22 septembre 2022

10th Global Antitrust Hot Topics EU, US & Global Perspectives

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Jeudi 22 septembre 2022 de 12h00 à 17h30 CEST

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Sofitel Brussels Europe

1 Place Jourdan - Jourdanplein

1040 Brussels Belgium
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Welcome Lunch


Opening Keynote Speech


Guillaume LORIOT | Deputy Director-General, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)



Mette ALFTER | Director, Frontier Economics, Brussels (bio)
Eliana GARCES TOLON | Director, Economic Policy, Meta, Washington D.C. (bio)
Taylor OWINGS | Partner, Baker Botts, Washington D.C. (bio)
David STEWART | Executive Director, Mergers and Markets, CMA, London (bio)
Annemiek WILPSHAAR | Head of Unit, Mergers, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)

Chair : Catriona HATTON | Partner, Baker Botts, Brussels/London (bio)



Mattijs BOSCH | Senior Legal Counsel, Head of Competition Law & Policy, Maersk, La Haye (bio)
Damien GERARD | Prosecutor General, Belgian Competition Authority, Brussels (bio)
Vikram KUMAR | Principal, Cornerstone Research, London (bio)
Dirk MIDDELSCHULTE | VP Global General Counsel Competition, Unilever, Brussels (bio)
John TALADAY | Partner, Baker Botts, Washington D.C. (bio)

Chair : Paul LUGARD | Partner, Baker Botts, Brussels (bio)

Coffee Break




Raphaël de CONINCK | Vice President, CRA, Brussels (bio)
Hanna DANWALL | Head of Competition Law, Carlsberg, Copenhagen (bio)
Clare KELLY | Associate Competition Counsel, Google, London (bio)
Carel MASKE | Senior Attorney, Microsoft, Brussels (bio)

Chair : Matthew LEVITT | Partner, Baker Botts, Brussels/London (bio)


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 : Mergers : EU, UK and US Perspectives

1. UK Competition Authority, The UK Competition Authority requires the largest provider of property search services to sell its recently acquired competitor (Dye & Durham / TM Group), 3 August 2022

2. European Commission, The EU Commission issues a Statement of Objections to two American firms which concluded a merger in defiance of the standstill obligation potentially opening themselves up to substantial fines (Grail / Illumina), 19 July 2022

3. Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Daniel Vowden, Kristien Geeurickx, The EU General Court endorses the Commission’s revised approach to review transactions below EU and national merger thresholds via Article 22 EUMR referrals (Grail / Illumina), 13 July 2022

4. Christopher Hutton, Matt Giles, Joe Beautridge, The UK Government announces a series of reforms for strengthening the UK Competition regime, 20 April 2022

5. US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, The US DoJ and FTC extend the deadline for public comment on ways to strengthen enforcement against illegal mergers, 15 March 2022

6. Martin Peitz, Jens-Uwe Franck, Reinforcing the Digital Markets Act : Merger control and structural remedies, February 2022

7. Logan M. Breed, Chuck Loughlin, Lauren Battaglia, The US DoJ and FTC announce a joint effort to modernize the horizontal and vertical federal merger guidelines, 18 January 2022

8. Matt Evola, Mary Hecht, Joel R. Grosberg, Lisa Peterson Rumin, David Henry, Jon B. Dubrow, The UK Competiton Authory updates its merger guidance in light of the National Security and Investment Act, 4 January 2022

Panel 2 : New Areas of Antitrust Investigations : Labour Markets, Sustainability & Competitors Collaboration

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

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

3. US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, The US DoJ strikes plea deals with two companies which conspired to rig bids on piping and insulation projects in Connecticut (BC Flynn Contracting / Axion Specialty Contracting), 4 August 2022

4. 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

5. Hannah Walker Gore, Sarah Jensen, Rikki Haria, The UK Competition Authority prioritises digital markets and sustainability as key focus areas in its 2022-2023 annual plan, 24 March 2022

6. 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

7. Simon Holmes, Sustainability & competition policy : an overview of EU and national case law, 6 January 2022

8. Kağan Uçar, Gönenç Gürkaynak, Hakan Demirkan, Sustainability factors in merger control assessments : Do ambitious efforts fall short of expectations ? , November 2021

9. 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 : Hot Topics for In-House Counsel : New Compliance Themes - Coordination of Global Investigations

1. Mariana Tavares, Mattia Guidi, Christopher Townley, Considerations for a “top-to-bottom review” of the ICN : Legitimacy, effectiveness and efficiency, September 2022

2. European Commission, The EU Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive disparagement by two pharmaceutical companies (Vifor Pharma), 20 June 2022,

3. Jan Philipp Sparenberg, Florian von Schreitter, Philipp Heuser, The EU Commission sets out new rules on dual distribution agreements, parity clauses and resale price maintenance in its revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and guidelines on vertical restraints, 10 May 2022

4. Catherine Prieto, Perspectives on Antitrust Compliance : RILEY Anne, STEPHAN Andreas et TUBBS Anny (dir.), May 2022

5. Bill Batchelor, Aurora Luoma, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Frederic Depoortere, The UK Parliament revamps antitrust rules with broader jurisdictional reach, tougher penalties and more flexible procedure for merger control, 20 April 2022

6. Sabrina Borocci, Luigi Nascimbene, Aurora Muselli, Marina Maccagno, Vanessa Guzzi, The Italian Government adopts a Legislative Decree implementing the ECN+ Directive, which in turn provides the Competition Authority with increased enforcement powers, 29 November 2021

Previous edition attendees

Agencies : Autorité de la concurrence, Bangladesh Competition Commission, Bmdw, CAK, CCPC, CNMC, Comesa Competition Commission, Competition Protection Agency, Council of State, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, DGCCRF European Banking Authority, Fiscalia Nacional Economica, FNE, FTC, Lithuanian Competition Council, Luxembourg Conseil de la concurrence, Malaysia Competition Commission, Monopolkommission, OFGEM, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Philippine Competition Commission, Socoma, The Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court of Thailand, UK Competition and Markets Authority, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, US DOJ, World Trade Organization...

Corporations : 3M Company, A.P Moller-Maersk, ABB, Abbott Laboratories, ABF, AB-Inbev, ADNOC, ADP, Air Liquide, Airbus, Allianz, Alstom, Amazon, American Express Services, Amgen, AP, Apple, Ascend Technology, Atlantic Methanol Companies, AWS, Bertelsmann, BMO Financial Group, Booking.com, British Telecommunications, Broadcom, CACIB, Centrica, Cisco, Colgate Palmolive, Conocophillips Company, CPCHEM, Credit Agricole CIB, Croatian Telecom, CTFN, Dassault Systemes, Dell Technologies, Deutsche Post / Dhl, Deutsche Telekom, Disney, Engie, Epex Spot, Ericsson, European Payments Council, Exxonmobil, Facebook, Farfetch, Google, Groupe Dubreuil, Gs1, Gsma, Heineken, Hitachi, Energy, Hitachi Power Grids, Iag, Imerys, Infobip, Inter Cars, Intesa Sanpaolo, Jet Capital, Just Eat Takeaway, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Koch Companies Public Sector, L’Oreal, Liberty Global, Lyondellbasell, Maersk, Mars, Massmart Holdings, Mastercard, Merck, Mondelez, Mosaid Technologies, News Corp, Novartis, Olin Corporation, Orlen, Ørsted, Outokumpu Oyj, Rolls-Royce, Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, Samsung Electronics, Sasol, Sd Worx Group, Servier, Shell Oil, Siemens, Stone Point Capital, Technipfmc, Telefonica, Telekom Srbija, Tetra Pak, Texas Instruments, Thales, United First Partners, Vaunet, VKR Holding, Zalando...

Economic Consultancies : Apoyo Consultoria, Arcep, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, BT, Brattle Group, Cap Economics, Cirque Analytics, Compass Lexecon, Copenhagen Economics, Cornerstone Research, Deloitte, Dentons, Frontier Economics, FTI Consulting, Kim & Chang, Mazars, Nera Economic Consulting, Omnicles Competition Law Economic Services, Publico, RBB Economics, Sai Derecho y Economia, Sutic, Tim, Van Bael & Bellis, Wipo, World Bank...

Law firms : A&L Goodbody, Advokatfirman Hammarskiöld Advokatsko Drustvo "Ibrahimović AIM - European Brands Association, Akin Gump, Allen & Overy, Antitrust Law Schild, Apco Worldwide, Arnold & Porter, Arzinger Law Office, Ashurst, Assonime, Baker Botts, Baker McKenzie, BCLP, Beiten Burkhardt, Bell and Kane, Berghofer Legal, Bird & Bird, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Bona Law, Bondhu, Braubach Law, Brodies, Brunswick Group, Brussels Matters, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Buntscheck, Caiazzo Donnini, Carlton Fields, Čechová & Partners, Centiva Capital, Centrum Für Europäische Politik, Cleary Gottlieb, Clientearth, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Clifford Chance, CMS, Cobalt, Constantine Cannon, Contract Attorney and Former Social Security Administration, Cooley, Corning, Covington & Burling, Crowell & Moring, CSM, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Dechert, Delcade Avocats & Solicitors, Deloitte Legal, Demarest Advogados, Dickson Minto, Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov, DLA Piper, DMD Advocates, DS Avocats, EGP Eversheds Sutherland, EY Law, Faegre Drinker, FDB, Figueiredo E Velloso Advogados, Filip & Company, Fratinivergano, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frontia Attorneys, Gibson Dunn, Gleiss Lutz, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo, Gonzalez Calvillo, Govern&Law, Gowling Wlg, Greenberg Traurig, Halimi Law & Tax, Herbert Smith Freehills, Heuking Holland & Knight, Houthoff, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Ikeda&Someya, Itam, Jihyang Law Office, Jin Mao Partners, Jones Day, KDB Legal Services, Kekst Cnc, Kirkland & Ellis, Krogerus Attorneys, Kromann Reumert, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, L&J Law, Latham & Watkins, Leiden University, Linklaters, Louis F. Burke, LSW, M. Firon & Co, Macfarlanes, Macmillan Keck, Mannheimer Swartling, Marimon Abogados, Marval, Ofarrell & Mairal, Masco, Mattos Filho Advogados, Maxam Capital Management, Mayer Brown, McDermott Will & Emery, Merilampi Attorneys, Moretto - Studio Legale, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Morrison & Foerster, Nami.Ai, Navistar, Norton Rose Fulbright, O’Melveny & Myers, O´Farrell, Orrick, Paul Hastings, PFI Partnerships, Pinheiro Neto, Pl Lex, PLMJ, Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii, Prager Dreifuss, Primerio International, Procope&Hornborg, Prz, Quevedo Abogados, R&T, Radboud, Redcliffe Partners, Santamarina Y Steta Santiago, Mediano Abogados, Sayenkokharenko, Schoenherr, Sense Avocats, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Shearn Delamore & Co, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Sidley Austin, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, Skadden, SPB, SRS Advogados, SSW Pragmatic Solutions, Steptoe & Johnson, Sterlington, Stibbe, Sullivan & Cromwell, T@D Associates, Tauil & Chequer, Taylor Wessing, TC WONG & Co. Solicitors, Telecommunications Law & Strategy, The Law Firm of Calvin Goldman, The Victims of Unfair Business Competition Legal Aid Institution, TIG Advisors, Torys, Towerhouse, Toyota Motor North America, University of Asia and The Pacific, University of Groningen, University of Oxford, Unsw Law, Uria Menendez, Van Chetty Competition Law, Vouga Abogados, Watson Farley & Williams, Webber Wentzel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, White & Case, Winston & Strawn, Wkb Wiercinaki Kwiecinski Baehr, Wolf Theiss...


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