W@Competition Conference 2.0

Is Disruptive Competition Disrupting Competition Enforcement?

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

​9:00 Chair’s Welcome Remarks

Evelina Kurgonaite, Founder & Chair, W@Competition

9:15 – 09:40 Keynote Address

Johannes Laitenberger, Director General, DG Competition, European Commission


09:40 – 11:00 The true reach: exploring the outer orbit of competition law


  • Aoife White, Competition Correspondent, Bloomberg



  • Céline Gauer, Director, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Renata Hesse, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

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

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

  • Prof. Dr. Anna Gerbrandy, Chair of Competition Law, Europa Institute Utrecht University School of Law


11:00 – 11:15 Protecting disruptive innovation – from blind spots to overenforcement?

Cristina Caffarra, VP, Head of Competition Europe, CRA

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee/tea break

11:30 – 11:45 Fitting the [regulatory] box

Gail Levine, Head of Regulatory Affairs US, Uber

​11:45 – 13:00 Innovative merger control: in tune or ahead of the times?


Francesca Micheletti, Head of Merger Control Coverage, PaRR



  • Birthe Pahnans, Deputy HoU, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Natalie Harsdorf, Deputy Managing Director, Austrian Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde

  • Catriona Hatton, Partner, Baker Botts

  • Ethel Fonseca, Partner, RBB Economics

  • Egle Gudelyte Harvey, VP, Acting Head of Group Regulatory and Privacy, Telia Company

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

​14:00 – 14:15 Disruptive concepts and misconceptions – an enforcer’s take

Bitten Thorgaard Sorensen, Deputy Director General, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority


14:15 – 15:35 Big, unique, private, connected… data and competition



Pola Karolczyk, Senior Associate, Sidley Austin



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

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

  • Dr Romina Polley, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

  • Grania Holzwarth, Legal Counsel, Deutsche Telekom

  • Adina Claici, Director, Copenhagen Economics


15:35  – 15:55 Coffee/tea break


15:55 – 16:10 Come innovation  disruptive and not: switching gears and pressing on

Maria João Melícias, Member of the Board, Portuguese Autoridade da Concorrência

16:10  – 17:25 Enforcing competition law today: rules of the game



Raluca Marian, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright



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

  • Maria Jaspers, HoU, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Teresa Vecchi, Legal Service, European Commission

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


17:25 – 17:50 Meet W@Competition Drivers


17:40  Closing Remarks & W@CompetitionBlog Launch Drinks

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