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Apr 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
  • Sarah Cardell - General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
09:50 - 11:00 70 mins
Info
Brexit Scenarios and the Repercussions for Competition Law
  • Totis Kotsonis - Partner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
  • Sara Masters - QC, 20 Essex Street
  • 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
  • How are corporates preparing?
11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:20 - 12:05 45 mins
Info
Merger Control Developments
  • Colin Raftery - Director of Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
  • Alex Potter - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Adrian Majumdar - Partner, RBB Economics
  • Daragh Fagan - Group General Counsel, Rentokil Initial
  • 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
  • Ana Vide - Competition Lawyer, International Airlines Group
  • Frances Murphy - Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP
  • 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
  • Gavin Robert - Senior Consultant, Euclid Law
  • Chapter I
    • Estate agents’ fixed commission
    • The upheld decision in Ping
  • Investigations and studies
    • 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
  • Brian Sher - Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • 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
  • Stephen Lewis - Partner, RBB Economics
  • 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
Info
Developments in National Security & FDI
  • Caroline Thomas - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Context for changes to UK regime: European and International Trends
  • Proposed changes to UK national security regime
    • Short-term reforms
    • Long-term reforms – complete overhaul of the regime
  • Implications for investors of long-term reforms
    • Greater level of enforcement predicated by Government
    • Separation of FI / merger control regimes
      • Does new regime blur the lines between national security and protectionism?
    • Practical M&A considerations for prospective foreign investors into the UK
  • Reflections on associated impact of Brexit – is Britain no longer open for business?
16:50 - 17:20 30 mins
Info
'Stop Cartels'
  • Howard Cartlidge - Senior Director, Cartels, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
  • An increased focus on expanding the sectors and types of businesses under investigation
  • The benefits of the CMA leniency programme
  • Algorithms and expanded use of data
  • Director disqualification on the rise
17:20 - 17:30 10 mins
Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference