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ICC-Baker McKenzie Annual Conference 2017: Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law

12 May 2017

Time: 8:45am - 5:30pm
Venue: The Hotel, Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels

The ICC-Baker McKenzie Eleventh Annual Conference 2017 on ‘Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law’ will be held on Friday 12 May in Brussels.

This year, the conference will address significant developments of great interest to corporate counsel, private practitioners, policy-makers, competition enforcement officials and academics in the major areas: international merger control; international cartel enforcement; verticals/e-commerce follow-up and EU state aid enforcement and global competitiveness.

Download the full Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC) and Baker McKenzie Annual Conference 2017 programme.

The issues to be addressed

International merger control

  • Do we really need a value-based threshold?
  • Old wine in new bottles (again): the big “theme” of innovation
  • Recent trends in substantive analysis.

Verticals/e-commerce follow-up

  • E-commerce update: outcomes of the sector enquiry
  • The impact of, and need for, national guidelines
  • The role of retailer power in verticals assessment.

International cartel enforcement

  • Price signalling, a new enforcement priority around the globe?
  • Rewarding individuals for whistleblowing
  • Limitations on the effectiveness of leniency programmes.

EU state aid enforcement and global competitiveness: towards a global vision?

  • Tax aid and/or OECD BEPS: a place for state aid enforcement in abolishing aggressive international tax planning?
  • The EU State aid prohibition: a distortion of international competition?
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties and State aid: controlling state aid and subsidies beyond EU borders.

Speakers

  • Benjamin Gris, Assistant Director, Mergers II Division, US Federal Trade Commission
  • Christopher Vajda, Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
  • Christoph Leibenath, Senior Antitrust Counsel, Nestlé SA
  • Craig Lee, Partner, Baker McKenzie, Washington D.C.
  • Eyad Maher Dabbah, Director, Professor, Queen Mary University of London
  • Gert Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General for State Aid, European Commission
  • Gunnar Kallfaß, Head of Unit on European and German Antitrust, Bundeskartellamt;
  • Jacques Derenne, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Jeannine Bartmann, Head of competition, IP and IT law, Group Legal Services, Allianz SE
  • Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Partner, Fourgoux-Djavadi & Associés
  • Juliette Enser, Director of Cartel Enforcement, UK Competition and Markets Authority
  • Katharina Spenner, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Marc van der Woude, Judge, Vice President, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
  • Maria Ioannidou, Deputy-Director, Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London
  • Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, European Commission
  • Nina Niejahr, Of Counsel, Baker McKenzie, Brussels
  • Thomas Deisenhofer, Head of Unit, European Commission
  • Werner Berg, Partner, Baker McKenzie, Brussels.

Programme

8.45-9.15am: Registration and coffee

9.15-9.30am: Introduction and welcome by conference chairmen

  • Eyad Maher Dabbah (ICC) and Werner Berg (Baker McKenzie).

9.30am: International merger control

  • Chair: Werner Berg, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Speakers: Thomas Deisenhofer, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission; Benjamin Gris, Assistant Director, Mergers II Division, US Federal Trade Commission; Jeannine Bartmann, Head of Competition, IP and IT Law, Group Legal Services, Allianz SE.

11-11.15am: Coffee break

11.15am: Verticals/e-commerce follow-up

  • Chair: Katharina Spenner, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Speakers: Gunnar Kallfaß, Head of Unit on European and German Antitrust, Bundeskartellamt; Christoph Leibenath, Senior Antitrust Counsel, Nestlé SA; Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Partner, Fourgoux-Djavadi & Associés.

12.45pm: Business lunch

2pm: EU state aid enforcement and global competitiveness: towards a global vision?

  • Chair: Marc van der Woude, Judge, Vice President, General Court of the European Union
  • Speakers: Gert Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General for State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission; Jacques Derenne, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, Hampton LLP; Nina Niejahr, Counsel, Baker McKenzie.

3.30-3.45pm: Coffee break

3.45pm: International cartel enforcement

  • Chair: Christopher Vajda, Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Speakers: Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission; Juliette Enser, Director of Cartel Enforcement, UK Competition and Markets Authority; Craig Lee, Partner, Baker McKenzie

5.15-5.30pm: Conclusions and reflections

  • Maria Ioannidou, Deputy Director, Lecturer, ICC

5.30: Reception

 

How to book

To register for this event visit our eshop.

Conference fee

£120

Contact

For more information on this event, please email icc@qmul.ac.uk.


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