Date: 16 May 2023
Time: 15.30 - 18.30 (Registration from 15.00) | Followed by a reception
Venue: WallaceSpace Spitalfields 15 Artillery Ln, London E1 7HA
This roundtable event will consider both substantive and procedural matters in recent UK mergers.
Our two panels will be discussing the following questions:
Session 1: Substantive matters
- Has there been a noticeable impact of the revised MAGs or was the CMA doing this anyway?
- What are the CMA's structural presumptions and how does it interpret 'closeness'?
- What is the test for loss of potential competition?
- Where do we stand with tech mergers?
- What is the CMA's willingness to engage with economic evidence at Phase 1 and Phase 2?
- What are the implications for submitting evidence?
- Do the MAGs reflect established economic consensus?
Session 2: Procedural matters
- Advising clients: is the CMA an outlier when assessing deal risk?
- To what extent are benign vs harmful deals being deterred?
- Does the CMA place much, if any, weight on precedent?
- To what extent can (or do) CAT judgments 're-write' parts of CMA guidelines (e.g., Meta/Giphy)?
- What documents must the CMA share with the merging parties?
- Does the CMA's merger analysis receive sufficient scrutiny?
This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule
Event convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Senior Research Fellow in Competition Law and Director, Competition Law Forum
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Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Senior Research Fellow in Competition Law and Director, Competition Law Forum
- Simon Chisholm, Vice President, Charles River Associates,
- Peter Freeman, Senior Advisor, the Competition Appeal Tribunal
- Adrian Majumdar, Partner, RBB Economics
- Sorcha O'Carroll, Senior Director - mergers, Competition Markets Authority,
- Simon Priddis, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Mike Walker, Chief Economist, Competition Markets Authority
Further speakers to be confirmed
Pricing and Registration
This event is open to members of the Competition Law Forum at BIICL and invited guests only.
Members of the forum may reserve a place by contacting the Event Team
This event offers the equivalent of 3 CPD hours.
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