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15th International Conference on Competition, Berlin, 13-15 April 2011

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Conference Announcement


15th International Conference on Competition, Berlin,
13-15 April 2011

The International Conference on Competition, organised by the Bundeskartellamt, is one of the most renowned international events dealing with competition law issues. At this conference, the heads of competition authorities, antitrust lawyers, academics, politicians, prominent representatives of international companies and other high-ranking participants discuss current, internationally relevant issues of competition policy and competition law.


The Bundeskartellamt is proud to announce that it will host the


15th International Conference on Competition

in Berlin

on 13 - 15 April 2011.


The theme of the 15th International Conference on Competition will be:


"Anti-Cartel Enforcement in the Spotlight".


Keynote speeches will be given by Rainer Brüderle, German Federal Minister of Economics, Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner for Competition and Vice-President of the European Commission and Dr Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Deutsche Bahn AG.


The keynote speeches will be followed by four panel discussions.

Participants in the conference programme, besides the keynote speakers, will be Harald Wolf (Senator and Mayor of Berlin), Prof. Dr. Carl Baudenbacher (EFTA Court), Anne-José Paulsen (Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court), Josef Sanktjohanser (German Retail Federation), Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Wolfgang Bauer (Dyckerhoff AG), Prof. Massimo Motta (Barcelona Graduate School of Economics), Bruno Lasserre (Autorité de la concurrence, France), Dr. Frank Montag, LL.M (German Competition Lawyers' Association), Dr. Eckart Sünner (BASF SE), Prof. Dr. Vincent Martenet (Competition Commission, Switzerland), Philip Collins (Office of Fair Trading, UK), Gary Spratling (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher), Prof. Frédéric Jenny (OECD Competition Committee), Dr. Wolfgang Kirchhoff (German Federal Court of Justice), Alfred Dittrich (General Court of the European Union), Sir Christopher Bellamy QC (Linklaters LLP, UK), Prof. Lars-Hendrik Röller, Ph.D. (European School of Management and Technology in Berlin), Peter Freeman (UK Competition Commission), Alexander Italianer (DG Competition, European Commission), William E. Kovacic (US Federal Trade Commission), Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, LL.M. (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law), Prof. Stephen Davies, Ph.D. (University of East Anglia).


The first panel discussion will take a close look at intensified anti-cartel enforcement as practised by the competition authorities over the last few years.


The second panel discussion will deal specifically with issues arising from the fact that more and more jurisdictions around the world have introduced instruments for the prosecution of cartel agreements.


The third panel discussion will address an issue which is not limited to anti-cartel enforcement but is of particular significance in this area: What is the level of proof that courts demand of economic arguments presented to them, for example with regard to assessing the economic damage caused by cartel agreements?


The fourth panel discussion will deal with the evaluation of agency activities: What are the effects of intervention by competition authorities, not only on competition itself, but also on the economy as a whole, and how can competition authorities communicate the significance and effects of their actions appropriately and convincingly?


The event will start with a welcome reception on the evening of Wednesday, 13 April. The conference will start in the morning of Thursday, 14 April and end in the early afternoon of Friday, 15 April.


The Conference will be held in German and in English (simultaneous translation).




Conference participation is by personal invitation by
the President of the Bundeskartellamt only.


Personal invitations will be mailed before the end of the year.

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