The Commission decision in Siemens/Alstom

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Dear friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 51 lunch talk is scheduled on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 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).

Michele Piergiovanni, Head of Unit C.5 (mergers – IT, telecoms and media) in DG COMP of the European Commission, will give a presentation in English on:

“The Commission decision in Siemens/Alstom”

Michele will discuss the recent decision of the European Commission to block Siemens’ proposed takeover of Alstom’s activities in the railway sector, with a particular focus on the competition concerns identified by the Commission in the key problematic markets and on the reasons why the Commission considered the remedies offered not sufficient to address these concerns”.

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.

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. To register please click 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 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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Competition policy for the Digital Single Market

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Dear friends,

antitrustitalia’s 50th lunch talk is scheduled on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 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).

Thomas Kramler, Unit C.6 (E-commerce and data economy) at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, will give a presentation in English on:

“Competition policy for the Digital Single Market: Focus on key enforcement trends and the EU public consultation on Verticals Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines”

Thomas Kramler will present the latest key enforcement developments for vertical agreements under EU competition law such as the recent cases on RPM in the consumer electronics sector and on selective distribution (Guess). He will also address the background of the public consultation recently launched by the Commission, in the context of the review of the existing rules (i.e., the VBER and VGL).

Thomas Kramler’s Unit C.6 is responsible for antitrust in E-commerce and data economy at the Commission’s DG Competition. He has been 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.

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 supporters. For non-supporters, there will be a fee of EUR 25 to cover the cost of the lunch. 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.

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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 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!

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