Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

More details on the Commission’s competition competition + conferences

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My inactivity on the blog this week has to do with a couple of Court deadlines and me finding my way through the intrincacies of fiscal rules, telecomm technicalities and trading jargon on different matters (ah, the renacentist life of the competition lawyer…). I’ll try to compensate for my non-posting guilt feeling with some advertising:

-Given that our previous post on the Commission’s new initiative for recruiting competition specialists seems to have attracted quite some interest, we thought that you would also be interested in the information published today regarding all details of the competition competition; if so, you can read all about it here.

-Many experts on EU Competition Procedure will be gathering in Brussels on 6-7 November at the Global Competition Law Centre’s 10th annual conference titled “10 years of Regulation 1/2003: challenges and reform“. The programme and all registration info are available here.

– The 9th Junior Competition Conference -set up by the editors of the Competition Law Journal and which we have always supported and gladly advertised- will be taking place on Friday 6 February 2015. It will have two themes: (1) The New Frontier: Competition Law and the Financial Services Sector; and (2) Control of Unilateral Conduct and the ‘Goldilocks’ Dilemma: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right? For details of the Call for Speakers, please visit this web page. If you would like to speak at the conference, please contact the organizers at by 21 November 2014 with an expression of interest and a short outline of your proposed topic.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

23 October 2014 at 9:42 pm

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  1. Madrid Competition Conference Thurs/Fri 27/28 November – CNMC

    Anyone interested in assisting to a Competition Conference and having a perfect excuse to visit Madrid, there will be a conference on the Fight Against Hard Core Cartels at the Spanish Competition Authority on Thurs/Fri 27/28 November.

    I will speak at the conference on Damages: Thorny issues for National Courts despite the EU Anti-trust Damages Directive.
    Free admission based on availability. Compulsory registration at
    More info at
    Phone: +34 91 514 04 22

    Thursday, 27th November

    09:00 – 09:30 Opening Session
    José María Beneyto
    Director of the Institute for European Studies –
    CEU San Pablo University
    Jerónimo Maíllo
    Coordinator of the Centre for Competition Policy at the Institute for European Studies – CEU San Pablo University
    Opening speech by
    Eduardo Prieto
    Director of Competition, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Spain

    09:30 – 11:00 Introductory Panel: National Competition Authorities. Leniency Program´s Implementation and other key issues in some Relevant Jurisdictions
    Göran Karreskog
    Konkurrensverket, Sweden
    Juliane Schulze Wehninck
    Bundeskartellamt, Germany
    Pablo Amador Sánchez
    Autoriteit Consument & Markt, The Netherlands
    Isabel López Gálvez
    Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Spain

    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

    11:30 – 12.45 Panel I: Institutional Design and Cartel Prosecution
    Screening of Competition Authorities: Prosecutorial and Non Prosecutorial Systems and the fight against cartels
    Marianela López-Galdós
    George Washington University, Competition Law Center,
    Washington D.C. (USA)
    Integrating Regulatory and Antitrust Powers: Impact on the fight against cartels
    Juan Delgado
    Director Global Economic Group, Madrid (Spain)
    The Principle of Interdiction of Double Jeopardy on cartel cases
    María Pilar Canedo
    Autoridad Vasca de la Competencia, Bilbao (Spain)

    12:45 – 14:00 Panel II: Public Prosecution: Which Type of Sanctions?
    Sanctioning Hard Core Cartel Infringements in EU Competition Law: Towards a more compliance-driven approach
    Aaron Khan
    Cardiff Law School,
    Cardiff (United Kingdom)
    How (not) to Design a Criminal Cartel Offence: Learning from the UK experience
    Peter Whelan
    University of Leeds,
    Leeds (United Kingdom)
    The German Experience
    Daniel Zimmer
    Institut für Handels und Wirtschaftsrecht – Universität Bonn,
    Bonn (Germany)

    14:00 – 15:30 Lunch

    15:30 – 16:45 Panel III: Fines and Evidence
    Calculating Fines: Practical problems
    Alberto Escudero
    Baker & Mckenzie,
    Madrid (Spain)
    The Judicial Review of the Spanish Competition Authority’s resolutions and its Effect on Fine Deterrence
    Javier García Verdugo
    Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia,
    Madrid (Spain)
    Evidence in Cartel Cases
    Anna Balcells,
    Madrid (Spain)

    16:45 – 17:15 Coffee Break

    17:15 – 18:30 Panel IV: Damages in Cartel Cases
    Lessons from the Damages’ Claims in the Spanish Sugar Cartel
    Francisco Marcos
    IE Business School,
    Madrid (Spain)
    Thorny Issues for National Courts despite the EU Anti-trust Damages Directive
    Evelyn Ameye
    Freelance Anti-Trust Expert (EU & Spain), Madrid (Spain)
    Class Actions to Claim Antitrust Damages
    Pablo Gutiérrez de Cabiedes
    CEU San Pablo University,
    Madrid (Spain)
    Friday, 28th November
    09:00 – 10:00 Panel V: Settlements
    Eric Van Ginderachter
    Director of the Cartels Directorate of DG. Competition of the European Commission Brussels (Belgium)
    Jean-François Bellis
    Partner, Van Bael & Bellis – Professor at ULB
    Brussels (Belgium)
    10:00 – 11:00 Panel VI: Key Issues on Leniency
    Leniency (Amnesty) Plus: A building block or a trojan Horse?
    Marek Martyniszyn
    Queen’s University,
    Belfast (United Kingdom)
    Leniency Programs and the Problematic Use of Confidential Information
    Javier Guillen
    Rey Juan Carlos University,
    Madrid (Spain)

    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

    11:30 – 13:00 Panel VII: Judicial Review in Cartel Cases: the European experience
    Santiago Soldevila
    Former Judge at the General Court, ECJ, Luxembourg- Magistrado Audiencia Nacional, Madrid
    Georges Valindas
    General Court – ECJ, Luxembourg
    Eléonore von Bardeleben
    General Court – ECJ, Luxembourg

    13:00 – 13:30 Closing Session
    José María Marín Quemada
    President of the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia
    José María Beneyto
    Director of the Institute for European Studies – CEU San Pablo University
    Jerónimo Maíllo
    Coordinator of the Centre for Competition Policy at the Institute for European Studies – CEU San Pablo University

    Evelyne Ameye

    7 November 2014 at 4:13 pm

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