Our next event is organized in Madrid from September 30 to October 2, 2021.



As usual, the Madrid seminar will feature a high quality scientific program with 5 panels discussing hot topics of the moment, as well as a great social program allowing for contacts with colleagues from all over the world.
• Protect the consumers, fairness in competition, a new paradigm ? Competition authorities have “to make sure you have fair competition, and that democracy still serves consumers” (Vestager). What is the relationship between competition and consumer protection and how can we best delineate the boundaries between them? What is the increasing role of fairness in the challenge of shaping a different markets dynamic? How do the new DSA and DMA and Directive on unfair business practice in the food sector come into the picture? It is interesting to discuss how a broader concept of competitive and fair market is developing alongside pure efficiency oriented antitrust to ultimately support an overarching goal: consumer choice.
Panel moderator: Simone Gambuto, Nunziante Magrone, Italy.
Speakers: Guillaume Teissonière – eDreams ODIGEO (Spain) ; Zoltan Marosi – Oppenheim (Hungary), Ana Perdigao (Expedia Group), Claudio Calcagno – GMT Economics (UK).
• Regulate the techies: Competition in the digital space has been a key focus of the European Commission for some years now, with record fines imposed and numerous ongoing investigations. Sweeping EU reform proposed under the draft Digital Markets Act seeks to impose obligations on “gatekeepers” and structural remedies for systematic breaches (ex-ante regulation) to address perceived enforcement gaps in the digital economy. EU Member States and the UK have also become increasingly active, e.g. with the recently implemented amendments to Germany’s Act against Restraints of Competition and the UK new digital competition regime. However, questions remain about the interactions between the various rules applicable in Europe with a mix of ex-ante regulation and ex-post competition assessment that may be too difficult for tech companies to follow and more clarity is needed to ensure legal certainty.
Panel moderator: Ricardo Celli, O’Melveny & Myers, Brussels/Belgium
Speakers: Andrew Ward – Cuatrecasas (Spain) ; Annemiek Wilpshaar – European Commission (Belgium) ; Marixenia Davilla – Quinn Emanuel (Belgium) ; Miguel Perez Guerra – Google (United Kingdom)
• Keep them merging: What is happening to legal certainty in merger control and what effect will the Commission’s Article 22 interpretation eventually have? What about national developments around Europe and the EU’s foreign direct investment control regime? Thoughts, tips and experiences to increase the likelihood of getting deals approved.
Panel moderator: Satu-Anneli Kauranen, Merilampi Attorneys, Helsinki/Finland
Speakers: Maurice de Valois Turk – Oxera (Netherlands) ; Natura Gracia – Linklaters (United Kingdom) ; Robert Hardy – Simmons & Simmons (Belgium) ; Zoya Todorova – Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. (Bulgaria)
• Damages litigation galore: Is there after Cogeco, Skanska and Otis still room for national (tort) laws and how should the concept of an ‘undertaking’ be applied in competition damages litigation? And where do we stand three years after the implementation of the EU damages directive? Have the hopes and fears been fulfilled and what are developments regarding common standards e.g. on substantiation and quantification across courts in Europe? Furthermore, the panel will also discuss the rise of Article 102 TFEU cases and if such cases have specific issues, for example with respect to the quantification of damages.
Panel moderator: Joost Fanoy, BarentsKrans, The Hague/Netherlands
Speakers: Lesley Hannah – Hausfeld (United Kingdom) ; Toni Kallikoski – Dittmar & Indrenius (Finland) ; Pedro Callol – Callol, Coca & Asociados (Spain) ; Till Schreiber – Cartel Damage Claims Consulting (Belgium)
• Horizontals are hot again: With the current review and update of the existing EU Horizontal Regime – which is to receive a facelift at least – there is much to discuss from different angles against the background of recent cases and developments in our fast moving world: sustainability aspects and their need to be reflected in the competition analysis, digitalisation with the hot topics data pooling/data sharing as well as the appropriate and up-to-date dealing with everlasting forms of cooperation between competitors such as joint purchasing, joint bidding and joint standard setting.
Panel moderator: Christine Dietz, Binder Grösswang, Vienna/Austria.
Sppeakers: Aleko Bogdanov – European Commission (Belgium) ; Liga Merwin – Ellex Klavins (Latvia) ; Mette Alfter – Frontier Economics (Belgium) ; Sebastian Hack – Osborne Clarke (Germany) ; Tamar Dolev-Green – MSD (Israel) , Soledad Blanco Thomas (European Commission)
In addition, we will again have the pleasure to enjoy a keynote speech by Prof. Philip Marsden!
The event will take place at the Gran Melia Palacio Los Duques in Madrid. As always, there will be a great social program and enough time to meet old and new friends over drinks and dinners. As usual, the seminar starts with a cocktail on Thursday night and ends on Saturday afternoon.



Registration is now closed.


Previous events:


Our second event was organized in May 2019 in Prague.

Five panels of outstanding speakers debated on the following subjects:

• “Verticals: The path towards 2022” – Panel moderator: Ruben Elkerbout, Stek, Netherlands – Panellists: 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” – Panel moderator: Cormac Little, William Fry, Ireland – Panellists: 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” – Panel moderator: Sarah Biontino, Biontino Europe, Belgium – Panellists: Joséphine Fourquet, Paul Hastings, France, Jürgen Schindler, Allen & Overy, Belgium, Nathalie McNelis, MLex, Belgium, Sara Ashall, Solicitor, Belgium

• “Abuses of dominance”. Panel moderator: Sarah Biontino, Biontino Europe, Belgium – Panellists: Joséphine Fourquet, Paul Hastings, France, Jürgen Schindler, Allen & Overy, Belgium, Nathalie McNelis, MLex, Belgium, Sara Ashall, Solicitor, Belgium

• “Antitrust compliance” – Panel moderator: Elena Garcia, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Germany – Panellists: Marie Leppard, Euclid Law, UK, Nikiforos Iatrou, McCarthy Tétrault, Canada, Sebastian Brack, Deutsche Bahn, Germany

In addition, we had 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).
Our first event was organized in May 2018 in Lisbon.

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