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Competition Policy Conference

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 (9.00-14.00)


Competition, digitisation and fairness

Competition gives consumers the power to demand a fair deal. But this concept of ‘fairness’ is increasingly debated in today’s world, where markets are driven and shaped by digital technology. From artificial intelligence and Big Data to the role of national competition authorities in digital markets, the 35th edition of AmCham EU’s annual Competition Policy Conference will explore the evolving relationship between competition, digitisation and fairness.

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The Annual Competition Policy Conference brings together EU and US representatives to exchange views on the development of efficient competition policies reflecting the needs and interests of both business and consumers.

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Draft programme

Welcome and opening address

08.30 – 09.00 Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 - 09.15 Opening remarks
Dr Bertold Bär-Bouyssière, Partner, DLA Piper and Co-Chair of AmCham EU Competition Policy Committee


Panel discussions

09.15 – 10.15 Panel 1: Data and market power: How best to protect consumers?

  • David Cardwell, Senior Associate, Baker Botts LLP
  • Cyril Ritter, Antitrust case support and policy, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Carel Maske, Senior Attorney, Microsoft

​Moderated by Jay Modrall, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and Co-Chair of AmCham EU Competition Policy Committee

10.15– 11.15 Panel 2: Theories of harm: what evidence is required?

  • Oliver Bethell, Head of Competition EMEA, Google
  • Anneleen Straetemans, Global Legal Director Competition, AB InBev 
  • Marco Ramondino, Case Handler Unit E.4 (Mergers), DG Competition, European Commission 
  • Angélique de Brousse, Counsel, Freshfileds Bruckhaus Deringer

Moderated by Tomas Nilsson, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Panel 3: Competition enforcement in digital markets: challenges and trends for National Competition Authorities

  • Susanne Zuelke, Partner, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Sandro Gleave, Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office)
  • Karen Jelgerhuis Swildens, Legal and Competition Counsel,
  • Olaf Christiansen, Senior Vice President, Bertelsmann

Moderated by Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells and Vice-Chair of AmCham EU Competition Policy Committee


Keynote address

12.45-13.30 Closing keynote address
Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition

13.30-14.00 Walking lunch – end of conference

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