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Sep 24
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08:10 - 08:40 30 mins
Networking: Conference Welcome and Refreshments
08:40 - 08:50 10 mins
Chair’s Address
09:50 - 10:35 45 mins
In-House Focus
Mergers: Practical Considerations for In-house Counsel
  • Performing in-house antitrust due diligence
  • Best practice and trends in merger control
  • Managing costs in FTC or DOJ merger reviews
  • Running second requests
  • How to test your market
  • Merger reviews and the role of non-price factors
  • Challenges in multijurisdictional cases
  • Margot Miller - Global Legal Director, Commercial and M&A, Anheuser-Busch Inbev
  • Anna Chehtova - Corporate Counsel, Dish Network
  • Lori Spilde - Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Service Corporation International
10:35 - 11:05 30 mins
In-House Focus
“Speed Networking”

Your chance to rapidly make new connections in a quick-fire networking session.

Exchange business cards, chat for 2 minutes, move and go again.

Now you have the rest of the conference to follow up with your new contacts!

11:05 - 11:50 45 mins
In-House Focus
Vertical Restraints and Distribution
  • Pricing:
    • UPP and MAP pricing
    • Resale price maintenance
  • price fixing
  • e-Commerce challenges and practical consequences for distribution
  • Exploring the dangers posed by secondary products and the IoT space
  • Concerns around most favoured nation clauses
  • Addressing Due diligence within supplier contracts 
  • Managing vertical restraints globally
  • Bruce Cohen - Senior Legal Director, Sales / Antitrust, PepsiCo
  • Kimberly Murphy - Chief Global Competition Counsel, Kimberly-Clark
11:50 - 12:35 45 mins
In-House Focus
Every Company is an IT Company: Big Data and Innovation Issues
  • With Big Data and innovation now at the core of every company, what are key Antitrust issues on the rise?
  • How are authorities worldwide approaching Big Data? Is there a need for more regulation?
  • Exploring the intersection between big data, privacy and consumer protection
  • In-house counsel getting to terms with Big Data
    • Sharing/Pooling Data
    • How is Big Data structured stored and accessed in your company?
    • Training for Dawn Raids: insuring complex storage systems are easy to access and navigate
  • Martin d'Halluin - VP, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust, News Corp
  • Gabrielle Kohlmeier - Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & Strategic Projects, Verizon
12:35 - 13:45 70 mins
In-House Focus
Networking: Extended Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 45 mins
In-House Focus
From Guidance to Compliance in the Digital Era
  • The challenges of translating regulatory guidance into in-house compliance processes
  • What info and data can you share with competitors?
  • Drawing the line with regards to industry bodies/associations
  • How is tech being developed to support compliance
    • Efficiency of screening platforms
    • AI and complex programs
  • Antitrust and HR
    • developments and guidance for no poach agreements
    • Salary bench-marking
  • Charles Malaise - Senior Counsel, Antitrust & Regulatory Counsel, Koch Industries
  • Michael Dailey - Vice President and General Counsel, Air Liquide
14:30 - 15:10 40 mins
Antitrust: Sector by Sector
Aviation Focus: Algorithmic Pricing and Recent Enforcements
  • Airlines, algorithmic cartels and emerging technologies
  • Online platforms and pricing
  • Pro-competitive intervention: an update on merger restrictions and merger immunity
  • Reviewing aggregate capacity law suits and other recent enforcement trends
  • Darren Bush - Professor of Law, University of Houston
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
Antitrust: Sector by Sector
Networking: Afternoon Refreshments
15:30 - 16:10 40 mins
Antitrust: Sector by Sector
Healthcare Focus: Recent Enforcement and Litigation
  • Reviewing recent enforcement actions within the sector
  • Reverse payments and sham litigation claims
  • Exploring recent private actions and other forms of antitrust litigation
  • Hospital mergers and wider sector consolidation
  • Nicholas Grimmer - Antitrust Division, Texas Office of the Attorney General
  • Andrew Blumberg - Senior Counsel, Antitrust, McKesson
16:10 - 16:50 40 mins
Antitrust: Sector by Sector
High-Tech Focus: IP and Antitrust
  • Reviewing Standards and Essential patents and the role of industry bodies
  • FRAND and SEPs
  • Technology licensing including cross licensing and settlements
  • Walker Process monopolization cases, patents prosecuted through inequitable / fraudulent conduct / sham litigation 
  • Contractual issues, components / replacement supplies
16:50 - 17:30 40 mins
Antitrust: Sector by Sector
Energy Focus: Antitrust in a Low Price, High Cooperation Environment
  • Since oil prices declined and the focus shifted to cost reduction, what have the knock-on effects been for antitrust within the sector?
  • Implications of joint bidding in the Oil & Gas sector
  • Addressing the antitrust risks within co-refining and co-producing
  • Information sharing in the age of big data: antitrust implications
  • Guidance and concerns over trade associations
  • Robert Friedman - Senior Counsel, Antitrust, Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Morgan Frontczak - Senior Antitrust Counsel, Shell
  • Ryan Bardo - Senior Legal Counsel, BHP Petroleum
17:30 - 18:30 60 mins
Antitrust: Sector by Sector
Networking: Close of Conference and Drinks!