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21 November – PRESUMPTIONS IN EU COMPETITION LAW: DO WE NEED MORE, OR LESS?

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Dear friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 48th lunch talk is scheduled on Wednesday, 21 November 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).

Cyril Ritter, Policy Officer in Unit A.1 (Antitrust case support and policy) at DG COMP, and James Killick, Partner at White&Case LLP, Brussels, will give a presentation in English on:

Presumptions in EU competition law: do we need more, or less?”

EU competition law often employs presumptions, both in terms of the substantive and procedural rules, which develop based on different rationales and can also evolve over time. Depending on the context they may either benefit authorities/claimants or defendants. They also raise questions of predictability, legal certainty and effectiveness of antitrust enforcement.

Cyril Ritter is a Policy Officer in the Antitrust case support and policy unit of DG Competition, where he is responsible for advising on technology cases and on emerging technology issues, including on the interaction of competition, data, and algorithms. He also advises on pharma cases, financial cases, and cartel cases. He was previously a Case Handler dealing with antitrust and merger cases in the shipping and airline sectors. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2007, Cyril was an associate at a law firm in Paris.

James Killick is a Partner at White&Case LLP in Brussels. His practice covers competition, pharmaceuticals, and international trade. He advises leading industry players in a broad range of business sectors, from information technology and chemicals to airlines and paper.

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

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 December – Christmas dinner 2018

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Dear friends,

Following last year’s success, antitrustitalia is pleased to announce this year’s Christmas dinner. Please join us on Wednesday, 5th December at Cospaia, Rue Capitaine Crespel 1 – 1050 Bruxelles.

Starting from 20h, antitrustitalia will be delighted to offer its guests a welcome drink.

The dinner will then include the following menu:

Walking appetizers

Céviche de saumon,

Mijoté de lentilles,

Tartine au carpaccio de bœuf,

Croquette de fromage

Seated dinner

Pluma iberico à la plancha, chapignons et patate douce

Moelleux au Chocolat

*****

Café ou thé

Vin et Eau

A vegetarian option is also available upon request

The ticket price is € 45 pp for antitrustitalia’s supporters and € 55 pp for non-supporters. Tickets are only available in advance and can be purchased until 3 December through wire transfer to antitrustitalia’s bank account:

antitrustitalia ASBL

ING Bank

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 look forward to welcoming you!

antitrustitalia

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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!

antitrustitalia

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