08:30

Registration

09:30

Opening remarks from the Chair

TBC

09:10

The future of competition enforcement in the UK

An update from the CMA

  • Enforcement and market investigations
  • Concurrency

TBC

09:50

Litigation update and review of recent case law

  • Review of the latest licensing cases to emerge from the courts over the last twelve months, focusing on key developments in the law
  • Tactics and the choice of jurisdiction
  • What is the role of economics in litigation?
  • Multi-jurisdictional and extra-jurisdictional challenges

TBC

10:30

Morning Refreshments

11:00

Breakout A: Class action litigation and the Consumer Rights Act 2015

TBC

Breakout B: Big data and considerations for competition law

  • Using big data
  • Data abuse and the impact of the Facebook scandal
  • Blockchain

TBC

11:45

Breakout C: M&A activity and competition law

  • Gun jumping
  • Implications of common ownership
  • Vertical foreclosures
  • Mergers notifications and changes to jurisdictional thresholds

TBC

Breakout D: Compliance and managing dawn raids

  • Managing audits and robustness testing for competition compliance programmes
  • Dealing with competitor information and contact with competitors
  • Practical aspects of dawn raids

TBC

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Sector-specific regulation and enforcement

This panel will feature perspectives from regulators of various different industries, pooling their experiences and understanding of their role with regard to upholding competition. Your opportunity to engage with regulators and hear practical tips on the best way to work with them

TBC

14:10

Brexit and the future of competition law in the UK

This panel will attempt to navigate the ramifications for competition law of the various possible end-state Brexit scenarios and consider how to plan for an uncertain future. Consideration will also be given to the more general impact of Brexit on the UK as a jurisdiction of choice

  • The implementation period and the transition to independence
  • The ‘Chequers compromise’ White Paper proposal
  • The Canada+ Brexit
  • The WTO Brexit
  • What does the next twelve months hold in store?

TBA

15:00

Afternoon Tea

15:30

Breakout E: Cartels

Review of related case law and recent developments relating to cartels

TBC

Breakout F: Competition law and the digisphere

  • Competition issues in digital markets
  • Distribution agreements
  • Challenges of enforcement of the digital economy
  • Virtual competition and collusion

TBC

16:15

2018: A year in review

A Whistle-stop roundup of 12 months in competition law

TBC

16:55

Closing remarks from the Chair

17:00

Close of conference