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Key Sessions

Eddy De Smijter

The Challenges of Globalisation for Competition Authorities

European Commission

Feb 28
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration & Refreshments
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
  • Richard Ryan - Partner, Head of Competition and Regulated Markets, Arthur Cox
09:10 - 09:55 45 mins
The Challenges of Globalisation for Competition Authorities
  • Eddy De Smijter - Head of the International Relations Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
09:55 - 10:40 45 mins
Review of Recent Merger Control Developments
  • Moderator: Patrick Horan - Partner, Arthur Cox
  • Gabriel McGann - Senior Managing Counsel, Competition, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Daniel Keohane - Legal & Regulatory Counsel, Paddy Power Betfair
  • Eoin Kealy - Senior Competition and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited
  • Review of recent changes to Irish merger control regime
  • Overview of EU level developments including gun jumping
  • Information sharing in mergers and joint ventures: comparison of Irish and other national approaches
  • De-risking mergers: practical tips for corporates
10:40 - 11:00 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 45 mins
Bid Rigging and Other Developments in Cartels
  • Patrick Kenny - Member, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Ireland
  • Vincent Power - Partner, A & L Goodbody
  • Melissa Van Schoorisse - Senior Associate, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Bid rigging: policy and enforcement developments
  • Review of recent cases
  • A look to the US: Employment cartels
  • Prospects for leniency applications in Ireland post ECN+: likely impact 
11:45 - 12:30 45 mins
Private Enforcement of Competition Law: What are the Opportunities?
  • Ken Murphy - Director General, Law Society of Ireland
  • Siún O’Keeffe - Manager, ACM Academy, Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets
  • Kenny Henderson - Partner, Stewarts
  • Alexander Rinne - Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Impact of implementation of the Damages Directive and comparison between UK, Netherlands and Germany
  • Opportunities for Ireland as a litigation destination
  • Considerations for in-house counsel when bringing a claim including funding options
12:30 - 13:30 60 mins
13:30 - 14:20 50 mins
A View from the Court
  • Moderator: Kate McKenna - Partner, Matheson
  • Marie Baker - Judge, Court of Appeal
  • Michael Collins SC - Barrister, The Law Library of Ireland
  • Brian Kennelly QC - Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
14:20 - 14:50 30 mins
Review of Recent Abuse of Dominance Developments
  • Matthew Krasa - Manager – EU & Competition Law, Ryanair
  • Sheila Tormey - Partner, William Fry
  • Review of recent decisions at EU and national level including Google
  • Rebates and unfair trading
  • Excessive pricing
  • Big data and other challenges for abuse of dominance in the digital sector
  • Latest trends and practices in the use of economic analysis in abuse of dominance cases
  • Practical implications for in-house lawyers
14:50 - 15:10 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:10 - 15:55 45 mins
Vertical Restraints and Distribution: Practical Considerations
  • Stephanie Pautke - Founding Partner, Commeo LLP
  • Eva Krogh - EMEA Legal Director, Veritas Technologies (UK) Limited
  • Current developments in online sales including event ticketing probe
  • What does Coty and the recent vertical agreement decisions by the Commission mean for corporates 
  • Resale price maintenance
  • Compliance best practice for corporates
15:55 - 16:45 50 mins
Best Practice for Compliance and How to Survive an Investigation
  • Moderator: Florence Loric - Partner, Arthur Cox
  • Peter Malone - Compliance & Ethics Counsel – Competition Law, Accenture
  • Philip Merrills-Dearn - Associate General Counsel and EMEA Head of Legal, Twitter International Company
  • Anne Riley - Associate General Counsel Antitrust, Shell International Ltd.
  • How to create an effective compliance programme and get your message across your organisation
  • Integrating competition law compliance into a broader compliance programme 
  • How does competition compliance and information gathering work in the post GDPR world? 
  • Preparing a company for a dawn raid and practical tips for dealing with them
  • How can the regulator exercise its powers?
  • Forensic searches and e-discovery
  • Internal investigations
  • Handling media attention
16:45 - 17:35 50 mins
State Aid Developments
  • Leo Flynn - Legal Services, European Commission
  • Geoffrey Dunne - Solicitor, Enterprise Ireland
  • Philip Andrews - Partner, McCann FitzGerald
  • George Peretz QC - Barrister, Monckton Chambers
  • Nicole Robins - Partner and Head of State Aid, Oxera
  • Update on the tax and state aid investigations
  • State Aid and the General Block Exemption Regulation 651/2014 (“GBER”)
  • State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation under Article 25 of GBER
  • Funding for Environmental Protection measures and Energy Efficiency measures
  • Implications of Brexit for state aid
  • How is the role of economic analysis changing?

17:35 - 17:40 5 mins
Chair’s Closing Remarks & Close of Conference
17:40 - 18:40 60 mins
Networking Drinks Reception

Join us for a networking drinks reception to meet fellow in-house lawyers from major multinational companies, regulators and leading competition practitioners - share practical experiences and build communities.