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.

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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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19 February – 22nd antitrustitalia lunch

 

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antitrustitalia’s 22nd antitrust lunch is scheduled on Thursday 19 February 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

The speaker Dr. Henning Leupold – member of the Competition Team of the Legal Service of the European Commission – will give a presentation in English on:

“Restrictions ‘by object’ after Groupement des Cartes Bancaires – much ado about nothing”

An intense debate has followed the adoption by the Court of the judgment Groupement des Cartes Bancaires on 11 September 2014. The judgment concerns the conditions that need to be present to justify the finding of a restriction of competition law “by object”. Some have argued that this judgment creates a new – stricter – legal test which will limit the application by the Commission of the concept of “restrictions by object”. Others believe that this judgment simply reiterates and clarifies in a systematic way findings of previous case-law. Others still have questions as to the difference between “by object” and “by effect” infringements. This presentation will first analyse the criteria for the finding of a restriction “by object” and it will then offer an interpretation of the main issues raised by the judgment and present a possible way forward.

Dr. Henning Leupold is a member of the European Commission’s Legal Service where he works in the Competition Team. Previously, he spent five years at DG Competition, for the most part in the antitrust case support and policy unit, where he was mainly dealing with the IT, Internet and consumer electronics industries. He was also involved in the review of the European Commission’s competition policy on horizontal co-operation agreements of 2011. Prior to joining the Commission in 2008, he practised competition law in an international law firm. Dr. Henning is the author of numerous articles and book contributions on various competition law topics. He has a Ph.D. degree in law from the University of Passau, Germany, and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics, London.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:15 at the latest.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch.

Please confirm your attendance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restrictions-by-object-after-groupement-des-cartes-bancaires-tickets-15597312983

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 17 February, the fee will be reimbursed.

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