27 septembre

9th Bill Kovacic Antitrust Salon

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Du 27 au 29 septembre

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27 Sept

Monday, 27 September 2021 - 1pm EDT | 10am PDT | 7pm CEST


In June 2021, Members of Congress introduced 5 bills to unwind tech monopolies and the mergers they are involved in. Enhancing merger scrutiny is one of the contemplated options to regulate the online marketplace. What is the substance of law and economics behind it ? Will it deliver ?


Amy KLOBUCHAR | Senator from Minnesota, U.S. Senate, Washington D.C. (bio)


Michelle MEAGHER | Co-Founder, Balanced Economy Project | Senior Policy Fellow, Centre for Law, Economics and Society, University College London (bio)
Diana MOSS | President, American Antitrust Institute, Washington D.C.
Alexander OKULIAR | Co-Chair Global Antitrust Law, Morrison & Foerster, Washington D.C. (bio)
Noah Joshua PHILLIPS | Commissioner, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C. (bio)
Moderator : William KOVACIC | Professor, The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C. (bio)


28 Sept

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 - 1pm EDT | 10am PDT | 7pm CEST


On June 28th, 2021, a US District Court dealt with a major blow to the federal government’s antitrust case against Facebook by dismissing a complaint filed against the company by the Federal Trade Commission. Are Courts and Agencies on the same page when it comes to digital economy paradigms ?


David CICILLINE | Representative of Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C. (bio)


Katherine FORREST | Partner, Cravath, New York (bio)
Lona FOWDUR | Managing Director, Secretariat Economists, Washington D.C. (bio)
Douglas GINSBURG | Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington D.C. (bio)
Randal C. PICKER | James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago (bio)
Moderator : Jack PACE | Partner, White & Case, New York (bio)

White & Case LLP has been certified as an Accredited Provider by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. Our programs are presumptively approved for New York State continuing legal education.
1.5 total hours of CLE are being requested for this activity. The content is appropriate for lawyers of all experience levels.


29 Sept

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 - 1pm EDT | 10am PDT | 7pm CEST


As multilateral treaties and WTO law developed, government barriers to trade and investment have been reduced. Ultimately, this raised concerns that the economic gains from this liberalization may be thwarted by private anti-competitive practices. Assisted by the ICN and the OECD, the WTO working group on Trade and Competition policy announced in 2021 it would design a framework to foster coordination across antitrust agencies. Is such framework workable despite the national divergences in vision and economic interests ?

Robert ANDERSON | Former Counsellor in the IP Division of the Secretariat, World Trade Organization | Professor, University of Nottingham (bio)
Fabrizio DI BENEDETTO | Team Coordinator for Antitrust and State aid Advisory, Intesa Sanpaolo, Milan (bio)
Simon EVENETT | Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen (bio)*
Francis KARIUKI | Director General, Competition Authority of Kenya (bio)
François-Charles LAPRÉVOTE | Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (bio)
Moderator : Frédéric JENNY | Chair, OECD Competition Committee, Paris (bio)


The Biden administration, with its 1.2 trillion infrastructure, is shedding light on sometimes-neglected procurement issues. It has also encouraged agencies to pursue ambitious litigation agenda in multiple sectors, to engage in more joint actions and generally to beef up scrutiny on market collusion and concentration. What is the roadmap to this new era ? Will these developments inspire others abroad ?

Richard POWERS | Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Washington DC (bio)
Chair : William KOVACIC | Professor, The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C. (bio)


29 Sept.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 - 15:00 EDT

Concluding this 9th edition of the Bill Kovacic Antitrust Salon, Concurrences is inviting you to its closing reception. This event will allow you to exchange views with the participants and speakers involved in the different webinars of this edition.

During this virtual event, you will be able to speak or chat with other attendees and navigate from table to table on a virtual hotel floor. Join us and bring your own bottle (or glass) !


* To be confirmed

Previous attendees

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.

Related articles

If you would like to read about this event’s topic, you can access the following Concurrences documents. If you do not have an access, please inquire for Subscription here.

Webinar #1 - New Antitrust Leadership & Legislative Agenda for Mergers

1- Alden F. Abbott, Robin Adelstein, Megan Browdie, Michael A. Carrier, Peter Carstensen, Samuel Clark, Lisl J. Dunlop, Harry First, Albert A. Foer, Eleanor M. Fox, Jacqueline Grise, Ryan Kantor, Donald C. Klawiter, John Kwoka, James Langenfeld, Tad Lipsky, Alessandro Massolo, Howard Morse, Gabriella Muscolo, James Bo Pearl, Noah Pinegar, Chris Ring, Christopher Sagers, Richard S. Taffet, Willard K. Tom, Eliot Turner, Doug Tween, Tommaso Valletti, Michael L. Weiner, The new US antitrust administration, February 2021, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 98407, www.concurrences.com

2- Lina Khan, Cristina Caffarra, Rupprecht Podszun, Pierre Régibeau, Mike Walker, Lina Khan : US antitrust takes big steps – How to read that in Europe ?, February 2021, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 98400, www.concurrences.com

3- Eric Posner, Antitrust is back in America, May 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 99964, www.concurrences.com

4- Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Jack E. Pace, Kathryn Jordan Mims, Kristen O’Shaughnessy, Kevin Adam, Jaclyn Phillips, Abdul Hafiz, Erin McNamee, The US President Joe Biden signs an executive order instructing more than a dozen federal agencies to promptly tackle some of the most pressing competition problems across the national economy, 9 July 2021, e-Competitions July 2021 - II, Art. N° 101509

5 Charles (Chuck) Loughlin, Logan M. Breed, The US DoJ and FTC publish an updated version of the vertical merger guidelines, 30 June 2020, e-Competitions June 2020, Art. N° 95647

Webinar #2 - The Future of Antitrust Jurisprudence : What the Courts Could Say About the New Laws

1- Steven C. Sunshine, Karen M. Lent, Matthew Martino, Julia K. York, The US District Court for the District of Columbia grants motions to dismiss two parallel antitrust complaints filed by the FTC and a group of state enforcers against a social media company for monopolization, with the FTC being allowed to file an amended complaint in 30 days (Facebook), 28 June 2021, e-Competitions July 2021 - II, Art. N° 101489

2- Thomas Hoehn, Merger remedies and competition law : An overview of recent EU and US case law and policy developments, 19 May 2021, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 99893

3- Antonio F. Dias, Louis K. Fisher, David M. Morrell, Lin W. Kahn, Michael H. Knight, The US Supreme Court blocks the FTC from obtaining monetary remedies in most antitrust and consumer protection cases (AMG Capital Management / FTC), 22 April 2021, e-Competitions April 2021, Art. N° 100429

Webinar #3 - US Antitrust & Trade Relations in the World : Towards a New Global Network or Bilateral Agreements ?

1- Concurrences Webinar, The EU Foreign Subsidies Proposal - July 2021

2- Sébastien Jean, Olivier Prost, Philippe Martin, Articulation between trade policy and competition policy (Nasse Seminar - 23 Oct. 2020), February 2021, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 99093, www.concurrences.com

3- François Souty, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, European Union - United States bilateral relationships : EU and US delegations give an insight, during the 13th round since 2013, on some aspects about the TTIP, 25 April 2016, Concurrences Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80939, pp. 193-195


This is the 9th edition of this joint conference organized by Concurrences and The George Washington University Law School in partnership with sponsors. Due to the ongoing public health measures for COVID-19, the Antitrust Salon will be held via a series of 3 webinars from September 27th to 29th, 2021.

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