The 4th W@Competition Annual Conference 'The Competiti[ve] Edge'

March 16, 2020

POSTPONED due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On 17 March, join the 4th edition of the W@Competition Annual Conference in Brussels.

This year, the conference will explore the interrelation between competition enforcement and competitiveness-enhancing policies.

The one-day conference will feature a number of renowned and yet to be discovered competition professionals from enforcement authorities, in-house, private practice and competition economics, and will see a range of topics discussed including:

  • Taming strategic SME acquisitions

  • Fitting industrial into competition policy

  • Preserving innovation incentives in R&D-intense sectors

  • Levelling the playing field in the global context

  • Tackling climate change and sustainability challenges under [horizontal] rules of the game

  • The data quandary: time and tools to de-FANG the giants?

Speakers include:

  • Isabelle de Silva, President, French Autorité de la concurrence

  • Kirsi Leivo, Director General, Finnish Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto

  • Karin Lunning, Deputy Director General, Swedish Konkurrensverket

  • Prof. Amelia Fletcher, OBE, Non-Executive Director, UK Competition and Markets Authority

  • Silke Hossenfelder, Head of General Policy Division, German Bundeskartellamt

  • Monique van Oers, Legal Director, the Netherlands Autoriteit Consument & Markt

  • Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Hanna Anttilainen, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Dr. Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice, CRA

  • Prof. Suzanne Kingston, University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law

  • Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur for The Annual Competition Policy Report

  • Vanessa Turner, Senior Advisor – Competition, BEUC

  • Karen Jelgerhuis Swildens, Senior Legal and Competition Counsel, booking.com

  • Saar Dierckens, Senior Counsel Competition, Siemens AG

  • Elsa Sependa, Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T 

  • Angélique de Brousse, Senior Legal Counsel, Competition EMEA, Johnson & Johnson

  • Anneleen Straetemans, Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Europe at ZX Ventures

  • Fiona Carlin, Chief Executive, EMEA+, Baker McKenzie

  • Renata Hesse, Partner, Co-head of the Antitrust Group, Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Jenny Leahy, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

W@CompetitionNL Talk 'Towards Green Competition, Deal or No Deal?'

March 08, 2020

On 9 March, join the W@CompetitionNL Talk on Sustainability and Competition. Be inspired!

Hosted by the Netherlands Autoriteit Consument & Markt (ACM) in the Hague, the event will feature a panel discussion and an interview.

Speakers include:

  • Cateautje Hijmans van den Bergh, Board Member, Netherlands ACM

  • Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

  • Monique van Oers, ACM and W@CompetitionNL Board Member

  • Caroline Princen, CEO Nuts Groep, former chair of Netherlands’ Talent to the Top

  • Anna Gerbrandy, Professor Competition Law Europa Institute Utrecht University School of Law and W@CompetitionNL Board Member

  • Maria van der Heijden, Director MVO (Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility), Netherlands

  • Dr. Helen Jenkins, Managing Partner, Oxera Consulting

  • Helen Gornall, Partner at De Brauw and W@Competition Team Member

  • Ekaterina Rousseva, DG COMP, European Commission

  • Melina Pappa, Senior Manager Competition Policy at Liberty Global and W@CompetitionNLTeam Member

W@CompetitionDE Talk: 2020 – Time to Act? Competition Law is arming itself for Digitisation

January 29, 2020

On 30 January 2020, join the first W@CompetitionDE Talk in Cologne to hear from:

  • Dr. Irene Sewczyk, Senior Case Handler, German Bundeskartellamt

  • Dr. Andrea Pomana, Attorney at Law, Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Grania Holzwarth, Legal Counsel, Deutsche Telekom

  • Sophia Real, Competition Counsel, Google

  • Julia Dietrich, Associate Director, Frontier Economics


The event, hosted by Frontier Economics, is open to all interested professionals, both female and male.

W@CompetitionCEE Talk on "Due Process in Competition Proceedings"

November 28, 2019

W@CompetitionCEE invites to a roundtable discussion on due process in competition proceedings. 

Speakers include:


  • Professor Krystyna Kowalik-Bańczyk, Judge, General Court of the European Union (keynote address)

  • Hanna Anttilainen, Head of Unit at the European Commission

  • Dina Lurje, Deputy Chairwoman at the Lithuanian Konkurencijos Taryba

  • Marta Kruszka, Head of Unit, the Department of Competition Protection, Office of Competition and Consumer Protection

  • Michaela Nosa, Director of Legal, Legislative and International Relations Division at Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic

  • Aleksandra Boutin, Partner, Positive Competition

  • Katarzyna Czapracka, Partner, White & Case

  • Malgorzata Szwaj, Partner, Linklaters

  • Malgorzata Urbańska, Partner, CMS


14:30 – 15:00 Networking and refreshments

15:00 – 17:00 Roundtable discussion


Hotel Bristol, Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44, Warsaw


The event is free of charge and open to everyone interested, regardless of gender. It will be held in English.

W@CompetitionUK Talk on Collective Redress

November 10, 2019

W@CompetitionUK invites to an evening discussion on collective redress:


  • The challenges emerging from the collective redress regime: Jessica Steele (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) and Lucy Rigby (Hausfeld)

  • Direct and indirect purchaser claims: Elizabeth Jordan (Linklaters) and Avantika Chowdhury (Oxera)

  • The interplay between breach of privacy and abuse of dominance: Pinar Bagci (Brattle) and Victoria Wakefield QC (Brick Court Chambers)

The event, hosted by Hausfeld London, is open to everyone interested, but places are limited and advance registration required.

W@CompetitionIT Talk on Antitrust and Digital Economy

October 20, 2019

W@CompetitionIT is pleased to invite you to a discussion on Antitrust and Digital Economy organized in collaboration with the British Embassy in Italy.

Speakers include:

  • Jill Morris, S.E., UK Ambassador to Italy

  • Gabriella Muscolo, Componente AGCM

  • Sabrina Borocci, Partner Hogan Lovells

  • Lisa Di Felicicantonio, Head of Institutional and External Relations, Fastweb

  • Marzia Minozzi, Head of Institutional/Regulatory Affairs, ASSTEL (TBC)

  • Alessandra Tonazzi, Director of Community and International Relations AGCM

  • Ermelinda Spinelli, Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 

  • Andrea Coscelli, CEO Competition and Markets Authority, UK

  • Roberto Rustichelli, President AGCM (TBC)


Monday, 21 October, 2019
16:00 - 18:00


Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato
Piazza G. Verdi 6/a -  Roma
Sala Audizioni Finali

The event is open to everyone, regardless of gender.

W@Competition Talk "Gun-jumping: lessons learnt and the way forward"

October 15, 2019

Join the W@Competition Talk "Gun-jumping: lessons learnt and the way forward"

Speakers include:

  • Eleni Gouliou, Director of Mergers at Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), London UK

  • Lucia Bonova, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG COMP

  • Sabine Zigelski, Senior Competition Expert, the OECD Competition Division

  • Violetta Bourt, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright, Brussels office (moderator)

WHEN: 12:00 - 14:00

WHERE: Norton Rose Fulbright Brussels

The event is open to everyone, regardless of gender.

W@CompetitionFR Talk 'Siemens-Alstom' explained

October 07, 2019

Join a W@CompetitionFR Talk to hear "Siemens-Alstom" explained and discussed by professionals with first-hand experience on the case:

  • For the DG Comp:

- Caroline Tixier, Case handler, European Commission, member of the W@CompetitionFR team

- Patrice Galatis, Case handler, European Commission

  • For the Parties:

- Esther Kelly, Associate at Cleary Gottlieb and Hamilton

- Bojana Ignjatovic, Partner, RBB Economics

  • Moderator: Emily Xueref-Poviac, Associate at Clifford Chance, member of the W@CompetitionFR team


WHEN: Tuesday 8 October 2019, 18:00: debate, followed by a cocktail reception

WHERE: Clifford Chance, 1 rue d’Astorg, 75008 Paris

W@Competition Talk "Market Definition post-Servier"

September 29, 2019

On 30 September, join the W@Competition Talk "Market Definition post-Servier" and hear from:

  • Ethel Fonseca, RBB Economics

  • Grania Holzwarth, Deutsche Telekom

  • Reka Horvath, European Commission

  • Strati Sakellariou, White & Case

  • Tine Van den Haute, Merck Sharp & Dohme Europe

WHEN: 18:00 - 20:00

WHERE: White & Case, Rue de La Loi 62, Brussels

W@CompetitionNL Launch

September 22, 2019

Join the launch of W@CompetitionNL and hear two double-espresso talks on competition law in:

  • E-commerce & Digital Agenda

  • Private actions

Speakers include:

  • Neelie Kroes, former European Commissioner for Competition and Digital Agenda

  • Maria Rocha Barros, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Booking.com

  • Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, The Netherlands

  • Rita Wezenbeek, Head of Unit Antitrust Telecommunications, DG Comp, European Commission

  • Dominique Speekenbrink, Head Antitrust Practice Goup at ABB

  • Machteld de Monchy, Partner, De Brauw

WHEN: 16:00 - 19:00

WHERE: Booking.com HQ, 597 Herengracht, Amsterdam

2nd W@CompetitionNordic Conference 'Objectives of Competition Law'

September 19, 2019

Join the 2nd Annual W@CompetitionNordic Conference in Stockholm, hosted by the Swedish Konkurrensverket (KKV).


The conference with an overarching theme ”The objectives of competition law”, will convene competition professionals from the Nordic and Baltic countries, both from private and public sector, to discuss current competition developments in the region, including the digital economy.


The event, hosted by KKV, is free of charge and open to everyone interested, regardless of gender.


Advanced registration is required – first come, first served.


The conference will be held in English.


Attendees are also welcome to join a reception, held on the margins of the conference on Thursday, 19 September at Mäster Samuelsgatan 20, Stockholm. Please see more information here.

W@CompetitionUK Spotlight Sessions “The future shape and direction of competition policy”

July 03, 2019

Join W@CompetitionUK Spotlight Sessions “The future shape and direction of competition policy”

Hear five talks by:

  • Anna Mitchell, Linklaters: Competition for the digital age

  • Vassilena Karadakova, Cleary Gottlieb: Antitrust and financial services – where do the boundaries lie?

  • Carlotta Bonsignori, Frontier Economics: Thyssenkrup/Tata – Is the EU merger regime fit for purpose?

  • Jessica Radke, UK CMA: The CMA’s use of powers available under the CDDA to disqualify directors

  • Michelle Meagher, UCL: Consumer welfare and competition in the context of Lord Tyrie’s proposals


The talks will be followed by a moderated audience Q&A and networking drinks and ample opportunity to discuss these topics and related competition enforcement trends.

W@CompetitionFR Talk "Competition and Public Policies"

June 19, 2019

Join W@CompetitionFR Talk, organised jointly with l’Entente and kindly hosted by the French Autorité de la concurrence.


The discussion on "Competition and Public Policies" will address the link between the competition policy objectives and other public policy considerations.

The discussion, steered by Charlotte Breuvart, Partner, Jones Day, and Laure Schulz, Principal, RBB Economics, will be opened by Isabelle de Silva, President of the French Autorité de la concurrence, supporter of W@CompetitionFR and L’Entente, and will feature Anne Perrot, Economist, Inspector General of Finances, Member of the Economic Analysis Council, former Vice-President of the Competition Authority and Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law at the University of Liège, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University as discussants.


​REGISTRATION will open on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 10am.


W@Competition Talk "Merger Control in Commissioner Vestager's Era"

May 15, 2019

Margrethe Vestager’s term as Competition Commissioner has seen some remarkable merger cases, focusing on innovation, conglomerate and vertical effects, and impact of big data and digital platforms.


How has Commissioner Vestager shaped merger control and what legacy will she leave?

Join us for an interactive discussion featuring:

  • Hanna Anttilainen, Head of Unit, Mergers, Energy & Environment, DG Comp

  • Bojana Ignjatovic, Partner, RBB Economics

  • Elena Favaro Susplugas, Legal Director M&A, Antitrust and Financing, Thales

  • Asa S. Hallsdottir, Associate, Antitrust/EU Competition, Cleary Gottlieb

  • Francesca Micheletti, Associate Editor, Merger Control, PaRR (moderator)


The event, hosted by PaRR, is open to everyone interested, regardless of gender.

3rd Annual W@Competition Conference

The one-day conference will feature a number of renowned and yet to be discovered competition professionals from enforcement authorities, in-house, private practice and competition economics, and will see a range of topics discussed including:

  • Focus on non-horizontal effects – the new normal?

  • Demystifying competition enforcement post-BREXIT

  • Excessive, exploitative, exclusionary? Paid in cash or data? What's the ‘right price’ anyway?

  • Discretion and judicial review in competition cases

  • Smart use of digital tools: from refinements to restraints

  • Revisiting gun-jumping


Speakers include:

  • Frédéric Jenny, Chairman, Competition Committee, OECD; Professor of Economics, ESSEC Business School

  • Ingeborg Simonsson, Judge, Stockholm District Court, Patent and Market Court

  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Former Acting Chair of the US Fair Trade Commission, Partner, Baker Botts

  • Kelig Bloret Dupuis, Head of Competition Legal Department, Essilor International

  • Susan Hinchliffe, Global Executive Counsel – Competition Law & Policy, General Electric

  • Bitten Thorgaard Sørensen, Deputy Director General, Danish Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen

  • Rita Wezenbeek, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Ann Pope, Senior Director, UK Competition and Markets Authority

  • Annemiek Wilpshaar, Deputy Head of the ICT & Media Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Catherine Higgs, Global Head of Competition Law, GSK

  • Lucia Bonova, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Anneleen Straetemans, Global Legal Director, Competition, Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • Kirsten Edwards-Warren, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Compass Lexecon EMEA

  • Nadiah Rutges – Al-Ani, Senior Legal Counsel – Antitrust, Philips International B.V.

  • Sabine Zigelski, Senior Competition Expert, OECD

  • Ana Patricia Carvalho, Head of Legal, Nestle Portugal

  • Pat Treacy, Senior Partner, Bristows

  • Fiona Carlin, Partner, Chief Executive for EMEA+ region, Baker McKenzie

  • Nell Zhou, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher of Competition Law Center, University of International Business and Economics

  • Anna Lyle-Smythe, Partner, Slaughter & May

  • Annette Schild, Founding Partner, Antitrust Law Schild

  • Ethel Fonseca, Partner, RBB Economics

  • Sibel Yilmaz, Counsel, Linklaters

  • Francesca Miotto, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy

  • Anne MacGregor, Brussels Bureau Chief, Capitol Forum

W@Competition Talk "Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceuticals"

November 27, 2018

W@Competition and the OECD are delighted to invite you to their first joint event on Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceuticals. The event will take place in the margins of the OECD Global Forum on Competition taking advantage of the presence in Paris of competition enforcers from around the world.

WHEN: 18:00 – 20:30, 28 November, 2018

WHERE: The OECD, 2 Rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris

W@Competition Nordic Conference: Competition Law Developments Across the Region 2018

October 02, 2018

Join the inaugural W@Competition Nordic Conference on the most relevant competition law topics in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries and bringing about unparalleled experience from across the region into one place.

Panel discussions include:​

  • Abuse of dominance: national perspectives

  • E-commerce and competition law: challenges and opportunities for businesses

  • Joint bids and consortia: developments across the region

  • Working with the Nordic Competition Authorities: how to ensure compliance

  • Roundtable of Competition Enforcers across the Region: yearly review and trends

September 26, 2018

Join the first W@CompetitionIberia Talk in Madrid for an interactive exchange on the hottest competition topics in Spain and Portugal, featuring among speakers:

  • Nadia Calviño, Spanish Economy and Enterprise Minister

  • Maria João Melícias, Member of the Board, Portuguese Competition Authority

  • Maria Ortiz Aguilar, Member of the Board, Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition

  • Elena Zoido, Senior Vice President, Compass Lexecon

W@CompetitionFR Talk "STAND UP! What’s Next, in 2019?"

September 16, 2018

Join the first W@CompetitionFR Talk in Paris for an interactive discussion with the President of the French Competition Authority, Isabelle de Silva.

The President will be interviewed on recent developments and future trends to be expected in the future in French competition law.

Registration will open on 7 Sept – stay tuned as number of places is limited!

W@Competition talks: Merger Control in Germany

June 06, 2018

Join an interactive conversation between representatives of public and private enforcement, in-house counsel and competition economics on the topic of merger control in Germany. This event is the second of a series of W@Competition talks that will be hosted in German!


The panels will discuss:

  • The new German transaction value threshold, and

  • Gun jumping.


Please confirm your attendance by clicking here.

The event, hosted by Noerr in Munich, is open to everyone interested regardless of gender.

W@Competition Italy Talk on Brexit and the enforcement of competition

June 11, 2018

On occasion of the 29th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Conference, W@Competition Italy is pleased to invite you to a discussion on Brexit and the enforcement of competition, followed by a networking cocktail reception.

Join our distinguished speakers Commissioner Gabriella Muscolo and Samantha Mobley, BakerMcKenzie partner, and moderator Barbara Veronese, CEG, for a lively discussion on the future of public and private enforcement in view of the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.


The event is free and open for all, we encourage participation of colleagues at any level of seniority. The room, however, has a limited capacity, please register by email here - RSVP

The event, hosted by Baker McKenzie, is open to everyone interested regardless of gender.​

W@Competition Talk: Competition and Trade Law: Blurring Demarcation Lines

June 05, 2018

W@Competition and Women in Trade invite you to hear from two panels:​​

  • New facets of protectionism: ​challenges or tools for regulators? beneficial or detrimental for industry?

  • Competition clauses in trade agreements: aims, uses (or abuses?) and effectiveness 


​Hosted by AmCham EU, the event will discuss the current status and implications of the ​European ​Commission​'s​ proposal for a framework ​to screen foreign direct investments, its use of power to block state measures that adversely affect mergers, State aid and liberalisation.

The discussion will also explore competition clauses in trade agreements - whether and how such clauses could directly affect industry, such as potential consequences on the territorial application of EU Competition law.


Please confirm your attendance by clicking here.​

The event, hosted by Norton Rose, is open to everyone interested regardless of gender.​

May 15, 2018

Join our lunch discussion on the interface between competition law and rules adopted by sports governing bodies. The discussion will address, among other questions, the European Commission’s decision against the International Skating Union (ISU).


Please confirm your attendance by clicking here

The event, hosted by Norton Rose, is open to everyone interested regardless of gender.

W@Competition Conference 2.0: Is Disruptive Competition Disrupting Competition Enforcement?

February 28, 2018

At the time when new terms – such as ‘hipster antitrust’, ‘fairness’, ‘algorithm collusion’ – are being added to the competition law glossary, W@Competition conference will explore what this means for business and competition enforcement in practice. More about the conference here.

Panel discussions include:

  • The true reach: exploring the outer orbit of competition law

  • Innovative merger control: in tune or ahead of the times?

  • Enforcing competition law today: rules of the game

  • Big, unique, private, connected… data and competition

Speakers include:

  • Johannes Laitenberger, Director General, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Sarah Cardell, General Counsel, UK Competition and Markets Authority

  • Céline Gauer, Director, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Martina Maier, Chief Counsel Competition, Siemens

  • Anneleen Straetemans, Global Legal Director, Competition, ‎Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • Birgit Krueger, Head of the General Policy Division, German Bundeskartellamt

  • Maria Jaspers, HoU, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Fiona Carlin, Partner, Head of Global Competition Team, Baker McKenzie

  • Annemiek Wilpshaar, Deputy HoU, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Renata Hesse, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Beatriz de Guindos Talavera, Senior Advisor to the President, Spanish Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia

  • Annemieke Tuinstra-Carel, Senior Economist, Dutch Autoriteit Consument & Markt

  • Catriona Hatton, Partner, Baker Botts

  • Ethel Fonseca, Partner, RBB Economics

  • Romina Polley, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

  • Teresa Vecchi, Legal Service, European Commission

  • Adina Claici, Director, Copenhagen Economics

  • Pola Karolczyk, Senior Associate, Sidley Austin

  • Raluca Marian, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

February 05, 2018

Join the first W@CompetitionIT Talk in Milan for a discussion of what the Coty ruling means for business and competition enforcement in practice. ​Hear from and exchange views with:

  • Alessandra Tonazzi, the Italian Competition Authority

  • Maria Teresa Maggiolino, Bocconi University

  • Valerie Ruotolo, Hewelett Packard

  • Paola Nocerino, Airliquide

Chair: Irene Picciano, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlan

This in the first W@CompetitionIT Talk to be held in Italian.


The event, hosted by the Permanent Representation of the European Parliament, is open and free for all interested professionals, irrespective of gender.

October 18, 2017

Join an interactive conversation on cartel damage claims in Germany.

For diverse perspectives on the topic, the discussion will feature:

  • Sarah Cannevel, Bundeskartellamt, Sonderkommission Kartellbekämpfung

  • Babette Kacholdt, Senior Legal Counsel, Deutsche Bahn

  • Lilly Fielder, Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • Carina Lange, Senior Consultant, CEG Europe

This in the first W@CompetitionDE Talk to be held in German.


The event, which will be hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Düsseldorf, is open for all interested professionals, irrespective of gender.

W@Competition Talk with Enforcers: ECN+

September 12, 2017

Join an interactive conversation on the European Commission's proposed directive to make national competition authorities more effective enforcers - the initiative known as the ECN+ featuring:

  • Anna Vernet, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Dr Alessandra Tonazzi, Director, the Italian Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato

  • Franziska Zibold, Member of the Cabinet of the President, Portuguese Autoridade da Concorrência

  • Michaela Nosa, Director, Legal, Legislative & International Relations Division, Slovak Protimonopolný úrad

  • Dr. Maja Murza, Legal Adviser, Unit IB2 Competition and Consumer Policy, German Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs and Energy


As ECN negotiations on the text of the directive will resume after the summer break, we will aim to identify some of the some of the more contentions aspects of the initiative as well as hear views and positions of representatives from different European jurisdictions.

The event is hosted by: