NEW to our website is the paper produced by Graeme Young and John Temple Lang further to our event held in March 2014. Their paper entitled “Competition Law and Enforcement in an Independent Scotland” can be downloaded below.
Online sales & competition law – 11 September 2014
With online sales ever on the increase, it is no surprise that competition authorities have turned their attention to the novel competition issues raised. Whilst the internet vastly increases consumers’ ability to shop around, competition law is just beginning to scrutinise arrangements at wholesale level which might be problematic. Cases have been brought by regulators in the UK, EU and US and the principles and law that apply are beginning to become clearer.
We will consider key questions including:
- How do the issues raised by online selling differ from “bricks and mortar” selling?
- How have Competition and Markets Authority (formerly the Office of Fair Trading) and European Commission approached these issues?
- Should Most Favoured Customer clauses be a concern for competition authorities?
The event will be chaired by Catriona Munro. Speakers will include:
Carolyn Jameson, Director, General Counsel, Skyscanner
Carolyn is responsible for all legal and public and regulatory affairs of the company globally. Before joining Skyscanner, she spent a number of years in a variety of legal and commercial roles within the proprietary and open-source software industry. She joined Skyscanner in 2013 from Wolfson Microelectronics plc, where she had held the role of Head of Legal for the previous 5 years.
Antonia Horrocks, Project Director, CMA
Antonia Horrocks is a Project Director in the Enforcement Directorate of the Competition and Markets Authority, managing Competition Act cases. She has over 15 years of antitrust experience working in regulators and private practice. Prior to the CMA starting in April 2014, Antonia worked as Inquiry Director at the Competition Commission (“CC”) on a number of Phase 2 merger cases, including AkzoNobel/ Metlac, Tradebe/ Sita and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/ Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Before joining the CC in 2012, Antonia was a Counsel in the antitrust team at Shearman & Sterling, where she advised companies in a variety of sectors including technology, pharmaceutical, chemicals, financial services and food on all aspects of EC and UK competition law, with a particular focus on managing global mergers and cartel cases.
Ben Rayment, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Ben is a former Legal Secretary to the UK Competition Commission/Competition Appeal Tribunal. Ben has experience of a wide variety of heavy and complex litigation and advisory work in the CAT, Chancery Division, Commercial Court, and Administrative Court as well as guiding clients through OFT and Competition Commission (now CMA) investigations. According to clients Ben “brings clarity to very complex issues”. He is “noted for his strong advocacy skills”, “intricate knowledge of competition law institutions” and the fact that he is “user friendly” and “will work extremely hard to get the right result”. Recent cases include a significant number of standalone (e.g. Arriva v Luton Airport and follow on damages claims (e.g. Pinewood v Reckitt Benckeiser (‘Gaviscon’) as well as significant administrative appeals in the Lundbeck ‘pay for delay’ cases before the EU General Court and Eurotunnel v CMA in the CAT. He has also advised in relation to the OFT’s investigation into Children’s Online Games and other online distribution issues.
Matthew Johnson, Economist, Oxera
Matthew is a Partner in Oxera’s competition practice. His areas of expertise include merger analysis, abuse of dominance, and the effects of vertical and horizontal agreements between firms. He has provided analysis for clients involved in private court actions, as well as those facing investigation by competition authorities. Before joining Oxera, Matthew worked as an economic adviser at the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the European Commission. With over 15 years’ experience as a professional economist, Matthew is listed in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists and is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN) Working Group on Unilateral Conduct.
Date: Thursday 11 September 2014
Time: 17:15 to 19:30 (registration from 17:00). Networking from 19.00
Venue: Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, Quartermile One 15 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9EP