Global Antitrust Hot Topics : EU, US & Global Perspectives

This 7th edition of the Global Antitrust Hot Topics half-day conference was organised by Concurrences and Baker Botts, in partnership with Cornerstone Research and CRA.

Paul Lugard welcomed the audience and presented the different panels. He underlined the current debates in the field of antitrust and mergers, and the main legal questions that are being raised.


In his opening statement, Martijn Snoep asserted that the hottest topic was not necessarily antitrust but trust. 10 years ago, only a few realized the issues triggered by the digital technology, not only in terms of impact on individuals’ autonomy and privacy but also in terms of effects on competition. Concerns have then risen, and people now expect governments and independent agencies to police digital companies actively and to protect markets and the interests of citizens. The trust in apps and, beyond the digital area, in the proper functioning of markets, has significantly decreased: the general public no longer believes that markets generate fair outcomes for them. This is a serious issue: in order for markets to function well, people must have trust in the latter and in the government (including competition authorities).

Photos © Emilie Gomez

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  • Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets- ACM (The Hague)
  • Analysis Group (Washington)
  • Baker Botts (Brussels)
  • European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Baker Botts (Washington)
  • UK Competition & Markets Authority - CMA (London)
  • European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Baker Botts (Washington)
  • Allen & Overy (Brussels)
  • MINES ParisTech (Paris)
  • Baker Botts (Brussels)
  • Biontino Europe (Brussels)
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA (Oslo)
  • Amgen (Brussels)
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