The European Commission has a wide range of investigatory powers which include unannounced inspection visits (or “dawn raids”) and information requests. Recent appeals, including those brought by Deutsche Bahn, Cemex, Holcim, Prysmian and Nexans, have called into question the exercise of these powers. Meanwhile, reforms are in progress to seek to provide greater safeguards for the rights of defence and at an earlier stage in proceedings. In October 2011, the Commission adopted a set of packages designed to safeguard parties’ procedural rights and to increase interaction between the Commission and interested parties.
This informal lunch time event provides an opportunity to meet and share insights with businesses and advisors seeking to understand the practical implications of the heightened enforcement regime for companies participating in EU competition law proceedings.
Who Should Attend
The event will be of interest to:
- In-house counsel advising on commercial practices and competition investigations in the EU
- Business executives who want to ensure that their commercial practices are compliant with the EU rules
- Compliance and risk management specialists seeking to develop best practices and procedures in order to manage competition law risk for their company
Suzanne Rab is a UK-qualified lawyer in King & Spalding’s London office. She is a Partner in the Antitrust Practice. Suzanne advises clients across all areas of European and UK competition law. She has particular experience advising on transactions and behavioral matters, including in proceedings before the UK competition and regulatory authorities and the European Commission. She has worked on some of the most high-profile market and cartel investigations in Europe and the UK.
Len Hawkes is a UK-qualified solicitor in DBB’s Brussels office. He is a member of the EU list of the Brussels Bar. He has advised on a number of important cartel cases including the UK Agricultural Tractor Registration Exchange case on information exchanges between competitors and the Cement Cartel cases. He has also advised on a number of Merger filings before the UK and EU administrative authorities. He is part of the team at DBB Law which is recognised as a leading practice in franchising and distribution law.
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Continuing legal education credit will be applied for in CA, GA, NC, NY, TX, and if needed VA. For New York licensed attorneys, the content of this program is considered Transitional. The “Live” format is traditional in nature and approved for all attorneys. King & Spalding LLP, 1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. CA Provider # 10947.
Register by 1 February 2012, by clicking the 'Register' link at the bottom of this page, to reserve seats for your organization. There is no cost to attend.
For questions regarding this event, contact Stella Sinclair at +44 20 7551 7542 or email@example.com.