“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).

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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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7 December – Christmas Dinner

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Dear friends,

Following last year’s success, antitrustitalia is organising the Christmas dinner.

Please join us on Wednesday, 7th December at Brugmann, Avenue Brugmann 52/54 – 1190 Bruxelles.

Starting from 20h, antitrustitalia will be delighted to offer its guests a welcome drink and the valet parking service.

The dinner will include the following menu:

Saumon fumé maison – guacamole d’avocat, crème montée au raifort, biscuit sarrasin & pousses de cresson

Suprême de coucou de Malines – poché/rôti, déclinaison d’artichaut & sauce truffée

Chocolat des Caraïbes

Café ou thé

Vin et Eau

The ticket price is 55 pp for non-members and  50 pp for antitrustitalia’s members.

Tickets are only available in advance and can be purchased until 2 December through wire transfer to antitrustitalia’s bank account:

antitrustitalia ASBL

ING Bank

Avenue de Arts 26, 1040 Bruxelles

IBAN: BE46 363118698536

BIC: BBRUBEBB

A cash bar will be available after dinner.

For more information, or if you have any dietary requirements please email antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

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Cari amici,

come ogni anno, e dopo il successo dell’anno scorso, antitrustitalia organizza la cena di Natale.

Quest’anno, la cena si terrà mercoledì 7 dicembre presso il ristorante Brugmann, Avenue Brugmann 52/54 – 1190 Bruxelles.

A partire dalle ore 20, antitrustitalia sarà lieta di offrire ai suoi ospiti un aperitivo di benvenuto e il servizio valet parking.

La cena comprenderà il seguente menù:

Saumon fumé maison – guacamole d’avocat, crème montée au raifort, biscuit sarrasin & pousses de cresson

Suprême de coucou de Malines – poché/rôti, déclinaison d’artichaut & sauce truffée

Chocolat des Caraïbes

Café ou thé

Vin et Eau

Il prezzo della cena è di € 55 pp per i non-membri e di € 50 pp per i membri di antitrustitalia.

Il pagamento andrà fatto non oltre il 2 dicembre tramite bonifico bancario intestato a:

antitrustitalia ASBL

Banca ING

Avenue de Arts 26, 1040 Bruxelles

IBAN: BE46 363118698536

BIC: BBRUBEBB

Dopo la cena, la serata continuerà al bar (a pagamento).

Per ulteriori informazioni o per comunicare eventuali intolleranze alimentari, scrivere a antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it.

Vi aspettiamo numerosi!

25 ottobre – Competition policy for the Digital Single Market: Focus on E-commerce

PrintDear friends,

The 34th antitrustitalia lunch is scheduled on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

The speakers Thomas Kramler and Rosario Rende Granata from the Digital Single Market Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition – will give a presentation in English on: 

Competition policy for the Digital Single Market: Focus on E-commerce

The creation of a Connected Digital Single Market is one of the policy areas on which the European Commission in office is focused. The Commission is dedicating most of its resources to the digital world, focusing on the push for innovation as well as the protection of the consumers. In the digital sector, the push for innovation seems to be aligned with the interests of consumers, who are particularly weak in the digital world, but at the same time can receive multiple offers from geographic regions far away. Take online commerce, which is a crucial area for the Digital Single Market. Often it’s the companies that undermine cross-border trade by erecting technical barriers such as geo-blocking.  The same applies to the sale of tangible goods. Further to the e-sector inquiry of the Commission and its initial findings, Thomas and Rosario will explore the dos and the don’ts in the digital world.

Thomas Kramler is Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s DG Competition. Thomas holds a law degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria, and a master in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). Previously Thomas was deputy head of the unit responsible for antitrust cases in the information industries, internet and consumer electronics sectors. Before joining the European Commission Thomas worked as agent representing the Austrian government before the European Courts in Luxemburg.

Rosario Rende Granata is a Case Handler in the Task Force Digital Single Market in the Commission’s DG for Competition.  Rosario holds a law degree from the University of Bologna, an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges) and an LL.M. from Columbia University. Before joining the European Commission Rosario practiced competition law in two leading law firms in Brussels.

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

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €20 to cover the cost of the lunch.

Please confirm your attendance here.

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 48 hours before the event, the fee will be reimbursed (directly through the link above).

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