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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 - 09:50 40 mins
The Challenges of Globalisation for Competition Authorities
  • Eddy De Smijter - Head of the International Relations Unit, DG Competition, European Commission
09:50 - 10:30 40 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
10:30 - 10:55 25 mins
Economic Analysis in Mergers
  • New theories of harm for innovative mergers
  • Quantitative techniques
  • Market definitions
  • Is there more market concentration and what does it mean for enforcement?
10:55 - 11:15 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 45 mins
Bid Rigging and Other Developments in Cartels
  • Patrick Kenny - Member, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Ireland
  • 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 
12:00 - 12:45 45 mins
Private Enforcement of Competition Law: What are the Opportunities?
  • Ken Murphy - Director General, Law Society of Ireland
  • Siún O’Keeffe - Senior Strategy Advisor, Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets
  • Impact of implementation of the Damages Directive in Ireland  
  • Opportunities for Ireland as a litigation destination
  • Local procedural rules and their consequences for the future of private enforcement
  • Comparison with UK, Netherlands and Germany
  • The future of funding
  • Considerations for in-house counsel when bringing a claim
12:45 - 13:45 60 mins
13:45 - 14:25 40 mins
A View from the Courts
  • Kate McKenna - Partner, Matheson
14:25 - 15:10 45 mins
Review of Recent Abuse of Dominance Developments
  • Matthew Krasa - Manager – EU & Competition Law, Ryanair
  • Review of recent decisions at EU and national level including Google and Irish investigation into cement sector
  • 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
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:15 45 mins
Vertical Restraints and Distribution: Practical Considerations
  • Aileen Murtagh - Legal Counsel, Biomarin
  • 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
16:15 - 17:00 45 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 audits
  • Handling media attention
17:00 - 17:45 45 mins
State Aid Developments
  • Leo Flynn - Legal Services, European Commission
  • Geoffrey Dunne - Solicitor, Enterprise Ireland
  • Update on the tax and state aid investigations
  • How is the role of economic analysis changing?
  • Review of state aid cases in Ireland
17:45 - 17:50 5 mins
Chair’s Closing Remarks & Close of Conference
17:50 - 18:50 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.