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Monday, February 7, 2011

Horizontal Market Power: The Evolving Law and Economics of Mergers and Cartels

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Symposium

Horizontal Market Power: The Evolving Law and Economics of Mergers and Cartels

Sponsored by Navigant Economics & O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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
 
8:45 a.m. Welcome

 

Daniel D. Polsby, Dean and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Opening Remarks

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

 
9:00a.m. Keynote Address
  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
  Moderator
  Alden F. Abbott, Deputy Director for Special Projects, Office of International Affairs, Federal Trade Commission and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Speakers
  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
Moderator
Ian Simmons, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 

Speakers

 

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”.

General Information

RegistrationClick here to register for the 2011 Symposium.

Registration Fees

General Admission – $345
Government/Academic – $150
Student – $50

Virginia CLE

2.5 hours of CLE (pending approval by the Virginia State Bar)

George Mason Foundation Federal Tax ID Number 54-1603842

Contact Information

Isaac Post, Symposium Editor
George Mason Law Review
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22201-4498
(202) 277-5409
gmusymposium@gmail.com

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