IFLR Competition Law Forum 2014 - December 9, 2014


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8.45 Registration and coffee

9.15 Chairman's opening remarks
Christopher Bright,
partner, Shearman & Sterling

9.30 Keynote address: The CMA's agenda for competition law policy in 2015

  • The CMA's aims and goals
  • The story so far
  • Recent and ongoing market investigations
  • New approaches to merger control and the public interest
  • Cartel activity and enforcement priorities

Roland Green, deputy general counsel, Competition and Markets Authority

10.15 Panel Session: The impact of the new regulator on competition law in practice

  • Overview of the CMA's annual plan, organisations structure, advocacy initiatives and strategic steer
  • Compliance, risk management, dawn raids and investigations
  • Latest approach to mergers
  • Sector specific considerations

Manish Das, head of competition law, Lloyds Bank
Rob Goldsmith,
senior corporate counsel, Wolseley
Julian Meizitis, head of legal - global competition, Associated British Foods
Dave Foster,
associate director, Frontier Economics
Christopher Bright,
partner, Shearman & Sterling

11.00 Morning coffee

11.20 Breakout Sessions:

You will be given the opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion in an informal format with a smaller group of people. The breakouts will address the following issues:

Breakout A: Cartels

  • Guidance on avoiding involvement in cartel activity
  • Steps to take if you suspect a cartel
  • Tactics to consider in applications for leniency

Natasha Franklin, competition lawyer, British Airways

Breakout B: Economics in competition law

  • Determining market power and market definition
  • Predatory pricing and price discrimination
  • Test for determining presence of a cartel
  • Mergers: unilateral and co-ordinated merger effects

Dave Foster, associate director, Frontier Economics
James Baker,
consultant, Frontier Economics

Breakout C: Merger control

  • Overview of changes to the UK merger regime
  • Pre-notification and notification procedures
  • Powers to impose interim orders
  • Changes to UILs
  • Relationship with EU merger control

Agnes Germain, head of competition, Telefonica
Neil Cuninghame,
Partner, Ashurst

12.50 Networking lunch

2.00 Panel session: Strategies for ensuring a competition compliant culture across the organisation

  • What is the CMA doing differently to the OFT
  • Best practice in implementing compliance programmes
  • Testing and monitoring effectiveness of compliance programmes
  • Gaining buy-in from the wider business

Xavier Mooyaart, head of economic regulatory affairs and competition law, Hutchison 3G UK
Simon Constantine,
director, Competition and Markets Authority
Eva Krogh,
legal director and competition law SME, Dell
Iain Larkins,
director, Radius Law

3.00 Information Exchange and Co-operating with Competitors

  • Types of information exchange and market effect
  • Informal and non-reciprocal exchanges
  • Limits on who information is exchanged with
  • Indirect information exchange
  • The role of trade associations

James Webber, partner, Shearman & Sterling
Rooey Aker, corporate counsel - competition, Rio Tinto

3.30 Afternoon tea 

3.45 Competition Litigation and Private Enforcement

  • Implications of recent private enforcement developments for strategy during investigations
    • Defendants (leniency, settlement, appeals)
    • Claimants (timing of bringing an action)
  • Recent developments in funding and costs of litigation (increased use of funding, rules for funding of class actions)
  • Recent developments in proof of overcharge and passing on 
  • Settlements (collective settlements, joint and several liability

Daniel Piccinin, barrister, Brick Court Chambers
Simon Price
, European director, Recommind
David Parker
, associate director, Frontier Economics

4.45 Chair's closing remarks






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