Senior DG Comp official to headline GCR Live Brussels

15 May 2017

European Commission basic industries unit head Paul Csiszár will deliver a keynote at GCR Live in Brussels in July, headlining two days of discussion with leading enforcers, academics, lawyers and economists.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner John Davies and RBB Economics partner Benoît Durand will chair GCR Live 9th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture, which will take place on 4-5 July 2017.

Paul Csiszár, director of basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, will open the conference on 4 July, and take part in a panel looking at the next four years of antitrust across the Atlantic. He will appear alongside Jessica Delbaum at Shearman & Sterling in New York, Hogan Lovells partner Suyong Kim, and Linklaters veteran Gerwin van Gerven; John Davies will moderate the session.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Nicholas Levy will then moderate a panel that will cover hot topics surrounding EU abuse of dominance law. Joining him will be Helen Kelly, a partner at Matheson in Dublin, Frédéric Louis at WilmerHale, and Trine Osen Bergqvist, acting head of the market abuse unit of Sweden’s antitrust enforcer.

Delegates will then be invited to attend an all-conference dinner at the Hotel Amigo, sponsored by Shearman & Sterling.

King’s College London emeritus professor Richard Whish QC will kick off the second day of the conference with his ever-popular year in review roundup.  

This will be followed by a discussion moderated by Benoît Durand on the expansion of the innovation theory of harm in merger review. Joining Durand will be Baker McKenzie partner Fiona Carlin, Frederic Depoortere at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, David Tayar at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Paris, and Giulio Federico, head of unit in DG Comp’s chief economist team.

Other highlights include a panel on how to assess procedural enforcement risks moderated by Freshfields partner Sascha Schubert. Margaret Segall D’Amico at Cravath Swaine & Moore, Siemens senior competition counsel Saar Dierckens, Van Bael & Bellis partner Porter Elliott and Simon Genevaz from DG Comp’s information, communication and media unit will join Schubert to discuss how buyers can protect the value of their investments between signing and closing.

After a networking lunch, panellists will discuss whether competition policy has caught up with the online marketplace, moderated by Sidley Austin partner Stephen Kinsella. Bojana Ignjatovic at RBB Economics and David Foster at Frontier Economics in London, as well as Slaughter and May partner Claire Jeffs and White & Case partner Mark Powell, will also participate.

Finally, the conference will hear about the latest investigations techniques used by the antitrust agencies. Discussing the topic will be Kate Collyer, the deputy chief economic adviser of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, Baker Botts partner Catriona Hatton, head of Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office Stephen Mavroghenis, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner David Wood.

Registration for the two-day conference is open now. Please contact for further information. The full programme can be viewed here.


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