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EU Competition Conference 2021

Digital event

28 October 2021, 12:00 - 18:00 UTC +02:00
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We are very pleased to invite you to our next EU Competition Conference

The event will be digital format on 28 October 2021.

The EU Commission has been very active and is currently working on a high number of legal projects representing an unprecedented wholesale renewal of the EU Competition Law rules.

In various formats we will discuss the latest developments and upcoming challenges in key areas of EU competition law, including:

  • Merger control - the new art 22 referral regime
  • Foreign investment screening - merger control 2.0
  • Horizontal restraints - reform of the EU rules
  • Vertical restraints - reform of the EU rules
  • Abuse of dominance - the new EU approach in digital markets
  • Foreign subsidy control – merger control 3.0

Our special guest speaker will be:

Olivier Guersent, Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition, European Commission

Further speakers at the conference include:

  • Ben Graham, Europe Legal Director, AB InBev
  • Carla Beuret, Senior Legal Advisor, Wettbewerbskommission (Switzerland)
  • Christiane Dahlbender, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & Global Customers, MARS
  • Christof Schoser, Head of Taskforce Third Country Subsidies, European Commission
  • Colin Raftery, Senior Director, Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority (UK)
  • Erwann Kerguelen, Rapporteur Général Adjoint, Autorité de la concurrence (France)
  • Fiona M. Scott Morton, Yale University, USA
  • Florentine Kessler-Grobe, Head of Unit Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (Germany)
  • Johannes Stampfer, Competition Law & Commercial Legal Director, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Comp.
  • Julia Portmann, Director Legal Distribution, Porsche
  • Kee Won Shin, Bae Kim & Lee, South Korea
  • Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
  • Oliver Bethell, Head of Competition EMEA, Google
  • Sergio Sinovas, Sub-Director of Industry and Energy, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (Spain)
  • Stefan Ruech, Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde (Austria)
  • Theon van Dijk, Chief economist, Autoriteit Consument & Markt (Netherlands)
In cooperation with
HHU Institute of competition law

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf - Institute for Competition Law

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Agenda

12:00-12:20

Welcome

  • Christian Kersting, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf;
  • Michael Bauer, CMS Brussels.

12:20-13:15

Panel 1: Vertical restraints

The Reform of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the Vertical Guidelines

  • Dual Distribution, Platforms and Agency
  • Vertical Hardcore Restrictions

Panelists:

  • Ben Graham, Europe Legal Director, AB InBev;
  • Erwann Kerguelen, Rapporteur Général Adjoint, Autorité de la concurrence (France);
  • Johannes Stampfer, Competition Law & Commercial Legal Director, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Comp.;
  • Julia Portmann, Director Legal Distribution, Porsche.

Moderators:

  • Malgorzata Urbanska, CMS Warsaw;
  • Markus Schöner, CMS Hamburg.

13:15-13:55

Focus session: Foreign subsidies control

The EC’s proposal for a Foreign Subsidy Regulation

  • Key elements & update
  • What will 150 new EC officials do?

Guest:

  • Christof Schoser, Head of Taskforce Third Country Subsidies, European Commission

Interviewers:

  • Claire Vannini, CMS Paris;
  • Marieke Datema, CMS Amsterdam.

13:55-14:50

Panel 2: Abuse of dominance

New rules for gatekeepers in the digital economy

  • Key issues around the world – competition for regulation?
  • Opportunities and risks for companies

Panelists:

  • Fiona M. Scott Morton, Yale University, USA;
  • Kee Won Shin, Bae Kim & Lee, South Korea
  • Oliver Bethell, Head of Competition EMEA, Google;
  • Rupprecht Podszun, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

Moderators:

  • Björn Herbers, CMS Brussels;
  • Szabolcs Szendro, CMS Budapest.

14:50-15:15

Networking Break

15:15-16:10

Panel 3: Merger control / foreign direct investment

  • Foreign investment reviews as the new merger control?
  • Merger control trends, Art. 22 EUMR, the post-Brexit landscape, gun-jumping after Altice

Panelists:

  • Colin Raftery, Senior Director, Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority (UK);
  • Florentine Kessler-Grobe, Head of Unit Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (Germany);
  • Sergio Sinovas, Sub-Director of Industry and Energy, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (Spain);
  • Stefan Ruech, Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde (Austria).

Moderators:

  • Caroline Hobson, CMS London;
  • Kai Neuhaus, CMS Brussels.

16:10-16:50

Keynote: EC Competition policy: new challenges, new approaches

Guest:

  • Olivier Guersent, Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition, European Commission

Interviewers:

  • Annemieke Hazelhoff, CMS Amsterdam
  • Jannik Otto, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

16:50-17:00

Speed Networking Break

17:00-17:55

Panel 4: Horizontal restraints

The Reform of the Horizontal Guidelines

  • Sustainability agreements – new room to maneuver?
  • Buying cartels vs buying groups – where is the borderline?

Panelists:

  • Carla Beuret, Senior Legal Advisor, Wettbewerbskommission (Switzerland)
  • Christiane Dahlbender, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & Global Customers, MARS
  • Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
  • Theon van Dijk, Chief economist, Autoriteit Consument & Markt (Netherlands)

Moderators:

  • Marquard Christen, CMS Zurich
  • Michael Bauer, CMS Brussels

17:55-18:00

Closing

We are looking forward welcoming you online!

Should you have any questions regarding this event, please contact us.