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24 May 2018
Le Châtelain,
Brussels, Belgium

EU Merger Control Conference

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

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

Recap the past year and prepare for the future:

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