17 October – Abuse of dominance in the age of mobile internet: The Google Android case

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Dear friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 47th lunch talk is scheduled on Wednesday, 17 October 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).

Massimiliano Kadar, Deputy Head of Unit C.1 (antitrust in telecoms) at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission at the European Commission, will give a presentation in English on:

Abuse of dominance in the age of mobile internet: The Google Android case

On 18 July 2018, the European Commission imposed a EUR 4.3 billion fine on Google for having abused its dominant position in relation to its Android operating system and associated mobile apps and services. The Commission found that Google put in practice a strategy aimed at protecting and strengthening Google’s dominant position in general internet search, at a key time when mobile internet was expanding and taking over desktop traffic. Google’s conduct included tying its search and browser apps to its app store, paying device manufacturers in exchange for exclusive pre-installation and imposing restrictions on device manufacturers as regards the use of modified versions of Android (so called “Android forks”). Massimiliano will provide an overview of the Commission’s assessment in this case and will discuss the main arguments behind its decision.

Massimiliano Kadar is the Deputy Head of Unit C.1 (antitrust in telecoms) at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission and a visiting lecturer at King’s College London. Between 2011 and 2018, he has worked as case handler on both antitrust and merger control cases in a variety of sectors at the European Commission, and before then in private practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners. Massimiliano has published several articles on competition policy and is a graduate of Bocconi University and King’s College London.

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 (please do not respond to this email).

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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5 July – Seven years of antitrustitalia

Cocktail and walking dinner on Thursday 5 July 2018 from 7.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. at The Residence of the Ambassador of Italy Avenue Legrand 43, 1050 Brussels.

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3 July – Antitrust and Competition issues in the life science sector

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Dear friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 46th lunch talk is scheduled on Tuesday 3 July 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).

A panel of public enforcers that are experts in the Life Science sector, including DG COMP Director Paul Csiszár, DG COMP officials that are experts in the field and a DG Sante representative for a regulatory perspective, will give a presentation on:

Antitrust and Competition Issues in the Life Science Sector

The DG COMP panel will provide an overview of recent developments by DG COMP and the National Competition Authorities in the life science industry, including excessive pricing, market definition, pay-for-delay, and mergers. Since DG COMP launched its Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry in 2008, there has been a spotlight on the interplay between competition law and the life science sector. A broad range of investigations have taken place, and a number are on-going. DG SANTE will be reporting on biologicals and biosimilars from a regulatory perspective.

The panel will include:

Paul Csiszár, the DG COMP Director responsible for pharma antitrust and mergers

Rainer Becker, DG COMP head of unit “Antitrust: Pharma and Health services”

Marion BaillyHarald Mische and Blaz Visnar, DG COMP officials that are experts in the life science industry

Dirk van Den Steen, policy officer from DG SANTE – Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will close at 14:45.
Important note: Please allow time to register at the Madou Tower desk, we recommend coming at noon.

Please register via Eventbrite.

Entrance is free for Antitrustitalia 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.

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

P.S.: Antitrustitalia’s 7th anniversary will be a walking dinner at the Residence of the Ambassador of Italy, Avenue Legrand 43, 1050 Brussels on Thursday 5 July 2018 from 19.00 to 22.30 (upon personal invite only).

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