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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Cross-Border Challenges in Competition Enforcement

18 March 2016

Time: 1:00am
Venue: Ironmongers' Hall, Shaftesbury Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA

The Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies organises its inaugural conference on 'Cross border challenges in competition enforcement'.

The aim of the conference is to showcase areas of convergence and divergence and ideally discuss ways of more harmonisation in how major jurisdictions enforce competition law. We aim to discuss the priorities and the legislative developments on the one hand and the enforcement of competition legislation on the other.

The conference will be held under Chatham House rules.


  • 08.30-09.00 Registration
  • 09.00 Introductions: Professor Spyros Maniatis (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL) and Professor Ioannis Kokkoris (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL)
    Welcome Speech: Margrethe Vestager (Commissioner, Directorate General Competition, European Commission (on video))
  • 09.20-10.40 Agreements: object/per se v effects based analysis
    Chair: Professor Howard Shelanski (Professor, Georgetown Law School and Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, USA)
    Mike Walker (Chief Economic Adviser, UK Competition and Markets Authority)
    David Harrison (Partner, Co-head of European Antitrust & Competition Practice, Mayer Brown International LLP)
    Matthew Bennett (Vice President, Charles River Associates)
    Hugh Stokes (Senior Legal Advisor and Senior Vice President at Visa Europe)
  • 10.40-11.00 Coffee/ Tea Break
  • 11.00-12.20 Unilateral Conduct in Dynamic Industries
    Chair: Frederic Jenny (Chairman, OECD's Competition Law and Policy Committee)
    Nicholas Banasevic (Head of Unit IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics, DG Competition, European Commission)
    Ken Dai (Partner, Dentons Law Firm)
    Oliver Bethell (Senior Competition Counsel, Google)
  • 12.20-13.20 Lunch
  • 13.20-13.50 Keynote Speech: Edith Ramirez (Chairwoman, US Federal Trade Commission)
  • 13.50-15.10 Harmonising Merger Assessment: Behavioural Remedies
    Chair: Professor Ioannis Kokkoris (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL)  
    Carles Esteva Mosso (Deputy Director General for Mergers, DG Competition, European Commission)
    Mark Whitener (Executive Counsel, Competition Law & Policy, General Electric)
    Peter Davis (Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon)
  • 15.10-15.30 Coffee/ Tea Break
  • 15.30-17.00 Competition Enforcement Harmonisation
    Chair: David Currie (Chairman, UK Competition and Markets Authority)
    Andreas Mundt (President, Bundeskartellamt, Germany)
    Edith Ramirez (Chairwoman, US Federal Trade Commission)
    Hiroyuki Odagiri (Commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission, Japan)
  • 17.00 Conclusions: Professor Ioannis Kokkoris (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL)

The Conference will be followed by a Reception.


IGLEF constitutes a forum for stimulating and conducting interdisciplinary research and disseminating knowledge on the areas of law, economics and finance. The Institute focuses on advancing legal scholarship, bringing together scholars, policymakers and practitioners, and informing policy through research projects, conferences, teaching and publications. The Institute aims to become one of the leading Institutes for the study of competition law and policy in the UK and globally. It aims to constitute a catalyst for dialogue, thought leadership and scholarship. IGLEF adopts a flexible approach in its engagement with stakeholders and is closely aligned with the needs of policymakers, as well as the needs of the industry and their advisors in various areas of competition law and policy.

How to book

Please book your seat through the QMUL e-shop


  • Individual registration - £460
  • Full-time Academics, NGO, Barrister or Government Department registration - £370
  • QMUL Alumni registration - £290
  • Student registration - £150

The number of Alumni and Student tickets is limited. Early booking is strongly recommended.


For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team on

Premium Sponsor

We thank our Premium Sponsor, Compass Lexecon, for their generous support to this conference and the speakers' dinner.


The conference is kindly sponsored by Charles River Associates and Mayer Brown International LLP.

Media Partners

The media partners for this event are Mergermarket Group, Concurrences and Global Competition Review.

Photography, video and audio recording

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