28 April 2020
Le Châtelain Boutique Hôtel,
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.
Experts who will be speaking include:
Highlights at the 2020 conference will include:
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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.