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Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Claeys & Casteels First Annual EU Competition Law & Policy Conference, 7 & 8 June 2011 in Brussels

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Compliance with EU competition law remains a high priority for companies operating in Europe. Keeping up with the volume of new legislation and decisions is a taxing enterprise even for those specialized in this field. To illustrate this point, the European Commission has adopted more than 30 cartel decisions in the last four years, while the Commission’s approach to many issues seems to raise more questions than are being answered.

This is why Claeys & Casteels - already well-known for leading publications and conferences on both
EU Energy Law and EU Competition Law - has set up the EU Competition Law & Policy Conference: to meet the need of companies, legal representatives, national competition authorities and academics to keep fully informed of these developments and to promote debate on discussion on the future direction of EU competition policy.

We are very grateful to the conference’s steering committee, consisting of Frank Fine (Director, EC Competition Law Advocates, Brussels), Michael Esser (partner, Freshfields, Brussels), Bernard Amory (partner, Jones Day, Brussels), Lars Kjolbye (partner, Covington Brussels) and John Boyce (partner, Slaughter and May, Brussels) for their time and effort to help create an excellent programme and lead the sessions.

With an outstanding faculty of speakers, this two day event will provide an in-depth coverage and discussion of all key elements of Competition Law enforcement in the EU.

Topics include:

Recent Developments in EU Cartel Law
- Follow-on National Litigation
Potentially ‘Benign’ Horizontal Arrangements
- Vertical Agreements
Rountable of European Enforcers
- Abuse of Dominance
- Mergers &
- Managing Global Investigation Risks
- State

Confirmed speakers include:

Pierre Bos
- Partner,
Barents Krans, Den Haag
Damian Collins
- Partner McCann FitzGerald,
Catriona Hatton
- Partner, Hogan Lovells, Brussels
- Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, Brussels
Ali Nikpay
- Senior
Director of Policy, Fair Trading UK
Konrad Ost
- Head of the General
Policy Division, Bundeskartellamt
Mario Siragusa
- Partner, Cleary
Gottlieb, Brussels & Rome
Dirk Van Erps
- Head of Unit, Cartels II, DG
Johan Ysewyn
- Partner, Linklaters, Brussels
Fabien Zivy
President, Competition Authority France

… and many others.

Also, this first annual EU Competition Law & Policy Conference will coincide with the publication of the newly revised editions of the highly acclaimed Drauz/Jones volume on Mergers & Acquisitions and the Siragusa/Rizza volume on Cartel Law.

For programme details, speaker info and registrations, please check the event website:

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