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Monday 3 - Friday 7 August 2020
Downing College,
Cambridge, UK

The EU Competition Law Summer School

Leading, all-inclusive, multi-format, residential event to help you gain the best foundation in EU competition law.

Learn from top legal minds on how to navigate legal complexities and successfully address current practical challenges in competition law… then reinforce your learning & forge lasting connections during the informal evening activities

Thank you to all those who attended in 2019!

We're still putting the 2020 programme together - if you'd like to know as soon as it's ready then please register your interest by downloading last year's brochure

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Gain a firm foundation in EU Competition Law

Covering all areas of competition law, this event is tailored to the needs of professionals who require a solid foundation in EU competition law and practice. 

Now in its 21st year, this fully interactive, 5-day residential conference will help you master legal complexities and the practical challenges of competition law and policy. In a unique informal setting we'll offer you plenty of opportunities to learn in a variety of formats, designed to help you consolidate knowledge.

Guided by top competition law minds from across the industry, regulators and private practice, you will also be given ample opportunities throughout this event to network with your peers and experts, debate contentious topics and establish a pool of contacts for future business opportunities.

Gain a robust understanding of all the key aspects of eu competition law - in just 5 days! topics for the 2019 summer school included:

Day 1: Learn key concepts and take an in-depth view at Article 101

During Day 1 our expert speakers will provide you with a firm foundation for understanding EU competition law focusing specifically on Article 101 - including principles and practical examples of hard core cartels and key economic considerations, as well as horizontal agreements. Finally, you will have an opportunity to listen to a panel of in-house speakers on how they approach Article 101 in practice.

Day 2: Understand and apply the key principles of Article 102

Day 2 will focus on Article 102 and explore the difference between abuse and legitimate competition, introduce theories of harm and discuss practical issues in pricing, as well as how the European Commission is approaching its enforcement priorities. You will be invited to join a mock hearing focusing on a hypothetical abuse of dominance case to help you analyse these issues in practice.

Day 3: Review the relationship between IP & Competition Law

Join our speakers from Bristows to examine the interface between IP and competition law including vertical agreements block exemption, technology transfer block exemption, the role of IP in article 102 and currently developing issues surrounding digital markets, e-commerce and data. The day includes two interactive practical sessions analysing practical application of the principles discussed throughout the day.

Day 4: Tackle practical challenges in merger control and state aid

Delve into the law and practice of EU merger control including remedies and appeals. Our expert speakers will offer you a practical guide to merger proceedings based on their experience - including tips on how to structure a deal, pre-notification submissions, interim measures and how to handle multi-jurisdictional mergers. You will then explore the increasingly important area of state aid.

Day 5: Explore enforcement, litigation & compliance ...and Brexit

You will be introduced to the increasingly important area of private enforcement post implementation of the Damages Directive and the work of national competition authorities. The day focuses on practical concerns for competition lawyers including how best to navigate the competition process and current competition law risks and compliance challenges for corporates. Finally, we will examine what Brexit means for competition law.

Enjoy 4 special evening networking activities in historic Cambridge!

To help you consolidate your knowledge and make new connections with competition lawyers from all over the world we have designed a range of evening networking activities including a quiz night, punting on the river Cam, barbeque, guided walking tour of Cambridge and a gala dinner.

Unique multi-format learning and networking experience

During the day, delegates will have an opportunity to learn in a variety of formats including in-depth presentations, interactive group discussions, thought-provoking mock hearings, attention-grabbing case studies and practical workshops – ensuring that the topics are fully understood and covered from multiple angles. This year we have created additional time for informal Q & A sessions with the speakers, helping you address your burning questions.

The evenings are devoted to networking activities. Extra time that you can use to connect with the expert speakers and your international peers, to reinforce your learning, exchange ideas, make lasting connections and let's not forget… to relax and enjoy your learning experience

EU Competition Law Summer School in numbers

Presentations, debates and workshops to build your EU competition law knowledge
Years as the leading residential event for all those needing a solid foundation in competition law
Information-packed, practical days in a relaxing setting

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