28 May – 25th antitrust lunch: “Antitrust damages actions after the EU Directive”

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Dear Friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 25th Antitrust Lunch is scheduled for Thursday 28 May 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Laurent Geelhand of Hausfeld LLP and Damien Géradin of EDGE Legal Thinking and Tilburg University will give a presentation in English on:

“Antitrust damages actions after the EU Directive”

Our lunch will focus on private enforcement of competition rules and in particular on the impact of the EU Directive on antitrust damages and of the Commission recommendation on collective redress. Laurent Geelhand of Hausfeld LLP and Damien Géradin of Tilburg University will offer two different viewpoints on the topic and give us an opportunity for a stimulating debate:

Laurent Geelhand will discuss the reasons behind the growth of private damages actions, whether the scope of damages actions will expand from cartels to abuses of dominant position and what we can expect to happen in the next five years.

Damien Géradin will discuss the law and economics of collective redress; the Commission’s recommendation and the steps taken by Member States to adopt their own collective redress regime.

Laurent, a partner at Hausfeld in London and managing partner of Hausfeld in Brussels, is one of the pioneers of antitrust private enforcement in Europe. Prior to Hausfeld, Laurent was the European General Counsel of Michelin, where he turned Michelin’s European legal department into a profit centre by systematically pursuing actions against suppliers and securing multi-million euros settlements arising from the rubber chemicals, synthetic rubber and paraffin wax cartels using innovative litigation techniques and funding schemes

Damien is the Founding Partner of EDGE Legal Thinking, a boutique competition law firm based in Brussels. Previously he was a partner at Covington & Burling. Damien is currently Professor of Competition Law & Economics at Tilburg University and holds academic appointments at University College London and George Mason University.Damien handled Commission investigations for clients like Qualcomm, Microsoft and Slovak Telekom. He has appeared in a dozen of cases before the EU courts and published extensively on competition law and economics. Damien is the editor in chief of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, a NGA to the ICN, and a Member of the ABA Section of Antitrust’s International task Force. Damien holds a PhD from Cambridge University and was a Fulbright at Yale Law School.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation and Q&A session will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Please register only on this Eventbrite page. Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. If you need a proof of attendance and/or a receipt of payment please print a copy of the ticket issued by Eventbrite.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Tuesday 23 May, the fee will be reimbursed directly from Eventbrite.

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PS: save the date for our 4th year anniversary cocktail on 10th June 2015 at Jeux d’Hiver!

24 April – 24th antitrustitalia lunch

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Antitrustitalia’s 24th Antitrust Lunch is scheduled on Friday 24 April 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Sophie Moonen, Head of Unit C5 – DG COMP, will give a presentation in English on:

“The Commission’s assessment of mobile telecom mergers: what have we learned?”

Recent years have seen a wave of consolidation in the mobile telecom industry across Europe, and further consolidation is on the horizon with rumours of possible mergers in many countries, including France, UK, Spain and Italy. The European Commission has reviewed a number of mobile mergers over the past few years and others may come under the Commission’s scrutiny soon. Sophie will talk us through the Commission’s recent experience in assessing mobile mergers in Austria, Ireland and Germany, focusing on the key aspects of these cases and discussing some general lessons.

Sophie Moonen is Head of Unit C5, DG COMP – European Commission, responsible for mergers in the IT, telecoms, and media sectors. Since joining DG COMP in June 2002, Sophie has dealt with mergers in numerous sectors, including IT, telecoms, media, transport, energy, pharmaceuticals and mining. Examples of the cases that she worked on include: Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Western Digital/Viviti Technologies, Universal/EMI, and Hutchison 3G UK/Telefónica Ireland. Prior to joining the Commission, Sophie spent several years in private practice working at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices). She graduated at the University of Liège and holds an LL.M. from the University of Michigan. Sophie has been a member of the NY bar since 1999.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Please confirm your attendance here. Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. Receipts can be printed from Eventbrite directly. If you need a proof of attendance and/or a receipt of payment please print a copy of the ticket issued by Eventbrite.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Wednesday 22 April, the fee will be reimbursed directly from Eventbrite.

antitrustitalia counts on your support!

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18 March – 23rd antitrustitalia lunch

Parity clauses in the online hotel booking sector – what’s going on?”

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Dear Friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 23rd Antitrust Lunch is scheduled on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman)

Paul Bridgeland, case handler at DG COMP and Matthias Hunold, from the Chief Economist Team, will give a presentation in English on:

“Parity clauses in the online hotel booking sector – what’s going on?”

The French, Swedish and Italian competition authorities have recently completed a joint market test of commitments proposed by the online travel agent, Booking.com. The commitments are intended to address perceived competition concerns relating to parity clauses in Booking.com’s standard contracts with hotels. Under the parity clauses, the hotels are requested to offer Booking.com the same or better room prices as the hotel makes available on all other online and offline distribution channels. Meanwhile, in Germany the BKartA has prohibited the parity clause of the German online travel agent, HRS. This decision has recently been upheld on appeal. The European Commission is coordinating the work of the national authorities, but it has not opened its own investigation.

Paul Bridgeland is a case handler in Unit F-1 at DG COMP (Antitrust – Transport, Post and other services). He returned to DG COMP in early 2014, having previously worked in the food and pharmaceuticals antitrust unit, and before that as a commercial solicitor in the UK.

Matthias Hunold joined the Chief Economist Team at DG COMP in 2013. Before that, he completed a PhD in competition economics at Mannheim University and worked as a researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Please confirm your attendance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parity-clauses-in-the-online-hotel-booking-sector-whats-going-on-tickets-15811307045. Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. Receipts can be printed from Eventbrite directly.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Monday 16 March, the fee will be reimbursed directly from Eventbrite.

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