Conference on Contemporary Competition Developments


8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 Chair’s Welcome Remarks

   Evelina Kurgonaite, Founder & Chair W@Competition

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?



   Dr Ethel Fonseca, Principal, RBB Economics



  • Birgit Krüger, Head of General Policy Division, German Bundeskartellamt

  • Annemiek Wilpshaar, Deputy Head of Unit, DG COMP, European Commission

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

  • Julia Holtz, Legal Director, Google

  • Susan Jones, Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis


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?


   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?


   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?


  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


   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

   Raluca Marian, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

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


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Venue: The Hotel, 1st Floor, Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels

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