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April 30
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration & Refreshments
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chair's Opening Remarks
  • Deirdre Trapp - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
09:10 - 09:50 40 mins
CMA Keynote Address
09:50 - 11:00 70 mins
Info
Post-Brexit Repercussions for Competition Law
  • Sarah Cardell - General Counsel, CMA
  • What the transitional arrangements may be
  • The CMA and the Commission working in parallel
  • The effect on mergers
  • Potential public interest provisions
  • Retention of State Aid:
    • Dynamic alignment beyond the transitional period?
    • The future role of the FCA
    • Ceding power to the EU’s stricter rules - Will this be damaging to start-ups?
    • Ramsgate Ferries – potential implications
11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:20 - 12:05 45 mins
Info
Merger Control Developments
  • A review of Phase I/Phase II cases
    • Thresholds
    • Mandatory, voluntary, or hybrid notification
  • The role of economic dynamic analysis
  • Conglomerate and vertical mergers
  • Innovation and non-price factors
  • Practical tips for corporates including compliance
12:05 - 12:50 45 mins
Info
Private Enforcement: Recent Cases/Road Ahead
  • Differences between public and private enforcement – BritNed
    • Assessment of damages/fact-based analysis
  • The Mastercard decision and practical implications
  • A jurisdictional anchor point – Vattenfall
  • The geographical limits – Iiyama
  • What does the future hold?
12:50 - 13:50 60 mins
Lunch
13:50 - 14:40 50 mins
Info
The CMA Story: Chapters I/II
  • Chapter I
    • Estate agents’ fixed commission
    • The upheld decision in Ping
  • Chapter II
    • The statutory audit market – is it competitive/operating effectively?
    • The funerals industry
  • Investment consultancy and fiduciary management
    • A level playing field?
  • A toolkit approach to powers
    • Consumer enforcement and loyalty penalty recommendations
14:40 - 15:20 40 mins
Info
Spotlight on Pharma Sector
  • Mergers
  • Concurrent powers
  • Case law:
    • Actavis 
    • GSK
    • Phenytoin sodium unfair pricing
  • Is it too easy for the competition authorities to justify why a price is unlawful?
  • Where does the burden for excessiveness and unfairness really
15:20 - 15:40 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:40 - 16:20 40 mins
Info
An Examination of the Digital Economy
  • Manish Das - Head of Competition Law, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Pricing algorithms and data mining
    • Potential problems with personalised pricing
    • Collusion without the human aspect
    • A counteractive tool: algorithms as protection
  • Mergers in the digital and tech space
    • Acquisition of new firms: a positive or negative impact on innovation?
  • Are the CMA keeping pace?
16:20 - 16:50 30 mins
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Developments in National Security & FDI
  • What can foreign investors do to make sure they are fully prepared for the changes?
  • What the removal of the CMA’s investigative powers could mean for organisations looking to make acquisitions.
  • Mergers – the procedural steps
    • Upgraded powers courtesy of the BEIS
  • The FDI cost of Brexit
16:50 - 17:20 30 mins
Info
'Stop Cartels'
  • An increased focus on SMEs
  • Does the leniency approach work?
  • Algorithms to fight bid-rigging
  • Director disqualification on the rise?
17:20 - 17:30 10 mins
Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference