8 December

7th Global Antitrust Economics Conference

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Thursday 8 December from 08:30 to 17:00 EST

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NYU Stern School of Business

West 4th Street

NY 10012 New York United States of America
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Program

Registration & Breakfast

8:30

WELCOME REMARKS

8:45

Lawrence WHITE | Professor - Department of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, New York (bio)

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH

9:00

#1 COMPETITION IN LABOR MARKETS: WHAT ANTITRUST HAS TO DO WITH THAT?

9:30

Market power held by buyers (monopsony power), is equated with the threat of anti-competitive behavior in product markets or hiring bias. However, monopsony would be pervasive in the labor market, with employers keeping wages below competitive levels. To counter the power of employers, more support for unions, higher minimum wages, enforcement of antitrust laws in labor markets, and prohibition of non-compete agreements are being considered. It will also be interesting to discuss the US, UK and EU perspectives on issues related to non-solicitation and non-competition agreements.

Laura ALEXANDER | Director of Markets and Competition, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Washington D.C. (bio)
Elizabeth WILKINS | Director, Office of Policy Planning, US Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C.

Moderator: Scott HEMPHILL | Professor, NYU School of Law, New York*

Coffee Break

10:45

#2 MERGER CONTROL IN THE NEW WORLD OF ANTITRUST

11:00

Recent developments are having an impact on the functioning of the market and in particular on the enforcement of merger control, which is now more strictly enforced. In major jurisdictions, such as the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, antitrust authorities are under political pressure to address concerns about excessive market concentration, inadequate enforcement and to take a more active role in consumer protection. The number of factors considered in merger review is now broader. These include geopolitical concerns, access to essential products in key sectors, sustainability and the effects of mergers on labour markets.

George S. CARY | Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, Washington D.C. (bio)
Eliana GARCES TOLON | Director Economic Policy, Meta, Washington D.C. (bio)
Gönenç GÜRKAYNAK | Partner, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul (bio)

Moderator: Luis CABRAL | Chair - Department of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, New York*

Lunch

12:15

#3 BIG TECH ANTITRUST BILLS

13:45

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act will aim to tackle anti-competitive actions by digital gatekeepers. These bills propose rules to prohibit critical digital platforms from arbitrary discrimination against competitors, to restrain promotion of platforms’ own products over those of competitors (self-preferencing), and to ensure consumers have access to competitive, functional app ecosystems. Will these bills be enough? Is a comparison possible with European developments on this subject?

Bryan GANT | Partner, White & Case, New York (bio)
Rob MAHINI | Senior Competition Counsel, Google, Washington D.C.*

Moderator: Suzanne ATHEY | Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Washington D.C.*

Coffee Break

15:00

#4 SUSTAINABILITY, CLIMATE CHANGE, AGRICULTURE…

15:15

In July 2021, the Biden administration’s Executive Order emphasizes the need for more competition in the U.S. economy. In some sectors, such as agriculture, energy and climate change issues, antitrust will play a key role. The question arises whether the current concepts of competition enforcement and consumer protection need to be relaxed or strengthened to meet these different challenges.

Severin BORENSTEIN | Professor, Haas School of Business, Berkley*
Paul DE BIJL | Chief Economist, Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, The Hague
Kathleen KONOPKA | Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. (bio)

Moderator: Lawrence WHITE | Professor - Department of Economics, New York Stern School of Business, New York
(bio)

Cocktail

16:30

*to be confirmed

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: Competition in Labor Markets: What Antitrust has to do with that?

1. Charlotte Colin-Dubuisson, John Eichlin, Alexis Gonzalez, Enforcers around the globe set their sights on labor markets, September 2022

2. Non-poaching agreements: A new legal battlefield for antitrust in the EU & US labor markets, Webinar, May 25 2022, Concurrences

3. Jeffrey E. Stone, Justin P. Murphy, Daniel Campbell, The US District Court for the District of Colorado enters a federal jury’s acquittal in first of its kind criminal case against a company and its CEO for no-poach agreements with rivals (DaVita / Thiry), 15 April 2022

4. Stephen Wu, Joshua W. Eastby, The US DoJ and Department of Labor release a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen and coordinate enforcement efforts in labor markets, 10 March 2022

Panel 2: Merger Control in the New World of Antitrust

1. Alain Ronzano, Sole control: The French Competition Authority unveils the first conclusions of its analysis of the proposed merger between two major French TV channels after it was announced that it would be abandoned (TF1/M6), 16 September 2022

2. Griet Jans, Merger control in labour markets: Considerations from an enforcer’s perspective, September 2022

3. Jessica K. Delbaum, Ryan Leske, Merger remedies in the US: An overview of the leading cases, 21 July 2022

4. US Federal Trade Commission, The US FTC seeks to force two merging gas distributors to sell-off operations in three local markets over competition concerns (Buckeye Partners / Magellan Midstream Partners), 2 June 2022

5. Jackie Holland, Vanessa Marton, Gee Kim, The UK Competition Authority proposes reforms for widening of UK merger control, 20 April 2022

Panel 3: Big Tech Antitrust Bills

1. Konstantina Bania, Sean-Paul Brankin, Jean Cattan, Francis Donnat, Damien Geradin, Martin d’Halluin, Pierre Larouche, Theano Karanikioti, Alexandre de Streel, Joëlle Toledano, Pat Treacy, Daniel Zimmer, The Digital Market Act, September 2022

2. Kathryn McMahon, USA: Monopolization of mobile ecosystems - The decision in Epic v. Apple, September 2022

3. Alessandro Massolo, Mergers in Big Tech: An overview of EU and national case law, 18 August 2022

4. Pierre Larouche, Legislation on digital platform giants: The future of competition law?, February 2022, Concurrences

Panel 4: Sustainability, Climate Change, Agriculture

1. US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, The US DoJ launches an online tool allowing farmers and ranchers to report anticompetitive practices, 3 February 2022

2. US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, The US DoJ AG Merrick B. Garland issues statement of principles and commitments with the Secretary of Agriculture to protect against unfair and anticompetitive practices in the agriculture sector, 3 January 2022

3. Herbert J. Hovenkamp, Douglas Melamed, Herbert Hovenkamp: Addressing the Divisions in Antitrust Policy, November 2021

4. Doug Tween, William Huynh, Benjamin Bauer, The US President Joe Biden signs an executive order seeking to increase competition in industries including Big Tech, healthcare and agriculture with 72 specific initiatives, 16 July 2021

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NYU Stern School of Business

West 4th Street

NY 10012 New York United States of America