Registration & Breakfast8:15
Frédéric JENNY | Professor, ESSEC, Paris | Chairman, OECD Competition Committee, Paris (bio)
#1: THE REVIVAL OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY AT A TIME OF POLYCRISIS: IS COMPETITION POLICY LOSING GROUNDS?9.30
The new global context reinforces the trend towards the establishment of national industrial policies, particularly in the US and Asia. The European Union responded by introducing a regime for the control of foreign subsidies and by evolving the state aid control regime. Member States have significantly increased their control over foreign investments and have blocked or modified numerous transactions, particularly in the energy and digital sectors. How can industrial policy and competition policy be best articulated in this new context?
Marion BAILLY | Deputy Head of Unit - Merger Case Support and Policy, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Pascal BELMIN | VP, Head of EU Regulatory Affairs, Airbus, Paris (bio)
Elie COHEN | Emeritus research Director, CNRS, Sciences Po, Paris (bio)
Kai-Uwe KÜHN | Academic Advisor, The Brattle Group, Brussels (bio)
Stéphanie YON-COURTIN | Member, European Parliament, Brussels (bio)
Moderator: Frédéric JENNY | Professor, ESSEC, Paris | Chairman, OECD Competition Committee, Paris (bio)
#2: THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT: HAVE WE GOT THE BALANCE RIGHT?11.30
The number of actions for damages and remedies is exponentially increasing across Europe while leniency applications are on the decline. In this context, what is the future of the leniency regime? The German Monopolkommission proposes to grant leniency recipients total immunity against damages and remedies. Other proposals are emerging to revitalize leniency policy, but doubts remain as to the feasibility of such an evolution.
Laila MEDINA | Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg (bio)
Séverine SCHRAMECK | Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, Paris (bio)
David SEVY | Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon, Paris / Brussels (bio)
Wouter WILS | Legal Advisor, Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels/ Visiting professor, King’s College London (bio)
Moderator: Rafael AMARO | Professor, University of Caen (bio)
#3: ESTABLISHING ABUSES OF DOMINANCE: IS THE EFFECTS-BASED APPROACH ADMINISTRABLE?14.00
While the EU courts appear to have embraced the effects-based approach to establishing abuses of dominance, the question arises of whether the standard of proof is not getting overly difficult to achieve following recent judgments such as Intel and Unilever. Is the bar too high for proving an abuse of dominance and, more generally, how can the effects-based approach be rendered administrable? Are the EU and the US approaches to enforcement in the field of unilateral conduct moving in the opposite direction, and where can they meet?
Inge BERNAERTS | Director for Policy and Strategy, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Antoine CHAPSAL | Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Paris/Brussels/London (bio)
Gönenç GÜRKAYNAK | Partner, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul (bio)
Ioannis LIANOS | Chair, Hellenic Competition Authority, Athens (bio)
Moderator: Damien GERARD | Prosecutor General, Belgian Competition Authority, Brussels (bio)
#4: GETTING THE DEAL THROUGH: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE INCREASED COMPLEXITY OF REGULATORY CONDITIONS?16.00
The panel aims to address the growing concerns about the complexity of managing the various regulatory requirements for a successful transaction. This issue is evident in various areas such as merger control, foreign investments, the new regulation on foreign subsidies (FSR), etc. The proliferation of laws and regulations poses new challenges for operators in terms of aligning with government expectations and managing timelines.
Marie-Anne LAVERGNE | Head of Unit, Foreign Investments Control at French Treasury, Ministère de l’Économie, Paris (bio)
Ief DAEMS | Legal Director, Antitrust, Cisco, Brussels (bio)
Damien LEVIE | Head of Unit, Technology and Security, FDI Screening, DG Trade, European Commission, Brussels (bio)
Etienne PFISTER | Partner, RBB Economics, Paris (bio)
Moderator: Faustine VIALA | Partner, Willkie Farr Gallagher, Paris (bio)
Anna MARCOULLI | Judge, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg (bio)
Ph.D 2023 Awards18.00
Agencies: US Federal Trade Commission, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, UK Competition and Markets Authority, Turkish Competition Authority, Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, The Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court of Thailand, Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, Swiss Competition Commission, Superintendencia de Competencia, Spanish Competition Authority, Salvadorian Competition Authority, Portugal Permanent Representation to the EU, Peruvian National Institute for Competition and Intellectual Property, Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, OECD, National Communications Authority, Ministry of Finance of Thailand, Ministere de l’Économie de France, Malaysia Competition Commission, Italian Competition Authority, Hungary Permanent Representation to the EU, Hungarian Competition Authority, German Permanent Representation, General Court of the EU, French Treasury, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, FCCPC, European Commission, European Banking Authority, EFTA Surveillance Authority, Ecuadorian Competition Authority, DGCCRF, DG Trésor, DG COMP, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, Croatian Competition Agency, CPC, Court of Justice of the European Union, Council of State, Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel, Competition Council of Lithuania, Competition Authority of Kenya, COFECE, Bundeskartellamt, Belgian Competition Authority, Autorité de la concurrence, etc.
Corporations: Servier, Scope, Sanden International, Samsung, Safran, Rolls Royce, Richemont International, R4l, Qlik, Pfizer, Österreichsiche Post, OCP, Nokia, News Corp, Netflix, Nestlé, Natura Bissé International, Msc Mediterranean Shipping Company, Mastercard, Lyondellbasell, LVMH, Louis Dreyfus Company, Liberty Global, Levi Strauss & Co., La Banque Postale, L’oréal, Is Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, International Airlines Group, Inter Cars, Infobip, Imperial Chemical Industries (Trading As Ici Paints Akzonobel), Imerys, Iata, Honeywell, Groupement Des Cartes Bancaires, Groupe Monnoyeur, Groupe Canal+, Genesis Pharma, Genc, GE Renewable Energy, Fortum, Flügger Group, Ferrero, Europcar Mobility Group, ESB, Ericsson, Epex Spot, Engie, Enerjisa, Enel, E.On, Elanco, Edreams Odigeo, Eba Clearing, DPDHL, Deutsche Post / DHL, Delivery Hero, Dassaultsystemes, Credit Agricole, Colgate Palmolive, CNPA, Chanel, Centrient Pharmaceuticals, Capgemini, Cacib, British American Tobacco, BNP Paribas, Bhel, Bertelsmann, BBVA, Bayer, Bauer Media Group, Avril, Audemars Piguet, Arcelormittal, Apple, Anglo American, Amazon, Amadeus ITG, Akzonobel, Air Liquide, Abbott Laboratories, 3ds, etc.
Law firms: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Wilmerhale, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, White & Case, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Webber Wentzel, Watson Farley & Williams, Vilgerts, Viguié Schmidt & Associés, Van Bael & Bellis, Vallette Viallard Avocats, Uria Menendez Abogados, Tozzinifreire Advogados, Taylor Wessing, Suciu Popa & Associates, Stoica & Asociatii, Stibbe, Steptoe & Johnson, Stephenson Harwood, Skadden, Simmonscooper Partners, Simmons & Simmons, Sidley Austin, Sheppard Mullin, Shearn Delamore, Shearman & Sterling, Sense Avocats, Roschier Attorneys, Reed Smith, Quinn Emanuel, Quevedo Abogados, Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii, Pokorny, Wagner & Partners, PLMJ, Pinsent Masons, Havel & Partners, Greenberg Traurig, Gowling Wlg, Gonzalez Calvillo, Gómez Acebo & Pombo, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners, Gate Avocats, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Fréget Glaser & Associés, Flint, Flinn, Figueiredo E Velloso Advogados, Fieldfisher, Fidal, EY Law, Eversheds Sutherland, Euclid Law, Erdem Erdem Avukatlik Ortakligi, Ellex Valiunas, Eisenberger & Herzog, DLA Piper, Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys, Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm, Dickson Minto, Dentons, Demarest, Deloitte Legal, Delcade Avocats & Solicitors, Dechert, Debevoise & Plimpton, De Dios & Goyena, DC Legal, Davis Polk & Wardwell, D.K. Avgitidis & Associates Law Firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Crowell & Moring, CRD Avocats, Covington & Burling, Collyer Bristow, Cobalt Legal, Clifford Chance, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Cleary Gottlieb, Cechová & Partners, Cabinet Borrel, Cabinet Bensimhon, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Brodies, Bredin Prat, Bowmans, Borenius Attorneys, Bona Law, Bird & Bird, Binder Grösswang, Bdgs Associes, Bctg Avocats, Bclp, Barnert Egermann Illigasch, Baker Mckenzie, Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners, Avonhurst, Attis Legal, Atlas Law Partners, Ashurst, Arnold & Porter, Ari Law Firm, Alston & Bird, Allende & Brea, Allen & Overy, Advokatfirman Vinge, Advokatfirman Delphi, Advokatfirmaet Pwc, A&L Goodbody, A. Scarante & Partners Law Firm etc.
Economic Consultancies: The Brattle Group, Tabe Consulting, Saga Economics, RBB Economics, Positive Competition, Oxera Consulting, MAPP Economics, KPMG, Itam, GMT Economics, Gidari, Genesis Analytics, FTI Consulting, Frontier Economics, Flint Global, Cornerstone Research, Copenhagen Economics, Compass Lexecon, Charles River Associates (CRA), Berkeley Research Group, Analysis Group, Alvarez & Marsal, etc.
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Panel 1- The Revival of Industrial Policy at a Time of Polycrisis: Is Competition Policy Losing Grounds?
2. Marjolein De Backer, Alec J. Burnside, Anton Hartl, Simon Holmes, Suzanne Kingston, Alexander Koprivnikar, Manish Mohan Govil, Siún O’Keeffe, Peter Georg Picht, Elise Provost, Nicole Rosenboom, Sahar Shamsi, Khushi Singh, Delphine Strohl, Ralph Taschke, Sustainability and competition policy, February 2023
3. Merit Olthoff, Paul van den Berg, Sarah Erne, Joanna Goyder, Malte Symann, Christopher Sickinger, The EU Commission puts out for consultation a draft Implementing Regulation on proceedings pursuant to the Foreign Subsidies Regulation, 6 February 2023
4. Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, Achet-Billa Saleh, The EU Parliament and Council see their Foreign Subsidies Regulation enter into force, imposing new notification requirements for companies from third countries active in the Union, 12 January 2023
Panel 2 - The Interplay Between Public and Private Enforcement: Have We Got The Balance Right?
3. Alexandre Lacresse, Private enforcement: The Court of Justice of the European Union rules on the applicability in time of the provisions of Directive 2014/104 and allows in private enforcement proceedings the production of evidence created ex novo from information in the possession of the defendant or a third party (PACCAR), 10 November 2022
4. Margot Vogels, Charlotte Nassogne, The EU Court of Justice rules that ‘relevant evidence’ under the Damages Directive is not limited to pre-existing documents (PACCAR / DAF Trucks / AD and others), 10 November 2022
Panel 3 - Establishing Abuses of Dominance: Is The Effects-Based Approach Administrable?
2. Katarzyna Czapracka, Assimakis Komninos, Niccolò Piga, The EU Court of Justice confirms that an effects-based approach applies to exclusive dealing and clarifies the narrow circumstances under which the conduct of distributors can engage the liability of a dominant company (Unilever Italia), 19 January 2023
3. European Court of Justice, The EU Court of Justice upholds the General Court’s judgment imposing a fine of approximately € 20 million on the Lithuanian national rail company for abuse of dominance (Lietuvos geležinkeliai), 12 January 2023
4. European Court of Justice, The EU Court of Justice AG Kokott clarifies the standards of proof for the existence of non-coordinated effects satisfying the concept of ‘significant impediment to effective competition’ on an oligopolistic market where the merged entity does not have a dominant position (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK), 20 October 2022
Panel 4 - Getting The Deal Through: How To Navigate The Increased Complexity of Regulatory Conditions?
2. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority rejects the proposed commitments of a Big Tech company and blocks its proposed acquisition of a leading video game publisher (Microsoft / Activision Blizzard), 26 April 2023
3. European Court of Justice, The EU Court of Justice AG Ćapeta opines that EU law does not preclude national legislation which allows for the screening of foreign direct investment of third country provenance even if implemented via an EU-based company (Xella Magyarország), 30 March 2023
4. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority narrows the scope of concerns in its phase 2 review of a merger between a Big Tech company and a leading video game publisher (Microsoft / Activision Blizzard), 24 March 2023
6. Katarzyna Czapracka, Jérémie Jourdan, Assimakis Komninos, Tilman Kuhn, Nina Frie, The EU Court of Justice confirms that the national authorities can review ex post below-threshold mergers under abuse of dominance rules (Towercast), 16 March 2023
7. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority provisionally holds that the .7B acquisition of a gaming firm will lead to higher prices and fewer choices for UK gamers (Microsoft / Activision), 8 February 2023
9. Catherine Gordley, The EU Court of Justice AG Kokott supports the use of Article 102 TFEU to assess a merger ex post provided that the transaction was not initially assessed using traditional tools (Towercast), 13 October 2022
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