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4th ChillinCompetition Conference (Robert O’Donoghue – “Coming To Our Senses: Object And Verticals”)

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Robert O’Donoghue’s discussed the notion of restriction by object in relation to vertical agreements at the 4th Chillin’ conference (a matter that we discussed on the blog here and here during 2018).

The video of his superb presentation is available here, and the slide deck he used, here.

[Note: this is the fourth post in a series featuring videos of the individual interventions that took place at the Chillin’Competition conference on 30 November 2018. For more videos, click here]

 

 

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

27 December 2018 at 8:51 pm

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4th ChillinCompetition Conference (Johan Ysewyn “What is a cartel? A Conceptual Waterloo”)

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Johan Ysewyn’s spectacular intervention at the 4th Chillin’Competition conference featuring provoking ideas, ABBA songs and his own singing (no kidding) is available here.

[Note: this is the third post in a series featuring videos of the individual interventions that took place at the Chillin’Competition conference on 30 November 2018. For more videos, click here]

 

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

24 December 2018 at 9:30 am

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4th ChillinCompetition Conference (The Videos: Commissioner Vestager “Strenght in Diversity”)

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Commissioner Vestager’s intervention (3rd in a row, as she explains at the outset, and for which we are very grateful) is available here.

[Note: this is the third post in a series featuring videos of the individual interventions that took place at the Chillin’Competition conference on 30 November 2018. For more videos, click here]

 

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

21 December 2018 at 1:00 pm

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4th Chillin’Competition Conference (The Videos: Introduction and Highlights)

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Over the past few weeks many of you have asked whether there was any possibility to watch a recording from our conference or to have access to the materials presented. Well, now there is:

In the course of the Christmas period we will be publishing videos of all of TedTalks, most likely one a day. We will eventually publish other materials related to the panel discussions.

As a starter, here are:

Unfortunately, no material is capable of capturing the great, chilled, atmosphere. Thanks again to all those who made it possible. But even if you missed that, and the gifts, and the Syrian food, and the wine, we hope these materials may provide some compensation in the form of food for thought and laughs.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

19 December 2018 at 5:07 pm

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4th Chillin’Competition Conference- Thank you!

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As is customary the day before our conference, we would like to express our gratitude to the conference sponsors. Their support is what enables us to offer this conference for free (and the food, and the drinks, and the gifts…)

A big thank you to all of them!

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Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

19 November 2018 at 12:05 pm

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4th Chillin’Competition Conference (20 November 2018) – The Programme

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We are exactly two months away from the annual Chillin’Competition conference. This time it will be bigger and better than ever.

  • The conference (with thanks to the IEE) will take place at the Auditorium of the ULB (Salle Dupréel, Avenue Jeanne 44, Brussels); it will kick off at 9.15 am.
  • Registrations will open on Friday 19 October at 10 am Brussels time via a link that will be made available on the blog. As you know, in the past three years all tickets were gone within just a few minutes, so hurry up!
  • If you are travelling over 1,000 km and need to plan in advance, drop us a line and we will secure you a spot in exchange for the effort;
  • The conference will be free thanks to the sponsors that make the multi-sided business model possible. If your organization would like to contribute as a sponsor, please drop us a line;
  • Last year we gave out one of these mugs to all attendees. This time we will try to top that. 
  • Here is the programme:

THE CHILLIN’COMPETITION CONFERENCE 2018

Opening Introductory remarks featuring some substance but mostly bad jokes

Alfonso Lamadrid (Garrigues and Chillin’Competition)

Panel 1: Competition law in its economic and political context

Isabelle de Silva (Autorité de la Concurrence)
John Fingleton (Fingleton Associates)
Luis Garicano (IE Business School)
Philip Marsden (CMA and College of Europe)
Tommaso Valletti (European Commission)

Moderator: Lewis Crofts (MLex)

Keynote Speech by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Panel 2: And so what? Procedural violations in EU Competition Law

Jérémie Jourdan (White & Case)
Stephen Kinsella (Sidley)
Jenny Leahy (Freshfields)
Jürgen Schindler (Allen & Overy)
Wouter Wils (European Commission and King’s College London)

Moderator: Kyriakos Fountoukakos (Herbert Smith Freehills)

Syrian Lunch 

Panel 3: Market Power Revisited
Avantika Chowdhury (Oxera)
Eliana Garcés (The Brattle Group)
Bojana Ignjatovic (RBB Economics)
Oliver Latham (CRA)

Kirsten Edwards-Warren (Compass Lexecon)

Moderator: Alexandre de Streel (Université de Namur)

Ted@Chillin’Competition (“Concepts”)

Christian Ahlborn (Linklaters)
Peter Alexiadis (Gibson Dunn)
Fiona Carlin (Baker McKenzie)
Pablo Ibáñez (LSE and Chillin’Competition)
Andriani Kalintri (City Law School)
Catriona Hatton (Baker Botts)
Sarah Long (EUCLID Law)
Robert O’Donoghue QC (Brick Court Chambers)
Rich Pepper (Cleary Gottlieb)
Randy Picker (University of Chicago) Denis Waelbroeck (Ashurst and Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Johan Ysewyn (Covington)

Drinks

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

20 September 2018 at 12:14 pm

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Save the date- The Ultimate Chillin’Competition Conference- 20 November 2018

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The 4th Chillin’Competition Conference will take place in Brussels on 20 November 2018.  

Here is what we can tell you for now:

-It took us a while to settle on a venue (because Pablo mocks my ambitions; the picture above corresponds to a real recent Whatsapp conversation regarding possible venues. His counterproposal reveals how seriously he takes me…).

-We have so far invited only one speaker, who has very kindly accepted: Commissioner Vestager will once again be our star speaker;

-The theme of the conference will be: “Concepts“. We will pick a few common but often misunderstood, or yet unclear, concepts and we will invite a group of experts to discuss their meaning and implications. It’s a bit what we did with the notion of “neutrality” in our 2nd conference, but with a broader scope. We will discuss horizontal concepts, not cases or industries.

-We are selecting the specific concepts that will be disected and your feedback would be most useful; what are the concepts that you think are in need of clarifications?

We are open to fresh ideas and new speakers, so if you think you can astonish the competition community with a brilliant speech on any particular concept, please send us a one pager with your ideas. Depending on what we get, we might invite those with the best ideas to deliver a brief Ted-like talk (note that candidates will be selected “on the merits”; i.e. on the basis of wholly subjective and undisclosed criteria);

-Our non-business model consists in making the conference accesible to everyone by offering the service for free. If you want to be one of the sponsors that makes this possible, please shoot us a line;

-It will be, by far, the best Chilling Competition conference to date;

-Yes, yes, there will be drinks afterwards 

More info on the programme, registration, etc. will follow in September…

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

16 July 2018 at 11:29 am

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Conferences (including the theme of the 2nd Chillin’Competition conference)

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We have already decided on the topic of the next Chillin’Competition conference. The common thread will be “Neutrality Everywhere“. The dates are yet to be determined (not likely to happen until after the summer). If any of you have original ideas (for a panel, for a paper you would like to present, for sponsors or even for a venue), please send them our way!

And speaking of conferences:

On 27 May the Brussels School of Competition will host a morning briefing on the very timely topic of mobile network consolidation. For more, see here.

On 2 June there wil be a couple of most interesting events in Brussels. First, Global Competition Review, Baker Botts and Shearman&Sterling will be holding the GCR Live 4th Annual IP and Antitrust event, and have managed to come up with a great program. That same day, a bit later, the Academy of European Law (ERA) will host a seminar under the title: What’s New in Art 102 TFEU? Latest Issues on Price and Non-price Related Conduct: for more info, see here.

On 8 June the GCLC and UCL have organized a conference under the title Competition Policy at the Intersection of Equity and Efficiency Honoring the Scholarship of Eleanor Fox. The programme is available here.

On 10 June Pablo will follow my footsteps 🙂 and will address the Association of European Competition Law Judges which this time is meeting in Madrid. The conference will address the competition – IP interface.

On 13 June Concurrences will host the New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference in Paris. The conference has been promoted with a teaser-interview with Nicolas Petit, available here.

Also on 13 June there will be a conference on Competition Law and Competitiveness in the EU at the Reform Club in London featuring an impressive speaker line-up too.

On 14 June the College of Europe will hold the annual symposium organized by the ELEA (European Law and Economic Analysis) students. There will be a panel on geo-blocking that will feature big names such as Thomas Kramler and Mike Walker and small names like Pablo 😉

The big global event on 23 June will be the British referendum my intervention in a symposium titled  Online platforms, Big Data and privacy: What role for competition policy?. It will be hosted by the Centre for Studies on Media Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) & the Brussels Centre for Competition Policy (BCCP) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels. Those of you interested can download the program here.

On 4-8 July I will also be teaching at the College of Europe’s Summer Course on Competition Law taking place in Bruges. For more info, click here. I will also be lecturing at the College of Europe’s Summer Competition Law School for Chinese officials, but I fear you may not be eligible for that one…

And during 2016/2017 (and beyond) Pablo will be… Actually, he can tell you himself.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

19 May 2016 at 10:44 am

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Yet another presentation on competition and big data

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My silence on the past few days has to do with several open fronts thanks to the Commission’s bad habits of summertime desk cleaning, but also to my bad habits of devoting  non-work time to conferences and talks (my only consolation is that Pablo has recently been by far the most active speaker in Chillin’ Competition’s flying circus).

-Some of you have asked for the presentation I used at the VUB’s very interesting debate on big data and competition law; here it is:

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You know my views from quite a few previous posts (all links appear at the end of the ppp). The main addition this time was to discuss the joint French-German report issued last May which essentially makes general conjectures about how standard theries of harm could apply to big data (like they apply to any other asset) if the right facts were to arise in a given case. In sum, nothing new under the sun.

The change of attitude on the part of competition authorities is nevertheless remarkable. When I spoke at the EDPS closed-door workshop at the European Parliament in one of the first discussions on this matter my views were perhaps a bit anti-climatic for an audience pre-disposed to use competition law to tackle non-competition issues. But I did -logically- have the support of the only authority in the room, DG Comp. Now, however, we see not only the German Facebook case and the French-German report giving further visibility to a non-issue, but I also hear that some within DG Comp are pushing to do more on this front. That’s disconcerting.

-None of you have asked for the presentations I have used the past two Fridays at the College of Europe Summer Courses (where for the 4th year in a row I’ve lectured on Antitrust Procedure and Article 106). Lack of interest has never precluded me from posting stuff here, but since the two presentations are in Mandarin I’ll spare you the pain…

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

12 July 2016 at 6:46 pm

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(Competition) Food for Thought

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In the past months, our savory series of posts on food and competition law had been kept in the freezer.

Thanks to the French Competition Authority (“FCA”), it is our pleasure today to defrost this category of posts.

In Groupe coopératif Agrial/Bakkavör (a merger case), the FCA concluded to the existence of a product market for salads, distinct from the product market for other fresh vegetables.

But this is not all. The FCA further delineated the market on the basis of the “technology“(sic!) applied in this sector. It accordingly distinguished between salads of 1st category (i.e. fresh, raw, unwashed, unpeeled) and salads of 4th category (i.e. fresh, raw, washed, peeled).

The bottom-line: there’s technology everywhere.

PS: thanks to A. Ronzano for the pointer.

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6 May 2013 at 3:12 pm

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