Big Tech Acquisitions and Innovation: Competitive Effects and EU Merger Control

Date: 
05/02/2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
Venue: 
The University Foundation, 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels

Competition will play a central role in the European Commission’s industrial strategy. In her mission letter to Commissioner Vestager, Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, states that establishing a level playing field optimises the competitiveness of industries which will boost the productivity and incentivise businesses to invest and innovate.

As part of the strategic and ambitious programme to build a Europe fit for the Digital Age and to ensure competition policies and rules are shaped for the modern economy, Ms Vestager’s main task will be to review the current EU competition and merger control rules.

It is within this context that CERRE is organising an executive seminar to discuss the pro and anti-competitive effects of the acquisitions of start-ups by big tech firms and whether the current EU merger rules are suitable to such a framework.

This event will bring together representatives from national and European competition authorities, industry players and academic experts for an afternoon of discussion on this fascinating topic.

Confirmed speakers to-date include academics and representatives from:

  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Vodafone
  • Telecom Paris
  • University of Namur

 

Free for CERRE members and CERRE academics
Free for representatives from EU Institutions and from Governments
Fee for non-CERRE members and non-CERRE academics

13:30

Registration & welcome coffee

14:00

Welcome and introduction 
 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

Keynote address
 

Pierre Régibeau

Chief Economist,
DG COMP, European Commission

 

14:25

Presentation of CERRE’s Paper ‘ Big Tech acquisitions and innovation: competitive effects and EU merger control’
 

Marc Bourreau

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, Telecom Paris

 

 

Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor of EU Law, University of Namur

 

14:50
Academics perspectives
 

Martin Peitz

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim

 

 

Despoina Mantzari

Lecturer, Competition Law & Policy,
UCL Faculty of Laws

 

15:15
Coffee break

15:35

'How should EU competition law be adapted?' | Debate (see discussants below)
17:00
Cocktail reception

Discussants

 

Benedikt Blomeyer

Director, EU Policy,
Allied for startups

 

 

Giulio Federico

Head of Unit, Chief Economist Team,
DG COMP, European Commission

 

 

Phillip Malloch

Director, Economic & Social Policy,
Facebook 

 

 

Carel Maske

Director, Competition EMEA,
Microsoft

 

 

Alexis Walckiers

Chief Economist,
Belgian Competition Authority

 

 

Ben Wreschner

Chief Economist,
Vodafone

 

 

Wednesday 5 February 2020, 14.00-17.00,
The University Foundation, 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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