Competition Litigation Conference - London 2015

Keynote Speakers

Marcus Smith QC
Chairman, Competition Appeal Tribunal

Ian Forrester QC
Judge, EU General Court

Chaired by:

  • Deirdre Trapp, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Aidan Robertson QC, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

Speakers include:

Bill Allan, Member,Competition Appeal Tribunal
Bill Allan is a solicitor who was a partner in the law firm Linklaters for 28 years until April 2010, during which time he specialised in EU and UK competition law. He has also taught competition law as an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University since 2004.


Deirdre Trapp, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Deirdre is an award winning antitrust practitioner dealing with both contentious and non-contentious antitrust matters. She has been involved in a wide range of economic sectors, particularly retailing, consumer goods, financial services, the media, energy and transport. She also has extensive experience in the liberalisation and regulation of these sectors under both EU and UK law.


Aidan Robertson QC, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
Aidan Robertson QC specialises in competition, EU and public law. He has appeared in numerous cases in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in England and in the General Court and Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as appearing at oral hearings before competition and regulatory authorities. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, where he teaches on the postgraduate Competition Law course.


  Zoltan Biro, Director, Frontier Economics
Zoltan is a founder member and Director of Frontier, and leads our competition and dispute resolution practices in London.He has been involved in many of the key competition inquiries over the last twenty-five years at both European and domestic levels, and has prepared expert evidence in private actions under Articles 101 and 102 of the EU Treaty, breaches of contract and tort, and intellectual property and tax disputes.


  Nick Rowles-Davies, Managing Director, Burford Capital
Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, the British Virgin Islands, and an accredited mediator, Mr. Rowles-Davies has a wide range of experience in commercial and civil litigation issues. In private practice he specialized in complex, high value matters that involved him in a number of reported cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and House of Lords. Mr. Rowles-Davies is Managing Director at Burford Capital a leading global finance and professional services firm focused on law.


  Peter Scott, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Peter has been recognised in all of the leading legal directories, including Chambers UK where he is ranked in Band 1 for contentious competition ('shrewd, diligent and thoughtful', 'great ability to get to the essential point in double quick time'), as well as PLC and the Legal 500 ('very commercial') contentious specialist.


  Margaret Gray, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
Margaret Gray specialises in commercial EU law, in particular competition and state aid, financial regulation, intellectual property, public procurement and financial sanctions, and is consistently recognised in the legal directories. Margaret practices before the English, Northern Irish and Irish courts, principally in EU matters. Margaret is an EU litigation expert, having worked at the Court of Justice as a referendaire. She has pleaded in around 50 cases before the Luxembourg Courts, and acts on behalf of private clients, the UK, Ireland, and the Irish Governments,, as well as EU bodies such as ESMA and the European Commission.


  Mark Sansom, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mark acts on market studies and investigations before the EU and UK competition authorities. He has also advised on arbitrations involving competition law issues (under ICC and UNCITRAL rules) and has appeared as an advocate before arbitral tribunals. Mark is named as a leading practitioner in his field in Chambers UK, Who's Who Legal: Competition and the International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers.


  James Flynn QC, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
James Flynn QC is one of the most prominent Competition and EU litigators at the London bar. His wide experience at the Bar builds on his years of practice at a magic circle law in London and Brussels and his work as a Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice. He has led teams in some of the most high profile cases in London in recent years, acting for BMI in the Private Healthcare Market Investigation in relation to procedural fairness in CMA investigations, Aer Lingus in its long-running dispute over Ryanair's shareholding, Sky in the Pay TV litigation, Asda in the successful appeals against the OFT's Tobacco decision, and for Cardiff Bus in the first follow-on damages action to come to trial.


  James Aitken, Partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Much of James' work involves dealing with fast-moving investigations, many of which involve behavioural issues with significant implications for the clients' commercial conduct and strategic objectives. James is ranked as a leading individual in the 'Competition/European Law' section of Chambers UK and in Who's Who Legal. As well as regularly speaking at seminars, James has co-authored a chapter in the seventh edition of the leading publication Bellamy & Child's European Community Law of Competition.


  Daniel Piccinin, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
Daniel Piccinin is a leading junior in competition law and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal as well as in the ECJ and the General Court of the European Union. Prior to being called to the Bar, Daniel was a competition specialist at Linklaters where he advised on a number of UK and EU competition law investigations, including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, State aid and merger control.


  Bea Tormey, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Bea's practice focuses on litigation and regulatory investigations/disputes, particularly those matters involving EU and UK antitrust law. In recent years she has acted in major regulatory investigations undertaken by the European Commission, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Office of Rail Regulation, Ofcom and the Competition Commission, as well as in the defence of follow-on damages proceedings in the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).


  Robert O'Donoghue, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
Robert O'Donoghue 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 , Hong Kong and Ireland . In 2012 he was nominated as one of the worlds "40 under 40 "most influential Competition Lawyers by Global Competition Review.


  Anthony Maton, Managing Partner, Hausfeld
Anthony has established Hausfeld as the market leading claimant firm in Europe and been at the centre of the development of European competition damages litigation. Anthony is regarded by peers in the profession as one of the leading competition litigators and is a much sought-after speaker on the global competition circuit.


  Jon Lawrence, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Jon is one of the UK's foremost competition litigators.He has been involved in many of the significant competition litigation cases of the last 10 years, including advising on almost all of the follow-on damages claims. Cases range from the vitamins cartel of the early 2000s to the more recent synthetic rubber and gas insulated switchgear cartels.


  David R. Scott, Managing Partner, Scott+Scott
DAVID R. SCOTT is the founder and managing partner of Scott+Scott, which recently announced the opening of its first European office in London, and has offices in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and California. He concentrates on high-stakes commercial and complex civil litigation, including global competition claims and shareholder actions. Mr. Scott's extensive competition litigation experience includes matters dealing with price-fixing, illegal tying, and monopolization actions.


  Nicholas Khan, Legal advisor to the Competition Team, European Commission
Nicholas Khan has practised almost exclusively in the field of European law, both in private practice at the Bar in London and for many years as a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission. His experience covers a wide range of matters, including; sex discrimination, free movement of persons, the Brussels Regulation on jurisdiction, anti-dumping, State aid and competition. He has represented the Commission in many significant competition cases before the Court, including Courage v. Crehan, JFE Engineering, GIS cartel, MasterCard, Intel, Tomra, Air freight cartel, Ryanair/AerLingus, UPS/TNT and Power cables cartel.


  Julia Holtz, Director Competition, Google
Julia Holtz is Director, Competition at Google, based in London. She leads a team of lawyers in London and Brussels who counsel on all competition law aspects of Google's activities in EMEA, India and China. 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.



Moderators

  Robert McLeod, Editor in Chief and Chief Executive, MLex Market Insight
He founded MLex in 2005 and has overseen the company's expansion across the world. Today MLex has operations in the US, Europe, China and Brazil. Robert continues to be a leading commentator on antitrust and competition policy, and is a frequent conference speaker on issues relating to international policy implementation.


  Lewis Crofts, Chief Correspondent, MLex Market Insight
Lewis leads MLex's coverage on competition policy and enforcement in Europe, writing extensively on issues of cartels, regulation and state aid. He has also written for several years on litigation before courts in Luxembourg, London, Germany and the U.S. A graduate of Oxford University, Lewis worked in academia at the Charles University, Prague, before becoming a journalist.


  Sille Ruubel, Antitrust Correspondent, MLex Market Insight
Sille covers European Commission merger and acquisition investigations as well as following EU member-state national merger probes. She also reports on UK court hearings. Sille Ruubel studied law in Estonia and holds a Master's degree in European Law from Maastricht University.


Date and Time
Thursday, 24 September
09:00-18:00 followed by drinks reception

Venue
Painters Hall, 9 Little Trinity Lane, London EC4V 2AD

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