IFLR Competition Law Forum 2014 - December 9, 2014



SPEAKER LINE-UP




Roland Green


deputy general counsel
Competition and Markets Authority

Roland Green is an experienced competition and public lawyer. He joined the UK Government Legal Service from private practice with Linklaters in 1986. Since then he has acted as the lead lawyer in a number of government departments and regulatory bodies on a variety of areas of public law and activity, with a particular focus on competition law and commercial and economic regulation. He was responsible for advising the UK government on the reform of UK competition and communications law from 2000 to 2006, in particular, through the Enterprise Act 2002 (which focused merger assessment on a competition test and created the cartel offence and the market investigation process) and the negotiation and implementation of reforms to EU Law modernising the implementation of Articles 101 and 102 and reforming EU merger regulation.

He was the Chief Legal Adviser to the Competition Commission (CC) from 2010-14. Since April 2014 he has been the Deputy General Counsel at the new CMA, the authority that has taken over the competition functions previously performed by the CC and OFT and many of the consumer functions of the OFT. He also acts as the CMA Senior Director responsible for overseeing the development, integration and consistency of its practices and procedures across its functions.

Simon Constantine
Simon Constantine

director of Competition and Markets Policy
Competition and Markets Authority

Simon Constantine is the Director of Competition and Markets Policy at the Competition and Markets Authority.  His recent work includes leading the formulation of several procedural and substantive guidance documents and associated policies for the CMA and its predecessor, the Office of Fair Trading.

Prior to joining the OFT in April 2012, Simon was a Senior Associate in the Antitrust, Competition and Trade department of city law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Manchester.


Agnes Germain
Agnes Germain
head of competition
Telefónica

Agnes is the head of the competition law team of Telefónica UK (O2). Since she joined Telefónica in 2008, Agnes has been working as a legal counsel specialised in EU and UK competition law at Telefónica Europe, Telefónica UK and Telefónica Digital, Telefónica's innovation-focused division created in 2011. She currently provides specialised advice on a wide range of matters including merger control, vertical agreements and cooperation projects. Agnes previously worked in private practice in Paris at the competition law boutique Vogel & Vogel.

Xavier Mooyaart
Xavier Mooyaart
head of economic regulatory affairs and competition law
Hutchison 3G UK

Xavier Mooyaart is Head of Economic Regulatory Affairs and Competition Law at Three, the UK mobile phone network.

Xavier trained and qualified at Linklaters and after several years as an Associate moved in-house to the regulatory team at to T-Mobile. In 2011 Xavier moved to Three where he now heads up a team of lawyers and economists. The team is engaged in merger control, compliance etc but also broader engagement with Ofcom and Government and other industry players on regulatory strategy, reform and associated litigation.

Rob Goldsmith
Rob Goldsmith
senior corporate counsel
Wolseley

Rob manages the Group Legal team based in Theale. This team provides legal and commercial advice across all Group Office functions, including treasury and banking, tax, corporate restructuring, M&A, communications, employment and IT, as well as specific involvement in significant contracts undertaken by Wolseley operating companies. The team is  responsible for a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, compliance programmes and associated training. Rob is also responsible for all legal matters within the Wolseley Central Europe cluster of businesses and is a member of the cluster leadership team.

Rooey Aker
Rooey Aker
corporate counsel - competition
Rio Tinto

Rooey Aker has been Competition Counsel at Rio Tinto since March 2012, prior to which she spent seven years in private practice in London and Brussels. Rooey works on Rio Tinto’s acquisitions, divestments and JVs and the procedural and substantive approach taken in these transactions, as well as advising on its behavioural matters and global competition and compliance policy.

Natasha Franklin

competition lawyer
British Airways

Natasha Franklin is the competition lawyer for British Airways dealing with competition law related matters and compliance across all of BA's business areas. Prior to joining BA Natasha worked in private practice as a competition lawyer advising companies in a number of industries (including pharmaceuticals, energy, telecoms, FMCG, steel, insurance and automotives) on all aspects of competition law, in particular antitrust issues and merger control.

Julian Meizitis

head of legal - global competition
Associated British Foods

Eva Krogh

legal director and competition law SME
Dell

Manish Das


head of competition law
Lloyds Bank

Simon Price
Simon Price

Director
Recommind

Simon Price is the Managing Director of Recommind's UK operations, based out of the London office. Mr. Price has over 15 years of experience in sales and management within the software industry, managing relationships with many of the world’s largest legal, professional service and corporate organisations. Mr. Price is responsible for overseeing the expansion of Recommind's UK-based operations and the support of our growing UK and European client base. Prior to joining Recommind, Mr. Price served as a Sales Manager at Aderant Inc., a leading provider in finance and practice management solutions and previously as Sales & Marketing Manager with Chambers & Partners publishers.

Mr. Price holds a BSc Honours degree in Marketing from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.


Christopher Bright
Christopher Bright
Shearman & Sterling

Chris Bright founded the Shearman & Sterling competition practice in London in 2001. Starting with 4 people that practice now has 25 lawyers spread across London and Brussels, complementing the firm’s  long-established US antitrust practice based in NY and Washington DC. The team acts for leading corporates in the Technology, Media, Healthcare, Financial Services, Energy, Industrials  and Mining sectors in particular, with mandates in a number of recent significant investigations by the European Commission including the Forex, Interest Rate, Google and Cross-Border TV Article 101 and 102  investigations; as well as the first CMA market investigation decision in Private Healthcare. The team  has acted on  a number of complex merger cases, most recently the Phase 2 EUMR review of the Huntsman acquisition of Rockwood's Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide Businesses, and on the acquisition of Channel 5 by Viacom. Members of the team appear regularly before the Court of Justice and General Court of the EU and act on follow on civil litigation including recently the Gas Insulated Switchgear and Air Cargo cases. The team includes utility regulation, state aid and public procurement experts.

Chris was a member of the Competition Commission from 2005 to 2009, sitting as a reporting member in the PPI market investigation and the investigation of BSkyB’s acquisition of a minority stake in ITV among other cases. He was a member of the CC’s Utilities Panel and Remedies Standing Group. From 2004 -2010 he was a Non-Executive Director of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, involved in establishing the competition law regime and in liberalisation of the telephone and postal markets. He sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute of European and Comparative Law at Oxford University. Among his most recent cases have been the CMA Private Healthcare investigation and related CAT appeal; the Viacom acquisition of Channel 5; the EU Cross-Border Pay TV Article 101 investigation; and acting for a WaSC in the PR14 price review by OFWAT.


James Webber
James Webber
partner
Shearman & Sterling

James Webber specialises in EU and UK antitrust law.

James’ competition practice and experience are unusually broad covering merger control, behavioural competition, State aid and litigation. His work has included acting as lead advisor on EUMR and CMA merger approvals, as well as coordination of multi-jurisdictional merger filings, defending cartel damages actions, advising in respect of UK market investigations and studies as well as counseling clients on on-going antitrust and competition matters.

James is increasingly recognised by clients and peers as one of the “rising stars” of the London antitrust market having been listed in Chamber & Partners UK since 2011 and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers since 2013.


Dave Foster


associate director
Frontier Economics

James Baker


consultant
Frontier Economics

Neil Cuninghame
Neil Cuninghame

Partner
Ashurst

Neil is a partner in Ashurst LLP's Competition and EU law practice, based in London and has specialised in providing advice on all aspects of UK and EU competition law for over 17 years. Neil regularly advises clients on clearance processes under EU, UK and other merger control regimes in the context of national and international M&A and joint venture transactions, advising on both first and second phase investigations and on cases involving referrals between national competition authorities and the European Commission. Neil also acts for clients in relation to potential and alleged anti-competitive practices and agreements (whether in the context of investigations by antitrust authorities or otherwise), market studies/market investigations and competition law disputes, and provides competition risk management advice. Neil has considerable experience in dealing with the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessor bodies) and other regulators.

Neil also advises on regulatory issues in the energy and water sectors, often in the context of M&A transactions, and on public procurement issues.

Neil was commended in Legal 500 2013 for "pick[ing] up complex issues seemingly effortlessly".

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