W@Competition Conference Conference on Contemporary Competition Developments

W@Competition Conference Conference on Contemporary Competition Developments

Feb 16, 2017 08:30 CTE
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels


Join Conference on Contemporary Competition Developments

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 Chair’s Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:35 Crystal ball gazing: merger control of the future

  • ‘Refinement, improvement & simplification’ – trimming or mounting the red tape?
  • Tailoring thresholds for data-rich targets in particular?
  • Fine-tuning the referral mechanism?


Chair: Dr Ethel Fonseca, Principal, RBB Economics




10:35 – 10:55 Coffee/tea break

10:55 – 12:15 The E-Commerce riddle: same, same yet different digital world?

  • Key lessons learned from the sector enquiry so far
  • How selective can selective distribution be today?
  • Online free-riding economics
  • What does the post-enquiry future hold?

Chair: Dr Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, Partner, bpv Hügel


  • Siún O'Keeffe, Senior Strategy Advisor, Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets
  • Dr Cristina Caffarra, VP, Head of European Competition Practice, CRA
  • Szilvia Szekely,  Task Force Digital Single Market, DG COMP, European Commission
  • Kjersti Bjerkebo, General Manager Legal, Panasonic Europe

12:15 – 13:20 Lunch

13:20 – 14:40 Private competition enforcement: reality check past the Dec ‘16 deadline

  • EU private enforcement landscape – before & after the directive
  • Notable improvements & remaining obstacles
  • Access to documents – disclosure & its impact on leniency
  • Is Brussels I fit for purpose?

Chair: Ana Rita Rego, London Managing Editor, Mlex


  • Michaela Nosa, Director of Legal and International Relations Division, Slovak Protimonopolný úrad
  • Mercedes Pedraz, Judge, Spanish Audiencia Nacional
  • Dr Kathrin Westermann, Partner, Noerr
  • Dr Barbara Veronese, Partner, CEG Global

14:40 – 15:00 Address by Andreas Mundt, President, German Bundeskartellamt

15:00 – 15:20 Coffee/tea break

15:20 – 16:40 In search of the right box: rebates by dominant firms

  • What’s next in the tale on ‘by object’ 102 TFEU infringements?
  • Economics of exclusivity rebates – who benefits?
  • Where does current case law leave competition authorities, courts & businesses?

Chair: Angélique de Brousse, Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


  • Prof. Alison Jones, King’s College London
  • Kate Collyer, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, UK Competition and Markets Authority
  • Aleksandra Boutin, Vice President, Compass Lexecon
  • Miriam Ezrachi, Group Counsel, EMEA IoT, Labs, Software and Services, Intel
  • Martina Maier, VP, General Counsel, Competition, Unilever

16:40 – 18:00 Enforcers’ Roundtable: Shaping Contemporary Competition Policy

Chair: Evelina Kurgonaite, Founder & Chair W@Competition


  • Gabriella Muscolo, Commissioner, Italian Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato
  • Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
  • Ann Pope, Senior Director Antitrust, UK Competition and Markets Authority
  • Natalie Harsdorf, Deputy Managing Director, Austrian Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde
  • Maria João Melícias, Member of the Board, Portuguese Autoridade da Concorrência


18:00  Closing Remarks

18:30  30 in their 30s Notable Women Competition Professionals: Announcement & Celebration

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