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August 2019
Downing College,
Cambridge, UK

The EU Competition Law Summer School

Gain a firm foundation in EU competition law to navigate the legal complexities and successfully address current challenges

All-inclusive, residential event - now in its 20th year! Learn through a variety of interactive formats … and then reinforce your knowledge and make new connections during the informal evening activities

Thank you to all those who attended in 2018!

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Highlights at the 20th annual EU Competition Law Summer School included:

Day 1: Article 101

During Day 1 our expert speakers will provide you with a firm foundation for understanding EU competition law focusing specifically on Article 101 - including principles and practical examples of hard core cartels and key economic considerations, as well as horizontal agreements. Finally, you will have an opportunity to listen to a panel of in-house speakers on how they approach Article 101 in practice.

Day 2: Article 102

Day 2 will focus on Article 102 and explore the difference between abuse and legitimate competition, introduce theories of harm and discuss practical issues in pricing, as well as how the European Commission is approaching its enforcement priorities. You will be invited to join a mock hearing focusing on a hypothetical abuse of dominance case to help you analyse these issues in practice. 

Day 3: IP & Competition Law

Join our speakers from Bristows to examine the interface between IP and competition law including vertical agreements block exemption, technology transfer block exemption, the role of IP in article 102 and currently developing issues surrounding digital markets, e-commerce and data. The day includes two interactive practical sessions analysing practical application of the principles discussed throughout the day.

Day 4: Merger Control & State Aid

Delve into the law and practice of EU merger control including remedies and appeals. Our expert speakers will offer you a practical guide to merger proceedings based on their experience including tips on how to structure a deal, pre-notification submissions, interim measures and how to handle multijurisdictional mergers. You will then explore the increasingly important area of state aid and state action including Article 106 and public procurement.

Day 5: Enforcement, Litigation & Compliance

On the final day of the summer school you will be introduced to the increasingly important area of private enforcement post implementation of the Damages Directive, the work of national competition authorities and some significant global competition law developments. The day focuses on practical concerns for competition lawyers including how best to navigate the competition process and current competition law risks and compliance challenges for corporates.

Special Networking Activities:

To help you consolidate your knowledge and make new connections with competition lawyers from all over the world we have designed a range of evening networking activities including a quiz night, punting on the river Cam, barbeque, guided walking tour of Cambridge and a gala dinner. 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the EU Competition Law Summer School we are planning a special anniversary guest lecture on the future of competition law.

Unique multi-format learning and networking experience

During the day, delegates will have an opportunity to learn in a variety of formats including in-depth presentations, interactive group discussions, thought-provoking mock hearings, attention-grabbing case studies and practical workshops – ensuring that the topics are fully understood and covered from multiple angles.

The evenings are devoted to networking activities. Extra time that you can use to connect with the speakers and your international peers, to reinforce your learning, exchange ideas and let's not forget… to relax and enjoy your learning experience

New for 2018:

State Action and Competition Law

This session will offer you an introduction to Article 106 and its application as well as public procurement, lawful tendering and bid rigging. Totis Kotsonis, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland will explore in detail the relationship between competition law and state actions.

Mock Hearing: Article 102

This practical session will build on the issues analysed during Day 2 through a hypothetical case designed to help you understand crucial Article 102 issues. You will have an opportunity to listen to both sides of the case and decide for yourself what its outcome should be.

20th Anniversary Guest Lecture

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Summer School we have arranged a special guest lecture by John Temple Lang, who was in the Legal Service of the European Commission and is a former Director in DG Competition, to examining what the future holds for EU competition law. 

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