1st International Mergers Conference

1st edition of International Mergers Conference organised by Concurrences and University College London, in partnership with Analysis Group, Cleary Gottlieb, Compass Lexecon, Cornerstone Research, Intesa Sanpaolo, NERA Economic Consulting, Oxera, Qualcomm, Shearman & Sterling, Skadden, Slaughter and May (Panel Sponsors) and MLex and PaRR (Media Sponsors).


Introductory remarks

Deni Mantzari

There has been renewed interest in the ability of merger policy to take into account wider public interests, and the establishment and use of separate FDI screening mechanisms. Merger control experiences the challenges of digital markets, from data mergers and killer acquisitions to broader discussions on the role of innovation considerations in merger control.

Opening discussion – New challenges for competition Law: Between a rock and a hard place: Brexit, FDI, public interest,…

Sir John Vickers

The consensus on how merger policy should operate, crystallised by the 1989 Merger Regulation and Regulation 1/2003, is now at risk. One view is that competition policy is too soft in protecting the consumer, the other is that it is too narrow. Issues are also raised about competitive effects on the labour market. Criticism is bipartisan: nationality should matter over competition concerns.

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  • University College London
  • ESSEC Business School (Cergy)
  • University of Oxford
  • General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
  • UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (London)
  • Oxera (Oxford)
  • British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
  • King’s College (London)
  • Ofcom (London)
  • Compass Lexecon (Düsseldorf)
  • Slaughter and May (London)
  • Georgetown University
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • University of East Anglia
  • French Competition Authority (Paris)
  • The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva)
  • British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
  • Analysis Group (London)
  • Queen Mary University (London)
  • Shearman & Sterling (Brussels)
  • Lloyds Banking (London)
  • Intesa Sanpaolo (Milan)
  • Qualcomm (San Diego)
  • ZX Ventures (London)
  • NERA (London)
  • UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (London)
  • University College London
  • DG COMP (Brussels)