17 March

3rd "Digital Antitrust: How to Regulate?" Conference

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Thursday 17 March from 08:30 to 18:15 CET

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Maison du Barreau

2 Rue de Harlay

75001 France
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Daniel FASQUELLE | Professor, Littoral-Côte-d’Opale University | Senior Counsel, Squadra Avocats, Paris (bio)



As antitrust develops to tackle what is perceived as harm in digital markets and corporate power, it relies on a range of new concepts such as contestability and fairness (see Article 6 of the Proposed DMA and US Presidential Order of July 9, 2021). Antitrust regimes worldwide are seen accumulating political momentum and prerogatives, but are they doing so at the expense of legal certainty and conceptual soundness?

Olivier FRÉGET | Partner, Fréget-Glaser & Associés, Paris (bio)
Antoine CHAPSAL | Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Paris (bio)
Yann GUTHMANN | Head of Digital Economy Unit, Autorité de la Concurrence, Paris (bio)
Dina WAKED | Associate Professor, Sciences Po Law School, Paris (bio)

Moderator: Thibault SCHREPEL | Associate Professor of Law, VU Amsterdam | Faculty Affiliate, Stanford University’s CodeX Center (bio)

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2021 has witnessed the emergence of many pieces of legislation aimed at tackling competition in digital markets. The US, the EU, and the UK have taken steps to check the market powers of digital platforms and explore novel theories of harm. Are these steps coordinated enough to ensure a coherent framework globally?

Xavier BOUTIN | Partner, Positive Competition, Brussels (bio)
David FOSTER | Director, Frontier Economics, London / Brussels (bio)
Assimakis KOMNINOS | Partner, White & Case, London / Brussels (bio)
Andreas MUNDT | President, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn (bio)

Moderator: Elvira ALIENDE RODRIGUEZ | Partner, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels (bio)





It is clear from experience in cases such as Facebook/Whatsapp, Google/Fitbit or Amazon/WholeFoods that competitive relationships take many forms in the digital economy. Envelopment strategies and network effects challenge the traditional views on substitutability and market definitions. What tools and reflexes should one have when discussing digital markets definitions?

Oliver BETHELL | Head of EMEA, Google, London (bio)
Juliette CAMINADE | Vice-President, Analysis Group, Paris/Brussels/Boston (bio)
Andrea PEZZOLI | Director General for Competition, Italian Competition Authority, Rome (bio)

Moderator: Fayrouze MASMI-DAZI | Partner, Frieh Associés, Paris (bio)

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In Equifax (2006), the EU Court of Justice ruled that “any possible issues relating to the sensitivity of personal data are not, as such, a matter for competition law, they may be resolved on the basis of the relevant provisions governing data protection”. Winds seem to have shifted ever since. In Facebook/Whatsapp, privacy policies have been designated as non-price parameters of competition, and President Biden, in his July 2021 Presidential Order, encouraged the FTC to establish rules on surveillance and the accumulation of data. However, with the rise of sectoral regulation setting portability as a remedy, competition and digital are bound to understand each other if they are not to conflict. Doesn’t promoting competition in online advertising create counterproductive results in terms of privacy protection?

Claudia BERG | General Counsel, Information Commissioner’s Office, London (bio)
Vilen LIPATOV | Expert, CompetitionSphere, Waldsolms (bio)
Jacques MOSCIANESE | Executive Director, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milan (bio)

Moderator: Laurence BARY | Partner, Dechert, Paris (bio)

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You can participate in this conference in-person (Paris) or remotely (via Zoom). Please choose one of the two options below. Any double registration will cancel the registration for the in-person format (only the registration for the online format will be maintained).
A valid and nominative vaccination pass must be presented in order to access the conference, in accordance with the current regulation.
> Opening, Panels 1 and 2
> Panels 3 and 4

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.

Panel 1: Digital Antitrust: The Per Se Temptation?

1- Barak Y. Orbach, Middlemen forever: Competition and opportunism in the digital economy, November 2021

2- Frédéric Jenny, Competition law enforcement and regulation for digital ecosystems: Understanding the issues, facing the challenges and moving forward , September 2021

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

4- Alexandre de Streel, Pierre Larouche, The European Digital Markets Act proposal: How to improve a regulatory revolution, May 2021

5- Alden F. Abbott, Robin Adelstein, Megan Browdie, Michael A. Carrier, Peter C. Carstensen, Samuel Clark, Lisl J. Dunlop, Harry First, Albert A. Foer, Eleanor M. Fox, Jacqueline Grise, Ryan Kantor, Donald C. Klawiter, John Kwoka, James Langenfeld, Tad Lipsky, Alessandro Massolo, Howard Morse, Gabriella Muscolo, James Bo Pearl, Noah Pinegar, Chris Ring, Christopher Sagers, Richard S. Taffet, Willard K. Tom, Eliot Turner, Doug Tween, Tommaso Valletti, Michael L. Weiner, The new US antitrust administration, February 2021

Panel 2: Antitrust Law Reforms In The EU, US & UK: Areas Of Convergence & Divergence?

1- Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Emma Janson, The EU Commission publishes a Communication on a competition policy which would support the transition to a sustainable, digital, and resilient European economy, 18 November 2021

2- UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority publishes its responses to two Government consultations on reforming competition policy and on adopting a new pro-competition regime for digital markets, 4 October 2021

3- Carla Farinhas, The EU Commission proposes a regulation to tackle competition issues with large online platforms in digital markets, 15 December 2020

4- Marie Cartapanis, Frédéric Marty, Antitrust : The Subcommittee on Antitrust of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee releases its report on its investigation of competition in digital markets and lays out prospects for radical changes in U.S. competition policy, 4 October 2020

5- Morten Nissen, Frederik Haugsted, The Nordic Competition Authorities release a joint memorandum on digital platforms and the future of European policy on issues of competition in digital markets, 28 September 2020

Panel 3: Market Definitions In Digital Spheres

1- European Commission, The EU Commission publishes the findings of its evaluation of the Market Definition Notice, 12 July 2021

2- Viktoria Robertson, A new era for antitrust market definition, February 2021

Panel 4: Data Protection, Online Advertising And Competition: A Virtuous Circle?

1- Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl, The EU Parliament and Council adopt amendments to the Commission’s proposal for negotiating the final text of the Digital Markets Act, 15 December 2021

2- Jonathan M. Linas, Donald Mcgahn, Michael A. Gleason, Craig A. Waldman, David M. Morrell, Lisa M. Ledbetter, The US President Joe Biden signs an executive order on promoting competition in the American economy, 9 July 2021

3- Ariane Le Strat, Saskia King, Gabriel Voisin, Elizabeth Upton, The UK Competition Authority and the Data Protection Authority publish a joint statement on how competition and data protection issues overlap in the digital economy, 19 May 2021

4- Jay Modrall, The EU Commission conditionally clears the acquisition by a Big Tech company of a smartwatch company active in several complementary markets, including app stores, online advertising, and the nascent digital healthcare sector (Fitbit / Google), 17 December 2020

5- European Commission, The EU Commission fines a social network company for providing misleading information during a merger investigation (Facebook / WhatsApp), 18 May 2017

Previous Attendees

Enforcers: Academy of International Economic Law And Policy (Aielpo), Administrative Council for Economic Defense of Brazil, ARCEP, Autorite de la Concurrence, Bangladesh Competition Commission, Belgian Competition Authority, Bundeskartellamt, CADE, California Department of Justice, Office of The Attorney General, Caricom Competition Commission, Central Intellectual Property And International Trade Court of Thailand, COFECE, Comision Federal de Competencia Economica, Competition Bureau Canada, Competition Commission, Competition Council of Latvia, Competition Council of Lithuania Competition Tribunal of South Africa, Court of Justice of The EU, CPC, Croatian Competition Agency, DCMS, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, DGFLA, DGITM, Efta Surveillance Authority, Embassy of Japan in the US, European Commission, European Parliament, Federal Telecommunications Institute, French Competition Authority, French Ministry of Economy And Finance, FTC, Gambia Competition And Consumer Protection Commission, General Court of the EU, Georgieff Capital, German Bar Association, German Permanent Representation, Institute Of Economics, CERS, International Competition Network Advocacy Working Group, Italian Competition Authority, Joint Research Centre, Junta De Andalucia, Malaysia Competition Commission, Max Planck Institute For Innovation And Competition, MEFR, Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission, Ministerio Das Finanças, Ministry Of Justice, Monopolkommission, MPI Innovation And Competition, OECD, Paris Commercial Court, Permamnent Represenetation of Hungary to the EU, Philippine Competition Commission, Portuguese Competition Authority, Representation of Bavaria, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Slovenian Competition Protection Agency, Spanish Competition Authority, State of California, Department of Justice, Superintendence for Market Power Control of Ecuador, Superintendence of Competition of El Salvador, Superintendencia De Competencia, Superintendencia De Control Del Poder De Mercado, Supreme Court Of Iceland, Swiss Competition Commission, The Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court of Thailand, Turkish Competition Authority, UK Competition and Markets Authority, UK FCDO, UK Government, UKTPO, UN(Ret.), UNITO, US FTC, etc.

Corporations:ABB, Abbott Laboratories, ABI, Aim - European Brands Association, Amazon, Apple, Assonime, Attis, Bank of England, Bank of Italy, BBC, BDI, Beis, Brunswick Group, BT, Caisse Des Dépôts, CCIA, Central Bank Of Armenia, Chakra Venture Partners, Cisco, Cullen International, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom, Developers Alliance, DTEK, Edreams Odigeo, Epex Spot, Ericsson, European Broadcasting Union, Fidelidade, Fiduciary Automation, Floem, General Electric, GLC, Google, GOP, GSMA, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Huawei, Huber, Iata, ING, Interel Group, İS Bank, Mediaset, Mlab, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Sa, Natura Bissé International, News Corp, O’melveny & Myers, Ofcom, Orange, Participia, Paycrebit, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, PKN Orlen, Portland Communications, Promarca, Protonmail, Rakuten, Ris, RTVE, Schindler, Shearwater Global, Siemens, Silknet JSC, The Vectory, Tillotts, Vanderlande Industries, Vaunet, Verizon Vodafone Group, Zephyre, Zorlu Holding, etc.

Lawyers: 3Dtic A.Scarante, ABC Attorneys, AGN Avocats, Allen & Overy, Alston & Bird, Andersen, Antitrust Law Schild, Aria Grace Law, Arnold & Porter, ASA, Ashurst, Aslan, Assegaf Hamzah, Attis Legal, Avisa Partners, BAE, Kim & Lee, Baker & Miller, Baker Mckenzie, Ballas Pelecanos, Becker Büttner Held, Bensimhon, Bird & Bird, BMA Advogados, BMK, Bona Law, Bondoc & Asociatii, Bredin Prat, BRP Renaud und Partner, Caiazzo Donnini, Callol, Coca & Asociados, Cartel Damage Claims, Cleary Gottlieb, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Clifford Chance, CMS, Constantine Cannon, Cooley, Cortazar Urdaneta, Cortazar Urdaneta & Cia - Abogados, Covington & Burling, CS Associados, Cuatrecasas, Cullen International, D.K.Avgitidis & Associates Law Firm, Dechert, Delcade Avocats & Solicitors, Deloitte Legal, Demarest Advogados, Dentons, Desoguslawoffice, DGFLA, DLA Piper, Dr. Yerlikaya-Manzel & Dr. Manzel, DS Avocats, Economics Laws Practice, Elig Gürkaynak, Ensafrica, Erdem & Erdem, Eversheds Sutherland, Ey Law, Fangda Partners, Fidal, Fratinivergano, Freget Glaser & Associes Aarpi, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gibson Dunn, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo, GOP, Greenberg Traurig, Hausfeld, Herbert Smith Freehills, Heuking, Hirayama Law Offices, Hse, Hw&H, ICA, IFT, Izaza Abogados, JCCA, Jones Day, JP Karsenty & Associes, K&L Gates, Karatzas & Partners, Kellogg Hansen, Kg Law Firm, Kim & Chang, Kinstellar, Kirkland & Ellis, Kpmg Law, Lavoielegal, Linklaters, Loyal Lawyers, Loyens & Loeff, Lozano, Lpa Law Firm, LSW, Macmillan Keck, Magenta, Marimon Abogados, Martens Centre, Mazars, Mcdermott Will & Emery, MCG, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados, Ninopoulos, Noerr, Norburg & Scherp Advokatbyrå Ab, Nortons Inc, Nunziante Magrone, O’melveny & Myers, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paul Hastings, Pierstone Law Firm, PLMJ, Pokorny Wagner, Pokorny, Wagner & Partners, Proreus Avocats, Reed Smith, Richard Wolfram, Esq., Robledo Abogados, Rowan Legal, SCA Popovici Nitu Stoica, Schoenherr, Servulo, Shearman & Sterling, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Sidley, SIG, Simmons & Simmons, Skadden, Stibbe, Studio Legale Ciotti E Domenella, Tozzini Freire, Uría Menéndez, Van Bael & Bellis, VBB, VVGB, Wardynski & Partners, Watson Farley & Williams, White & Case, William Fry, Wolf Theiss, Yilmazer Attorneyship & Consulting, ZK Law Firm, etc.

Academics: Aarhus University, Aix-Marseille University, Bavarian School of Public Policy, British University in Egypt, Cambridge University, Charles University, College of Europe, Elte Law School, ESCP, EUI, European University Institute, Free University Berlin, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Harvard Kennedy School, Heinrich-Heine Universität, Helsinki University, Hertie School, Hokkaido University, Humboldt University of Berlin, IE Law School, Inns of Court College of Advocacy, King’s College London, Kuwait International Law School, Kyushu University, Luiss University, Maastricht University, MIT, Moscow State University, Namur University, NTU, NWU, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Polish Academy of Sciences, Portucalense University, Queen Mary University of London, Radboud University, Symbiosis Law School Noida, Tilburg University, University Carlos III, University College Dublin, University Göttingen, University of Amsterdam, University of Barcelona, University of Bordeaux, University Of Bournemouth, University Of Brasilia, University Of Caen Normandy, University of Chieti-Pescara, University of East Anglia, University of Glasgow, University of Göttingen, University of Groningen, University of Helsinki, University of Indonesia, University of La Sabana, University of Law, University of Lisbon, University of Madrid, University of Moscow, University of Mumbai, University of Nairobi, University of Nantes, University of Orleans, University of Oxford, University of Porto, University of Reading, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of The Littoral Opal Coast University, University of The Philippines Baguio, University of the West Indies, University of Verona, University Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, University Paris Nanterre, University Rennes I, Utrecht University, etc.

Economists: Alvarez & Marsal, Analysis Group, Assonime, Charles River Associates, Compass Lexecon, Copenhagen Economics, Demarest, E.CA Economics, Economic Insight, EFTA Surveillance Authority, Flint Global, Frontier Economics, FTI Consulting, Georgieff Capital, Hengeler Mueller, Interconnection Consulting, LCA Consultores, MCG, Nera, Oxera Consulting, Payment Systems Regulator, RBB Economics, SSW Pragmatic Solutions, Sutic, TIM, TSE, UNAM, Wipo, etc.


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Maison du Barreau

2 Rue de Harlay

75001 France