Our next event will be organized on May 23-25, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. The full program can be downloaded here.



Five panels will debate about the Hot Topics of antitrust in 2019.
Verticals: The path towards 2022
Until 2022 the EU will be updating its Verticals Block Exemption Regulation. This will trigger interesting discussions about the future of online sales & platforms, selective distribution and online pricing and sales restrictions, including (i) direct and indirect resale price maintenance practices (including the use of price monitoring software), (ii) price and other parity clauses restrictions on cross-border sales (e.g. dual pricing or geoblocking), (iii) dual distribution.

Moderator: Ruben Elkerbout, Stek, Netherlands
Johanna Kübler, Commeo, Germany
Radovan Kubáč, Nedelka Kubáč advokáti, Czech Republic
Szilvia Szekely, European Commission, Belgium
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Belgium

Merger Control: What’s hot
This panel will discuss key trends such as the various reforms of/potential changes to jurisdictional thresholds, the increased focus on procedural infringements, the role of ECN+ and cross-border cooperation, the apparent shift toward behavioural commitments while not forgetting potential concerns arising from market power in innovation and data-driven markets.

Moderator: Cormac Little, William Fry, Ireland
Asko Lindqvist, Borenius Attorneys, Finland
Barbara Veronese, CEG Europe, Italy
Diarmuid Ryan, Squire Patton Boggs, UK and Belgium
Silke Möller, Glade Michel Wirtz, Germany
Volker Weiss, Schönherr, Belgium

Political dimensions of merger control procedures
The political aspects of high profile mergers with political components, such as Siemens Alstom are getting more important. This is also relevant for a new industrial policy in a world of the powerplay US vs EU vs China. The panel will discuss what political implications practitioners have to consider and how they can they play against or in favour of a case.

Moderator: Sarah Biontino, Biontino Europe, Belgium
Joséphine Fourquet, Paul Hastings, France
Jürgen Schindler, Allen & Overy, Belgium
Nathalie McNelis, MLex, Belgium
Sara Ashall, Solicitor, Belgium

Abuse of Dominance
This panel will discuss current issues on the dominance scene, including the trendy GAFA cases, potential modifications of dominance rules, recent excessive pricing cases and the situation of sports rights, based on the position of both EU and national authorities and the courts.

Moderator: Evelyn Niitväli, RCAA, Germany
Albert Pereda, Lonza Ltd, Switzerland
Davina Garrod, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, UK
Eva Cruellas, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, Italy
Jérémie Jourdan, White & Case, Belgium
Miguel de la Mano, Compass Lexecon, Belgium

Antitrust Compliance
Antitrust compliance programs are being implemented in many companies; what is the value of such programs for competition authorities / national courts in their fine setting practice or when awarding damages? New technologies can be a valuable tool for companies in order to prove that they have effective compliance programs in place – how can new technologies assist companies?

Moderator: Elena Garcia, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Germany
Marie Leppard, Euclid Law, UK
Nikiforos Iatrou, McCarthy Tétrault, Canada
Sebastian Brack, Deutsche Bahn, Germany

Keynote speech
In addition, we will have the pleasure to host Prof. Philip Marsden (College of Europe) as a keynote speaker during this event, for a debate session on “Digital Competition and Pro-Competitive Regulation”, moderated by Prof. Peter Georg Picht (University of Zurich, Schellenberg Wittmer).

The event venue will be the Alcron Hotel, a wonderful hotel in the center of the city (link). As usual, social events will be a highlight of this conference, with a cocktail on Thursday night and a culinary experience on Friday night.



Registration for this event is now open, with a seminar fee of 390 EUR (excluding travel and hotel expenses). If you have not already pre-registered, please use the form below and we will contact you to formalize your registration. We have negotiated preferential rates with the hotel (215 EUR / night), which you can access once you are registered.


Previous events:

Our first event was organized on May 18-19, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Five panels of outstanding speakers debated on the following subjects:

• “Collusion through third parties” – Panel moderator: Kristian Hugmark, Roschier, Sweden. Panelists: Alexander Birnstiel, Noerr, Germany / Camilla Holtse, Maersk, Denmark / Adrian Majumdar, RBB, UK / Miguel Rato, Quinn Emanuel, Belgium / Grégoire Ryelandt, Deprevernet, Belgium

• “Practical challenges of dominance cases” – Panel moderator: Stephen Whitfield, Travers Smith, UK. Panelists: Daniel Colgan, DLA Piper, Belgium / David Hull, Van Bael & Bellis, Belgium / Tero Louko, Google, Belgium / Andrea Pomana, Debevoise & Plimpton, Germany / Elena Zoido, Compass Lexecon, Spain

• “Litigation: What works when appealing decisions ?” – Panel moderator: Aleksander Stawicki, Wkb Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr, Poland. Panelists: Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, bpv Hügel, Austria / Aleksandra Boutin, Compass Lexecon, Belgium / Martin André Dittmer, Gorrisen Federspiel, Denmark / Robert Neruda, Havel & Partners, Czech Republic / Inês Sequeira Mendes, Abreu Advogados, Portugal

• “Damage claims: Hot issues and trends”. Panel moderator: Pedro Callol, Callol, Coca & Asociados, Spain. Panelists: Rick Cornelissen, Houthoff, Netherlands / Nadine Hermann, Quinn Emanuel, Germany / Anne Morfey, Hausfeld, UK / Florian Neumayr, bpv Hügel, Austria / Ricardo Oliveira, PLMJ Advogados, Portugal / Stephen Smith, Bristows, UK

• “online world: from platforms to algorithms” – Panel moderator: Sebastian Janka, Noerr, Germany. Panelists: Aurélien Condomines, Aramis, France / Yusuke Kaeriyama, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Japan / John Snyder, Alston & Bird, USA /Lars Wiethaus, Charles River Associates, Belgium

You can download the full brochure of the Lisbon seminar here