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Baker Botts Provides Platform for the Hottest Issues at Global Antitrust Conference

BRUSSELS, 9 September 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today successfully co-hosted its fourth annual Global Antitrust Conference for leading transatlantic practitioners, lawyers, economists and regulators, in partnership with Concurrences Review, in Brussels. 

“The Brexit debate and the potential sweeping implications for antitrust regulation in Europe meant that this was a timely and important opportunity for our clients to hear both from our lawyers and other experts on the potential short and long term implications,” said Catriona Hatton, Co-Chair of the Global Antitrust & Competition practice and Partner-in-Charge, Brussels. 

“The antitrust debate is no longer about the divide between EU and US, but the shared agendas that multi-national companies and their in-house advisors are facing when trying to compete in a rapidly changing global landscape. It can be really tricky to navigate global merger approvals, investigations as well as compliance issues and understand where differences require changes to strategy – and as a leading global Antitrust & Competition practice, Baker Botts, is pleased to provide a forum for these developments to be debated and better understood,” added Ms. Hatton. 

The one day conference provided a unique platform for 80 participants to hear about the hottest and most important issues in Antitrust and Competition law. During the programme, leading experts from Baker Botts’ Antitrust practice were joined by high profile panellists to examine and debate the very latest topical developments, including Transatlantic Investigations, EU Joint Ventures and International Antitrust Enforcement in Digital and High Tech Markets. Senior in-house counsellors also shared their own reflections and practical tips with the participants. The keynote address was given by Aindrias Ó Caoimh, Former Judge, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg. 

Notable speakers included, among others: 
• Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General, Mergers, DG Comp, Brussels 
• Susan Jones, Head of Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis International, Basel 
• Christian Bongard, Coordinator for the digital economy, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn 
• Mathew Heim, Vice President and Counsel, Qualcomm, London 
• Tero Louko, Senior Competition Counsel, Google, Brussels 
• Thomas Deisenhofer, Head of Unit E4, Merger Control, DG Comp, Brussels 
• Sheldon Mills, Senior Director of Mergers, CMA, London 
• Benoît Durand, Partner, RBB Economics, Brussels/Paris 
• Ief Daems, Legal Director Antitrust, Cisco, Brussels 

“The Global Antitrust Conference is a key event for the firm and given the implications of a rapidly changing global antitrust environment, including Brexit, on our clients we were pleased to share our transatlantic insights with our EU based clients,” added Stephen Weissman, Co-Chair of the Global Antitrust & Competition practice with Baker Botts. 

You can find the detailed programme and list of speakers here

The Baker Botts Antitrust team was led by Catriona Hatton (Partner-in-Charge, Brussels) and supported by Georg Berrisch (Partner, Brussels), Paul Cuomo (Partner, Washington), Jim Kress (Partner, Washington), Paul Lugard (Partner, Brussels) and Stephen Weissman (Partner, Washington).

To arrange interviews with the participants please contact Louisa Williams


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