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23 May 2019
Le Chatelain Hotel,
Brussels, Belgium

EU Merger Control

With increased political influence on EU mergers becoming evident join us for an in-depth look, with global perspectives, at the recent major developments.

Expect thorough discussion of the associated challenges of big data, multijurisdictional mergers, and an update on the latest cases.

Headline Sessions in 2019

The Increasing Influence of Politics
  • How has protectionism affected merger control?
  • Are we seeing a toughening approach in the EU regarding merger control and could this eventually lead to reforms?
  • National security considerations including a potential CFIUS equivalent for EU member states
  • What role does public interest have to play?
  • Potential repercussions in the case of a deal/no-deal Brexit
Multijurisdictional Mergers and Global Perspectives
  • A comparison between the EU and US regimes' apparent stances on merger control
  • Parallel enforcement
  • Thresholds, processes, and tests from around the world
  • Difficulties faced between authorities when coordinating mergers across jurisdictions
  • Challenges associated with filing procedures and timelines
Big Data & Innovation: The Challenges for Merger Control
  • Big data’s role in merger control e.g. theories of harm
  • Contemporary policy issues such as ‘killer acquisitions’ and how this could affect R&D companies
  • The innovation enforcement question of whether all innovation is 'good' innovation
  • Difficulties defining a market in such a fast-paced environment
  • Institutional issues and remedies
Case Law Update

Diving headfirst into the most pertinent cases and the implications arising from them:

  • Siemens/Alstom
  • Weiland Copper
  • Facebook
  • Vodafone/Liberty Global
National-Level Developments: Lessons to be Learnt
  • Are the national regulators leading the way?
  • CMA developments including Sainsburys/Asda and 'wet leases'
  • Increased workload/rights of access
  • A review of significant decisions from Austria, Germany, and Ireland amongst others
  • Lessons for corporates
Practical and Procedural Pointers
  • Gun-jumping procedural rules
  • The standstill obligation and remaining questions from the EY/KPMG case
  • Rights of defence raised in UPS/TNT
  • How to manage logistical implications

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