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2nd Competition Law Conference

24 October 2018 | Brussels - fully booked

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William E. Kovacic & Jacques Steenbergen as keynote speakers confirmed!

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Programme flyer


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome Addresses

Wolfgang Andreae, Publisher, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin & Brussels

Ben van Rompuy, Leiden University; Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Managing Editor CoRe

Jakob Kucharczyk, Vice-President, Competition & EU Regulatory Policy, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Brussels


Keynote Address

Jacques Steenbergen, President of the Belgian Competition Authority, Brussels


Panel 1:
What will be the Main Future Challenges and Developments in Enforcing the Rules in the ‘Digital Economy’?

  • Artificial Intelligence and algorithmic collusion
  • Market structure vs. consumer harm
  • Market definition and market power
  • Regulation vs. Competition enforcement / ex ante vs. ex post
  • Digital essential facilities / refusal to supply in digital markets
  • Merger regualtion and notification thresholds

Chair: Marianela López-Galdos, Director of Competition and Regulatory Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Washington D.C.


Jacques Steenbergen, President of the Belgian Competition Authority, Brussels

Maria Coppola, Counsel for International Antitrust, US Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C.

Andrew Leyden, Référendaire, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg

Antonio Capobianco, Senior Expert in Competition Law Enforcement, Competition Division, OECD, Paris

Ben van Rompuy, Leiden University; Vrije Universiteit Brussel

11:10 Coffee Break and Networking

11:30 Panel 2:
Blockbuster Cases: Google Android – What to Make of it?

  • Does the law disadvantage open business models with free products?
  • Micro vs. macro considerations: anti-competitive practices in business context
  • When does pre-installation foreclose competition?
  • Consumer vs competitor harm

Chair: Robert Klotz, Antitrust & Competition Practice Group, Sheppard Mullin, Brussels


Brice Allibert, Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust: IT, Internet and Consumer electronics, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Torsten Koerber, Professor, Chair for Civil Law, Competition Law, Regulatory Law, Law of the Digital Economy, Faculty of Law, University of Cologne

Alfonso Lamadrid, Principal Associate in the EU & Antitrust practice area, Garrigues, Brussels

James Aitken, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London


Lunch Break


Keynote Address and Q&A

William E. Kovacic, Professor, George Washington University, Kings’ College London and UK Competition and Markets Authority, former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

14:45 Panel 3:
Algorithms, Data, Vertical Restraints, Coty: How Exciting will Competition Policy in E-Commerce become?

  • Are regulatory changes necessary to adapt to the boom in e-commerce?
  • How does algorithmic pricing change the competitive assessment and enforcement?
  • The Coty judgment: has the last word on online marketplace bans been spoken?
  • The upcoming review of the vertical block exemption regulation: what needs to change?

Chair: Aleksandra Boutin, Founding Partner, Positive Competition, Brussels


Thomas Kramler,
Head of sector, Task Force Digital Single Market, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Hanne Melin, Director of Global Public Policy, eBay

Thomas Weck, Lead Analyst, Financial services, Competition enforcement, Digital markets, German Monopolkommission, Bonn

Jürgen Ensthaler, Faculty of Economics and Business Law, TU Berlin


Coffee Break and Networking


Panel 4:
Which Role for Data and Data Protection in Competition Enforcement?

  • Is the amount of data collected a relevant competition concern?
  • Data protection and competition enforcement
  • When is 'big data' big enough to matter for antitrust enforcement?

Chair: Evelina Kurgonaite, Legal Counsel, Head of Policy Strategy, Samsung Electronics, Brussels


Mariateresa Maggiolino, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Università Bocconi

Kristina Nordlander, Partner, Sidley Austin, Brussels

Nico van Eijk, Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

Agustin Reyna, Chief Competition Advisor, BEUC, Brussels

17:45 Closing Remarks & Drinks Reception

* Programme might be subject to minor changes.

Market structure vs. consumer harm

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