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Rapid Response Conversation: A talk with officials who helped write and negotiate the proposed new EU regulation on FDI

Time: 14.00-15.30 CET (Registration from 13.30)

Venue: Fipra International, Rue de la Loi 227, 1040 Brussels

The Competition Law Forum (CLF) launches the first of its Rapid Response seminars in Brussels with experts from the European Commission and Parliament, who worked on the trilogue that hammered out a pan-European framework for screening foreign direct investments into the EU.

The final language of the Regulation establishing the EU screening framework, which now needs to be formally confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament, will be made public very soon. It will inevitably introduce new political and diplomatic considerations into M&A affecting both competition and trade advisors.

In this closed background briefing for select senior practitioners, participants will have an opportunity to ask detailed questions about the new measure from those with first-hand knowledge of the proposed framework. We will hear from Sylvia Baule and Marta Busz, who worked on the European Commission team responsible for the proposal, along with Maxime Obé, who worked on technical negotiations on behalf of the European Parliament.

CLF, part of the London-based British Institute of International and Comparative Law, runs similar rapid response talks for practitioners in London, and has decided to replicate this successful initiative in Brussels.

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Sylvia Baule, Deputy Head of the Investment Unit, DG Trade European Commission
  • Marta Busz, Policy officer, DG Trade, European Commission
  • Maxime Obe, Attaché parlementaire de Franck Proust, European Parliament

Convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL and David Lawsky, Partner, Fipra International.

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Past CLF events

CLF Meeing: Paroxetine and beyond

Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration from 16:30) followed by a drinks reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Lluis Sauri, member of the Competition Chief Economist Team at the European Commission, will provide a general view on the economics of pay for delay cases from a European perspective. Other speakers on the panel will discuss the CMA's Paroxetine decision and the subsequent appeal to the CAT as well as the preliminary questions to the CJEU. Part of the discussion will be the economics behind the pay for delay inference. The object to restrict competition and the potential effect on competition will also form part of the discussion.

Chair

Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

    Speakers

    • Avantika Chowdhury, Partner, Oxera
    • Ronit Kreisberger, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
    • Dr. Lluis Sauri Romero, Economist, European Commission
    • Jon Turner QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

    This event has been convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

    Highlights from the 2018 ICN meeting in Delhi and an interactive exchange of views for ICN priorities for the year ahead

    Date: Wednesday 13 June 2018 | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Time: 15:00-18:00 (Registration from 14:30)

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    In collaboration with the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the Competition Law Forum (CLF) will bring together CMA officials, UK NGAs and businesses to discuss some of the issues from this year's annual ICN meeting in Delhi: How can competition agencies reach out and engage stakeholders to better communicate their enforcement activity? What communications tools and strategies do competition authorities have at their disposal to promote deterrence within their jurisdictions? What are their limitations, legal or otherwise? What is the role of public and private stakeholders?

    This event is also the chance for attendees to engage - in a dedicated session - in a substantive exchange of views on the future direction of the ICN, how to make the network even more effective, and to help enable NGAs to contribute effectively. We encourage you to think in advance about these views to facilitate discussion.

    Speakers

    • Alex Baker, Director, Fingleton Associates (UK NGA)
    • Joel Bamford, Director, Mergers, CMA
    • Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Charles River Associates (UK NGA)
    • Simon Constantine, Director, Policy and International, CMA
    • Jackie Holland, Special Adviser, Slaughter and May (UK NGA)
    • Grant Murray, Senior PSL, Baker & McKenzie (UK NGA)
    • Paolo Palmigiano, Chairman, Association of European In-House Competition Lawyers
    • Tony Penny, Assistant Director, Policy & International, CMA
    • Ann Pope, Senior Director, Antitrust, CMA
    • Dan Rawling, Assistant Director, Policy & International, CMA
    • James Wright, Legal Adviser, CMA

    Event convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

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    15th Annual BIICL International Mergers and Antitrust Conference

    Date: Monday 23 April 2018 | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration from 13:30)

    Venue: Maxwell Library, IET, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

    As the protectionist rhetoric turns into action, new foreign investment control regimes are being established around the world and existing enforcers are toughening their resolve. Our panel of experts will reflect on the future environment for cross-border deals: is this the dawn of a new landscape for global transactions, where foreign investment reviews will be on par with merger control as key strategic risks affecting deal certainty and timetables?

    On the antitrust field, pricing and distribution practices are again on the spotlight. The Intel judgment brought some clarity to the law on rebates but it raises once again the issue of the (often uneasy) interaction between law and economics. Other questions have come to the fore: what are the implications of the Coty judgment, particularly on the role of non-price competition, and are the recent excessive pricing cases clearing the mists on when a price could be excessive?

    Merger control enforcement is in a state of flux both in the EU and in the UK. Conglomerate effects and coordinated effects are back on the map, but are these new risk fronts for businesses (like gun jumping following the Altice cases) or just a passing trend? In the UK, the CMA's approach to screens and identifying competitive effects continues to evolve - what's new, where are we now and what is next for merger control in the UK?

    Speakers

    • Sir Jonathan Faull, Partner, Chair of European Public Affairs (Brunswick Group)
    • Sir Nicholas Forwood QC, Counsel (White & Case LLP); Barrister (Brick Court Chambers)
    • Andrea Gomes da Silva, Executive Director, Markets and Mergers (Competition and Markets Authority)
    • Helen Gornall, Director, Competition Law (AkzoNobel Legal Group)
    • Bojana Ignjatovic, Partner (RBB Economics)
    • Guillaume Loriot, Director, Markets and Cases II, Information, Communication and Media (DG COMP)
    • Adrian Majumdar, Partner (RBB Economics)
    • Stephanie Parker, Engagement and project management lead, National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review (BEIS)
    • Michele Piergiovanni, Head of the Unit, Mergers IT, Telecom and Media
    • (DG COMP)
    • Alex Potter, Partner (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
    • Mark Rawlinson, Chairman, UK Investment Banking (Morgan Stanley)
    • Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC, Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies (Kings College London)
    • Deirdre Trapp, Partner (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
    • Martim Della Valle, Global Head of Antitrust and Litigation (AB InBev)

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

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    Competition in Financial Services

    Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018 | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Time: 14:30-18:00 (Registration from 14:00)

    Venue: Berwin Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, EC4R 9HA

    BIICL's inaugural conference in Competition in Financial Services convenes at a time where Brexit is looming, "fintech" innovation is rapid and the regulators are highly active. In light of these factors, our panels of experts will consider the practical implications of the interplay between antitrust and other conduct rules. Experts will also examine information exchange in financial services with a focus on lessons learned from the insurance sector and syndicated lending investigations.

    Speakers

    • Carole Begent, Head of Legal (Payment Systems Regulator)
    • Ilaria Filippi, Director and Legal Counsel EMEA (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe)
    • Andrew Hockley, Head of Antitrust and Competition, Partner (Berwin Leighton Paisner)
    • Anneli Howard, Barrister (Monckton Chambers)
    • Polly James, Partner, Financial Services Investigations (Berwin Leighton Paisner)
    • Deb Jones, Director of Competition (Financial Conduct Authority)
    • Chloe D. MacEwen, Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs (Western Union)
    • Chris Newby, General Counsel (AIG EMEA), Chief Operating Officer (AIG Europe)
    • Rameet Sangha, Director (AlixPartners)
    • Josh Sherer, Associate General Counsel, Competition (HSBC)
    • Patrick Smith, Partner (RBB Economics)

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

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    Excessive pricing in competition law and economics

    Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017

    Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration 16:30) | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Excessive pricing is a difficult and controversial concept, because no clear, universally recognised methodology exists for determining when a price is excessive. Our panel of experts will examine how to determine when a price is excessive in general and in the pharmaceutical sector, which differs from many other sectors. We will also examine the challenges for competition authorities assessing exploitative practices in the pharmaceutical sector and the impact of their recent decisions.

    Speakers

    • Svend Albaek - Deputy Chief Economist (European Commission)
    • Zeynep Ayata - Assistant Professor (Koç University Law School, Istanbul, Turkey)
    • Peter Davis - Senior Vice President (Cornerstone Research)
    • Ronit Kreisberger - Barrister (Monckton Chambers)
    • Robert O'Donoghue QC - Barrister (Brick Court Chambers)

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

    This is a Competition Law Forum event hosted under the Chatham House Rule.

    Attendance is by invitation only.

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    Highlights from the 2017 annual ICN meeting in Porto and the direction for the ICN in 2018

    Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017

    Time: 13:30-18:30 (Registration 13:00) | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    In collaboration with the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the Competition Law Forum (CLF) will bring together CMA officials, UK NGAs, EU NGAs and businesses to consider the questions from this year's annual ICN meeting in Porto: How can competition agencies reach out and engage stakeholders to better communicate their enforcement activity? What communications tools and strategies do competition authorities have at their disposal to promote deterrence within their jurisdictions? What are their limitations, legal or otherwise? What is the role of public and private stakeholders? The ICN direction for 2018 will also be discussed.

    Speakers

    • Marc Braithwaite - CMA Assistant Director, Policy
    • Cristina Caffarra - UK ICN NGA
    • Lord David Currie - CMA Chairman
    • Maria Duarte - CMA Assistant Director, Mergers
    • Andrew Groves - CMA Project Director, Anti-trust
    • Jackie Holland - UK ICN NGA
    • Munesh Mahtani - UK ICN NGA
    • Paolo Palmigiano - Association of European in-house competition lawyers Chairman
    • Vian Quitaz - CMA International Advisor, Policy
    • Anne Riley - EU ICN NGA

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

    This is a Competition Law Forum event hosted under the Chatham House Rule.

    Attendance is by invitation only

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    Rapid Response to the Intel Judgment

    Date: 19 September 2017

    Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration 16:30) | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Almost a year after Advocate General Wahl's Opinion, the long awaited Intel judgment is due on 6 September 2017. We invite you to join our rapid response round table discussion with analysis provided by David Bailey, Jorge Padilla and Brian Sher chaired by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen. The speakers enlightened us with their analysis of the 2014 judgment, so we are fortunate to have some of the speakers again for a discussion of the case from the Court of Justice.

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

    Speakers

    • David Bailey, Barrister (Brick Court Chambers)
    • Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director (Compass Lexecon)
    • Brian Sher, Partner (CMS)

    Chair

    • Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Competition Law Forum Director (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)

    This is a Competition Law Forum event hosted under the Chatham House Rule.

    Attendance is by invitation only

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    14th Annual BIICL International Mergers and Antitrust Conference

    Date: 08 May 2017

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration 13:30) | Event followed by a drinks reception

    Venue: Maxwell Library, IET, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

    Our annual conference convenes at a time of significant change in global political dynamics. As rising levels of nationalism threaten the high levels of international cooperation which have developed between antitrust authorities over recent years, our panels of experts will examine the impact of these changes on international merger control and antitrust risk in 2017 and beyond. How will political change affect trans-Atlantic merger reviews? Will businesses face more controls on foreign investment in strategic sectors? How should international businesses factor Brexit into their deal planning? How to best manage the risk of dual antitrust investigations in Europe and the UK?

    We will also examine the challenges for authorities assessing complex deals in 2017 - from the impact of innovation on competition to the latest techniques in analysing local markets. How should merging parties prepare for increasing levels of scrutiny and rapidly developing techniques for assessing economic and other evidence? What are the lessons learnt from recent cases for businesses pursuing deals this year?

    Speakers

    • James Aitken, Partner (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
    • Tania van den Brande, Principal (RBB Economics)
    • Kate Collyer, Deputy Chief Economic Advisor (Competition and Markets Authority)
    • John Davies, Partner (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
    • Amelia Fletcher, Professor of Competition Policy (Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia)
    • Bill Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy (George Washington University), Visiting Professor (King's College London)
    • Sir Philip Lowe, Senior Advisor (FTI Consulting)
    • Adrian Majumdar, Partner (RBB Economics)
    • Simon Priddis, Partner (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
    • Jacques Steenbergen, President (Belgian Competition Authority)
    • Tommaso Valletti, Chief Competition Economist (European Commission)
    • Richard Whish QC, Emeritus Professor (King's College London)

    This CLF event is hosted under the Chatham House Rule

    This conference is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

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    The implications of Brexit for competition law and policy

    Date: 02 May 2017

    Time: 13:00-18:00 (Registration 12:30)

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Following publication of the Brexit Competition Law Working Group (BCLWG) Issues Paper and roundtable discussions held in the Autumn, the purpose of the conference is for the BCLWG to present its emerging thinking on how the Government should address the issues arising out of Brexit for the competition regime and to discuss those with attendees.

    Speakers

    • Edward Coulson, Berwin Leighton Paisner
    • Dr John Fingleton, Fingleton Associates
    • Prof Amelia Fletcher OBE, University of East Anglia
    • Sir Nicholas Forwood QC, White & Case
    • Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, British Institute of International and Comparative law
    • Ali Nikpay, Gibson Dunn
    • Nigel Parr, Ashurst
    • Jon Turner QC, Monckton Chambers
    • Sir John Vickers, University of Oxford
    • Prof Richard Whish QC, King's College London

    This conference is co-organised by the Brexit Competition Law Working Group (BCLWG) and the Competition Law Forum and is hosted under the Chatham House Rule.

    This event is chaired by Sir John Vickers and convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL.

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    Competition Litigation and Collective Actions

    Date: 01 March 2017

    Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration from 16:30)

    Venue: BIICL, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    The roundtable discussion will in general be about developments in collective actions - including the Dutch proposals and Mastercard. We will be discussing the likelihood of London maintaining its position as a global litigation hub post Brexit. We will also try and cover the implementation of the Damages Directive.

    Chair

    • Dr George Barker, Visiting Fellow BIICL; Director, Centre for Law and Economics, Australian National University

    Speakers

    • Jon Lawrence, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Anthony Maton, Hausfeld
    • Stephen O'Dowd, Harbour Litigation Funding

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

    CLF events are hosted under the Chatham House Rule

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    Online Platforms

    Date: 30 January 2017

    Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration from 16:30)

    Venue: BIICL, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    It is recognised that online platforms, which comprise a wide range of software-based technologies, are drivers of growth and innovation, which benefit a competitive environment. Online platforms have transformed how we interact and transact. Successful online platforms with strong network effects can act as the main provider in a sector and be an unavoidable trading partner for dependent businesses. Such platforms usually possess substantial market power and can dictate the flow of personal data and exploit consumers.

    This roundtable discussion will consider questions such as (I) is the changing market reality shifting powers into the hands of the few? (II) have certain platforms in certain sectors become utilities? (III) is the current regulatory framework 'fit for purpose'? and (IV) what are the resulting risks to competition and consumers?

    Chair

    • Lorenzo Coppi, Compass Lexecon

    Speakers

    • Christian D'cunha, Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor
    • Professor Ariel Ezrachi, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
    • Helen Jenkins, Oxera
    • Barry Lynn, New America, Washington, DC

    Attendance is by invitation only

    This event is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

    CLF events are hosted under the Chatham House Rule

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    Brexit Discussion with Jonathan Faull

    Time: 17.30-21.00

    Venue: Covington, 265 Strand, London, WC2R 1BH

    Covington and the Competition Law Forum are hosting an evening with Jonathan Faull, most recently Director-General of the Task Force for strategic issues related to the UK Referendum at the European Commission. Mr. Faull will speak about his experience of working on the Task Force, the mechanics of Brexit and the possible consequences on the EU / British business landscape.

    Mr Faull has an extensive career at the European Commission, having been Spokesman and Director General for Press and Communication (2000-2003), Director General for Justice, Freedom and Security (formerly Justice and Home Affairs) (2003-2010), and Director-General of DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (2014 - 2015).

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    CLF Lunch Lecture Series: Antitrust in the Digital Age

    Time: 12:00-16:00 (Registration from 11:30)

    Venue: BIICL, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Speakers

    • Session 1 - Friday 24 June - Commissioner Terrell McSweeny from the Federal Trade Commission
    • Session 2 - Tuesday 13 September - Professor Richard Whish QC, King's College London
    • Session 3 - Wednesday 12 October - Professor Bill Kovacic, King's College London and the Competition and Markets Authority
    • Session 4 - Tuesday 15 November - Michael Grenfell, Executive Director, Enforcement, Competition and Markets Authority

    13th Annual BIICL Mergers and Markets Conference

    Date: 25 May 2016

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration from 13:30)

    Venue: BIICL, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Speakers

    • Edward Anderson - Head of Commercial & Competition Law, Sainsbury's
    • Daniel Beard QC - Monckton Chambers
    • Rod Carlton - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Kate Collyer - Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, (CMA)
    • Phillip Evans - Deputy Panel Chair and Inquiry Chair, (CMA)
    • Robin Finer - Head of Department, Competition (FCA)
    • Bojana Ignjatovic - Partner, RBB Economics
    • Adrian Majumdar - Partner, RBB Economics
    • Martin McElwee - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Sheldon Mills - Senior Director, Mergers (CMA)
    • Simon Priddis - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    This conference is convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, BIICL

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    CLF Meeting - Question Time: Economists in the hot-tub

    Date: 3 May 2016

    Time: 17:00-19:00 (Registration from 16:15)

    Venue: BIICL, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Speakers

    • Professor Amelia Fletcher (University of East-Anglia, Non-Executive Director at the Financial Conduct Authority, former Chief Economist at the Office of Fair Trading)
    • Dr Mike Walker (Chief Economic Adviser at the Competition and Markets Authority, co-author of The Economics of EU Competition Law)
    • Dr Gunnar Niels (Partner at Oxera, co-author of Economics for Competition Lawyers)

    Chair

    • Tim Ward QC (Monckton Chambers)

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    Pharmaceuticals - Changing Competition Dynamics

    Date: 10 March 2016

    Time: 14:00-18:30 (Registration from 13:30)

    Venue: Pembroke College, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DW

    Speakers

    • Luisa Affuso, Director, PwC
    • Paul Csiszar, Director of "Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture" at the Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
    • Professor Ariel Ezrachi, Fellow and Tutor in Law, Slaughter and May Professor of Competition Law, Pembroke College
    • Dr Liza Lovdahl-Gormsen, Director of Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow in Competition Law, BIICL
    • Catherine Higgs, Senior Legal Counsel, AstraZeneca UK Ltd
    • Mat Hughes, Managing Director, AlixPartners
    • Markus Meier, Assistant Director, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition
    • Wolf Sauter, The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and Tilburg University
    • Steve Shadowen, Founding Partner, Hilliard & Shadowen
    • Geoff Steadman, Project Director, Competition Markets Authority
    • Pat Treacy, Partner, Bristows LLP
    • Steve Weissman, Partner, Baker Botts LLP

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    Standardisation, Innovation and Consumers - What is Next in FRAND Licensing?

    Date: 2 March 2016

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration from 13:30)

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Speakers

    • Benno Buehler, Chief Competition Economist, European Commission
    • Dr Roya Ghafele, Director Oxfirst Ltd and Fellow Oxford IP Research Centre, University of Oxford
    • Mathew Heim, Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Inc.
    • The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL Faculty of Laws
    • James Killick, Partner, White & Case LLP
    • Dr Ing Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association (Participating via webcam)
    • Dr Liza Lovdahl-Gormsen, Director of Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow in Competition Law, BIICL
    • Monica Magnusson, Ericsson
    • Adrian Majumdar, Partner, RBB Economics London
    • Robert Pocknell, Chairman, Fair Standards Alliance ASBL
    • Thomas Vinje, Partner, Chairman, Global Antitrust Practice Group, Clifford Chance LLP
    • Dr Mike Walker, Chief Economic Adviser, Competition Markets Authority

    The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception at 18:00.

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    The Role of 'Big Data' in Competition Law

    Date: 9 September 2015

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration from 13:15)

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    In the digital economy 'big data' are becoming increasingly valuable as they reveal patterns of information that enable companies to target their products and services accordingly.

    According to the European Commission, the availability of 'big data' can be a significant competitive advantage for companies active in online advertising, online search, social networking services and software products. Yet some believe that 'big data' is not an antitrust concern. This event considers what role - if any - 'big data' plays in the competition law.

    This event will address the following questions:

    • What do we mean by 'big data'? and what is the difference between 'a lot of data' and 'big data'?
    • What is the problem with 'big data' (if any)? Having data is not an abuse.
    • Can 'big data' be a barrier to entry?
    • Is 'big data' a product that can create too much market power in a merged company?
    • Does 'big data' create anticompetitive price discrimination?
    • Should privacy even play a role in competitive analysis?
    • How best to deal with 'big data' through antitrust or regulation?

    Speakers

    • Cristina Caffarra (Charles River Associates)
    • Maurits Dolman (Cleary Gottlieb)
    • Professor Ariel Ezrachi (University of Oxford)
    • John Fingleton (Fingleton Associates)
    • Mark Giles (AlixPartners)
    • Mat Hughes (AlixPartners)
    • David Lawsky (Fipra International)
    • Munesh Mahtani (Google)

    More speakers tbc

    The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception at 18:00.

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    CLF Meeting: The Damages Directive and Private Enforcement

    Date: 9 June 2015

    Time: 14:30-17:00 (Registration from 14:00)

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    This event will provide an overview of the Directive and current planning/timetabling. The limitation period for bringing a damages claim. The new disclosure requirements. The codification of the passing-on defence. The provisions on the quantification of damages. The provisions on joint and several liability. Consensual dispute resolution. The defendant's chance for settling early. The the relationship between the Damages Directive and the Consumer Rights Bill.

    The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception at 17:00.

    Speakers

    • Sir Christopher Bellamy (Linklaters)
    • Carl Davies (Business, Innovation & Skills)
    • Peter Durrant (Business, Innovation & Skills)
    • Mark Clough QC (Dentons)
    • Peter Scott (Norton Rose Fulbright)
    • Hugh Stokes (Visa Europe)

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    CLF Meeting: Most Favoured Nation Clauses and General Pricing Clauses

    Date: Wednesday 25 February 2015

    Time: 14:00-18:00

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    The theme of the next Competition Law Forum roundtable will be "Most Favoured Nation Clauses". The Competition Markets Authority and the Bundeskartellamt will discuss their most recent experiences within this area of law.

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    12th Annual BIICL Merger Conference

    (4 CPD hours)

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration 13:30)

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    Speakers:

    • A Coscelli - Exec Dir, M&M (CMA)
    • S Mills - Senior Dir, Mergers (CMA)
    • C Begent - Senior Dir Legal, M&M (CMA)
    • J Parker - Director, Mergers (CMA)
    • F Giulio - CET, DG Comp
    • D Beard QC - Monckton Chambers
    • S Pritchard - Partner Linklaters
    • A Majumdar - Partner RBB Economics

    This year's Merger Conference covers:

    • Post-merger efficiencies or growing pains? The CMA's Markets and Mergers Directorate one year on
    • Gaps and traps: substantive and jurisdictional frontiers of EU and UK merger control (minority stakes, de minimis, recent developments in substantive analysis).

    The conference will be followed by a drinks reception at 18:00.

    Event convened by Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen , Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow.

    Sponsored by Linklaters and RBB Economics.

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    CLF Meeting: Standard Essential Patents ("SEPs")

    Tuesday 16 December 2014

    Time: 14:00-17:00

    Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Grotius Library, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

    SEPs can bring wonderful inventions to people all over the world. They can also bring trouble. Big businesses are using them to wage war. Small businesses may be hit by them. This meeting will discuss what role competition authorities should play in enforcing SEPs?

    The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

    Speakers

    • Dr Cristina Caffara (CRAI)
    • Dr Helen Jenkins (Oxera)
    • RT. HON. Professor Sir Robin Jacob (UCL)
    • Professor Alison Jones (King's College London and Freshfields)
    • Kassie Smith QC (Monckton Chambers)
    • Dr Mike Walker (CMA)

    Chair

    • Robert Bell (Competition Law Committee, City of London Law Society & Bryan Cave)

    This is a Competition Law Forum event and attendance is by invitation only.

    Roundtable discussion on Intel: 30 October, 17:00-19:00

    Speakers:

    • Bill Allan, Member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge
    • David Bailey, Visiting Professor, King's College London and Brick Court Chambers
    • Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director, Compass Lexecon

    Chair:

    • Brian Sher, Partner, Nabarro

    The Roundtable will be followed by a drinks reception.

    11th Annual BIICL Merger Conference (Brussels): 21 January 2014

    Speakers:

    • Giulio Federico, European Commission
    • Clara Ingen-Housz, Linklaters Hong Kong
    • Nelson Jung, Office of Fair Trading
    • Edyth Kyegombe, Shell
    • Andrea Lofaro, RBB Economics
    • Johannes Luebking, European Commission
    • Adrian Majumdar, RBB Economics
    • Philip Marsden, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
    • Simon Pritchard, Linklaters
    • Emily Roche, Rio Tinto
    • Gregory Werden, US Department of Justice (Antitrust Division)

    Topics covered at this conference included: Screens and inferences in mergers: has DG Comp opened the Pandora's box of price pressure tests? Remedies and Efficiencies: what Really Compensates for the Loss of Competition? Hot topics: Minority Stakes, Procedural Simplification, the Rise of MOFCOM.

    Disruptive Competition: What Role for Competition Policy? 9 January 2014

    Keynote Address: John Fingleton, CEO, Fingleton Associates

    Chair: Phil Evans, FIPRA and Competition Commission

    Participants:

    • Giles Andrews, CEO Zopa, Peer-2-Peer Finance Network
    • Hanne Melin, eBay Policy Lab
    • Corey Owens, Global Head of Public Policy, Uber Provocateur/Lead Questioner
    • Simon Bishop, Co-Founder and Partner, RBB Economics

    Is Privacy a Competition and Consumer Issue? 11 November 2013

    Chair: Bernardine Adkins, Wragge and Co

    Speakers:

    • Damien Geradin, Covington and Burling LLP; Professor, Tilburg University and William Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School
    • Bojana Ignjatovic, RBB Economics
    • David Perry, Office of Fair Trading

    Health Mergers: 19 November 2013

    Chair: Alistair Lindsay, Monckton Chambers

    Speakers:

    • Luisa Affuso, PwC
    • Justin Alford, Capsticks
    • Kate Collyer, Competition Commission
    • Catherine Davies, Monitor
    • Nelson Jung, Office of Fair Trading
    • Andrew Taylor, Aldwych Partners

    Behavioural Economics in Competition Inquiries - Nudged into Reality: 23 September 2013

    Participants:

    • Dr Gunnar Niels, Director, Oxera
    • Simon Pritchard, Partner, Linklaters
    • Zanna Iscenko, Chief Economist's Department, Financial Conduct Authority

    Competition, Concurrency and Regulation: 16 September 2013

    Chair: Christopher Hutton, Hogan Lovells

    Speakers:

    • Regina Finn, OFWAT
    • Niamh Grogan, Lloyds Banking Group
    • Tom Kiedrowski, BIS, CMA Transition
    • Clive Maxwell, Office of Fair Trading
    • George Yarrow, Regulatory Policy Institute

    Annual Conference 2013 Righting Private Wrongs: Competition Law, Investor Claims and Mass Litigation in the EU: 11 June 2013

    Participants:

    • The Hon Mr Justice Barling, President, Competition Appeal Tribunal
    • Professor Laura Ervo, Örebro University, Sweden
    • Sandrine Giroud, Lalive, Geneva
    • Professor Axel Halfmeier, Leuphana University Lüneburg
    • Nicholas Khan, Legal Service, European Commission
    • Douglas Lahnborg, Orrick
    • Dr Eva Lein, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
    • Elizabeth Morony, Clifford Chance
    • Professor Renato Nazzini, King's College, London
    • Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, Danish Consumer Ombudsman
    • Vincent Smith, Sheppard & Smith; British Institute of International and Comparative Law
    • Diana Wallis, Former MEP and Vice President European Parliament

    Economic analysis in competition policy - the last 10 years (greatest hits, biggest flops): 26 March 2013

    Chair: Adrian Majumdar, RBB Economics

    Discussants:

    • Professor Joseph Farrell, University of California, Berkeley
    • Robin Finer, Competition Commission
    • Amelia Fletcher, OFT / UEA
    • Shaun Goodman, Kirkland and Ellis
    • Judge Frederic Jenny
    • Professor Bruce Lyons, UEA CCP
    • Chris Walters, OFT

    On-line Pricing Issues - can lowest price guarantees ever be a bad thing? 21 January 2013

    Chair: Alastair Mordaunt, Clifford Chance LLP

    Speakers:

    • Matthew Bennett, Charles River Associates
    • Andrew Hockley, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    • Nelson Jung, Office of Fair Trading