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

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

*Registration for this event has closed. If you wish to participate in this seminar please contact lvs@cerre.eu*

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

14:30

Registration 

15:00

Welcome & introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

15:05
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

 

15:45
Panel discussion
 

Moderator

Professor Alexandre de Streel

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

 

 

Discussants

Bill Batchelor

Partner, 
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,
Orange

 

 

Arno Rasek

Chief Economist,
Bundeskartellamt

 

 

Professor Tommaso Valletti

Chief Economist,
DG Competition, European Commission

 

 

17:20
 Takeaways and conclusions

17:30

Cocktail reception

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