Mark AndersonMark Anderson
Mark Anderson is an English solicitor, a visiting professor at the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law of University College London, and a former chair of the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. As chair, he led the committee’s campaign to reform the law of unjustified threats of IP infringement, including giving oral evidence at the House of Lords on the Bill that became the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017. He also led the committee’s work in making submissions to the European Commission on what became the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation 2014, commenting in particular on the Commission’s proposal (later revised) to remove from exemption certain clauses in licence agreements that allow the licensor to terminate the licence if the licensee challenges the validity of the licensed IP. The main focus of his work is IP transactions, rather than competition law. His clients are mostly high-tech companies and universities in the UK and elsewhere. He has grown his firm from one person to 15 people over the last 25 years. He is the author of several practitioner textbooks, including Technology Transfer (Bloomsbury Professional, 4th edition in preparation, first edition published in 1996). He is the chairman of the board of directors of BioLawEurope, an association of life-science lawyers in over a dozen European countries.
Virginie BeaumenierVirginie Beaumeunier
Since 3 January 2018, Virginie Beaumeunier has been the Executive Director of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control. Virginie Beaumeunier was appointed Director General of the DGCCRF in the Council of Ministers on 3 January 2018. Virginie Beaumeunier holds a master's degree in public law, graduated from the IEP Paris and is a former student of the ENA. She was previously head of the strategy and budget management department at the General Directorate of Public Finance (DGFiP), after having served as the general rapporteur of the Competition Authority from 2009 to 2017. Virginie Beaumeunier previously held several positions at the DGCCRF, including Deputy Director of Services and Networks from 2006 to 2008 and Deputy Director in charge of Competition Policy from 2008 to 2009.
Javier BerasategiJavier Berasategi
He is the founder of Berasategi & Abogados, a competition and regulatory law firm based in Madrid (Spain). He is a former chairman of the Competition Authority of the Basque Country (Spain). Before, he was a competition lawyer with Stanbrook & Hooper and McDermott, Will & Emery in Brussels (Belgium). He has been involved in high profile competition cases before the European Commission and the Spanish authorities since 1997. He authored the market study "Retailing of consumer goods: Competition, Oligopoly and Tacit Collusion" (2009), while at the Basque Competition Authority, and has also published the study “Supermarket Power: Serving Consumers or Harming Competition” (2014). He has researched, written and lectured extensively on the enforcement of competition law and fair dealing regulations in the grocery retail sector. As a legal practitioner, he regularly advises suppliers on these issues. He holds a degree in law and economics by the University of Deusto (Spain), a postgraduate diploma in European economics by the European Institute of the same university and a LLM in European Law by the College of Europe (Belgium). For more information about the author and his research please visit: www.supermarketpower.eu
Florian BienFlorian Bien
Florian Bien holds the Chair for Global Business Law, International Arbitration Law and Private Law at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg, where he became the Dean of the Würzburg Graduate School Law, Economics, and Society in 2018. Before joining the Würzburg Law School, Professor Bien was a Senior Lecturer at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany (2007 - 2011) and at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France (2004 -2007), where he hold the position of a Maître de conferences associé. Education included a Master in European and International Law ("Maîtrise en Droit"), University of Aix-Marseille III, France (1999), First and Second State Examination, Tübingen, Germany (2001 and 2003), Doctorate in law (thesis on third party rights in merger control procedures, Prize of the Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry Baden-Württemberg 2006, Prize of the Reinhold-and-Maria-Teufel-Foundation 2007) and Habilitation in law (thesis on the coordination of liability in chains of contracts due to a divison of labor, Grant by the Baden Württemberg Foundation), both University of Tübingen (2006 and 2011). Practical training included internships in Law firms in Stuttgart, Paris and New York as well as a traineeship with the Competition Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels. Professor Bien is the founder and organizer of the "Studienkreis Wettbewerb und Innovation", a Discussion Group bringing together both legal and economic scholars and practitioners specialising in Competition Law. Furthermore, Bien is the founder and co-organiser of the working group “Law and Economics of Competition and Regulation” at Würzburg university. He is a national reporter to the Paris based International Competition Law Network “Concurrences”. He is also co-editor of the Neue Zeitschrift für Kartellrecht (Beck), a journal focusing on competition law, a co-editor of the third edition of Münchener Kommentar zum Europäischen Wettbewerbsrecht (forthcoming in 2019), an article-by-article commentary on EU competition law and practice (it’s first volume was edited in English language as “Brussels commentary”, Sweet & Maxwell, 2008), and a co-editor of the publication series “Wirtschaftsrecht und Wirtschaftspolitik” founded by Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker and comprising 300 volumes. Florian Bien was a guest professor at University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in Spring 2008, at Sciences Po Paris (Chaire Alfred Grosser, spring semester 2015), at Aix Marseille University (September 2015), at University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (March 2017) and is a regular guest professor at University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) since 2013.
Michele CarpagnanoMichele Carpagnano
Michele Carpagnano is a partner in Dentons' Rome office and the head of the Italian Competition and Antitrust practice. Michele Carpagnano teaches Antitrust and Competition Law at Trento University. He is the founder and co-director of the Osservatorio Permanente sull’Applicazione delle Regole di Concorrenza, an independent research center based in Trento. Michele provides national and multinational companies with legal an d strategic advice as well as judicial assistance in all aspects of Italian, Spanish and EU Competition Law, Consumer Law, State aid Law, Merger Control, Foreign Direct Investment Screening as well as antitrust issues related to tender procedures (bid rigging) and markets regulation.
Muriel ChagnyMuriel Chagny
Muriel Chagny, President of AFEC (Association Française d’Etude de la Concurrence) and Vice-President of the LIDC (Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence), is a professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Versailles (Paris Saclay). She heads the Master 2 in competition and contract law. From 2009 to 2016, she directed the Laboratoire de droit des affaires et nouvelles technologies (DANTE). Since her thesis, her individual and collective research has focused mainly on competition in all its diversity (anti-competitive practices, unfair competition and practices restrictive of competition), their application to digital, but also in relation to contract and civil liability law. She is particularly interested in the interactions between competition law and civil law, law and economics, and the private and public enforcement of competition law. With Bruno Deffains, she wrote a monograph on law and economics devoted to the compensation of competitive damages (awarded the Vogel Prize for best economic law book in 2017). She is the scientific director of the Lamy “Droit économique”. She sits as a qualified person on the Commission d’examen des pratiques commerciales (CEPC).
Philippe CoenPhilippe Coen
Philippe Coen is the Honorary President of ECLA (www.ecla.eu). ECLA is the umbrella association gathering 20 European company lawyers associations, amounting to 67,000 company lawyers altogether. Among other initiatives, he prompted ECLANEWS, ECLACHANNEL, the ECLA Code of Ethics for Company Lawyers and the White Paper “Independent by design” and an online database on Legal Privilege across Europe. Philippe founded the Ethical Committee of the Company Lawyers profession in France and is a Board Member of In-House Counsel Worldwide. Philippe is also the General Secretary of www.unifab.com. Before practicing as a General Counsel and government affairs specialist, Philippe started his career in private practice in NYC with an International British law firm where he qualified. He then lead the competition law practice of a French law firm. He obtained his double JD at the Paris Sorbonne and a post-grad degree (LL.M.) from the Harvard Law School (with a scholarship of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs). He has taught various law topics including anti-trust and IP at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Paris X and currently teaches anti-trust law at the international post grad Business school named ESSEC and media law at Paris 2 Assas. He pens from time to time published essays and legal chronicles in various periodicals. He founded an anti-bullying NGO: www.respectzone.org developing CSR and soft law tools leveraging the use of IP laws. RespectZone has been adopted in particular by AFJE, the Paris Bar, Unesco, TF1, MSN, Free, various schools and many individual users
Jacques CreysselJacques Creyssel
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Born on August 20, 1956. Training: ENA (1978-1981), IEP (1976). Professional experience: Since February 2011, Fédération des entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution (Executive Director) - 75008 Paris. 2004-2010: Economic and Social Council (advisor). 1998-2008: MEDEF (Deputy Director then Chief Executive Officer). 1993-1998: CNPF (Director General in charge of Economic Affairs and, from 1996, Director General in charge of Economic Affairs and Strategic Coordination). 1987-1992: Budget Directorate (Head of the Financing Office for Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, Tourism and Planning, then from 1991 onwards, Deputy Director in charge of Salary and Employment Policy for the Civil Service and Public Enterprises). 1985-1987: COB (Assistant to the Head of the Financial Operations and Information Department). 1981-1985: Budget Directorate (Civil Administrator. Responsible for transport, civil aviation and meteorology budgets).
Paul CsiszarPaul Csiszár
After graduating from ELTE School of Law of Budapest, Paul Csiszár studied international comparative law and earned a second Juris Doctorate at Loyola Law School in the United States. Following his admission to the Bar in 1986 in California he practiced as a corporate, securities and M&A lawyer in the US and then from 1997 in Central Europe with the international law firm of Squire Sanders until 2003 when he joined the public sector. Currently Mr Csiszár serves as Director of "Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture" at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission.
Fabien Curto MilletDr Fabien Curto Millet
Fabien Curto Millet is currently Director of Economics at Google, where he’s worked since 2011.
Based in San Francisco, he reports to and works closely with Chief Economist Hal Varian on the development of data-driven insights for Google’s senior leadership and on research to evaluate the economic and societal impacts of Google and the Internet. Fabien also leads the economic analyses in all antitrust and regulatory processes involving Google at a global level, and is deeply engaged in current debates around the shape of future regulation for the digital economy. Fabien was previously a Senior Consultant in the European Competition Policy Practice of NERA Economic Consulting, working on cases in a variety of sectors including airports, consumer electronics, financial information, music publishing, pay TV, retailing, and satellite communications. He was educated at Oxford University, obtaining a BA in Economics and Management, an MPhil in Economics, and a Doctorate in Economics. For two years Fabien was a Lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. He further obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law from King’s College, London.
Pascale DéchampsPascale Déchamps
Pascale is head of the Oxera Paris office, after having held the same position for several years in Brussels. With extensive experience as a competition economist, she has advised many undertakings on investigations related to antitrust issues or preliminary merger investigations conducted by the European Commission or other competent authorities, particularly in France. She has assisted undertakings on the plaintiff and defence side in concentrations, abuses of dominant positions, cartel investigations and the granting of State aid. Her experience covers various sectors, from pharmaceutical products and devices to telecommunications. Pascale is a non-governmental expert for the French Competition Authority. She is listed in the 2019 edition of the International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists and the Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Economic Consulting - Competition Economists (2019). Her biography compiled by Who's Who Legal comments: "described to researchers as an "outstanding economist", her knowledge of EU and French merger investigations is "second to none"". She is also one of ten women economic consultants selected in GCR's (Global Competition Review) publication Women in Antitrust 2016.
Riccardo FalconiRiccardo Falconi
Riccardo Falconi is Legal Director at Uber where is in charge of Western and Southern Europe as well as EU Legal Affairs and Competition/Antitrust matters for EMEA. He and his teams notably provide and coordinate high-level strategic legal advice on product launches, commercial development, litigation, and regulatory matters. As part of its EU Legal Affairs mandate, his teams also cover for EU-level litigation and regulatory engagement with both EU based and supra-national authorities. Riccardo also leads antitrust and competition legal matters for Uber across EMEA. Prior to joining Uber, Riccardo spent five years in Paris as Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel for Euronext where he also contributed to the successful pin-off from the NYSE (then ICE) group and its eventual IPO in 2014. Before working with Euronext, he co-founded an entrepreneurial venture in New Zealand and spent four prior years as a corporate associate in the international law firm Linklaters in Luxembourg, where he notably gained premium experience in private equity buy-out and cross-border M&A. Riccardo studied law at Paris 2 University, Panthéon-Assas, and completed an LL.M. in corporate and capital markets law at New York University. Riccardo has been admitted to practice in New York, Paris, and Luxembourg. He speaks French, Italian and English.
Daniel FasquelleDaniel Fasquelle
Daniel Fasquelle is a French MP since 2007 and Vice-Président of the Economic Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly. He is Professor of Law (1997), former Dean of the Law Department at the University of Littoral-Côte d’Opale (1998-2008). He is teaching EU Law, Antitrust Law, Comparative Law. He is the author of "American and European Antitrust Law. A Study of the Rule of Reason”, and co-author of various books and numerous articles. He received the Jacques Lassier Award for his thesis during the LIDC congress in Berlin in 1995. He is a Board member of AFEC, and member of the CEDECE (Commission for European Law studies).
Jean-Louis FourgouxJean-Louis Fourgoux
Member of the PARIS and BRUSSELS Bars, economic law and European competition law expert, Former President of the AFEC, Visiting lecturer in competition law at the Versailles University and at IEP Paris Science Po, Speaker at École Nationale de la Magistrature, French rapporteur of the research conducted by the Starclyde University Law School and the European Commission on private enforcement. Author of the study on the French competition law for Lexis-Nexis Juris-classeur Commercial, member of the Unfair Practices column of the Concurrences review and writer for varoius publications as Revue Lamy droit de la Concurrence et Revue Lamy droit de l'immatériel et Contrats Concurrence Consommation
Antoine GodeauAntoine Godeau
Auctioneer. Studies: Stanislas secondary school, Carnot high school and law school in Paris. Diplomas: law degree, graduate of higher education in public law, certificate of aptitude for the avocat profession, graduate of the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) of Paris. Career: avocat at the Paris Court of Appeal (1979), auctioneer since 1983 (Binoche & Godeau and then Pescheteau-Badin, Godeau & Leroy), partner since 2002 at Pierre Bergé & associés (PBA), Vice-President of PBA since 2008 and President of PBA since 2017. Decorations: Officer of Arts and Letters. Member of the Automobile Club de France and the Cercle du bois de Boulogne.
Michael GrenfellMichael Grenfell
Dr Michael Grenfell is an Executive Director on the Board of the Competition and Markets Authority – the UK’s primary competition and consumer agency – where he is responsible for enforcement of competition and consumer laws. He joined the CMA in January 2014, where he was initially a Senior Director for competition in the regulated sectors, before moving to his current position in July 2015. Before he joined the CMA, he was a solicitor in private practice for 25 years, specialising in UK and EU competition law and sector regulation, including, from 1998 to 2013, as a Partner at the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He has written and broadcast widely on competition, regulatory and consumer issues, and was co-author of Coleman and Grenfell on The Competition Act 1998 (OUP). He has an M.A. in history and law from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D in political thought from the London School of Economics.
Andreas HeinemannAndreas Heinemann
Andreas Heinemann is professor of commercial, economic and European Law at the University of Zurich and permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne. He studied economics and law and obtained the Diplôme Supérieur de Droit Comparé from the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé in Strasbourg as well as the Diplôme International d'Administration Publique (DIAP) from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), then in Paris. His research focuses on Swiss, European and International Economic Law with a special emphasis on competition and intellectual property law. He is a member of the Swiss Competition Commission since 2011 and its president since 2018.
Lars EnrikssonLars Henriksson
Lars Henriksson is a professor of Law and is heading the Center for Business Law at the Stockholm School of Economics. He received his M.Sc. in general management at SSE in 1991 and his LL.M. degree from Stockholm University in 1998. His area of research and practice is within antitrust and competition law, contract law, EU-law, company and market law and international trade law. Also, a special interest in his research is devoted to regulated markets and law related issues of market regulations. He has chaired a governmental public enquiry on regulations and is a member of ASCOLA, the world-wide association of competition law academics. He is currently appointed to the Council for Research Issues at the Swedish Competition Authority and has headed of specialisation for the LL.D. Program in law at SSE. Since 2011, he is on the Board of the Institute of Intellectual Property Law and Marketing Law at the Stockholm University. In 2013 he became a Non-Government Advisor (NGA) to the International Competition Network (ICN) Unilateral Conduct Working Group and he is also a member of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). He has published numerous articles on legal matters such as competition law, copyright law, public procurement, company law and telecom and energy regulation. In addition to academic work he also has extensive experience as a consultant in legal matters and expert before arbitration tribunals and legal expert in court proceedings.
Jeanne-Marie Henriot-BellargentJeanne-Marie Henriot-Bellargent
After having been sworn in on December 17, 1973, Maître Jeanne-Marie HENRIOT-BELLARGENT joined the firm of Maître Jacques LASSIER in January 1974 at the age of 22. She is in charge of price regulation cases in particular, but also follows competition law cases. In October 1974, Maître LASSIER invited her to participate in her first League Congress in Rome. In April 1979, she became a partner of the LASSIER law firm. In May 1979, the Secretary General of L'OREAL called the Firm to take an appointment for a sales refusal case involving a subsidiary of the group. The appointment is scheduled for Maître LASSIER's return from Switzerland to meet with the Swiss Society for the Watch Industry, in anticipation of the renewal of the Omega exemption decision. Unfortunately, Maître LASSIER died in Switzerland on June 5, 1979. Due to these tragic circumstances, Me HENRIOT-BELLARGENT received the representatives of L'OREAL. She was 27 years old at the time, but this did not deter them from trusting her. Similarly, almost all of Mr. LASSIER's clients remain loyal to the firm that he founded. Me HENRIOT-BELLARGENT has been called upon to defend major companies in the fields of perfumery, hygiene, health, high-tech products, electrical equipment, information technology... Her activity is broadening to include French and European competition law, particularly with regard to distribution networks, and contract law. In 1993, she joined the firm MONAHAN et DUHOT, with which Maître LASSIER had formed the project to partner, at the time when this firm set up the STIBBE SIMONT MONAHAN et DUHOT law firm. In 1999, Maître HENRIOT-BELLARGENT founded with Yves SICARD (a partner of MONAHAN and DUHOT) the firm SICARD et Associés. Then, considering that Yves SICARD was planning to end his activities, she participated in April 2005 in the founding of LMBE, where she managed the Competition and Distribution department with Sylvain BEAUMONT until December 2017. Maître HENRIOT-BELLARGENT was Deputy Secretary General and then Secretary General of the AFEC. She was also Assistant Secretary General and Vice-President of the LIDC.
Frédéric JennyFrédéric Jenny
Frédéric JENNY is a graduate of ESSEC, holds a Master and PHD in economics from both Harvard University and the University of Paris II.  He has been of Professor of Economics at ESSEC since 1972 and co-director of the European Centre for Law and Economics at ESSEC (CEDE). He has also been Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee since 1994. Prior to that, Frédéric Jenny was a Judge, a member of the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court, Commercial Chamber) from 2004 to 2012, Director of the Office of Fair Trading (United Kingdom Competition Authority) from 2007 to 2015, Chairman of the WTO Working Group on the Interaction between Competition and International Trade from 1997 to 2003, General Rapporteur of the Competition Council (in France) from 1984 to 1993 and then Vice President of the Competition Council from 1993 to 2004. Technical adviser to Mrs Scrivener, Secretary of State for Consumer Affairs, in 1977, he was specifically responsible for the introduction of merger control in France. Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of University College London since 2005, Frédéric Jenny has also been visiting professor in China (Wuhan University), Japan (Keio University), South Africa (Cape Town University), Israel (Haifa University) and the United States (Northwestern University). He has twice been Hauser Global Professor of Antitrust Law at New York University. He has published numerous articles on topics in microeconomics, industrial organization, development economics, competition law, international trade law.
Thomas Johann Hoeren Dr. Thomas Johann Hoeren
Dr. Thomas Johann Hoeren is a Professor of Information, Media and Business Law at the University of Münster and Head of the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law. The ITM combines civil, public and criminal law and conducts research concerning international competition regulation. Prof. Hoeren, who earned doctorate degrees in law and theology, works as a legal advisor of the European commission with the “Legal Advisory Board on Information Technology”. He is member of the Task Force Group on Intellectual Property of the European Commission and of the expert committee for copyright and publishing law at the German Union for Intellectual Property Protection. Thomas Hoeren, honored with the ALCATEL-SEL research award “Technische Kommunikation”, serves as a Scientific Counsellor of the DENIC eG and as a WIPO Domain Name panelist and panelist for “.eu” domain disputes. Since 1998, he works as a co-editor of the legal journal “Multimedia und Recht”.
Pranvera KelleziPranvera Këllezi
Pranvera Këllezi is an attorney at law in Geneva, Switzerland, and a member of the Swiss Competition Commission (Comco). She is member of the Bureau of the LIDC, responsible for the publications, and a member of the Committee of the Swiss Competition Law Association (asas). She represents companies and public organisations in business law, antitrust and competition, data protection (CIPP/E, CIPM) and in public economic law. She served as an in-house counsel specialising in competition law at European Broadcasting Union before practicing business law for several years in a Swiss law firm in Geneva. Pranvera Këllezi holds a law degree and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law of the Geneva University, and an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges. She was previously a teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva. She publishes regularly in her fields of expertise.
Juliane KokottDr. Juliane Kokott
Ms. Juliane Kokott holds the position of Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Since October 2003, she has been responsible for approximately 1100 cases and has delivered more than 520 opinions, including more than 30 on competition law. The latter concerned all kinds of aspects of EU competition law such as the application of Article 101 TFEU (e.g. Cases C-8/08, T-Mobile Netherlands; C-97/08 P, Akzo Nobel v Commission; C-681/11, Schenker) and Article 102 TFEU (e.g. Cases C-441/07 P, Commission v Alrosa; C-23/14, Post Danmark), procedural rights (e.g. Cases C-550/07 P, Akzo Nobel Chemicals and Akcros Chemicals v Commission; C-109/10 P, Solvay/Commission) or private enforcement (e.g. Cases C-557/12, Kone; C-637/17, Cogeco; C-435/18, Otis). Prior to joining the Court, Advocate General Kokott was a professor at the universities of Augsburg, Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and St. Gallen and a visiting professor at Berkeley Law. Furthermore, she was a Deputy Judge for the Federal Government at the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and a Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Government’s Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Advocate General Kokott is a graduate of the universities of Bonn, American University/Washington D.C., Heidelberg and the Harvard Law School. She has authored and co-authored a broad variety of publications on European law and public international law, as well as on EU economic, tax and competition law. She is also an editor of the Frankfurter Kommentar on Competition Law and of the Liber Amicorum for Dirk Schroeder on European, German and International Competition Law. Moreover, Advocate General Kokott has actively initiated and organized several high-level expert conferences and symposia.
Christophe LemaireChristophe Lemaire
Christophe Lemaire heads the competition and EU law department of the Paris office. Christophe is a member of the Paris Bar. His practice focuses on all aspects on EU and French competition law and has a long experience in advising leading European corporates in relation to behavioural, merger control, State aids cases and private litigation, before national and European regulators and courts. He also represents clients before the sector-specific regulatory authority, in particular in the energy, transport and media sectors. Christophe was Rapporteur permanent and Counsel for European Affairs at the French Competition Council (2003 - 2006). He worked in the legal department of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Community and international economic law division) where he was in charge of competition affairs and network industries, in particular representing the French government before the Court of Justice (2002 - 2003). In 2003 Christophe published his thesis on the liberalisation of the energy sector in Europe. He is also Senior Lecturer in French and European competition law and regulatory law at the Sorbonne Law School (University of Paris I) since 2006. Christophe is author of many papers in the field of competition law and the regulation of network industries and is regularly invited as a speaker in international and national conferences. He is co-director of the Master 2 Economic Law of the European Union of the Sorbonne School of Law. He is member of the Editorial Committee of the Concurrences Review. Degree : University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Doctorat (PhD) in European competition law, thesis on energy and competition. University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), DEA (postgraduate degree) in European and EU law. University of Lille II, Maîtrise in private law Certificate in English Law, University of Warwick.
Nathalie Lobel-LastmannNathalie Lobel-Lastmann
Nathalie is an Assistant Project Director at the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). Her experience draws on 20 years of practice in relation to behavioural abuse of dominance / anti-competitive agreement cases and merger control in the public and private sector. Nathalie is dually qualified as both a solicitor in England and Wales and Avocat a la Cour in France. She is a committee member of the Competition Law Association (UK) and Secretaire Generale Adjoint of the Ligue Internationale de Droit de la Concurrence.
Cecilio MaderoCecilio Madero Villarejo
Cecilio Madero Villarejo has been Acting Director-General for DG Competition since 1 September 2019. Since 1 March 2019, he is also Deputy Director-General for Mergers. He has served as Deputy Director-General for Antitrust at the European Commission's Competition Directorate-General from 2011 until September 2019. His experience with the Commission spans 32 years during which his career has mainly focused on European competition policy. As a case-handler in 1987, he dealt first with the adjustment of state monopolies and the internal energy market. In 1995, he was appointed Head of Unit in charge of the application of State aid rules in the area of manufacturing, including the textile, papers, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic industry, mechanical engineering and other sectors. Between 1999 and 2006, he was Head of Unit in charge of Information Industries, Internet and Consumer Electronics. In October 2006, he was appointed Director of the Services Directorate, and then in 2007, Director of the Information, Communication and Media Directorate. Mr Madero studied law at the Complutense University in Madrid. After working for five years at Banco Bilbao in Spain, he joined the European Commission (Competition DG) in 1987.
José Maria Marin-QuemadaDr. José María Marín-Quemada
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(Madrid, 1948). President of the Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition (2013 to date). Member of the Governing Council of the Bank of Spain (2005-2013). Member of the Scientific Board of the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, and of the Working Groups on Economics and Energy of the same institution (2000 to date). Director of the Research Group on International Political Economy and Energy (UNED) (1999-2013). Full Professor of Applied Economics (UNED, Madrid) (1985 to date). Professor of Applied Economics (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) (1972-1983). Dr. Marín has reconciled his academic dedication with a professional career in the private sector until his appointment to the Bank of Spain: Iberia (1970-1972) and Cepsa Group (1972-2004). He has published numerous books and papers on the prices of energy products, energy policy in the EU and Spain, energy security and the geopolitics of energy, economic policy and monetary economics.
Winston MaxwellWinston Maxwell
After working many years in private practice, Winston Maxwell has moved to a full-time academic role at Telecom Paris, where he will concentrate on the regulation of AI. While in privacy practice Winston advised clients in: Data protection and privacy : developing global data privacy governance programs, on cross-border discovery, implementation of compliance and whistleblowing programs across multiple jurisdictions, handling data breaches, fraud and employee theft of data. He has advised on the regulation of connected health devices, connected vehicles, smart meters and home security devices. Winston advises on innovative social media and cloud solutions. Winston was named in 2014 to the National Assembly's digital rights commission, where he participates in debates on reform of data protection and Internet law. Winston teaches comparative privacy law at a leading French business and engineering school. Telecommunications and Internet : he advised telecommunications and internet industry on corporate, commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. Winston recently co-authored a report for the European Commission on the adoption bill & keep charging mechanisms for the exchange of IP traffic, and a report for the French regulatory authority ARCEP on the regulatory treatment of over-the-top services, cloud computing services and content delivery networks (CDNs). Winston advises mobile and fixed operators, Internet service and applications providers, directory providers, paging operators, and regulators. Media and entertainment : French and international motion picture producers, distributors and channel providers seek Winston’s advice on commercial contracts, M&A, production and co-production agreements, agreements with talent, IFTA arbitrations, and regulatory questions linked to channel licenses, new technologies, connected TV and VOD.
Mario MontiMario Monti
Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University and Senator for life of the Republic of Italy. He was Prime Minister of Italy (November 2011-April 2013) and Minister of Economy and Finance (November 2011-July 2012). He served for ten years as member of the European Commission, in charge of the Internal Market, Financial Services and Tax Policy (1995‐1999), then of Competition (1999‐2004). He then collaborated with the European Union in preparing the reports “The future of EU finances” (published in 2017) and “A new strategy for the Single Market at the service of Europe’s economy and society” (2010). In 2018, he has Chaired the High-level search committee, established by the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas, to find the next president of the European Research Council, who will start his term in 2020. He is Member of the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques. He was President of Bruegel, the European think-tank he founded in 2005. Born in Varese, Italy, in 1943, he graduated from Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University.
Jérôme PhilippeJérôme Philippe
Partner Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer head of regulatory and antitrust, represents clients in all areas of EU and French competition law: concentrations, State aid, cartels and abuse of dominant position, including cases before the competition authorities and follow-on or stand-alone claims before courts. He also advises clients in all regulatory issues, both in traditionally regulated sectors like energy, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, banking and media, and on cross-sector regulatory issues such as foreign investment control, privacy and data security, quality and safety issues, consumer law and investigations. As an alumnus of the French Ecole Polytechnique and with a PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics, Jérôme combines scientific, economic and legal backgrounds, which makes him being often involved in cases requiring a combination of legal and economic analyses. Jérôme was previously head of the office of concentrations and state aid at the DGCCRF, then in charge of French merger control and representing France before the European institutions in EU merger control and State aid matters. He is still a regular guest speaker at conferences organised by the regulators.
George PeretzGeorge Peretz QC
George Peretz QC (England and Wales) BL (Ireland) advises and represents clients over a wide range of public law, regulatory and tax issues, with particular strengths in competition, State aid, VAT, agriculture, and pharmaceutical regulation. He has recently won a number of major cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, European Court of Justice and General Court and regularly leads in the senior English courts as well as in specialist tribunals such as the Competition Appeal Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, and the Tax and General Regulatory Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal. Recent major competition/State aid cases in which he has acted include: the Lundbeck and Servier “pay for delay” appeals in the Court of Justice and General Court (for the Commission) and Credit Suisse v HMRC (successfully defending HMRC in a claim for alleged State aid arising out of the Bank Payroll Tax). George is also a practising member of the Bar of Ireland.
Jacqueline Riffault-SilkJacqueline Riffault-Silk
Jacqueline Riffault-Silk studied law at the University of Paris II where she obtained a DES in Private Law in 1974. After starting her judicial career then she spent eight years on detachment at the French Stock Exchange Commission as a legal adviser. Appointed Judge at the Court of Appeal of Paris in 1997, she became President of the Court’s 1st and 5th chambers in 2001, specializing in economic regulation and commercial litigation. In January 2007, she was appointed to the Commercial Chamber of the Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation). She was Dean of the Commercial Chamber of the Court of Cassation until May 2019 and is Honorary President of the Association of European Judges in Competition Law (AECLJ). Also in 2007, she was nominated to the Committee of Civil Decisions and Sanctions of the French Commission of Energy Regulation (Cordis), and became President of the National Commission of Ethics for Judicial Administrators.
David SevyDavid Sevy
Dr. David Sevy is an Executive Vice President in the competition policy group of Compass Lexecon Europe and heads its Paris office. David has advised clients in over a hundred cases on a wide variety of competition policy issues or litigation matters, covering sectors as diverse as oil, consumer goods, retailing, media, music, industrial products, outsourcing services, transport, automotive, healthcare, telecommunications, high-tech, energy, and financial services. David has advised clients in major merger or antitrust cases before the European Commission and before national competition authorities (France, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Malta, Poland, Romania, Poland, Morocco). David has also acted as economic expert in a large number of litigation and arbitration (ICC, ICSID, LCIA) cases before commercial courts and a variety of tribunals and panels, including WTO, in different sectors (transportation, energy, defence systems, telecommunications, postal services, pharmaceuticals, mining).He is featured in the Who’s Who of competition economists and in the Who’s Who of commercial arbitration. David is a NGA for the French Autorité de la concurrence at the ICN. David graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1986) and received his doctorate (PhD) in economics from Ecole Polytechnique (1993).After a post-doc at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1994), David worked for France Télécom (1994–1999) as senior regulatory economist. He then joined McKinsey & Company in Paris, from 1999–2002, where he was involved in numerous strategy and management projects for telecommunications, high technology and pharmaceuticals companies. He has over 15 years of experience in economic consulting in Europe. David´s academic research focused mainly on theoretical and applied industrial economics. He is currently adjunct professor of economics at École Polytechnique, teaching antitrust economics, after having taught business and organization economics. David is co-author of the textbook Economie de l’entreprise, aux Editions de l’École Polytechnique and is frequently invited as speaker at competition policy conferences.
Isabelle de SilvaIsabelle de Silva
Isabelle de Silva was appointed president of the Autorité de la concurrence on October 14, 2016 by decree of the President of the French Republic. Isabelle de Silva is a member of the Conseil d’Etat, the French supreme administrative court, which she joined in 1994 after graduating from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC-1990), the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS-1990), the Sorbonne University in philosophy (Paris I-1989) and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA-1994), the French national school for civil service. After holding different positions as auditeur (1994) and then maître des requêtes (1998) at the Conseil d’Etat, she became commissaire du gouvernement at the Second and then Sixth Chamber of the Conseil d'Etat (2000-2009), and was later promoted to the rank of conseiller d'Etat (2009). She has been appointed as president of the Sixth Chamber of the Conseil d’Etat in 2013, in charge of cases in the field of justice, finance, environment and regulated professions. She was an adviser to the Minister of Culture and Communications, in charge of the press and the radio (1999-2000), director of legal affairs of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing (2009-2011), and became a member of the sector regulator for press distribution in 2012. She had been a member of the board of the Autorité de la concurrence since 2014. Isabelle de Silva is an Officer of the French Légion d'honneur, ordre national du Mérite and ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Jules StuyckJules Stuyck
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Jules Stuyck is a senior counsel in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office and is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Product Risk Management groups. Jules is an experienced litigator, focusing on European competition law, intellectual property, and market practices. He counsels clients on state aid, the customs union, free movement, public procurement, trademark and trade practices law, media law, and environmental law. Jules is a leading authority on Belgian and European antitrust/competition law, offering more than three decades of experience as a practitioner, government adviser, and law professor. He has advised on European sales law and has on several occasions been invited by the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection to offer his perspective on unfair trading practices, consumer law, sales law, and internal market issues. Chambers Europe recognizes Jules for his “first class strategic legal thinking”, noting his litigation experience and his work in advising clients on transactional and competition law issues.
Véronique ThirionVéronique Thirion
Mrs Véronique Thirion obtained a Master's degree in Law from the University of Liège in 1986 and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School (AMP 183). She began her career as a university assistant, and then became an external auditor at Coopers & Lybrand. In 1992, she joined the Banking and Finance Commission as as the Inspector in charge of the prudential supervision of credit institutions. In 2001, she was hired by the Dexia Group to set up an internal audit function and was the Group's Auditor General from April 2004 to April 2008. At that moment, she became a member of the Executive Committee of the Dexia Group in charge of Human Resources. At the beginning of 2010, she joined the Petercam group to assume the responsibilities of Director of Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer, member of the Group's Operating Committee. She has left Petercam in October 2012 and created his own consulting company. She joined the Executive Committee of the Belgian Competition Authority on 6 September 2013.
Carmen VerdonckCarmen Verdonck
Carmen Verdonck is a partner of ALTIUS, heading the antitrust team. She advises a wide range of domestic and multinational clients about all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law, including cartel cases, distribution networks, technology transfer agreements, joint ventures and abuse(s) of dominance. Carmen also represents clients in antitrust cases before the Belgian and European competition authorities and courts. She regularly assists various multinational clients in the setting-up of compliance programmes and training. In merger control cases, Carmen assists clients in obtaining merger control clearance from the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission and in the coordination of merger filings in numerous other countries. Carmen has also developed solid experience in providing advice on a broad range complex contractual matters and the drafting of all types of commercial agreements. Carmen has been appointed an Assessor in the Belgian Competition Authority and Maître de Conférences at the University of Liège, teaching in the LLM in European Competition and IP law. She has been elected President of the International League of Competition Law/ Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC) and is board member of the Belgian association for the study of competition law (AEDC). Carmen has been appointed as an expert in the Commission installed under the law on pre-contractual information obligations in commercial cooperation agreements and is a member of the legal committee of the Belgian Franchising Federation. Carmen studied at the University of Namur (Cand. Juris) and the University of Bayreuth (Erasmus exchange program). She graduated from the University of Leuven (magna cum laude) and obtained an LLM in European law at the University of Bristol. She is admitted to the Brussels bar since 1996. She is fluent in Dutch, French and English and speaks Italian, Spanish and German. Carmen has been ranked for several years in Legal 500 and Chambers Europe. Chambers Europe 2018 mentions she is a “flexible but strong lawyer who stands behind her advice”, and she "has a vision in terms of how a case should go” (2018). “Sources value that Carmen is ‘pragmatic and can grasp difficult and complex problems quickly and give you a quick recommendation on what to do.” (Chambers 2017). “Clients describe Carmen Verdonck as a real expert on competition regulation.” (Chambers 2016). “Carmen Verdonck provides well-thought-out advice in the most complex matters.” (Legal 500 2016)