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Monday 6 - Friday 10 December 2021
Downing CollegeCambridge, UK

Monday 6 - Friday 10 December 2021
Downing College,
Cambridge, UK

EU Competition Law Winter School

Your A-Z 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

All-inclusive residential event - learn in several different formats during the day… and then reinforce that learning & connect with your peers at the evening activities


If you book and pay now but, for any regulatory or company policy reason, you cannot attend we will issue you with:

       - a credit note for you, or a colleague, to attend another event
       - or a full refund

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 23rd 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 hot topics, which this year include extended sessions on the digital economy, innovation, sustainability and FDI.

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 - establishing a pool of invaluable contacts for future business opportunities.

Plus! Get 29 CPD hours and a certificate on completion. 

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 an in-depth case study to help you analyse the practical issues.

Day 3: IP & Competition Law, Including Digital Markets

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 and innovation. The day includes two interactive practical sessions analysing practical application of the principles discussed throughout the day.

Day 4: Merger Control, FDI & 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. Then analyse how FDI rules are developing and state aid is responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

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.

New Sessions for 2021

To ensure that you understand how competition law is developing to address current challenges, we have added new areas of focus to the agenda: 

- Brexit: Implications for EU Competition Law
- Sustainability & Competition Law
- Digital Markets: Regulation v Competition Law
- Innovation: Economist’s Perspective
- Introduction to Foreign Direct Investment

EU Competition Law Winter School in numbers


Top legal minds sharing their insights and expertise


Presentations on the most important areas of competition law


Years advancing international competition lawyers through an in-depth and immersive 5-day course


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 peers, to reinforce your learning, exchange ideas, make lasting connections and let's not forget… to relax and enjoy your learning experience

A Boidi

Shearman & Sterling

Immersive competition experience, seasoned speakers and superb balance between economics and law, plus enthusiastic attendees from all over the world.