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May 2019
Brussels, Belgium

EU Merger Control Conference

The comprehensive EU merger control event with a global perspective- hear from the Commission, Six NCAs, top in-house counsel and specialised advisers

Practical lessons from the past year, and how they apply for tomorrow

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED IN 2018!

We're still putting the 2019 programme together - if you'd like to know as soon as it's ready then please register your interest by downloading last year's brochure.

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Highlights for 218 included:

Multijurisdictional Mergers- Filings, Procedures and Challenges
  • Representative of DG Competition, European Commission
  • Speakers from the competition authorities of Canada, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, France
  • Review of multijurisdictional mergers, including Amazon/Wholefoods, Siemens/Alstom
  • Practical challenges, including how to reduce costs in multijurisdictional mergers
  • Potential for convergence of merger control regimes
  • Viewing competition in a global perspective
  • Foreign investment in European markets
  • National referrals to the Commission
Politicisation, Economic Nationalism & Merger Control
  • Is EU merger control getting more political? How are national security concerns being addressed? UK public interest regime, as applied in Fox/Sky, Melrose/GKN
  • UK proposals to widen the scope of government intervention in transactions to cover a wide array of critical infrastructure
  • Implications of Brexit
  • Economic considerations in transactions giving rise to public interest issues
  • US: the Trump administration’s impact on US merger reviews  
  • China: MOFCOM & industrial policy
Practical Challenges in Merger Control
  • Gun jumping: review of key cases and judgements, including Canon/Toshiba medical and Ernst & Young/KPMG Denmark, UPS v. Commission 
  • Timeline changes- are they becoming more challenging?
  • Gun jumping and heightened scrutiny of potential procedural infringements
  • Are information requests becoming more rigorous?
  • Increased focus on misleading information: lessons from WhatsApp/ Facebook 
  • Practical consequences of disclosure
  • Best practices for production of internal documents

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Venue

Le Chatelain, Brussels

Rue du Châtelain 17
1000 Brussels – Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 646 00 55
Fax: +32 (0)2 646 00 88