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

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

GCR's 2009 Competition Law Review: Recent developments in competition law and policy

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

In-depth analysis and debate on recent developments
in competition law and policy
Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 November 2009, The Conrad Hotel, Brussels

Chairmen: Peter Alexiadis, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Brussels
Lars-Hendrik Röller, President, ESMT, Berlin

Chairman: Peter Alexiadis
Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

09.00 Registration and coffee

09.20 Chairman’s opening remarks

09.30 Competition Law Snapshot – A Year in Review
• The legacy of the Kroes era
• Ever larger fines: Intel and Car glass
• New directions for vertical restraints policy
• More consultations and changes to come: Regulation
1/2003, horizontal agreements, ECMR
• The pharmaceutical sector inquiry findings: shocking?
• Merger control in a recession
• Challenges for the new DG Comp regime
Tony Reeves, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

10.40 Coffee

11.00 Latest Developments in Cartel Enforcement
• Review of recent cases
• Level of fines
• Direct settlements – first assessment on how the process is working
Olivier Guersent, Director, DG Competition, European Commission
Gerwin van Gerven, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Gary R Spratling, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Comment from:
Jürgen Schwarze, Director, Institute of Public Law, Department
of European and Public International Law
Wouter Wils, Legal Service, European Commission and Professor King’s College London

12.30 Lunch

13.45 Information Exchange –
Challenges for Antitrust in a Recession
• Impact on trade associations
• Managing production shutdowns
• Tolling arrangements
• Extra compliance
• The recent T-Mobile case – whether a concerted practice
(exchanging information at a single meeting) has an
anti-competitive object
Robbert Snelders, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

14.20 Vertical Agreements – The Revised Regulation and Guidelines
• Review of the main changes – resale price maintenance, selective distribution
• Internet selling and distribution options of dominant firms
Luc Peeperkorn, Senior Administrator, DG Competition, European Commission
Panel discussion and comment:
Stephen Kinsella OBE, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Nikos Vettas, Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, CEPR and Economic Advisory Group in Competition Policy
Melanie Thill-Tayara, Partner, Salans

15.30 Tea

15.50 Recent Developments in Merger Control
– Policy Developments and Emerging Trends in an Economic Downturn
Moderator: Philippe Chappatte, Partner, Slaughter and May
• Efficiencies in horizontal and non-horizontal mergers
• What have we learned from the current crisis?
• The failing firm defence – OFT and the Commission
• Remedies
• The Commission’s Review of the Merger Regulation and how it is working
• The ICN Recommended Practice for Mergers
• Recent economic developments in EC merger assessment
• Developments in the US
Guillaume Loriot, Head of Unit, Antitrust and Merger Case Support, DG Competition, European Commission
Simon Priddis, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Matthias Pflanz, Vice President, CRA International
James W Lowe, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

18.00 Close of Day One

18.00 Drinks reception

DAY two
Chairman: Lars-Hendrik Röller, President of ESMT

08.30 Coffee

09.00 Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

09.15 Keynote Address
Reflections on the past seven years – “Competition Policy Challenges in Europe”
Philip Lowe, Director General, DG Competition, European Commission

09.45 Keynote Address
The first months of a new administration – priorities for
enforcement, monopolisation and Article 2
J Thomas Rosch, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

10.30 Coffee

A roundtable discussion with senior competition representatives
Moderator: Lars-Hendrik Röller, President of ESMT
J Thomas Rosch, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Philip Lowe, Director General, DG Competition, European Commission
Bruno Lasserre, President, Autorité de la Concurrence
Christian Ewald, Chief Economist, Bundeskartellamt
Philip Collins, Chairman, Office of Fair Trading
Frédéric Jenny, Director for International Relations ESSEC,
Judge Supreme Court of France

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Article 82 – Competition Issues in the High-Tech Sector
Moderator: Thomas Vinje, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
• Application of Article 82 in innovative and high-tech markets
• Review recent cases: Intel, Microsoft, Rambus
• The online commerce roundtable
Nick Banasevic, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
James S Venit, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Lars Kjølbye, Partner, Howrey LLP
Jorge Padilla, Managing Director, LECG
Petri Kuoppamäki, Vice President Corporate Legal, Nokia Corporation

15.00 The Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry
• The Commission’s final report – findings and conclusions
Philipp Gasparon, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
Stephen Kon, Partner, SJ Berwin LLP
David H Rosenberg, Industry Affairs, Corporate IP, GlaxoSmithKline tbc

16.00 Tea

16.15 Damages Actions for Breach of the EC Antitrust Rules
• Passing on; opt-in and opt-out; disclosure and costs
• Quantification of damages
Daniele Calisti, Private Enforcement Unit, DG Competition Comment and panel discussion
Robert O’Donoghue, Brick Court Chambers
Gunnar Niels, Director, Oxera
Tim Reher, Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle

17.15 Close of conference

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