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Feb 26
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration & Refreshments
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
  • Elizabeth Morony - Partner, Clifford Chance LLP (UK)
09:10 - 09:50 40 mins
A View from the Commission
09:50 - 11:30 100 mins
Review of National Developments across Key Jurisdictions
  • Mario Siragusa - Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton (Italy)
  • Mélanie Thill-Tayara - Partner, Dechert LLP (France)
  • Thomas Funke - Partner, Osborne Clarke (Germany)
  • Sari Rasinkangas - Senior Associate, Roschier (Finland)
  • Review of key features of private enforcement regime including statute of limitation, standards of proof, procedural features, presumption of harm and access to documents in key jurisdictions including:
    • UK including implications of Brexit
    • Germany and Austria
    • Netherlands
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain/ Portugal
    • Finland

      Morning coffee break will be taken at a convenient time during this session.
11:30 - 12:15 45 mins
Jurisdiction, Applicable Law and Extraterritoriality
  • Anneli Howard - Barrister, Monckton Chambers (UK)
  • Pierre Zelenko - Partner, Linklaters (France)
  • Hanno Wollmann - Partner, Schonherr (Austria)
  • Applicable law
  • Review of recent cases on territorial coverage of a claim including French Apple case
  • Parent liability and implications for damages
  • How the Courts are approaching jurisdiction post Intel
  • Austrian clarification on forum shopping
  • Extraterritoriality reach of EU judgments 

12:15 - 13:15 60 mins
13:15 - 13:55 40 mins
A View from the Court
13:55 - 14:40 45 mins
Approaches to Disclosure, Calculation of Damages and Use of Experts in Competition Damages Claims
  • Mark Sansom - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (UK)
  • Gero Meessen - Member of the Legal Service, European Commission (EU)
  • Pinar Bagci - Principal, The Brattle Group (UK)
  • How the Courts are handling disclosure and factual evidence necessary to support expert economist evidence
  • Different approaches to calculation of damages by the Courts across European Courts
  • How judges approach the calculation of damages, including simple comparator analysis versus complex statistical techniques

  • Court-appointed experts and the use of “hot tubbing” of experts

  • Lessons from BritNed v ABB and other cases

  • How to explain competition economics to non-specialist judges, including the use of “teach-ins”

  • The relationship between statistical significance, confidence intervals and the civil standard of proof

14:40 - 15:20 40 mins
Winning Strategies for Claimants & Defendants
  • Tilman Makatsch - Head of Competition Litigation & Antitrust Economics, Deutsche Bahn AG (Germany)
  • Dominique Speekenbrink - Head Antitrust Practice Group, ABB (Switzerland)
  • Hannes Boner - VP - General Counsel, Sappi Europe (Belgium)
  • Martin Seegers - Partner, Cartel Damage Claims (Belgium)
  • The business of running a claim: different techniques for book building
  • Deciding whether to bring a claim and running it in the early stages
  • Review of different funding models: rules and practice across different jurisdictions
  • Alternative options of claims enforcement (commercial deals/settlements, individual action, collective action, claims assignment)
  • Implications of private enforcement for leniency
  • Practical strategies for defendants
  • Reputational damage and crisis management
15:20 - 15:40 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee
15:40 - 16:30 50 mins
Opportunities for Damages Actions Beyond Cartels
  • Vivek Mani - Principal, Cornerstone Research (UK)
  • Simon Latham - Investment Manager, Augusta Ventures Limited (UK)
  • Fergus Randolph QC - Barrister, Brick Court Chambers (UK)
  • Review of current developments including Google and pharma cases
  • Opportunities in vertical restraints and RPM cases
  • How to evaluate damages
16:30 - 17:10 40 mins
Update on the Passing-On Defence
  • Robert O’Donoghue QC - Barrister, Brick Court Chambers (UK)
  • Konstantin Ebinger - Principal, The Brattle Group (Belgium)
  • Review of the Commission’s study on passing-on
  • Update on current case law developments
  • Considerations in establishing a passing on defence
  • An economist perspective: burden of proof on economic evidence 
  • A view from the US
17:10 - 17:40 30 mins
Proposals for EU Consumer Collective Action System and Review of Class Action Regime
  • Proposals for the EU Consumer Collection Action System: Where are we now?
  • What will it mean in practice for private enforcement of competition law
  • Review of class action regime in Europe
17:40 - 17:45 5 mins
Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference