Monday, February 7, 2011
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Horizontal Market Power: The Evolving Law and Economics of Mergers and Cartels
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Willard InterContinental Washington
The Willard Room
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
|8:00 a.m.||Registration & Continental Breakfast|
Daniel D. Polsby, Dean and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Managing Director and Principal, Navigant Economics and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Introduction of Commissioner Rosch
Ian Simmons, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
|J. Thomas Rosch, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission|
|9:30 a.m.||Panel One | The Impact of the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines on the Litigation of Merger Cases|
|Alden F. Abbott, Deputy Director for Special Projects, Office of International Affairs, Federal Trade Commission and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law|
|Jeffrey Brennan, Partner, Dechert LLP
Kevin M. Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business and Department of Economics at the University of Chicago
David T. Scheffman, Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC
Howard Shelanski, Deputy Director for Antitrust, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission
Our first panel will address the impact of the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines on the litigation of merger cases. Panelists will discuss (a) the Guidelines’ shift from evaluating competitive effects through a focus on market definition and step-by-step merger analysis to emphasizing diversion analysis and upward pricing pressure analysis; (b) how the Courts will respond, if at all, to changes in the Guidelines; and (c) how the new Guidelines change the Government’s burden of proof in suing to oppose a merger, and the type of evidence that the parties can provide to rebut the Government’s allegations.
|11:00a.m.||Panel Two | Current Trends in Criminal Cartel Enforcement|
|Ian Simmons, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP|
Barry Boss, Office Managing Partner, Cozen O’Connor
Steve Bunnell, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
James Langenfeld, Managing Director and Principal, Navigant Economics and Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Lisa M. Phelan, Chief, National Criminal Enforcement Section, Department of Justice (Antitrust Division)
Our second panel will address current trends in criminal cartel enforcement. Panelists will discuss (a) the converging and diverging interests of company counsel and individual counsel; (b) the “volume of commerce” analysis under the post-Booker U.S. Sentencing Guidelines; and (c) whether economic damages analyses are useful in measuring “volume of commerce”.
Registration: Click here to register for the 2011 Symposium.
General Admission – $345
Government/Academic – $150
Student – $50
2.5 hours of CLE (pending approval by the Virginia State Bar)
George Mason Foundation Federal Tax ID Number 54-1603842
Isaac Post, Symposium Editor
George Mason Law Review
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