Update on the Chillin’Competition Conference
As recently announced, the Chillin’Competition Conference will be taking place in Brussels on November 19th.
The programme is practically finished and we hope to publish here next week. In the meantime (and since work has precluded me from writing anything more substantive today) we can give you some additional details:
-Where? The conference will take place at the premises of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises, in Rue Ravenstein 4, Brussels.
-When? On Thursday, November 19th, 2015, from 9.30 a.m. to 19 p.m, although there will be drinks afterwards [actually, not only afterwards, you’ll see 😉 ]
-What? We will be holding 5 panels, each with 5 panelists, one touching on object/effect issues in Arts. 101 and 102; one on competition in the online world, one on competition and IP, one on institutional and procedural issues, and one on State Aid.
-Who? We have managed to have a quite impressive line-up of speakers, including a member of the CJEU, several Commission officials, national judges, academics and quite a few top-notch practitioners (I’m sure my firm will appreciate that I organize an event to showcase competitors). Quite impressively, only two of the many people invited have said they unfortunately could not make it [a clue: one is Danish :)]. Pablo and I will not be speaking, since –as you might have noticed- we’ve already depleted our stock of ideas.
-How much? Nothing, but if you ever see us around, you can invite us to a couple of beers.
We can also safely announce that we will be breaking a good number of the 10 commandments for Brussels conference organizers.
-Sponsors. We are immensely grateful to those who have so far agreed to contribute to the conference via sponsorships, so far (for the sake of clarity, the bold in “so far” means that others can still join; but hey, no pressure…): Cleary Gottlieb, CCIA, Covington, Garrigues, Gibson Dunn, Hart Publishing, Herbert Smith Freehills, Inbev, Linklaters and White & Case.