Dr. Tobias Caspary is an antitrust and competition partner based in Fried Frank’s London and Frankfurt offices. Dr. Caspary’s practice focuses on EU, UK and German competition law, working on some of the most complex cross-border mergers worldwide in connection with numerous competition investigations, including Phase II cases before the EC and the CMA, and cartel investigations. He has a strong focus on private equity, advising clients such as Goldman Sachs, AEA Investors and New Mountain Capital, and also represents clients across a range of additional industries, including media, telecoms, technology and financial services. Dr. Caspary is individually recognised by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK, Legal 500 UK and Legal 500 US as a leading individual in competition law (noted as being “very strategic,” “business savvy” and “highly experienced, impressive and pragmatic”). Legal 500 has also recognised him as a “credible player on the European stage, who is very well placed to deal with cases raising UK, German and EU competition issues.”
Eddy De Smijter is Head of the International Relations Unit in DG Competition at the European Commission.
He joined the European Commission in 2001 as a member of the team that negotiated Regulation 1/2003 on the implementation of the EU competition rules. After the adoption of the Regulation, Eddy De Smijter stayed within the unit responsible for the European Competition Network until his move, in 2005, to the team that is responsible for the Commission's policy on private enforcement of the EU antitrust rules. In that capacity, he was leading the team that on behalf of the Commission negotiated with the European Parliament and the Council, the Directive on antitrust damages actions.
Andrea Coscelli is the Chief Executive of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) following his appointment in July 2016. Since joining the CMA in November 2013 he has been an executive board member heading the Directorate responsible for UK merger control, the markets regime and the CMA’s work in regulated sectors. He joined the CMA from Ofcom (UK Communications Regulator) where he was a Director of Economic Analysis in the Competition Group. He previously worked at Charles Rivers Associates (CRA) in London where he was a Vice President (Partner) in the Competition Practice. He co-founded the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) in 2003. He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.
Konrad Ost, Dr. jur. (Heidelberg), LL.M. (Cambridge), is since September 2015 Vice President of the Bundeskartellamt. From 2010 to 2015 he was Head of its General Policy Division, from 2008 to 2010 Head of its Litigation Service and represented the Bundeskartellamt before the German Federal Court of Justice.
He has written numerous articles on antitrust procedure, private antitrust enforcement and other competition law topics. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Bonn and co-editor of the German antitrust journal “Neue Zeitschrift für Kartellrecht – NZKart”.
Robert O'Donoghue practises as a barrister with Brick Court Chambers. He has extensive experience of competition law, EU law, utility regulation, and related aspects of commercial and public law. Clients include companies such as British Airways, Google, Glencore, Telefónica, ASDA, Samsung, and Marks and Spencer, as well as competition authorities and sectoral regulators in the UK and elsewhere. He has appeared in major cases in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, the EU Courts, the Irish courts, international arbitral bodies, and in oral hearings before competition authorities and sectoral regulators in these matters.
Robert has consistently appeared as a leading barrister in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Further awards and accolades include:
Listed in the “40 Under 40” of global competition lawyers by Global Competition Review– one of only three practising UK barristers listed (2012)
Profiled as one of five junior barristers in the Global Competition Review UK Barrister Survey (2013)
The youngest nominee and only practising barrister to feature in the Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2011)
Outstanding EU Competition Lawyer Fellowship Award, Global Competition Law Centre, College of Europe (2003)
Andreas holds a LLM from the Stockholm University. Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2009, Andreas spent four years working at Mannheimer Swartling, a leading Nordic law firm, doing Banking and Finance and EU and Competition law in the Stockholm and Brussels offices. Prior to joining Mannheimer Swartling in 2005 Andreas worked at the Brussels office of Hogan Lovells. He has also been working at the European Commission's DG Competition as well as a junior judge at a Stockholm district court.
At Nasdaq he is managing the legal advise to the information services and listing services business units in Europe as well as all matters relating to litigation and competition law.
Iona is a competition economist with 16 years of experience advising clients on competition and regulatory matters. Iona has an established reputation for delivering rigorous economic analysis for clients, in particular with respect to anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance infringements, and associated private damages claims. She has acted for the UK, EC, Dutch and French competition authorities, as well as lawyers and businesses. Iona has worked across a range of sectors including transport, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. She holds an MSc Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc (First) in economics and French from the University of Birmingham. Iona also spent a year studying economics at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Nathaniel L. Asker is a partner in the Antitrust Department, resident in Fried Frank's New York office, who focuses on antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures and represents clients before the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. He has advised clients in a range of industries, including technology and software, consumer products, aerospace and defense, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, energy, and financial services, among others. Mr. Asker is consistently recognised by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Antitrust, where he has been described as "absolutely outstanding,” “very strong analytically,” and “a top-notch antitrust lawyer” who is “extraordinarily responsive and, more importantly, very thoughtful in his responses.” According to Chambers, sources also reported that Mr. Asker is "knowledgeable about the subject matter, has contacts at the regulators and is excellent at client communication.” Mr. Asker was also selected as a “Future Leader” by Who's Who Legal: Competition and is recognized by Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in Antitrust: Merger Control.
Paolo is the chairman of the European In-house Competition Lawyers’ Association, vice-chair of BIAC (the voice of business at the OECD in Paris) and a non-governmental advisor to the CMA in the UK. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s users’ group. He was nominated one of the top 40 rising stars of in-house competition lawyers by Global Competition Review.
Julia Holtz is Executive Director, Competition at Visa, based in London.
Whilst at Google, her previous company, she led a team of lawyers in London and Brussels who counsel on all competition law aspects of Google’s activities in EMEA.
Major projects involved the acquisition of DoubleClick, Google’s involvement in the
European Commission’ browser case against Microsoft, the merger approval of
Motorola, and Google’s antitrust cases before the European Commission.
Before joining Google, Julia practiced competition law in Brussels at Clifford Chance,
predominantly merger control and abuse of dominance cases.
She is a non-governmental advisor to the ICN for the United Kingdom, and holds classes at the College of Europe in Bruges. She is a member of the steering committee of the European Forum on Competition Litigation. Global Competition Review named her corporate counsel of the year 1012.
Julia holds a law degree from Passau University, Germany, and a degree in law and
cultural studies from the University of Aix-Marseile, France.
Daniel is a senior lawyer in Sky UK’s Competition & Regulatory team, advising on all aspects of competition law and economic regulation applied to broadcasting and communications, as well as other forms of regulation relevant to those sectors. Having trained and worked as an associate at Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) Daniel joined a ‘straight-forward’ pay TV business in 2003, and has ridden the roller-coaster helping Sky become Europe’s leading entertainment and communications business and had a lot of fun along the way.
Annick is Chief Legal Counsel, Antitrust in the Legal Department of Refinitiv (previously the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters), advising globally on a wide variety of competition law matters, including M&A and compliance issues. She joined Reuters as their sole competition lawyer in 1994 and set to work creating and implementing a global competition law compliance programme. In that post she also led the competition aspects of Reuters acquisition by Thomson (2008) (both cleared with Commitments). She was the Thomson Reuters legal lead in a European Commission Art 102 investigation (closed following an Art 9 Commitment Decision in December 2012). Annick also successfully lead TR’s intervention in a competitor’s appeal against this Decision before the General EU Court in Luxemburg. More recently, she worked on the multiple merger filings around the world for US equity firm Blackstone's acquisition of 55% of the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters (Refinitiv since close on 1st Oct).
Annick won the 2017 European and Global Counsel Awards in the Competition-Individual category (organized by Lexology, ILO and ACC).
Prior to joining Reuters, Annick worked as a senior associate in the UK and EU Competition Group of Clifford Chance in London. Annick graduated in 1986, holds at law degree from King's College London and a ‘Maitrise de Droit’ from the Université de Paris I – La Sorbonne (double first Honours), and qualified as a solicitor in 1989.
Member of the In-house Competition Lawyers Association (ICLA) and of the Competition Law section of the English Law Society. Speaker in March 2008 at the Clifford Chance London conference on ‘International Merger Matrix’, and at the 2013 Competition Summit in Brussels on EU Commitments. Participated in a panel at last year's IICJ conference on in-house competition law compliance.
Keith is the former Commercial General Manager of British Airways World Cargo and worked for the company for 8 years. The cargo division was raided by the EU Competition Authorities and investigated by the US Department of Justice for anti-competitive conduct in relation to surcharges
Although he never lived or worked in the US, Keith completed an 8 month sentence in a US Federal Prison Camp
Keith’s presentation provides an eye-opening and engaging account of the events and adds real life impact to Compliance Training. His stories of the dawn raid, DOJ tactics, plea agreement and life inside makes employees at all levels sit up and listen
Keith also advises companies on delivering effective Competition Law Training and Compliance Programmes
For more than 8 years Keith has helped bring Compliance Training to life for more than 100 companies via presentations, seminars and training recordings. His clients to date include Coca-Cola, Shell, Vodafone, Nike, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, UPS, DHL, Barclays, Kingfisher, Robert Bosch, Sony, Mondelez, KraftHeinz, AkzoNobel, Pfizer, Hertz, ABInBev, Smiths Group, ABB and Zurich
Lee is the General Counsel at Aviva plc for their international markets in Europe and Asia. He has over 25 years of legal experience in industry, having worked in the UK motor industry, chemical industry and for the last 13 years at Aviva. He is also the Aviva Group Competition Law General Counsel. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the ICCJ.
Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer and a top 10 global insurer that operates in general, life and asset management markets worldwide.
Robin Finer is the FCA’s Acting Chief Economist and Director of Competition, having joined the
organisation in January 2014.
Prior to working at the FCA, Robin was a Director of Economic Analysis at the Competition
Commission, where he worked on mergers, market investigations and regulatory inquiries across a
wide range of sectors. He has also worked as a Project Director and economist at the Office of Fair
Trading and in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission.
Robin is also member of the Wholesale Banking, Capital Markets and Primary Markets & Secondary
Trading Sector Expert Working Groups (SEWG)
Andrew is a Senior Legal Adviser in the Global Competition Law Team at HSBC. He advises on competition issues across HSBC, with a particular focus on its retail banking businesses. Andrew previously worked at BT and Ofgem, the UK’s gas and electricity regulator.