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EU Competition Conference 2019

Brussels, Belgium

Past event
11 September 2019, 12:00 - 18:00 UTC +02:00

The EU Competition Conference 2019 will once again bring together leading competition law practitioners, economists, in-house counsels, government officials, judges and academics. In four sessions we will discuss the latest developments and hot topics in key areas of competition law, including merger control, cartel damage claims, abuse of dominance, and vertical agreements.


12:00 p.m.

Registration and lunch buffet

12:45 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Dr Andreas Schwab
Member of the European Parliament
Internal market spokesman for the EPP Group 

  • German/French/Polish paper on Modernising EU Competition Policy - A view from Europe

1:20 p.m.

Session 1: Merger Control

  • Industrial policy considerations in EU merger control: Necessary amendment or dead end?
  • Gun-jumping, misleading information, non-compliance with commitments: Stricter enforcement of merger control by authorities? 

Angélique de Brousse, Johnson&Johnson
Étienne Chantrel, French Competition Authority  
Benedikt Ecker, thyssenkrupp
Ruben Maximiano, OECD

Dr Harald Kahlenberg, CMS Stuttgart
Prof Dr Rupprecht Podszun, University of Düsseldorf

2:15 p.m.

Session 2: Abusive Practices

  • Buyer power: Need for change in EU law?
  • Rebates two years after Intel: Did practices change?
  • New forms of abuse: AB Inbev and other cases

Philippe Chauve, Food Task Force, DG Competition
Prof Dr José Luís Cruz Vilaça, former ECJ judge / rapporteur in Intel case
Ben Graham, AB InBev
Karen Schutyser, Coca Cola European Partners

Dr Michael Bauer, CMS Brussels
Carlos Vérgez, CMS Madrid

3:15 p.m.

Coffee break

3:45 p.m.

Session 3: Vertical Restraints

  • New VBER: Exclusivities, pricing, e-commerce for the next decade
  • Leniency applications: What to do if ‘it’ happened?

Dr Markus Kürten, adidas
Nicolas Lievens, L’OREAL
Dr Luca Schicho, Austrian Competition Authority
Marieke Scholz, DG Competition

Dr Markus Schöner, CMS Hamburg
Małgorzata Urbańska, CMS Warsaw

4:45 p.m.

Session 4: Cartel Damage Claims

  • Good practice in damage claims – Some learnings from recent cases
  • The ECJ’s Skanska decision and its consequences – more than just piercing the veil

Prof Dr Christian Kersting, University of Düsseldorf
Dr Tilman Makatsch, Deutsche Bahn
Vitaly Pruzhansky, RBB Economics Brussels
Dr Mathias Traub, Robert Bosch GmbH

Caroline Hobson, CMS London
Dr Tim Reher, CMS Hamburg

5:45 p.m.

Final remarks

6:00 p.m.

End of conference

6:45 p.m.


7:30 p.m.


Guest speaker:
Henne Schuwer, Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United States

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