23 February – The Commission’s decision in Microsoft/LinkedIn

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antitrustitalia’s 36st lunch will be on Thursday, 23 February 2017 at the Auditorium of Madou Tower at Place Madou – 1049 Brussels (note that it will not take place as for past events at Confindustria).

Michele Piergiovanni,  Cristina Sjödin and Salvatore De Vita (European Commission, DG Competition, Mergers) will give a presentation in English on:

The Commission’s decision in Microsoft/LinkedIn: Artificial Intelligence, big data and social networks”

In December 2016, the European Commission approved Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, subject to compliance with a number of commitments. The Commission’s decision assessed the impact of the transaction on the markets for online advertising services, customer relationship management (CRM) software, and professional social networking services. The presentation will explain the main points of the Commission’s assessment, focusing on (i) the reasons that led the Commission to exclude competition concerns on “big data”- related grounds, notably in the market for CRM software; and (ii) the risk of conglomerate effects that the Commission identified in the area of professional social networking services and how these concerns were addressed by the commitments offered by Microsoft.

Michele Piergiovanni is Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Competition, in the unit responsible for mergers in the IT, telecommunications and media sectors. Before joining the Commission, Michele worked for several years in private practice in Brussels and in Italy. Michele holds a law degree from the University of Genoa, as well as LL.M degrees from the College of Europe and Harvard Law School.

Salvatore De Vita is a case handler at the European Commission’s DG Competition in the unit responsible for mergers in the IT, telecommunications and media sectors. Before joining the Commission, Salvatore worked as a consultant and as in-house analyst in a leading information technology company. Salvatore holds a master’s degree in economics from the Bocconi University.

Cristina Sjödin is a case handler at the European Commission’s DG Competition in the unit responsible for mergers in the IT, telecommunications and media sectors. Before joining the Commission, Cristina practiced competition law in an international law firm in Brussels. Cristina holds an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges).

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

Entrance free for antitrustitalia’s members, €20 for non-members. Please book your ticket on Eventbrite.

In order to ensure access to Madou Tower the day of the event, all attendees that are non-EU officials will be required to provide the date of birth, nationality and ID number in addition to their confirmation through 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-members who will notify the cancellation by 48 hours before the event, the fee will be reimbursed (directly through the link above).

antitrustitalia counts on your support!

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Cocktail – Wine Fever, 26 January 2017

Wine fever 2Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

antitrustitalia is starting again its activities of 2017 and is delighted to invite you for a cocktail at Wine Fever, Place Charles Graux 3, 1050 – Bruxelles, on Thursday 26 January from 19h30 to 22h30.

The invitation is strictly personal.

RSVP by Monday 23 January 2017 at antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it

See you soon,

antitrustitalia

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“How to clear a Megamerger” – Insights from the AB InBev/SABMiller case

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Dear friends,

The 35th antitrustitalia lunch is scheduled on Thursday 8 December 2016 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Ben Graham, Global Legal Director of Competition at AB InBev, will give a presentation on:

“How to clear a megamerger – Insights from the AB InBev/SABMiller multijurisdictional merger control process”

The third largest acquisition in corporate history and the largest ever in the consumer goods sector, the acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev, recently closed.

The “huge beer” deal, representing the acquisition of the global number two player by the global number one, attracted heightened regulatory attention across the globe. Notification was required in over 20 jurisdictions, spanning Albania to Zimbabwe, several requiring substantial remedies of both a competition and public interest nature. Notably, given all the scrutiny, the deal closed a mere 11 months after its announcement.

AB InBev/SABMiller provides a fascinating case study in how to successfully coordinate global mergers in the age of a plethora of merger regimes and increasing appetite of regulators to impose remedies.

Ben Graham, Global Legal Director of Competition for AB InBev, will share his insights from being at the helm of AB InBev’s of regulatory strategy throughout the deal’s review.

Ben has been in-house counsel at AB InBev since 2013 and global head of antitrust since 2015. Prior to joining AB InBev, Ben worked in the competition law team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Brussels and Washington, DC. Ben holds a degree from Cambridge University in French and Spanish.

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

Entrance free for antitrustitalia members, € 20 for non-members. Please book your ticket at Eventbrite.

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-members who will notify the cancellation by 48 hours before the event, the fee will be reimbursed (directly through the link above).

antitrustitalia counts on your support!

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POST SCRIPTUM: Book here your place at antitrustitalia’s 5th Christmas Dinner on 7th December – the one Christmas dinner you really don’t want to miss!!

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