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

EU Competition Law Summer School

Join the leading, residential and all-inclusive event to help you navigate the complexities of EU competition law. Gain a firm understanding of the fundamentals and build on them through multi-format sessions to shape practical strategies & address current challenges.

Now in its 22nd year! Learn from top legal minds … then reinforce your learning & forge lasting connections during the informal evening activities


We're looking forward to welcoming our attendees, sponsors and speakers at the EU Competition Law Summer School this August.

Our number one priority is the safety of our delegates and colleagues, and there are always measures in place at our venues to safeguard your health and safety. There are extra measures in place for 2020 in light of developments with COVID-19.

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The perfect way to come to grips with EU competition law in just 5 days!

Covering all areas of competition law, this residential, all-inclusive event is tailored to the needs of professionals and provides a firm understanding of EU competition law to help them shape their practical strategies.

Now in its 22nd year, each day builds on a key theme in competition law, through a combination of intensive lectures, practical discussions, in-depth Q&As and real life case studies - ensuring that delegates are proficient in both the fundamentals, as well as currently developing tricky issues.

Instructed by top competition law minds, including regulators, in-house counsel, private practice lawyers and economists, each day will provide ample opportunities to network with your peers and experts and to establish a pool of invaluable contacts for future business opportunities.

Each Day is Structured to Focus on a Theme, Providing a Solid Foundation in EU Competition Law

Day 1: 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: 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 real-life abuse of dominance case to help you analyse these issues in practice.

Day 3: IP & Competition Law

Join our speakers from Bristows to examine the interface between IP and competition law including the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption, Technology Transfer Block Exemption, the role of IP in Article 102 and currently developing issues surrounding digital markets, AI and data. The day includes two interactive practical sessions analysing practical application of the principles discussed throughout the day.

Day 4: Merger Control & 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.

Day 5: Enforcement, Litigation & Compliance

You will be introduced to the increasingly important area of private enforcement including best strategies for litigation. The day focuses on practical concerns for competition lawyers including how best to navigate the competition processes and current competition law risks and compliance challenges for corporates.

Plus! 4 Special Evening Networking Activities

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 historic Cambridge and a gala dinner.

Benefits of Attending

Informative and practical:
  • Gain a solid understanding of crucial competition law issues from a broad range of perspectives in a relaxed and informal atmosphere
  • Review high profile cases and their practical implications
  • Enhance your knowledge by embracing in-depth analysis and expert commentary on key EU competition law issues
  • Develop cutting-edge strategies to combat common problem areas to avoid hefty fines
Who should attend:
  • Junior lawyers seeking to gain a specialism in competition law
  • In-house counsel requiring an impeccable grounding in the core areas of competition law
  • Experienced lawyers who needs to know more about competition law
  • Regulators & national competition authorities
  • Professionals in need of an A-Z guide to EU competition law
Make Lasting Connections:
  • Make lasting business connections with our international delegates 
  • Join our renowned speakers during the specially designed informal Q & As to quiz them on the issues which matter the most to you
  • Consolidate your new contacts during extensive networking functions throughout the day and special evening events
Certification & Take Home Advice:
  • Gain 26 CPD hours
  • Certified on completion  
  • Take home practical advice and comprehensive event documentation for future reference

EU Competition Law Summer School in numbers

Top legal minds sharing their insights including regulators, in-house counsel, economists and private practice lawyers
Information-packed, practical days in a relaxing setting
Unique event to help you build a firm foundation in EU competition law and make long lasting contacts with your peers

Unique multi-format learning and networking experience

During the day, delegates will have an opportunity to learn in a variety of interactive formats – ensuring that each topic is fully understood and covered from multiple angles, with plenty of time for Q&As

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

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