GCR to host seventh antitrust conference in Miami

13 December 2017

GCR to host seventh antitrust conference in Miami

US Federal Trade Commission official Bruce Hoffman and US Department of Justice deputy head Barry Nigro lead a packed line up of global antitrust enforcers at GCR Live’s 7th Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami early next year.

The forum, held over two days in early February, will gather speakers from government, private practice and academia to discuss pressing issues in antitrust, in the US and internationally.

Charles River Associates vice president Margaret Sanderson and Blake Cassels & Graydon partner Jason Gudofsky will again co-chair the event, which will take place February 2-3.

Nigro will open the conference with a keynote speech - one of his first as deputy head of the Antitrust Division.

The conference next moves to a plenary economist roundtable, where Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer partner Debbie Feinstein will moderate the discussion. The roundtable features Svend Albaek, deputy chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition; Hong Kong Competition Commission head of economics and policy Lilla Csorgo; and US Federal Trade Commission acting bureau of economics director Michael Vita.

A pair of concurrent sessions will take place after a short coffee break. The panels will look at mergers and deterrence in cartel enforcement, respectively focusing on innovation in mergers, and cartel fines as a deterrent effect.

FTC acting bureau of competition director Bruce Hoffman will deliver the lunchtime keynote before the conference moves on to another pair of concurrent panels.

One panel will look at settlements in mergers, and discuss the appropriate way to assess the impact and effectiveness of a divestiture. The other concurrent panel will discuss market power on e-commerce platforms. The panel will feature FTC acting bureau of competition director Bruce Hoffman and German Federal Cartel Office official Gunnar Kallfaß.

The conference will break for a coffee session before concluding with the final pair of concurrent panels. Delegates will be able to hear about the likelihood of merger efficiencies becoming a concern for US antitrust agencies in merger analysis - or attend a panel on how the rising tide of protectionism will effect antitrust laws all over the world.

The second day of the conference kicks off with a keynote address from French Competition Authority General Rapporteur Stanislas Martin.

Concurrent panels will follow the keynote, with Blake Cassels & Graydon partner Debbie Salzberger chairing a discussion on the challenges big data and new technology present to merger analysis. The other panel will look at online cartels and ask if sophisticated algorithms can lead more advanced forms of collusion.

After a short coffee break the conference will host a plenary roundtable on big data, and ask questions such as when does big data become an essential facility? And is antitrust the best tool to tackle "big data" issues or is privacy law necessarily a key component?

Hogan Lovells partner Logan Breed will chair the panel, and speakers include UK Competition and Markets Authority legal director Claudia Berg and Charles River Associates vice president Cristina Caffarra.

The day will end with the president of Argentina’s National Commission for Competition Defence Esteban Greco keynote speech and the chair's closing remarks.

The conference programme can viewed in full here.Please contact GCRLive@GlobalCompetitionReview.com for further information.

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