26 April – Essilor/Luxottica: all eyes on conglomerate effects

bela_benedek_optical_shop_05Dear friends,

antitrustitalia’s 44th lunch talk is scheduled on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Brussels – Metro Schuman).

Birthe Panhans – Deputy Head of Unit (E4) responsible for mergers in the basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture sectors at DG Competition (European Commission) – will give a presentation in English on:

Essilor/Luxottica: all eyes on conglomerate effects

The merger between Essilor and Luxottica combines two of the largest companies in the optical industry which hold leading positions in the supply of, respectively, ophthalmic lens and frames. For some commentators the transaction creates ideal conditions for conglomerate effects to arise. Yet, following an in-depth investigation the European Commission unconditionally cleared the merger. Birthe will provide an overview of the Commission’s competitive assessment of the transaction and will discuss the main arguments behind its decision.

Birthe Panhans is Deputy Head of Unit responsible for mergers in the basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture sectors at DG Competition. Before joining the European Commission (in 2012), she worked for the German Ministry for Economic Affairs. Birthe is a German-qualified lawyer, she holds a degree in political science and a LL.M in international law.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will close at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia supporters. For non-supporters, there will be a fee of €25 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please register via Eventbrite. Receipts can be printed from the link directly.

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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