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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt, Berlin
from 16.00 h Registration

Evening programme
19.00 h Reception and buffet dinner at the restaurant "Nolle", Berlin

Thursday, 16 March 2017 – morning

Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt Berlin
from 09.00 h Registration

18th International Conference on Competition

09.30 h Opening address Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt

09.45 h Speech Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

10.15 h Q&A Andreas Mundt (Moderator), President of the Bundeskartellamt

10.30 h Coffee break

11.00 h Speech Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, Brussels

11.30 h Q&A Skaidrīte Ābrama, Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia, Riga

11.45 h Speech Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Post AG, Bonn

12.15 h Q&A Andreas Mundt (Moderator), President of the Bundeskartellamt

12.30 h Lunch

Thursday, 16 March 2017 – afternoon

14.00 – 15.30 h Panel I: Size or competition – What drives innovation and investment?

Speech Joe Kaeser, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG, Munich

Moderator Professor Carl Baudenbacher, President of the EFTA Court and Director of the Competence Center of European and International Law, Luxembourg/St. Gallen

Panelists
Hans-Toni Junius, President, CEO C.D. Wälzholz KG, and Chairman, BDI/BDA Mittelstand Committee, Hagen/Berlin
Johannes Laitenberger, Director-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

Discussion
Can market power and deep pockets buy innovation? Do global markets call for strong global players and "national champions"? Does competition enforcement boost Europe’s growth potential? What do recent examples of mergers in telecom industry teach us?

15.30 h Coffee break

16.00 – 17.15 h Panel II : Platforms, networks, big data – Do competition authorities get it right?

Moderator Frank Montag, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Chairman of the Competition Lawyers’ Association, Brussels/Düsseldorf

Panelists
Thomas O. Barnett, Former Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice and Partner at Covington & Burling LLP, Washington DC
Thomas Jarzombek, Member of the German Parliament, Düsseldorf
Isabelle de Silva, President of the Autorité de la concurrence, Paris
Valentin Stalf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Number26 GmbH, Berlin

Discussion
Are there convincing theories of harm for appropriate intervention? Are procedures fast and efficient enough to cope with the dynamics of fast moving markets? In case of doubt: to intervene or not to intervene? Is regulation the last resort?

Evening programme
19.30 h Reception and dinner at the AXICA Forum, Berlin

Friday, 17 March 2017 – morning

09.30 – 10.45 h Panel III: Economic theory – ready for the digital world?

Moderator John Fingleton, Chief Executive, Fingleton Associates, London

Panelists
Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Brussels/London
Sir Peter Roth, President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, London
Professor Achim Wambach, Chairman, Monopolies Commission, Bonn
Professor Wouter P.J. Wils, Hearing Officer, European Commission, Brussels, and Visiting Professor, King’s College, London

Discussion
Measurement tools are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for competition policy in the digital economy. But how do we measure innovation competition? How to predict future developments in a context of rapid change? Do we have the right models to measure parameters other than price? Do we get the data to apply them? Or is a reassessment of standards of evidence inevitable?

10.45 h Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30 h Panel IV: Modern cartel enforcement - Yesterday’s success stories – tomorrow’s failures?

Moderator John Pecman, Commissioner, Competition Bureau of Canada, Gatineau

Panelists
Reiko Aoki, Commissioner of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Tokyo
Professor Ian S. Forrester QC, Judge at the General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
Alejandra Palacios Prieto, President of the Federal Commission for Economic Competition, Mexico City
Romina Polley, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Cologne

Discussion
Leniency programmes are a successful tool for detecting hardcore cartels. But are they still the instrument of choice with cartels becoming more sophisticated? Do other instruments have to be strengthened to raise the potential to detect cartels? Are leniency programmes losing their attractiveness due to over-deterrence caused by multi-jurisdictional enforcement, criminalization and private damages?

12.30 h Closing speech Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt