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Key events

Since 2004, the Institute, together with Concurrences and e-Competitions, has held more than 80 events – conferences, lunch-talks, in-house seminars or private dinners – in Brussels, London, Paris, New-York and Washington DC. Some of these events have helped to shape antitrust policies. Most have led to publication.

International conference

Each year, the Institute holds its international conference – New Frontiers of Antitrust - in Paris, at the National Assembly. The focus is on new issues of competition law and economics. Regular speakers include Joachim Almunia, John Fingleton, Laurence Idot, Fred Jenny, Bill Kovacic, Kaï-Uwe Kuhn and Wouter Wills.

Lunch talks

The Institute holds regular lunch talks where enforcers speak on topical issues of antitrust policy or recent leading cases. These take place at the offices of partner law firms.

Law & Economics Seminar

The Law & Economics Seminar consists of 10 lunch talks – 1 per month – with 10 leading economic consultants and 10 lawyers. It trains lawyers in the fundamentals of industrial economics.

Competition Law Procedure Seminar

The Competition Law Procedure Seminar consists of 10 workshops – 1 per month – with 10 leading practitioners aimed at sharing with in-house counsels the fundamentals of competition law procedure.

Private dinners

Private dinners bring together up to 25 experts – in-house lawyers and private practice practitioners – and an enforcer wishing to share new points of view with a limited number of people. Chatham rules apply.

KEY EVENTS

- On 20 September 2012, Concurrences held a private dinner in honnor of Prof. Scott Hemphill, Chief of the Antitrust Bureau, in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, with the kind support of White & Case. See photos

- On 25 April and 12 June 2012, Kaï-Uwe Kuhn, DG COMP Chief Economist, gave two workshops on IT and antitrust, and, Exchange of information. These two first Concurrences workshops in Brussels were "sold" out - such events are free and open to the public - in less than 5 days.

- On 27 March 2012, the Institute of Competition Law held in Washington DC with George Washington University Law School the first Antitrust Writing Awards. Read online the 12 award-winning articles and the 85 nominated articles or see photos of the Awards ceremony here.

- On 10 February 2012, Commissionner Joaquin Almunia gave the key-note speech to the 2012 New Frontiers of Antitrust Paris conference, paving the way for discussion for the 15 speakers. Papes of the conference have been published online in Concurrences 2-2012

- On 12 September 2011, Concurrences organized a farewell dinner for Bill Kovacic in Washington DC; most US antitrust leaders attended the event. Bill delivered a thundering address on the roles of the two US competition agencies. His article has been published in Concurrences N° 4-2011.

- On 6 September 2011, the Institute partnered with White & Case on a global antitrust policy workshop in New York featuring Rachel Brandenburger - Special Advisor, International, Department of Justice - Randy Tritell - Director, International Affairs, Federal Trade Commission - and Miek van der Wee* - Head of International Relations, DG COMP. This was the first opportunity for the FTC and DoJ to come together to present the just recently signed MoU with the Chinese Mofcom and for DG COMP to respond. The papers from this workshop will be published in Concurrences N° 1-2012.

- On 11 February 2011, Judge Nils Wahl - General Court of the EU - and Wouter Wils - DG COMP - vigorously argued against the defense lawyers’ point of views claiming lack of procedural fairness in EU competition proceedings (see online).

- On 28 October 2010, Concurrences held an in-house seminar on Due Process with Carles Esteva Mosso – Director for Policy and Strategy at DG COMP - Bruno Lasserre - Chairman of the French Competition Authority – and Ian Forrester & Jean-Paul Tran Thiet from White & Case. At this seminar, the President of the Competition Authority confirmed and detailed an initiative to foster due process; this ultimately led to the publication of Fining Guidelines in May 2011, a step much commented in the EU and abroad (see online).

- On 26 February 2010, in London, the Institute held a workshop with representatives from Google, Microsoft and DG COMP to share views on a straightforward question: Do open standards promote competition? The fact that it is so difficult to agree on the answer to this question shows how technical issues are intertwined with competition policy goals (see online).

- On 15 February 2010, at the Concurrences annual international conference, Joachin Almunia gave his first speech as newly appointed Commissioner in charge of Competition Policy. Christine Varney, DoJ Assistant Attorney General replied with a welcome speech focusing on convergence and cooperation.

- On 28 January 2010, Concurrences held a lunch talk on electronic discoveries with a DG COMP IT forensic expert, Paris Court of Appeal President and French Competition Authority Deputy Director. This lunch talk was the final step in a 1-year international research program on best practices on electronic discoveries, published in Concurrences. The issues raised are still being debated at the Supreme Court level and may reach the ECHR Court within the next year.

- In March 2009, Concurrences published a set of selected papers on lobbying and antitrust with EU and US lobbyists, lawyers and journalists. The publication was followed by a lunch-talk with Kevin Coates, the DG COMP spokesman, where lively arguments were exchanged.

- On 8 November 2007, Concurrences held a conference on the so-called Lisbon Competition Protocol. The conference brought together keynote speakers Commissioner Neely Kroes and Jean-Pierre Jouyet as Minister of European Affairs and led to the publication of a 60-pages paper analyzing in detail the impact of the Protocol on EU competition policy.

- In June 2007, Concurrences published an article on how merger remedies are followed up by the NCA. The publication prompted the director of the NCA to intervene at an in-house conference with the author and publish another article on the subject in the following issue of Concurrences, and ultimately, to a European wide research program with e-Competitions sponsored by two leading firms (The Merger Remedies Matrix).

To see a more complete list of events organized by the Institute of Competition Law, click here and browse from the bottom of the list.

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