13 June

7th Innovation Economics Conference for Antitrust Lawyers

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Tuesday 13 June from 08:15 to 18:00 BST

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King’s College London - Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG United Kingdom
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Marcus SMITH | President, Competition Appeal Tribunal, London (bio)



Today, the Government has a key role in innovation and in particular for sustainability issues such as the development of green technologies. It also stimulates innovation via control of foreign subsidies and state aid. On 25 April, the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill was introduced into Parliament. Among other things, the legislation will provide statutory powers to the Digital Markets Unit (DMU), and will significantly strengthen regulatory oversight of the digital sector. What are the consequences of such an active role of the Government for innovation and antitrust?

Luisa AFFUSO | Chief Economist, OFCOM, London (bio)
Griet JANS | Chief Economist, Belgian Competition Authority, Brussels (bio)
Henry MOSTYN | Cleary Gottlieb, Partner, London (bio)

Moderator: Martin DUCKWORTH | Director, Frontier Economics, London (bio)

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In both the EU and the UK, the institutions have an active role in the framework of intellectual property law. The growing interaction between IP and competition law need to be discussed, particularly with regard to SEPs.

Adrian HOWES | Head of IP & Standards - IP Regulatory Affairs, Nokia, London (bio)
Patricia LORENZO | Senior Vice President, Compass Lexecon, Madrid (bio)
Florian MUELLER | Founder, FOSS Patents, Germany (bio)
Peter PICHT | Professor, Zurich University (bio)
Justin WATTS | Partner, Wilmer Hale, London (bio)

Moderator: Renato NAZZINI | Professor, King’s College London (bio)

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The analysis of recent cases is increasingly based on data analytics, algorithms, and quantitative analysis. Competition law requires new experts in computer science engineering. Many institutions are developing dedicated teams with specific expertise in these areas, known as data analytics teams. The important and growing development of Big Tech and digital technology influences such developments.

Yann GUTHMANN | Head of Digital Economy Unit, French Competition Authority, Paris (bio)
David DORRELL | Director of Data Science, UK Competition and Markets Authority, London (bio)
Rashid MUHAMEDRAHIMOV | Head of Data Science for Europe, Compass Lexecon, London (bio)

Moderator: Eliza PETRITSI | Director- Antitrust and Global Markets Compliance, Deutsche Bank, London (bio)

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Mergers are a hot topic and raise important innovation issues. Whether it is about innovation in financial and banking sectors, pharmaceuticals, digital or in other sectors, many situations and decisions can be discussed such as Meta/Giphy, Microsoft/Activision, Illumina/Grail, etc.

Naomi BURGOYNE | Director, Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority, London (bio)
Gregor LANGUS | Vice President, Cornerstone Research, London (bio)
Marc ZEDLER | Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Brussels (bio)

Moderator: Rikki HARIA | Partner, Freshfields, London (bio)


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Agencies: ACCC - Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Administrative Court of Rome, AGCM - Italian Competition Authority, Autorité de la concurrence, Bangladesh Competition Commission, Belgian Competition Authority, Brazilian Competition Authority, Bundeskartellamt, California Department of Justice, CARICOM Competition Commission, CCCS Competition & Consumer Commission of Singapore, CNMC Spanish Competition Authority, COFECE Mexican Competition Authority, Competition & Markets Authority, DG Comp, DGCCRF, European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, US DOJ, US FTC, World Bank, etc.

Corporations : ABB, ACT - Association of Commercial Television, AEON Mobility Africa, AirBNB, Airbus, Amadeus, Amazon, Apple, BDI Federation of German Industries, Bertelsmann, BMW AG, British Telecom, CCIA - Computer & Communications Industry Association, Crédit Agricole, Dassault Systèmes, Deutsche Telekom, ENEL, Fiduciary Automation, Groupe Casino, Groupe La Poste, L’Oréal, Banque Postale, Meta, Michelin, Mondelez, MSC Mediterranean Shipping, Netflix, Orange, Siemens, SNCF, Spotify, Tesla, Tetra Pak, Verizon, Vodafone, Wall Street Journal, etc.

Economic consultancies: ACTECON, Analysis Group, Ankura Consulting Group, CAP Economics, Compass Lexecon, CRA, Frontier Economics, NERA Economic Consulting, Oxera, RBB Economics, etc.

Law firms: A&L Goodbody, Allen & Overy, Abe&Partners, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Alston & Bird Law Firm, Androulakis & Associates Law Firm, Arnold & Porter, Ashurst, Ayache Avocats, Baker Botts, Baker McKenzie, Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte, BCLP Law, Bird & Bird, Bouzeva & Partners, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, CMS, Covington & Burling, Dechert, Deloitte, Dentons, Elig Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-law, EY law, Freshfields Bruckhaus, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, K&L Gates, Kim & Chang, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, McDermott Will & Emery, Orrick, Reed Smith, Stibbe, Van Bael & Bellis, White & Case, etc.

Academics: Aix Marseille University, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Cambridge University, Charles University, College of Europe, EDHEC, George Mason University, Hokkaido University, Istanbul University, Kagawa University, King’s College London, Kyushu University, Leipzig University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Maastricht University, New York University, Queen Mary University of London, Tokai University, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Université Catholique de Lille, Université de Bordeaux, Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, University of Amsterdam, University of Bologna, University of Glasgow, University of Oxford, University of Reading, University of Stockholm, etc.


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Panel 1 - Stimulating New Innovations: What Is The Role of The Government?

1. Bill Batchelor, Aurora Luoma, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, The UK Government introduces the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill to revamp the merger control regime for the digital age, 25 April 2023

2. Nigel Parr, Duncan Liddell, Christopher Eberhardt, Fiona Garside, The UK Competition Authority publishes Draft Sustainability Guidance which seeks to provide greater certainty for businesses on how competition rules apply to agreements aimed at achieving environmental and sustainability goals, 28 February 2023

3. 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

4. EFTA Surveillance Authority, The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts new guidelines on State aid for research, development and innovation, 15 December 2022

5. Johan Ysewyn, Sophie Bertin, Carole Maczkovics, Antoine Espinasse, The EU Commission revises its State aid framework for research and development and innovation, 19 October 2022

Panel 2 Interactions Between SEPs and Competition Law

1. Catherine Longeval, Michael Clancy, Peter L’Ecluse, Koen T’Syen, The Spanish Competition Authority fines a contraceptive products company for abuse of dominant position over alleged abuse of patent rights (Merck Sharp & Dohme), 25 October 2022

2. Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Peter Rowland, Jose Munoz, The EU Commission issues Statement of Objections against a pharmaceutical company over alleged abuse of dominance consisting of misuse of divisional patents and a disparagement campaign against its closest competitor (Teva), 10 October 2022

3. Steve Ross, The EU Commission launches consultation on a new framework for standard essential patents, 14 February 2022

Panel 3 - Mergers and Innovation Issues

1. US Federal Trade Commission, The US FTC opposes a .1B acquisition of a cancer detection test maker to address competition concerns in the market for research, development, and commercialisation of cancer tests (Illumina / Grail), 3 April 2023

2. 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

3. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority preliminarily determines that a merger worth £1.2B could reduce competition in the healthcare data management market and lead to higher healthcare costs (UnitedHealth / EMIS), 17 March 2023

4. European Commission, The EU Commission adopts a Statement of Objections outlining measures to unwind a blocked acquisition of a nascent biotech company by a big biotech firm (Illumina / GRAIL), 5 December 2022

5. European Commission, The EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of a leading video game company by a Big Tech company due to foreclosure concerns (Microsoft / Activision Blizzard), 8 November 2022

6. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority orders a Big Tech company to sell a GIF database on the belief that permitting the merger would limit innovation and reduce competition in the display advertising market (Meta / Giphy), 18 October 2022

7. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority orders a Big Tech company to sell a GIF database on the belief that permitting the merger would limit innovation and reduce competition in the display advertising market (Meta / Giphy), 18 October 2022

Panel 4 - New Tools and Technologies : What Impact For Competition Law ?

1. US Federal Trade Commission, The US FTC opens a request for information regarding the business practices of cloud computing providers that could impact competition and data security in the healthcare, finance, transportation, e-commerce and defence industries, 22 March 2023

2. Thomas Courbe, DSA / DMA: Now it’s time for a successful implementation !, February 2023

3. Wolfgang Kerber, Data Act and competition: An ambivalent relationship, February 2023

4. Jonathan W. Scott, Richard Whish, Jonathan W. Scott: Reflections on how competition enforcement has changed, November 2022

5. Sébastien Martin, Artificial intelligence systems: The French Administrative Supreme Court proposes that the National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties become the future regulator of artificial intelligence systems, 30 August 2022

6. Stephen Wisking, André Pretorius, Kristien Geeurickx, Peter Rowland, The UK Government publishes its proposals for a new pro-competition regime in digital markets, 6 May 2022

7. Alejandra Palacios Prieto, Are market investigations a suitable tool for the analysis of digital markets?, February 2021


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