9th Global Antitrust Hot Topics EU, US & Global Perspectives #2 Competitor collaboration in a new antitrust era: A focus on sustainability and data sharing

2nd Webinar of the 9th edition « Global Antitrust Hot Topics » conference organised by Concurrences, in partnership with Baker Botts and the Brattle Group, with Sophie Moonen (Head of the Antitrust Case Support and Policy Unit, DG COMP), Siún O’Keeffe (Acting Team Manager Legal Affairs Department, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets), Kai-Uwe Kühn (Academic Advisor, The Brattle Group), Dirk Middelschulte (VP Global General Counsel Competition, Unilever), Paul Lugard (Partner, Baker Botts) and Taylor Owings (Partner, Baker Botts).

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Paul Lugard moderated the first part of the discussion on sustainability. The audience, replying to an online poll, thought that competition enforcers should do more than only look at immediate price-adjusted effects when weighing the effects of anticompetitive agreements that pursue a sustainable goal. Commenting on the poll, Paul suggested that if one wants to ensure that consumers in the wider sense obtain a fair share of the benefits then this may create more room for sustainable initiatives, but that the question of quantification remains because the sustainability efficiencies should outweigh any negative effects. The idea is that we should allow more efficiencies to be shared or go to non-direct customers. Moreover, it is important to underline that whatever the Commission is willing to allow in the field of sustainability cannot be isolated from the rest. Indeed, if out-of-market efficiencies in relation to sustainability initiatives should count, it appears difficult to argue that it should not be possible to take them into account for instance in non-sustainable joint venture situations.

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  • European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets- ACM (The Hague)
  • University of East Anglia (Norwich)
  • Unilever (Brussels)
  • Baker Botts (Brussels)
  • Baker Botts (Washington)