25 January

[SOLD OUT] Cartels Workshop: An advanced seminar on substantive and procedural EU developments

Date & place

Wednesday 25 January from 12:00 to 15:00 CET

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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

Rue de Loxum 25

1000 Brussels Belgium
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As the event is sold out, any further registrations are subject to confirmation from the organisers.
If you would like to register to the waiting list, please send an email to conferences@concurrences.com.

Registration & Walking lunch




Tihamer TOTH | Judge, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg (bio)



The Substantive Issues Panel will discuss recent EU and key national developments and priorities for the next year from the perspective of the EU Courts, the European Commission, and the NCAs. The panel will focus on recent trends including the types of cartels regulators are pursuing such as information exchange, purchasing, algorithmic cartels and cartels that go beyond classic price fixing of selling prices. The panel will discuss compliance issues in the current climate and will also touch upon the incentives for leniency in this respect. Finally the panel will also treat recent court judgments on important topics such as ne bis in idem and single and continuous infringement.

Kjersti BJERKEBO | Chief Compliance Officer, Panasonic, Brussels (bio)
Gerald MIERSCH | Head of Unit, Cartels IV, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Alfredos THEODORAKOPOULOS | Legal Secretary, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg (bio)
María Luisa TIERNO CENTELLA | Director-General for Competition, Spanish Competition Authority, Madrid (bio)

Moderator: Kyriakos FOUNTOUKAKOS | Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brussels (bio)

Coffee Break




The panel will debate key procedural reforms and innovations over the last 12-months: leniency programs, settlement procedure for cartels, and legal issues raised by the recent developments in the digital sector. Such topics raise questions and discussions regarding cooperation and the procedures that apply between NCAs and the European Commission.

Ashley BRICKLES | Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, London (bio)
Dr. Gordon CHRISTIAN | Principal Counsel Competition, Siemens Energy, Munich (bio)
Christopher MAYOCK | Deputy Head of Unit, Cartels II, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Dr. Katrin ROESEN | Head of Unit, Special Unit for Combating Cartels, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn (bio)

Moderator: Daniel VOWDEN | Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brussels (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.


Hotchpotch II - Substantive Issues

1. Interview with Maria Luisa Tierno Centella (Spanish Competition Authority) by Kyriakos Fountoukakos (Herbert Smith Freehills)
2. Spanish Competition Authority, The Spanish Competition Authority cooperates with the Portuguese Competition Authority to investigate several wood chip suppliers over a potential information sharing cartel, 26 October 2022
3. Damien Geradin, Key Challenges When Approaching Information Exchange, Zoltán Marosi, Marcio Soares, Information Exchange and Related Risks - A Jurisdictional Guide, 9 September 2022
4. German Competition Authority, The German Competition Authority presents its annual report for 2021 / 2022, 30 August 2022
5. Romain Papy, Algorithmic agreements and competition law, February 2022

Hotchpotch II - Procedural Issues

1. Interview with Dr. Gordon Christian (Siemens Energy) by Daniel Vowden (Herbert Smith Freehills)
2. European Commission, The EU Commission provides guidance on its leniency policy and practice, 25 October 2022
3. European Commission, The EU Commission upgrades eLeniency tool to grant companies online access to leniency and settlement documents (eLeniency), 30 September 2022
4. Alain Ronzano, Private action: The Court of Justice of the European Union considers that the European Commission’s decision sanctioning the cartel of trucks covering refuse collection vehicles opens the way to private actions for the acquisition of this type of special vehicle from a cartelist (Daimler), 1 August 2022
5. Eun Hye Kim, Judicial review & Anticompetitive agreements: An overview of EU and national case law, 3 March 2022

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 ...


This fourth edition of the Cartels Workshop will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 25 January 2023. The seminar is organised by Concurrences in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills and FTI Consulting. Attendance is by registration only. No on-site registration. The list of participants will be communicated to the speakers.


Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

Rue de Loxum 25

1000 Brussels Belgium