Innovation: the X-factor in mergers & competition law?

29/05/2018 - 14:30 to 17:30
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

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In competition policy, mergers analyses focus primarily on the effects on prices. However, in recent years another factor has become increasingly relevant: innovation.

Is market consolidation benefiting or endangering innovation? Do mergers allow for economies of scale in R&D, and do they help avoid duplication? Does decreased competition discourage innovation, creating barriers to entry that ultimately leave consumers worse off?

Beyond these fundamental questions, one should also wonder to what extent innovation aspects should be factored in the deliberations of competition authorities and what remedies should look like. 

Recent high-profile merger cases have brought these questions to fore of the discussion of European competition policy. In response to this heightened interest, this CERRE Executive Seminar will present some of the most recent academic research on the topic and feature a panel discussion with national and European competition authorities, industry representatives and academic experts.

Register now to join this fascinating discussion.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

This event is organised in cooperation with IEFE Bocconi, a CERRE member




Welcome & introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,


Innovation in mergers & competition law: the cutting edge

Professor Michele Polo

Full Research Professor in Economics,
Bocconi University



Professor Bruno Jullien

Professor of Economics, 
Toulouse School of Economics


Panel discussion


Professor Alexandre de Streel

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




Bill Batchelor

Baker McKenzie



Professor Marc Bourreau

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor of Economics, Telecom ParisTech



Professor Vincenzo Denicolò

Professor of Economics, 
University of Bologna



Marc Lebourges

Head of European & Economic Regulation, Regulatory Affairs,



Arno Rasek

Chief Economist,



Professor Tommaso Valletti

Chief Economist,
DG Competition, European Commission



 Takeaways and conclusions


Cocktail reception

Tuesday 29 May 2018, 14.30-17.30,
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

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