Tuesday 4th November 2014, Law Society, London


The IICJ first annual competition law conference will gather together Senior In-House Counsel, Editorial Board Members, Authors and Subscribers to the International In-house Counsel Journal. Hosted at the Law Society in London delegates will be able to network with their peers and to formulate their own strategies to develop their own internal competition law framework.

Bringing together senior in-house counsel, this conference will provide you with an ideal opportunity to discover the strategies and solutions companies are adopting across the full range of in-house counsel competition law issues.

With 18 senior in-house counsel and competition experts presenting or participating in panel sessions the IICJ competition law conference is a must attend event, providing delegates with a sound insight into how they manage their organisations competition obligations effectively.

Focusing on "hot” topics such as UK Consumer Rights Bill, CMA update, Litigation, Merger Control, Abuse of Dominance, Cartels, Information Exchange, Global Antitrust Audits and Providing internal advice to senior management on competition law this interactive day will enable delegates to learn the latest strategies being adopted in-house.

Here's a preview of what to expect: Paolo Palmigiano the Chairman of ICLA (association of in-house competition lawyers) & General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer – EMEA of Sumitomo Electric Industries in the UK has kindly agree to chair the conference, his vast experience in competition law issues will be invaluable in ensuring that delegates take away ideas that they can adopt within their own organisation. Dr Andrea Coscelli Executive Director, Markets & Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in his keynote speech will focus on the strategy & mission of the CMA and how things are going in relation to the delivery of those objectives for the agency as a whole. Dr Tobias Caspary and Julia Brockhoff cover merger control and offer guidance on how to address this from an in-house counsel prespective. Matthew Bennett (Charles River Associates), Georgina Foggin (John Lewis, UK) and Sarah Randall (BP) will explore the issues of information exchange and how companies need to ensure that they are compliant and how to remain so by monitoring activity.

The first panel session chaired by Andreas Blomquist of NASDAQ OMX will focus on Merger Control, Abuse of Dominance and Cartels: the challenges for in-house counsel to provide internal advice on competition law issues. This interactive panel debate draws together the delegates and panelists into a discussion on the challenges for in-house counsel to provide internal advice on competition law issues together with discussing abuse of dominance and cartels.

The second panel session of the day will convene after lunch where James Kitching will lead the hour long debate into litigation and will be joined by a panel of top in-house counsel who will contrinute their experience to this important topic. Robert O’Donoghue in his presentation will continue the litigation theme by identifying the Risks and Opportunities for Companies in relation to International Competition Damages Litigation. How ThyssenKrupp AG address Global Antitrust Audits will be covered by Dr. Andre Uhlmann. The conference will close with a presentation by Lee Callaghan of Aviva reflecting on the first 6 months of the FCA and CMA

Who will be attending: Senior In-house Counsel drawn from all business sectors across the Europe and North America are expected to attend. With the exception of the conference sponsors all those attending will be in-house counsel.

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