Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Symposium: “Was It All That Bad? U.S. Federal Antitrust Policy Since 1980” Monday, November 20, 2017 2 PM to 6 PM, George Washington University Law School

Symposium: “Was It All That Bad? U.S. Federal Antitrust Policy Since 1980”



George Washington University Law School

Kelly Student Center

2000 H Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20052



Monday, November 20, 2017

2 PM to 6 PM



A substantial body of modern academic and popular commentary argues that US federal antitrust policy since the 1970s failed badly by tolerating significant increases in concentration, including the emergence of dominant firms in many commercial sectors.  This critique calls for a significant redirection of policy to control mergers more severely, to attack improper exclusion by dominant enterprises, and, perhaps, to deconcentrate certain industries. 

This symposium brings together academics and practitioners who have served in leadership positions at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission at various times since 1980.  The participants will assess the performance of federal enforcement policy over the past three decades and discuss possible refinements going ahead.

Kevin Arquit, Weil
William Baer, Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer
William Blumenthal, Sidley
Debbie Feinstein, Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer (TBC)
Andrew Gavil, Howard University
Renata Hesse, Sullivan & Cromwell
William Kovacic, George Washington University
Jonathan Leibowitz, Davis Polk
Aviv Nevo, University of Pennsylvania
James Rill, Baker Botts
Jeffrey Schmidt, Linklaters
Daniel Sokol, University of Florida
1:30 PM to 2 PM: Registration
2 PM: Welcome and Introduction
Bill Kovacic
2:15 PM to 3:45: Antitrust Goals (and Is Big Bad)?
Bill Kovacic
Kevin Arquit
Bill Baer
Aviv Nevo
Jim Rill
Jeff Schmidt
3:45 to 4:00: Coffee Break
4:00 to 5:30: Do We need to change statutes, case law, or agency practice for effective enforcement in mergers and conduct?
Daniel Sokol
Bill Blumenthal
Debbie Feinstein (TBC)
Andy Gavil
Renata Hesse
Jon Leibowitz
5:30 to 6:00: Closing Remarks and Discussion:
Daniel Sokol

To Register:

The event is free and open to the public. To register, please contact Kierre Hannon, George Washington University Law School:

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