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28 September 2021
Le Châtelain Boutique HôtelBrussels, Belgium

28 September 2021
Le Châtelain Boutique Hôtel,
Brussels, Belgium

EU Merger Control

Analyse how the EU merger control regime is adapting to the new political environment, continuing challenges posed by digital markets and industrial policy concerns.

Join us in Brussels to reconnect with your peers.


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

Key themes for the 2021 Merger Control conference:

A European Commission Keynote Address

Hear from Guillaume Loriot, Deputy Director General, Merger, DG Comp, European Commission on their policy and enforcement priorities.

EU Merger Control, Politics & Industrial Policy

Join the debate on the role of politics and industrial policy in EU merger control. During this lively discussion, we will examine whether DG Comp is too focused on merger control in the digital sector at the expense of industrial policy. Should the approach to merger control be more sensitive to industrial aims? EU vs National champions: what are the issues at stake?  

Proposals for Reform & Guidance of Referrals under Article 22

Analyse the Commission’s Communication on Guidance of referrals under Article 22 EUMR and the Commission’s ongoing review. What are the expected changes to the procedural and jurisdictional aspects of merger control?

Merger Control in Digital Markets

Consider the implications of the Digital Markets Act and UK’s Digital Markets Taskforce advice for merger control in the digital economy. Review the joint statement on merger control enforcement published by the CMA, Bundeskartellamt and ACCC, as well as recent significant mergers including Google/Fitbit, Facebook/Giphy, Illumina/Grail.

FDI & Proposals for Foreign Subsidies Regulation

Review Foreign Direct Investment rules, including practical implications for notifications in global transactions as well as proposals for Regulation on Foreign Subsidies and distortion of internal market concerns. 

Multijurisdictional Mergers

Join this practical panel session to review transatlantic and UK/EU cooperation, to consider what lessons can be learnt from recent cases on how regulators around the world approach mergers, and when to file/not to file in jurisdictions where you don’t have material issues.

Reconnect with the Competition Law Community

After the hiatus caused by COVID-19, it is time to reconnect with the competition law community. Join us after the conference for a drinks reception to catch up with your peers and make new connections in an informal setting.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a number of exclusive and innovative sponsorship and speaking options, to help you demonstrate thought leadership.

For more information please contact Enes Duzen on or call +44 (0) 20 8052 0469.


Mayer Brown International

“Extremely interesting conference. The choice of speakers made this event very enjoyable and worth every minute to be there.”