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Key Sessions

Cyril Ritter

A View from the Commission: Big Data and Competition Law

European Commission

Oct 23
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration & Refreshments
09:00 - 09:20 20 mins
Main Agenda
Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
  • Alec Burnside - Partner, Dechert LLP
09:20 - 10:00 40 mins
Main Agenda
A View from the Commission: Big Data and Competition Law
  • Cyril Ritter - Policy Officer, DG Competition, European Commission
10:00 - 10:40 40 mins
Main Agenda
Big Data Uses and Abuses: Considerations for Competition Law
  • Moderator: Miranda Cole - Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Riccardo Falconi - Legal Director Western & Southern Europe + EU Legal Affairs + EMEA Antitrust, Uber
  • Data as a commodity
  • How is data used by different types of companies and what consequences should it have for regulation?
  • Where is the harm?
  • How should it be remedied? 
  • Impact of data on dominance and innovation
10:40 - 11:00 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:40 40 mins
Main Agenda
Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Collusion
  • Sascha Schubert - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Science-fiction antitrust or real world threat to competition?
  • A widening ‘oligopoly gap’?
  • New forms of algorithmic price signalling?
  • Can self-learning robosellers collude without human interference?
  • Do we need to revise the (anthropocentric) definition of collusion?
  • What’s next – new tools for competition authorities, regulating algorithms or wait and see
11:40 - 12:30 50 mins
Main Agenda
Relationship Between Data Protection and Competition Law, including GDPR 6 Months On
  • Maria Wasastjerna - Senior Legal Counsel, Antitrust, Nokia
  • Beatriz Sanz Fernández-Vega - Head of Competition and Data Policy, Public Policy, Telefónica S.A.
  • Anna Colaps - Policy Assistant to the Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Moderator: Anne Federle - Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Relationship between data protection and competition law
  • Data as an essential facility and dominance concerns
  • Update on the German Facebook case
  • Experience with GDPR 6 months on and its impact on competition law
  • How is GDPR being used by dominant companies to enforce their position?
  • Information Commission’s role and how they are working with the competition authorities 
12:30 - 13:30 60 mins
13:30 - 14:20 50 mins
Main Agenda
Industry Spotlight: Blockchain
  • Antonio Capobianco - Senior Competition Law Expert, OECD
  • Alesch Staehelin - Counsel, IBM
  • Peder Østbye - Special Adviser, Norges Bank
  • Ajinkya M Tulpule - Senior Legal Counsel, Ferrero
  • Blockchain: what it is
  • Collusion risk including exchange of commercially sensitive information
  • Abuse of dominance concerns including technical standards and gating effects
  • Will the authorities be able to access blockchain data?
  • How will blockchain change the competitive landscape in financial services?
14:20 - 15:00 40 mins
Main Agenda
Merger Control in Data-Driven Markets
  • Jonas Koponen - Global Head of Competition, Linklaters
  • Review of data aspects of recent mergers including Apple/ Shazam, Dow/ Du Pont and Bayer/ Monsanto divestment of digital farming business
  • Defining market power and market share in digital markets including the use of SSNIP test
  • Innovation theory of harm
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:20 - 16:00 40 mins
Main Agenda
Abuse of Dominance in Online Markets: Platforms, Data and Excessive Pricing
  • Thomas Vinje - Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Review of the Google decisions and remedies
  • Data and excessive pricing
  • Exploitative abuse and unfair practices
  • Do the authorities have sufficient powers to address the challenges?
  • Divergence in EU and US approaches to enforcement
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
Main Agenda
Abuse of Dominance in Online Markets: Economist’s Perspective
  • Maria Maher - Principal, Cornerstone Research
  • Economic analysis of online markets
  • What is excessive pricing?
16:20 - 17:05 45 mins
Main Agenda
Competition Law, Data Protection and Consumer Protection: How Best to Address the Challenges of Regulating the Digital Sphere?
  • Agustin Reyna - Digital Team Leader, Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (BEUC)
  • Christian Bergqvist - Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Catherine Batchelor - Assistant Director, Policy & International, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
  • Moderator: Jay Modrall - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Does competition law have the tools required to address challenges in the digital sphere
  • If competition law is not enough what tools should be used: consumer protection, privacy or fairness?
  • Is consumer protection more appropriate for regulating the digital sphere including a look to the US, big data as consumer protection issue
  • Is there a need for new regulation?
  • Big data and fake news: a threat to democracy?
  • Could open internet be the answer?
17:05 - 17:45 40 mins
Main Agenda
Advertising in the Digital Age: Current Developments
  • Bart Noé - Senior Enforcement Official, Authority for Consumers and Markets
  • James Edgar - Head of Policy – Digitisation, Which?
  • Michaël Cousin - Partner, Ashurst
  • Review of recent studies by the Dutch and French authorities 
  • Commission’s approach to AdSense
  • Which? study “Control, Alt or Delete: The Future of Consumer Data”
  • Call by the House of Lords Select Committee for a market study in the UK
17:45 - 17:50 5 mins
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference