21 February – The New Cooperation Procedure in EU Antitrust Cases

The New Cooperation Procedure in EU Antitrust Cases

Dear friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 49th lunch talk is scheduled on Thursday, 21 February 2019, 12:30 pm at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Brussels – Metro Schuman).

Maria Jaspers and Aleko Bogdanov  (DG COMP) will present on:

“The New Cooperation Procedure in EU Antitrust Cases”

Following the well-established and successful framework for rewarding cooperation by companies investigated in the area of cartels (Leniency and Settlements) and a first non-cartel cooperation case in 2016 (ARA Foreclosure), the Commission has recently concluded several non-cartel antitrust cases where companies have cooperated with the Commission in return for a reduction of the fine. These cases included the four Consumer Electronics cases, the Guess case, as well as, more recently, the MasterCard case.

Maria Jaspers and Aleko Bogdanov will present this new antitrust cooperation procedure, explaining its background, its procedural steps and the elements taken into account for a potential fine reduction.

Maria Jaspers is the head of the Antitrust Policy and Case Support Unit in DG Competition of the European Commission. The unit is in charge of coordinating the Commission’s antitrust and cartel cases and developing competition policy in this area. Before that, Maria spent five years as a head of unit in the Cartel Directorate.

Aleko Bogdanov works in the Antitrust Policy and Case support unit of DG Competition. He joined the Commission in 2011 and has dealt with antitrust, cartel and merger cases in various sectors. He also participates in various policy projects. Aleko Bogdanov is a French qualified lawyer and holds a master’s degree from the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) and a master’s degree in EU business law from Strasbourg University. He teaches “Free movement of goods” in the SKEMA business school of Lille. Before joining the Commission, Aleko worked as a lawyer and in-house counsel in private practice in Paris.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia’s supporters. For non-supporters, there is a fee of EUR 25 to cover the cost of the lunch. Receipts can be printed from the link directly.

Please register via 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 non-supporters, cancellation should be notified 24 hours before the event, the fee will be refunded directly from the link above.

We hope you can make it!

antitrustitalia

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Cocktail – Etiquette, 29 January

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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

antitrusitalia is delighted to invite you for a cocktail at Etiquette, Avenue Emile de Mot 19, 1000 Bruxelles, on Tuesday, 29 January 2019, from 19h30 to 22h30.

The invitation is strictly personal.

Please register here by Friday 25 January 2019.

We look forward to seeing you all!

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21 November – PRESUMPTIONS IN EU COMPETITION LAW: DO WE NEED MORE, OR LESS?

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Dear friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 48th lunch talk is scheduled on Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 12:30 pm at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP)’s Auditorium in Brussels (Place Madou 1 │ 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Nood │ Metro Madou).

Cyril Ritter, Policy Officer in Unit A.1 (Antitrust case support and policy) at DG COMP, and James Killick, Partner at White&Case LLP, Brussels, will give a presentation in English on:

Presumptions in EU competition law: do we need more, or less?”

EU competition law often employs presumptions, both in terms of the substantive and procedural rules, which develop based on different rationales and can also evolve over time. Depending on the context they may either benefit authorities/claimants or defendants. They also raise questions of predictability, legal certainty and effectiveness of antitrust enforcement.

Cyril Ritter is a Policy Officer in the Antitrust case support and policy unit of DG Competition, where he is responsible for advising on technology cases and on emerging technology issues, including on the interaction of competition, data, and algorithms. He also advises on pharma cases, financial cases, and cartel cases. He was previously a Case Handler dealing with antitrust and merger cases in the shipping and airline sectors. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2007, Cyril was an associate at a law firm in Paris.

James Killick is a Partner at White&Case LLP in Brussels. His practice covers competition, pharmaceuticals, and international trade. He advises leading industry players in a broad range of business sectors, from information technology and chemicals to airlines and paper.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will close at 14:30. Important note: Please allow time to register at the Madou Tower desk, we recommend coming at noon.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia’s supporters. For non-supporters, there is a fee of EUR 25 to cover the cost of the lunch. Receipts can be printed from the link directly.

Please register via 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 non-supporters, cancellation should be notified 24 hours before the event, the fee will be refunded directly from the link above.

We hope you can make it!

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