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October 2021
Brussels, Belgium

EU Merger Control

Merger Control in the Age of Digitisation and Globalisation

Join us for an in-depth examination of recent developments in EU merger control. Expect a robust discussion of the challenges posed by big data and the digital economy, the increasing influence of politics, and the possibility that EU competition law could play a role in achieving pressing public policy goals as we enter the 2020s.

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Highlights at the 2020 conference included:

A European Commission Keynote Address
A European Commission Keynote Address

Hear directly from the Commission to ascertain the latest thinking on policy and strategy in EU merger control. 

The Changing Policy Landscape
The Changing Policy Landscape
  • Are we expecting an overhaul of EU merger control as we enter the 2020s?
  • The increasing influence of stakeholders and the politicisation of merger control.
  • Facing the realities of modern Europe: mergers involving state-controlled enterprises, third country interventions, and distortive state subsidies.
Merger Control in the Digital Economy
Merger Control in the Digital Economy
  • Killer acquisitions: are large digital companies blocking innovation by buying tech start-ups? Are we in need of moving to an “error-cost” framework?
  • Tech giants, platforms and questions of fairness: a new regulatory landscape for 2020?
  • The drafting of remedies in the digital economy: is current policy fit for purpose?

The Efficiencies Debate
The Efficiencies Debate
  • Should the implementation of competition law be used to pursue public policy goals?
  • To what extent do the EU’s Article 11 commitments to environmental protection and the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) raise antitrust issues?
  • Does EU competition law focus too narrowly on issues of price and innovation? Is there room to broaden its scope?
  • The effect on vertical agreements: are we in need of overarching guidelines?
EU Competition Law in a Globalising World
EU Competition Law in a Globalising World
  • Analysis of the Siemens/Alstom decision.
  • The changing scope of geographical markets: is the threat from large non-EU firms, such as the Chinese state-owned CRRC, overblown?
  • If threats to competition are globally sized, does regional enforcement need to be scaled up?
  • Will growing mega-firms from markets outside Europe necessitate a change of EU merger control?
Practical Insights
Practical Insights
  • Hear from regulators and in-house counsel from across Europe.
  • Substantive analysis and procedural updates from regulators such as the CMA, Authorite de la Concurrence, and Belgian Competition Authority.
  • Hear first-hand operational experiences from in-house counsel across industries such as data, steel and telecommunications.


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

2020 Knowledge Partner

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