EU Competition Conference 2023
Registration is open! We are delighted to invite you to our traditional EU Competition Conference 2023 organised jointly by the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf - Institute for Competition Law and the CMS Antitrust, Competition & Trade Group.The conference will take place on 11 May 2023 at the SQUARE Conference Centre in Brussels from 10:00 to 17:30 followed by an evening event* at the BELvue Museum.We are very honoured to be able to again welcome a list of distinguished guest speakers from various institutions and private companies who will provide their valuable perspectives on the newest trends in the wide field of competition law.The list of competition law experts includes:Olivier Guersent, Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition, European CommissionGuillaume Loriot, Deputy Director-General Mergers at DG CompetitionAndreas Mundt, President of the German Competition AuthorityDamien Gerard, Prosecutor General of the Belgian Competition AuthorityAndreas Schwab, Member of the European ParliamentFurthermore, we are proud to announce that our sessions will showcase a range of further competition law experts from various private companies and competition economy consultancies including speakers from AB InBev, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, E.CA Economics, Microsoft, Oxera and many others.Our conference will feature interviews, multiple panel discussions and focused sessions, providing insights on a variety of important topics. Conference Programme: 10:00 Welcome: Christian Kersting, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Michael Bauer, CMS Brussels 10:10 Panel: Vertical restraints Navigating the new normal - Exploring the impact of new VBER and VGL on pricing strategies and online sellingPanellists:Miguel Pérez, Director Antitrust, IP & Commercial, Ab InBevCarlos Vérgez, CMS MadridModerator:Malgorzata Urbanska, CMS Warsaw 10:50 Interview with Andreas Mundt, President of the German Competition Authority A new approach towards sustainability agreements and buying groups?
Germany’s ideas for a new competition toolGuest:Andreas Mundt, President of the German Competition AuthorityInterviewers:Michael Bauer, CMS BrusselsAnnemieke Hazelhoff, CMS Amsterdam 11:25 Panel: Horizontal restraints What lies ahead? - The EU Commission’s new approach concerning sustainability agreements and information exchangePanellists:Daniela Esposito, Global Head of Competition Law, Akzo NobelDirk Middelschulte, VP Global General Counsel Competition, UnileverModerators:Annemieke Hazelhoff, CMS AmsterdamMichael Bauer, CMS Brussels 12:15 Interview with Guillaume Loriot, Deputy Director-General Mergers at DG Competition Merger control developmentsGuest:Guillaume Loriot, Deputy Director-General Mergers at DG CompetitionInterviewers:Christoff Henrik Soltau, CMS HamburgDieter Zandler, CMS Vienna 14:00 Focus Session: Private Damage Claims Current trends and pitfalls in private litigation, in the EU and beyondPanellists:Avantika Chowdhury, Partner, Oxera ConsultingChristian Kersting, Heinrich Heine University DüsseldorfEdmon Oude Elferink, CMS AmsterdamModerator:Tim Reher, CMS Hamburg 14:00 Focus Session: Foreign Direct Investment Beyond Borders: Key learnings and outlook on the future of Foreign Investment ControlPresenters:Kai Neuhaus, CMS BrusselsJacqueline Vallat, CMS London 14:00 Focus Session: Foreign Subsidies Control Merger control 3.0: How to navigate these uncharted watersPanellists:Caroline Medina, Competition Law Legal Director, AlstomClemens Kerle, CMS OsloModerator:Claire Vannini, CMS Paris 14:45 Interview with Olivier Guersent, Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition, European Commission Topical questions about abuse package, Reg 1/2003 review and moreGuest:Olivier Guersent, Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition, European CommissionInterviewers:Rupprecht Podszun, Heinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDirk Van Liedekerke, CMS Brussels 15:50 Panel: Abuse of dominance The new package on exclusionary abuses - Refining the effects-based approach?Panellists:Damien Gerard, Prosecutor General, Belgian Competition AuthoritySimone Kohnz, Director, E.CA EconomicsRupprecht Podszun, Heinrich Heine University DüsseldorfModerator:Brian Sher, CMS London 16:45 Panel: Digital Regulation The Digital Markets Act comes to life - First experiences, first trendsPanellists:Sophie Gappa, Policy Officer at the Competition Unit of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate ActionGerhard Klumpe, Presiding judge at the Regional Court DortmundCarel Maske, Director of Competition EMEA, MicrosoftModerators:Björn Herbers, CMS BrusselsSzabolcs Szendro, CMS Budapest 18:30 Evening event* Dinner speech: More regulation or more competition? – An MEP’s point of viewby Andreas Schwab, Member of the European Parliament Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to engage with top legal minds and stay ahead of the curve in EU competition law.Should you have any questions regarding this event, please contact us.*Please note that seats for the evening event at the BELvue Museum are limited. We will reach out to you to confirm your seat once we have finalised our guest list. Thank you for your understanding.