Our next event will be held in Madrid on 16-17 October 2020.



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: What is the relationship between antitrust and consumer protection law and how can we best delineate the boundaries between them? It is of interest, to show how they interact with each other and how they ultimately support one another as the two component parts of an overarching unity: consumer choice.
Panel moderator: Simone Gambuto, Fieldfisher, Milan/Italy.
Speakers: Guillaume Teissonière – eDreams ODIGEO (Spain) ; Gustaf Duhs – Stevens Boltons (United Kingdom) ; Zoltan Marosi – Oppenheim (Hungary)
• Regulate the techies: Do we need new rules to deal with technology companies and markets, e.g. by shifting the burden of proof, changing the standard of proof, use of ex-ante regulation or an increased use of interim measures?
Panel moderator: Alessio Aresu, 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: Is merger control still efficient and if we could improve something about how mergers filings are treated in 2020, what would be on our wish list?
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 in the national and international jurisdictions?
Panel moderator: Joost Fanoy, BarentsKrans, The Hague/Netherlands
Speakers: Anna Morfey – Hausfeld (United Kingdom) ; Axel Reidlinger – Reidlinger Schatzmann (Austria) ; Pedro Callol – Callol, Coca & Asociados (Spain) ; Till Schreiber – Cartel Damage Claims Consulting (Belgium)
• Horizontals are hot again: Recent cases on horizontal cooperation outside of classic cartels in the areas of joint purchasing, joint standard setting, information exchanges, etc., as well as the evaluation of the EU rules on horizontal agreements put this field into the spotlight.
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)
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.



Registration for 2020 is now open. Please pre-register using the form below and we will send you an email with further instructions.


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