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EU Competition Law Summit

Vathy, Ithaca, 23-24 August 2018

"When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray the
road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge."

– Excerpt from the poem "Ithaca" by Cavafy (1911)

DAY 1: Thursday, August 23rd

REGISTRATION & COFFEE: 12.30 – 13.15

Welcome to the Conference & Introduction: Lekothea Nteka (Commissioner, Hellenic Competition Authority)

Session 1: Enforcement & Review in Competition Matters (13.30 – 15.30)


Chair: Professor Alison Jones (King's College London)


Judge Marc van der Woude (General Court, Luxembourg) – Assessments of Complex Economic Issues by a Review Court

Professor Renato Nazzini (King's College London) – The Arbitration of Competition Law Disputes

Professor William Kovacic (King's College London / George Washington University, DC) – US Antitrust Policy under the Trump Administration


Gönenc Gurkaynak (Founding Partner, ELIG, Istanbul) – The Importance of General Principles of Law in a Competition Law Setting: EU Precedents and Turkish Practice

COFFEE BREAK: 15.30–16.00

Session 2: Behavioural Practices – Evolving Standards (16.00 – 18.00)


Chair: Nicholas Hirst (MLex, Brussels)


Assimakis Komninos (Partner, White & Case, Brussels / University College London) – What Can Private Enforcement teach Public Enforcement in Article 102 Cases?

Professor Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (London School of Economics / College of Europe, Bruges) – Finding the Appropriate Legal Standard by which to Assess Competition Law Violations


Massimiliano Kadar (Deputy Head of Unit C.1, DG Competition, European Commission / King's College London) – Applying Article 102 to rebates in the Wake of the Intel Judgement: the Qualcomm case


Cani Fernández (Partner, Cuatrecasas, Madrid) – The Use of Presumptions and Burdens of Proof in Competition Law Cases: The Intel Saga

DAY 2: Friday, August 24th

Session 3: Merger Policy – Current and Emerging Trends (10.00 – 12.00)


Chair: Karim Lesina (Vice President, AT&T, Brussels)


Professor Tommaso Valletti (Chief Economist, DG Competition, European Commission) – The Commission's Current Thinking on Merger Enforcement: Substantive and Procedural Dimensions

Jorge Padilla (Senior Managing Director, CompassLexecon, Madrid) – Mergers and Innovation

Nikolaos Persterakis (Counsel, Linklaters, Brussels) – The Treatment of Efficiencies Defences under EU Merger Control: A Practitioner's View

COFFEE BREAK: 12.00–12.30

Session 4: Regulatory Policy Meets Antitrust Paradigms (12.30 – 14.30)

Chair: Nicholas Hirst (MLex, Brussels)

Professor Martin Cave OBE (London School of Economics) – Assessing Platform Mergers in Practice

Dr. Katerina Maniadaki (Ofcom, London) – Net Neutrality At the Crossroads: Developments in EU Practice

Peter Alexiadis (Partner, Gibson Dunn, Brussels / King's College London) – Understanding How Regulatory Standards Influence Competition Law Standards in the Assessment of Abusive Conduct

Spyros Droukopoulos (Senior Consultant, Oxera, Brussels) – Most Favoured Nation Clauses: Competition Enforcement in the Face of Regulatory Intervention

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