4 October 2017
Time: 8:20am - 7:30pm
Venue: Ironmongers’ Hall, Shaftesbury Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA
We thank our sponsors, CRA, Google, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Latham & Watkins, and Olivetree Financial for making the organisation of this event possible.
The aim of the conference is to showcase areas of convergence and divergence in competition enforcement, in markets where innovation plays an essential role. The conference will present different perspectives from EU, US as well as China. Cases such as Google, Dow/Dupont, Bayer/Monsanto as well as the issue of agreements in sharing markets are prime examples of the importance of innovation and of the role that competition authorities worldwide have in ensuring competitive markets and the enhancement of consumer welfare. Economic theories related to the impact of innovation in markets have evolved and are rightly influencing competition enforcement.
The conference shall consist of four panels. The first panel will be on the economics of innovation where the latest economic thinking and its impact on competition enforcement will be discussed. The second panel will discuss amongst other things the thorny issue of sharing agreements, agreements related to OTAs, and algorithmic collusion. The third panel will focus on the importance of innovation in unilateral conduct and the focus of competition authorities on ensuring innovation is not mitigated. The fourth panel will focus on merger enforcement and the adverse impact on innovation and R&D that concentrations in innovative markets can entail.
The conference is led by Professor Ioannis Kokkoris.
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Introductions: Professor Spyros Maniatis (Queen Mary University London) and Professor Ioannis Kokkoris (Queen Mary University London)
9:10 – 09:30 Welcome Speech: Lord David Currie (Competition and Markets Authority)
9:30 – 10:50 Economics of innovation
Chair: Lord David Currie (Competition and Markets Authority)
- Mike Walker (Competition and Markets Authority)
- Professor Howard Shelanski (Davis, Polk & Wardwell)
- Lars Kjølbye (Latham & Watkins)
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:10 – 12:30 Assessment of Agreements in DIGITAL Markets
Chair: Professor Eyad Maher Dabbah (Queen Mary University London)
- Antonio Gomes (OECD)
- Gunnar Niels (Oxera)
- Pablo Figueroa (Gibson Dunn)
12:30 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 13:30 Keynote Speech: Ms Maureen K. Ohlhausen (Federal Trade Commission) (rec.)
13:30 – 15:00 Recent Trends in Unilateral Conducts
Chair: Dr Maria Ioannidou (Queen Mary University London)
- Oliver Bethell (Google)
- Nicholas Banasevic (European Commission - DG Competition)
- Oliver Latham (Charles River Associates)
- Assimakis Komninos (White & Case)
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee/ Tea Break
15:20 – 16:50 Assessing Innovation in Merger Control
Chair: Professor Ioannis Kokkoris (Queen Mary University London)
- Mark D. Whitener (General Electric)
- Lorenzo Coppi (Compass Lexecon)
- Thomas Deisenhofer (European Commission - DG Competition)
- Professor Ioannis Lianos (University College London)
16:50 – 17:00 Conclusions: Dr Cristina Volpin (Queen Mary University London)
The Conference will be followed by a Reception.
How to book
Register online via our e-shop,
- General Admission £200
- Academic/Student Admission £150
- General Admission (Early Bird) £150
- Academic/Student Admission (Early Bird) £130.
Early Bird Tickets available until the 1 September.
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