Dinner in honour of Carles Esteva Mosso : Reflecting on 5 years of merger policy

Dinner organised by Concurrences Review with keynote speaker Carles Esteva Mosso (DG COMP), in partnership with Cleary Gottlieb and CRA.

5 March 2019 – Brussels

Carles Esteva Mosso*

Deputy Director-General, DG COMP, Brussels

Cristina Caffarra*

Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice, Charles River Associates

François-C. Laprévote*

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, Brussels

* The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the institutions to which she/he is affiliated.


The dinner was organized to pay tribute to Carles Esteva Mosso, who, after five years in his position as Deputy Director-General in charge of Merger Control, and twenty-five years at the European Commission and in public service, is moving now to different responsibilities, State Aids Control. The dinner was also an opportunity to discuss what happened over the past few years regarding EU merger control policy and cases. There has not been any revolution nor any debacle over the past few years. Gun-jumping, the implementation of remedies, the scope of merger control, and the interactions between competition and other public policy areas—e.g., foreign direct investment—have raised new concerns. The discussion also focuses on what could happen in the future.

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