19 February

1st International Mergers Conference


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Wednesday 19 February 08:00-19:00

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University College London

4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

WC1H 0EG London United Kingdom
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Introductory remarks


Deni MANTZARI | Lecturer, Competition Law and Policy
Acting Director, Centre for Law, Economics and Society, University College London

New Challenges for Competition Law: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Brexit, FDI, Public interest...


Sir John VICKERS | Warden of All Souls College, Oxford
Frédéric JENNY | Chairman, OECD Competition Committee, Paris

Panel 1: Rethinking the judicial scrutiny of merger enforcement in the digital era: administrative burden, standard of proof and judicial review


Eugène BUTTIGIEG | Judge, General Court of the EU, Luxembourg
Peter FREEMAN CBE QC (Hon) | Chairman, Competition Appeal Tribunal, London
Colin RAFTERY | Senior Director for Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority, London
Ingrid VANDENBORRE | Partner, Antitrust/Competition, Skadden, Brussels
Moderator: Richard WHISH QC (Hon) | Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

Coffee Break


Panel 2: Digital mergers: Need for Reform?


Luisa AFFUSO | Chief Economist, Ofcom, London
Thilo KLEIN | Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon, London/Berlin/Düsseldorf
Claire JEFFS | Partner, Slaughter & May, London
Nate MILLER | Expert, Cornerstone Research - Saleh Romeih Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Pierre REGIBEAU | Chief Economist, DG COMP, Brussels
Moderator: Amelia FLETCHER | Professor, University of East Anglia, Norwich



Panel 3: Merger control and ’non-competition concerns’: Industrial Policy, Geopolitics, Sustainability, Privacy


Hanna ANTTILAINEN | Head of Unit B4: Energy and Environment (mergers), DG COMP, Brussels
Etienne CHANTREL | Head of Mergers Unit, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris
Damien NEVEN | Professor of Economics, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, affiliated to Compass Lexecon
Bill KOVACIC | Professor, George Washington University - Non-executive Director, CMA, London
Nicholas LEVY | Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, London
Josh WHITE | Vice President, Analysis Group, London
Moderator: Ioannis KOKKORIS | Professor, Queen Mary University, London

Coffee Break


Panel 4: Merger Hotchpotch - Enforcement and Procedure: Due Diligence, Gun jumping, Due Process, Remedies


Sara ASHALL | Counsel, Shearman & Sterling, London/Brussels
Manish DAS | Head of Competition Law, Lloyds Banking Group, London
Irene DE ANGELIS | Head of Antitrust Affairs, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milan
Frank QI | Senior Legal Counsel, Qualcomm, San Diego
Anneleen STRAETEMANS | Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs - Europe, ZX Ventures, London
Chair: Helen JENKINS | Partner, Oxera, Oxford*

Closing discussion


Simon HOLMES | Ordinary member, Competition Appeal Tribunal, London
Ioannis LIANOS | President, Hellenic Competition Commission - Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy, Faculty of Laws, University College London (on leave)



* to be confirmed

Concurrences related articles

New challenges for competition law: between a rock and a hard place: Brexit, FDI, public Interest...

Joel Bamford, Slezeviciute, Brexit: Balancing UK and EU merger control , November 2019, Concurrences Review N° 4-2019, Art. N° 92056

Renato Antonini, Jurgen Beninca, Nicolas Brice, Eva Monard, Stefano Crosio, Byron Maniatis, Federico Merino, The EU Parliament and the EU Council establish a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (FDI), 19 March 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2019, Art. N° 90214

Aranka Nagy, Institutional design of enforcing public interest considerations in merger control, February 2018, Concurrences Review N° 1-2018, Art. N° 86085

Panel 1: Rethinking the judicial scrutiny of merger enforcement in the digital era: administrative burden, standard of proof and judicial review

Nicholas Levy, Judicial review of merger decisions: An overview of EU and national case law, 14 August 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin Mergers judicial review, Art. N° 90747

Ana Cacho Lacarra, Romana Hajnovicova, Treatment of innovation and other non-price factors in merger review (2017–2018), May 2019, Concurrences Review N° 2-2019, Art. N° 90423

Gregor Langus, Vilen Lipatov, Damien Neven, Standards of proofs in sequential merger control procedures, September 2018, Concurrences Review N° 3-2018, Art. N° 87560

Panel 2: Digital mergers: need for reform?

Digital and competition: Should the rules be changed?, Paris, 7 october 2019, Concurrences conference

Pascal Belmin, Possible reform of competition law: Food for thought to improve the interplay between merger control and other EU policies, September 2019, Concurrences Review N° 3-2019, Art. N° 90980

Peter Broadhurst, Satyen Dhana, Nathdwarawala Shachi, The EU Commission publishes a report on competition policy for the digital era, 4 April 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2019, Art. N° 90078

Isabelle de Silva, Assessing online platform mergers: Taking up the new challenges faced by the French Competition Authority in the digital economy, May 2018, Concurrences Review N° 2-2018, Art. N° 86698, pp. 39-49

Panel 3: Merger control and ’non-competition concerns’: Industrial policy, Geopolitic, Sustainability, Privacy

Bernard Amory, Charles de Navacelle, Henry de la Barre, Simon J. Evenett, Au-delà d’Alstom-Siemens : les objectifs du droit de la concurrence doivent-ils être revus ? (Demain la concurrence - Paris, 14 juin 2019), novembre 2019, Revue Concurrences N° 4-2019, Art. N° 91852

Geert Goeteyn, Christian D’Cunha, Luca Manigrassi, Ariel Ezrachi, Andrea Cilea, Maurice Stucke, Big Data and competition law, November 2017, Concurrences Review N° 4-2017, Art. N° 84938

Panel 4: Merger hotchpotch- Enforcement and Procedure: Due diligence, gun jumping, due process, remedies


Gun Jumping in Merger Control. A Jurisdictional Guide, Catriona HATTON, Yves COMTOIS and Andrea HAMILTON (eds.), foreword by Richard WHISH


Isabelle de Silva, Reflections on gun jumping in mergers, September 2018, Concurrences Review N° 3-2018, Art. N° 87367, pp. 55-66

Thomas Hoehn, Merger remedies and competition law: An overview of recent EU case law and international policy developments, 27 September 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin Merger Remedies, Art. N° 87957


This first edition of the International Mergers Conference will take place in University College London on Wednesday 19 February 2020. The conference is organised by Concurrences in partnership with University College London, Cleary Gottlieb, Shearman & Sterling and Cornerstone Research. Attendance is by registration only. No on-site registration. The list of participants will be communicated to the speakers.

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University College London

4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

WC1H 0EG London United Kingdom