (bio)


If you would like to read about this event’s topic, you can access the following Concurrences documents. If you do not have access, please inquire for Subscription here.

Workshop I - Substantive Issues

Full video, audio, PPT presentations and other materials
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1. Interview with María Luisa Tierno Centella (CNMC) by Kyriakos Fountoukakos (Herbert Smith Freehills)

2. Enzo Marasà, Irene Picciano, Francesco Tognato, The EU Court of Justice issues a long-awaited judgement clarifying the extent of an undertaking’s liability in follow-on actions (Sumal / Mercedes Benz Trucks España), 6 October 2021, e-Competitions November 2021, Art. N° 103219

3. Robbert Snelders, Conor Opdebeeck-Wilson, Cartel settlements: An overview of EU and national case law, 17 June 2021, e-Competitions Cartel settlements, Art. N° 99701

4. Julia Pranz, The German Federal Court of Justice defines in line with EU case-law the substantive and procedural requirements for establishing causality in cartel-related damages actions (Rail Cartel), 28 January 2020, e-Competitions January 2020, Art. N° 94761

5. Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Daniel Vowden, Agathe Célarié, The EU Court of Justice confirms the liability of a parent company for the conduct of its subsidiaries involved in a cartel (Goldman Sachs), 27 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 99132

Workshop II - Procedural Issues
Full video, audio, PPT presentations and other materials
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1. Interview with Juliette Enser (CMA) by Daniel Vowden (Herbert Smith Freehills)

2. Jean-François Laborde, Cartel damages actions in Europe: How courts have assessed cartel overcharges (2021 ed.) , September 2021, Concurrences N° 3-2021, Art. N° 102086, pp. 232-242

3. Michel Debroux, Transaction: The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the absence of partiality in the European Commission’s handling of a ‘hybrid’ cartel procedure, but reduces again the fine imposed on a non-transacting company, increasing the reduction already decided by the General Court of the European Union (Pometon), 18 March 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 100511, pp. 73-75

4. Victoria Korotkova, Evgeny Yuriev, Daniel Vowden, Adrian Brown, The Russian Supreme Court adopts a decree providing clarifications on antitrust matters that arise in court proceedings , 4 March 2021, e-Competitions March 2021, Art. N° 101620

Previous Attendees

Enforcers: Autorité de la concurrence, Bangladesh Competition Commission, Bundeskartellamt, California Department of Justice, CARICOM Competition Commission (Suriname), Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (Mexico), Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Council (Latvia), Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht, Hong Kong Competition Commission, Italian Competition Authority, OECD, The General Authority for Competition (Saudi Arabia), US Federal Trade Commission, World Bank, etc ...

Corporations: Air Liquide, Bayer AG, Bloomberg News, British American Tobacco, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Federation of German Industries, Fiduciary Automation, Fujitsu, Heathrow Airport, ING Belgium, Kreab, Lagardère, Les Echos-Le Parisien, Mars, Metro, MSC Mediterranean, Nestlé, Novartis, Pfizer, Shell, Siemens Energy, Thalès, TK Elevator, Vodafone, Woodside Energy, etc ...

Lawyers: Allen & Overy, Arnold & Porter, Ashurst, Baker Botts, Baker McKenzie, Barnert Egermann, BDGS, Bird & Bird, Bredin Prat, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, CMS, Covington & Burling, Crowell & Moring, Dechert, Deloitte, Dentons, Distefano Law, Eisenberger & Herzog, EY Law, Fidal, Gibson Dunn, Gleiss Lutz, Havel & Partners, Herbert Smith Freehills, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kim & Chang, KPMG, Latham & Watkins, Latham Watkins, Linklaters, McDermott Will & Emery, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Racine, Reed Smith, Sheppard Mullin, Skadden, Sorainen, Steptoe & Johnson, Stibbe, Van Bael & Bellis, Vogel & Vogel, White & Case, etc ...

Academics: Cardiff University, Charles University, College of Europe, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Helsinki University, Hertie School, Kagawa University, King’s College London, Ludwig Maximilian University, Maastricht University, Monash Law School, Moscow State University, Queen Mary University of London, Stockholm University, Tokai University, Trinity College, Université de Lyon III, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, University College London, University of Amsterdam, University of Bologna, University of Constantine 1, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, University of Indonesia, University of Montpellier, University of Nantes, University of Orleans, University of Reading, University of Rennes I, University of the West Indies, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole, University of Vienne, University of Zagreb, etc ...


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