FTC and New York antitrust chiefs headline GCR Live Litigation

02 May 2017

FTC and New York antitrust chiefs headline GCR Live Litigation

Tad Lipsky and Beau Buffier

Two of the top competition enforcers in the US – Tad Lipsky from the Federal Trade Commission and Beau Buffier from the New York attorney general’s office – will kick off and wrap up GCR Live’s third annual US litigation conference in New York next month.

The conference, hosted in Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s office at 7 World Trade Center, takes place on Tuesday 6 June. 

Lipsky will speak following an introduction by conference chairs Ronan Harty from Davis Polk & Wardwell and W Todd Miller from Baker & Miller. Acting FTC chairman Maureen Ohlhausen appointed Lipsky to acting director of the FTC’s bureau of competition, a role for which he retired from his longtime position as a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, DC, office. 

One of his former colleagues at the firm, Marguerite Sullivan, will moderate the first panel on how lawyers coordinate on conduct matters that implicate the laws of multiple jurisdictions and that draw both governmental and private actions.

Donald Rosenberg, general counsel to global technology giant Qualcomm, will speak from the in-house vantage point, while WilmerHale partner Steven Cherry and Demarest partner Paola Pugliese will respectively offer the external counsel perspective from the US and Brazil.

Next, Baker & Miller partner Jesse Markham will ask Dina Older Aguilar of Cornerstone Research and Slava Zayats of Bates White for the economists’ view on the management of litigation.

At lunch, keynote speaker Daniel Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr Professor of Law at University of Michigan Law School, will review the year in antitrust litigation.

Merger litigation icon Richard G Parker from O'Melveny & Myers will then guide a discussion on the FTC’s and Department of Justice’s recent courtroom success against deals that the US antitrust agencies consider to be anticompetitive, and whether this aggressive stance will continue under the Trump Administration.

He will be joined by Cravath Swaine & Moore partner Christine Varney, who helped to start the DOJ’s merger litigation push while heading the Antitrust Division; Richard Dagen of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider; Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Christopher Hockett; and economist Brian Gorin from the Analysis Group.

After a coffee break, Norton Rose Fulbright partner Layne E Kruse will moderate a panel on how a company’s compliance programme can affect it as a defendant in antitrust litigation, with StandardAero vice-president of compliance Elizabeth Tockman and Stacey Anne Mahoney, a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. 

Finally, Beau W Buffier, chief of the antitrust bureau at the New York Office of the Attorney General, will speak about the states as competition enforcers – a topic on which he attracted attention earlier this year at the American Bar Association’s spring meeting.

Registration for the 6 June conference in New York is open now, and is complimentary for in-house counsel and government employees.

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