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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Steigenberger Hotel
am Kanzleramt

from 16.00 h

Evening programme

from 19.00 h

Reception and buffet dinner

Restaurant Nolle

Thursday, 14 March 2019 - morning

Steigenberger Hotel
am Kanzleramt

from 9.00 Uhr


19th International Conference on Competition

09.30 hOpeningAndreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, Bonn
09.45 hSpeechPeter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
10.15 hQ&AAndreas Mundt (Moderator), President of the Bundeskartellamt, Bonn
10.30 hSpeechMargrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, Brussels
11.00 hQ&AMartijn Snoep (Moderator), Chairman of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, The Hague
11.15 hCoffee break
11.45 h SpeechDaniel Ek, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Spotify, Stockholm
12.15 hQ&AAndreas Mundt (Moderator), President of the Bundeskartellamt, Bonn
12.30 hLunch

Thursday, 14 March 2019 - afternoon

14.00 – 15.30 hPanel IGlobal market power on the rise – Big, bad, beautiful?
ModeratorWilliam E. Kovacic, Professor, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
PanelistsTembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner, Competition Commission of South Africa, Pretoria
Sang-Jo Kim, Chair of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, Seoul
Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Andrew Tyrie, Chair of the UK Competition and Markets Authority, London
DiscussionAre the established principles of competition law the right answers to today’s challenges? Are growing concerns about global market power and global economic inequality just “hipster”, targeting bigness as bad (again)? Or do we need more control of market structures as incumbents are creating a “kill zone” around themselves by using anti-competitive “embrace-extend-extinguish” strategies?
15.30 hCoffee break
16.00 – 17.15 hPanel IIThe invisible hand losing grip – Do we need to rethink abuse control?
ModeratorKristina Nordlander, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Brussels
PanelistsAriel Ezrachi, Slaughter and May Professor of Competition Law, University of Oxford and Director, Oxford University Centre for Competition Law and Policy, Oxford
Johannes Laitenberger, Director-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Frank Montag, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels/Düsseldorf
Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe, Madrid
DiscussionIn the digital economy, the focus of competition analysis tends to shift from short-term price effects towards a stronger focus on quality and innovation to keep markets open. Can the current standards of abuse control address the challenges of digital markets while preserving the benefits digital platforms offer to users? Do the traditional tools sufficiently address market failures? Is further regulation the solution or do we need to break up super-dominant businesses in the end?

19.30 h

Reception and dinner

ewerk, Berlin

Friday, 15 March 2019 - morning

09.30 – 10.45 hPanel IIIConsumers, privacy and competition – All elements of the same bigger picture?
ModeratorHan Li Toh, Chief Executive and Commissioner of the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore, Singapore
PanelistsGerd Billen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Berlin
Thomas von Danwitz, Judge at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg
Isabelle de Silva, President of the Autorité de la concurrence, Paris
Achim Wambach, Chairman, Monopolies Commission, Bonn; Professor and President of the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim
Christine S. Wilson, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC
DiscussionCollecting, owning and managing data – Are privacy and data protection issues relevant parameters of the competitive process and its protection? Could competition be promoted by reassigning ownership of data and making it easily available to users? How would this affect privacy concerns?
10.45 hCoffee break
11.15 – 12.30 hPanel IVPrivate Enforcement and Leniency – A natural conflict or two sides of the same coin?
ModeratorŠarūnas Keserauskas, Chairman of the Competition Council of Lithuania, Vilnius
PanelistsAlexandre Barreto de Souza, President of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Brasília
Richard A. Powers, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, DC
Daniela Seeliger, Partner, Linklaters, Düsseldorf
Johan Ysewyn, Partner, Covington & Burling, Brussels
DiscussionMany jurisdictions have taken measures to facilitate the private enforcement of competition law in order to promote the due compensation of cartel victims. But with private enforcement on the rise concerns are growing that this good deed might not go unpunished. What is the relationship between leniency and private damage claims today?
12.30 hClosing speechAndreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, Bonn

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