Competition Law Hotbeds: Platforms & Industrial Policy

ABA Antitrust Law Section Global Seminar Series Event in Copenhagen on 24 October

Two of our partners will be speaking at an American Bar Association sector of Antitrust Law event on 24 October in Copenhagen. They will be joined by speakers from the European Commission, U.S Federal Trade Commission, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, Facebook, Siemens, A.P. Moller-Maersk, and others discussing two of the most current and hotly debated topics in global antitrust policy concern antitrust enforcement in the technology sector and the interplay between competition law and industrial policy.

Tech companies and platforms are drawing scrutiny as a result of their market power, collection and management of personal data, and outsized influence on global media and politics. Consequently, some commentators are calling for changes to competition law and for the creation of new enforcement agencies, specifically to deal with tech businesses and platforms. Other commentators have argued that existing laws and agencies are well equipped to address any problematic competition and privacy issues.

The changing global trade and investment environment has, in some jurisdictions, challenged traditional efficiency-driven merger assessments as legislatures and other stakeholders raise industrial policy concerns. In some cases, competition enforcers are asked to protect or support the creation of national champions, and in others they are being asked to apply non-competition law evaluative factors to their reviews. The debate following Siemens/Alstom is only one example of this – and there are others in a number of jurisdictions. What should corporate advisors and agencies do in considering mergers of high public interest?

Get involved

The Copenhagen program is the first of its kind staged by the ABA in the Nordics, and will showcase leading members of the Nordic and international competition community, including in-house and agency representatives.  We hope you can join the conference (see registration details below) and participate in our survey. Whether you are able to join us or not, do please share your views on key issues to be discussed: Click here to respond to a quick survey!

Registration details

The program is free and open to all. The event will begin at 14.00 and will be followed by a reception at 17.30.

Online registration is available here.

Address: Nimb Hotel, Bernstoffgade 5, Copenhagen.