28 May – 25th antitrust lunch: “Antitrust damages actions after the EU Directive”

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Dear Friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 25th Antitrust Lunch is scheduled for Thursday 28 May 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Laurent Geelhand of Hausfeld LLP and Damien Géradin of EDGE Legal Thinking and Tilburg University will give a presentation in English on:

“Antitrust damages actions after the EU Directive”

Our lunch will focus on private enforcement of competition rules and in particular on the impact of the EU Directive on antitrust damages and of the Commission recommendation on collective redress. Laurent Geelhand of Hausfeld LLP and Damien Géradin of Tilburg University will offer two different viewpoints on the topic and give us an opportunity for a stimulating debate:

Laurent Geelhand will discuss the reasons behind the growth of private damages actions, whether the scope of damages actions will expand from cartels to abuses of dominant position and what we can expect to happen in the next five years.

Damien Géradin will discuss the law and economics of collective redress; the Commission’s recommendation and the steps taken by Member States to adopt their own collective redress regime.

Laurent, a partner at Hausfeld in London and managing partner of Hausfeld in Brussels, is one of the pioneers of antitrust private enforcement in Europe. Prior to Hausfeld, Laurent was the European General Counsel of Michelin, where he turned Michelin’s European legal department into a profit centre by systematically pursuing actions against suppliers and securing multi-million euros settlements arising from the rubber chemicals, synthetic rubber and paraffin wax cartels using innovative litigation techniques and funding schemes

Damien is the Founding Partner of EDGE Legal Thinking, a boutique competition law firm based in Brussels. Previously he was a partner at Covington & Burling. Damien is currently Professor of Competition Law & Economics at Tilburg University and holds academic appointments at University College London and George Mason University.Damien handled Commission investigations for clients like Qualcomm, Microsoft and Slovak Telekom. He has appeared in a dozen of cases before the EU courts and published extensively on competition law and economics. Damien is the editor in chief of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, a NGA to the ICN, and a Member of the ABA Section of Antitrust’s International task Force. Damien holds a PhD from Cambridge University and was a Fulbright at Yale Law School.

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

Please register only on this Eventbrite page. Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. 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 Tuesday 23 May, the fee will be reimbursed directly from Eventbrite.

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PS: save the date for our 4th year anniversary cocktail on 10th June 2015 at Jeux d’Hiver!

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