12 septembre

10th Bill Kovacic Antitrust Salon


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Lundi 12 septembre de 13h00 à 19h00 EDT

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The George Washington University Law School

1000 H Street NW

20001 Washington United States
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William KOVACIC | Professor, The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C. (bio)



Avery GARDINER | Chief Counsel for competition and tech policy to Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington D.C. (bio)
William KOVACIC | Professor, The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C. (bio)



The US antitrust agencies have promised to “re-invigorate” antitrust enforcement. Among other things, the agencies stated that they aim to adopt new merger guidelines by the end of the year, have said they are taking a more restrictive approach toward remedies, and are prepared to litigate more cases. Moreover, the growing number of merger control regimes is leading parties to transactions to operate in an increasingly complex web of notification requirements, review times and processes, and substantive review frameworks. All of this change is happening at a time of unprecedented deal volume, creating challenges for business people and directors.

Michael KADES | Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington D.C. (bio)
Bill BAER | Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. (bio)
Aviv NEVO | George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, Professor of Economics and Marketing, The Wharton School and Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (bio)
John NEWMAN | Deputy Director, FTC, Washington D.C. (bio)
Bernard A. NIGRO Jr. | Partner, Fried Frank, Washington D.C. (bio)

Moderator : Koren WONG-ERVIN | Partner, Axinn, Washington D.C. (bio)





In the US, the antitrust agencies are taking an aggressive position towards practices that affect labour markets, including an unfavourable view of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements. However, recent decisions in criminal wage-fixing and no-poach cases where juries have decided to acquit, have raised questions about the effectiveness of such enforcement.

Ben HARRIS | Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, U. S. Department of Treasury, Arlington (bio)
Jacques MOSCIANESE | Executive Director - Group Head of Institutional Affairs, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milan*
Diana L. MOSS | President, American Antitrust Institute, Washington D.C. (bio)
Maureen OHLHAUSEN | Partner, Baker Botts, Washington D.C. (bio)
Andrew SCHUPANITZ | Trial Attorney for the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, San Francisco (bio)

Moderator : Alexander OKULIAR | Co-chair Global Antitrust Law, Morrison & Foerster, Washington D.C. (bio)



Data access is a hot topic in the US and in the EU today. In practice, access to data must be ensured but faces certain obstacles such as the rise of data privacy regimes. There are challenges to accessing and sharing data while protecting privacy.

Gaia BERNSTEIN | Technology, Privacy and Policy Professor of Law, Co- Director, of the Institute for Privacy Protection, and Co- Director of the Gibbons Institute for Law, Science, & Technology, Seton Hall University School of Law, New York (bio)
Terrell MCSWEENY | Partner, Covington, Washington D.C.*
Yianis SARAFIDIS | Vice President, CRA, Washington D.C.*

Moderator : Jack E. PACE | Partner, White & Case, Washington D.C. (bio)

* To be confirmed


Enforcers : Argentinian Competition Authority, Brazilian Competition Authority, Bundeskartellamt, Canadian Competition Bureau, Chilean Competition Authority, DG COMP, European Commission, Japan Fair Trade Commission, OECD Competition Committee, Office of the NYS Attorney General, Mexican Competition Authority, UK Competition and Markets Authority, U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Court, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, World Bank etc.

Corporations : Abbott Laboratories, Amazon, American Express, Bank of America, Dow AgroSciences, Estee Lauder Companies, Etihad Airways, Facebook, General Electric, Google, Honeywell, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, News Corp, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, The Coca-Cola Company, Uber, Verizon, Walmart etc.

Lawyers : Arnold & Porter, Axinn, Baker Botts, Baker McKenzie, Bird&Bird, Charles River Associates, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, CMS, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, KPMG, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, McDermott Will & Emery, Orrick, Paul Hastings, Skadden Arps, White & Case, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati etc.

Economists : Bates White, CAP Economics, Compass Lexecon, Cornerstone Research, Criterion Economics, DT Economics, Economists Incorporated, EconOne, HBK, KPMG, NERA Economic Consulting, RBB Economics, The Brattle Group etc.

Academics : American University Washington College of Law, Brunel University London, Cambridge University, George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, King’s College London, Kobe University, North West University, Universität Potsdam, University of Glasgow, University of Helsinki, University of Hong Kong, University of Indonesia, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Nottingham, University of Zürich etc.

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 : Merger Control : New Challenges Ahead

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

2. Jonathan Elsasser, Bob Leibenluft, Ilana Kattan, The US FTC seeks to block another two hospital mergers following recent successes and growing concerns over increased concentration in the hospitals sector (HCA Healthcare / Steward Health Care System) (RWJ Barnabas Health / Saint Peter’s Healthcare System), 7 June 2022

3. US Federal Trade Commission, The US FTC seeks to block a merger between two local hospitals which would give the combined entity a local market share of over 50% in some services (RWJ Barnabas Health / Saint Peter’s Healthcare System), 2 June

4. US Federal Trade Commission, The US FTC and DoJ launch a joint public inquiry aimed at strengthening enforcement against illegal mergers, 18 January 2022

5. Michele Harrington, Robert F. Baldwin, The US FTC publishes the annual jurisdictional adjustments for pre-merger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act which will take effect in the next 30 days, 24 January 2022

6. Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Douglas Jasinski, Anna Kertesz, Ashley Stoner, The US FTC votes 3-2 to enact a major policy change relevant to every party involved in settling a merger investigation after signaling its intent to bring back an old practice of mandatory prior approval and notice provisions in consent orders earlier this year, 25 October 2021

7. Alysia A. Solow, Alan H. Schwartz, The US FTC introduces 5 process changes for second requests in its merger reviews, 28 September 2021

8. Lesli C. Esposito, Marisa E. Poncia, The US FTC announces a series of new reviews scheduled for 2022 regarding its key guides and rules, 9 July 2021

Panel 2 : Labor Markets : Where Are the Antitrust ?

1. 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

2. 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

3. Daniel E. Shulak, Kathryn Hellings, The US DoJ declares that it is prepared to bring criminal charges against individuals who violate the prohibition on market monopolization, 2 March 2022

4. Steven E. Bizar, The US District Court for the District of Colorado acquits a Denver-based healthcare company and its former CEO on no-poach agreements in alleged violation of the Sherman Act (DaVita / Thiry), 28 January 2022

5. ​​Portuguese Competition Authority, The Portuguese Competition Authority publishes a final report and best practices guide on anticompetitive agreements in the labor market, 21 September 2021

Panel 3 : Privacy and Access to Data : What Are the Limits ?

1. Laurence Bary, Marion Lecole, Antitrust in the digital sector : an overview of EU and national case law, 30 June 2022

2. Laurent de Muyter, Jörg Hladjk, Holger Neumann, Undine Von Diemar, Olivier Haas, Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford, The EU Commission proposes a Data Act to enhance data access and sharing within the Union, 23 February 2022

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


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