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Levin College of Law

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Small Economies and Competition Policy - A Fair Deal?

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Small Economies and Competition Policy - A Fair Deal?
Conference - Luxembourg - 18/19 October 2007

The first ever conference for advisors, companies, policy makers, consumer and business associations, academics, regulators and competition authorities involved in small economies. This conference will address critical issues for small economies and results of discussions between panellists and delegates will be compiled into a report of recommendations for policymakers.

This event brings together a top international line-up of expert panellists, (see programme summary below) and delegates from around the world. Attendees already confirmed include delegations from Iceland, Greenland, Singapore, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, and Hungary, as well as Belgium, the UK, Luxembourg and many others.

Topic overview
As the enforcement of competition law increases its global reach and jurisdictions attempt to review mergers, investigate alleged monopolizations and abuses of dominance, or join in the fight against cartels:

- Are the experiences of larger jurisdictions really applicable to small economies, which may be characterised by vastly different market circumstances and legal regimes?

- What differences in enforcement stance and analysis may be required in such economies, for example, due to strong concentration, liberalised or closed sectors, and resource constraints?

A summary of the programme and list of panellists appears below. For further details and to register to attend, visit

The Competition Law Forum is organising this event in collaboration with the Luxembourg Competition Council & Inspectorate and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, and with the support of Allen & Overy Luxembourg, Shearman & Sterling and FIPRA.

Please join us in Luxembourg for this unique event. If you are unable to attend, please refer this invitation to an appropriate colleague, as we would very much appreciate your organisation's participation at the event.


Thursday 18 October (Afternoon)

Panel I: The Unique Position of Small Economies
Challenges faced by Competition Authorities in Small Market Economies. The particular situation of Small Economies will be presented followed by a panel discussion including the following topics:

Chairman: William E. Kovacic, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC
Dr. Michal S. Gal, University of Haifa
Thierry Hoscheit, Competition Council, Conseil de la Concurrence, Luxembourg
Christopher Bright, Member, UK Competition Commission and Director, Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority
Professor Walter Stoffel, President, Swiss Competition Commission
Monique van Oers, Head of Legal Department, The Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa)
David Lawsky, the Anti-trust Correspondent, Reuters
Fod Barnes, Special Adviser, OXERA

Panel II: Public and Private Restraints
Is the fight against cartels tougher than in large economies?

Chairman: Michel Struys, Partner, Allen & Overy
Daniel Becker, Rapporteur General, Inspection de la Concurrence, Luxembourg
Kirtikumar Mehta, Director, Cartels Directorate, DG Competition, EC
Pall Gunnar Palsson, Director General, Icelandic Competition Authority
Gabriel Bleser, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy Luxembourg

Friday 19 October (Morning)

Panel III: Merger Control in Small Economies

Chairman: Christopher Bright, UK Competition Commission and Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority
Carles Esteva Mosso, DG Competition, European Commission
Edward P. Henneburry - Partner, Heller Ehrman
Professor Jacques Steenbergen - Director General of Competition, Competition Directorate, Belgium
Liga Hartmane, Klavins & Slaidins, Latvia

Panel IV: Dominance in Small Economies

Chairman: Peter Carlo Lehrell, FIPRA
Dr. Michal S. Gal, University of Haifa
Charles Webb, Legal Adviser, Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority
Chris Taylor, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Cable & Wireless International
Frank Fine, Director, EC Competition Law Advocates

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