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Sunday, May 10, 2009

State Aid - Increased Challenges in a Globalised Economy

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STATE AID - INCREASED CHALLENGES IN A GLOBALISED ECONOMY
3 JUNE 2009, THE KING'S FUND, LONDON W1

Book now to secure your place at GCR's forthcoming State Aid conference.

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CHAIRMEN AND SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

- Christian Ahlborn, Partner, Linklaters LLP, Brussels
- Andrea Biondi, Professor of Law and Head, Centre of European Law, King's College London Barbara Brandtner, Head of Unit, Enforcement, and Procedural  Reform, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
- Robin Griffith, Professor of Law, King's College London, Consultant, Clifford Chance LLP
- Tim Hammond, Head of Transport, Reynolds Partners, London
- Conor Quigley QC, Brick Court Chambers, London
- Niamh McCarthy, Competition and Regulatory Lawyer, British Airways, London
- Cyrus Mehta, Partner, Nabarro, London
- Dr. Gunnar Niels, Director, Oxera, Oxford
- Rodrigo Peduzzi, Confindustria, Brussels
- Dr. Michael Schütte, Attorney at Law, Brussels
- Edith Templeton, State Aid Branch, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), London
- Christopher Vajda QC, Monckton Chambers, London

TOPICS INCLUDE:

- Taking stock - an overview of recent developments
- The Commission's Procedural Reform package - completing the State Aid Action Plan
- State aid and services of general economic interest - recent case law after Altmark
- UK policy issues: state aid handling, procedural reform and the role of BERR State Aid Team
- Policy response to the financial crisis
- Remedies for unlawful aid
- The business perspective - current policy challenges

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The regime governing the control of state aids and subsidies in the EU is undergoing profound change and is one of the most active fields of contentious law in the EC. In the past few years, the Commission has turned its attentions, through the State Aid Action Plan, to updating and modernising the framework of state aid regulation, streamlining its procedures, and introducing greater economic rigour in the assessment of state aids. In addition, there has been a series of landmark rulings from the European Court (Ryanair, BUPA etc) which have created important precedents in terms of defining what is a subsidy.

Undoubtedly the global financial crisis has also played a huge part in highlighting the role of state aid regulation. The series of bank bailouts, and the growing clamour by many sections of industry for more subsidies to help ride the current economic climate, have vigorously stress-tested the Commission's handling of state aid. It has also raised significant question marks over the robustness of the current regime, and the future direction of state aid policy in the Member States once Europe comes out of recession.

This conference is a timely opportunity to take stock of recent developments in case law and policy, to consider current enforcement priorities, and also to look at the broader trends in state aid regulation and their likely impact on business.

This conference is designed for:

- State aid lawyers
- Competition lawyers both in-house and in private practice
- Company executives
- Economists
- Enforcement agencies
- Regional Development Agencies
- Regional and Local Government representatives


SRA and Bar Standards Board Accreditation 6.5 hours

COST OF THE CONFERENCE:

Standard rate £495 (+ 15% VAT = £569.25) In House Lawyers and Government Agencies £395 (+ 15% VAT = £454.25)

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