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Conference Debriefing (30): IKK & ICN

Conference Debriefing (30): IKK & ICN

It was the World Festival of Competition Law: Representatives of competition agencies came together in Berlin to celebrate two consecutive conferences: The traditional Bundeskartellamt’s International Cartel Conference (IKK) and the Annual Meeting of the International Competition Network (ICN). Most everyone was there, and so was Rupprecht Podszun who gives his Conference Debriefing here. Name of Event: XXI. Internationale Kartellkonferenz & 21st ICN Annual Conference Topic: “We are family!” – Okay, that was not the official topic, but it had a…

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Conference Debriefing (29): The DMA, Inside and Beyond

Conference Debriefing (29): The DMA, Inside and Beyond

  Trilogue negotiations at Brussels on the Digital Markets Act are coming to an end, or so we believe – a final compromise is expected at the end of this month. While waiting for words to dissect, scholars from France and Germany met in Aix-en-Provence to discuss “The DMA, Inside and Beyond”. Rupprecht Podszun, who currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the largest law faculty of the French speaking world (that is l’Université Aix-Marseille) gives us the details in…

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Conference Debriefing (28): “Data Access for Service Providers”

Conference Debriefing (28): “Data Access for Service Providers”

Who has access to data? This has become a key question of the digital economy, which increasingly concerns industry and trade. There is a danger that individual data monopolists will decide on access to customers and opportunities in competition. Rupprecht Podszun’s team has taken a close look at the issue and – together with the Ministries of Justice and Economic Affairs of Northrhine-Westphalia – invited participants to an online workshop. Clemens Pfeifer reports. For the recording of the entire event…

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Würzburg Winter School 2021 – Debriefing

Würzburg Winter School 2021 – Debriefing

Mit internationalem Flair gab es „digitales Kartellrecht“ pur als Hauptgang und Würzburger Wein als Nachspeise – Doktorand Florian Heimann erlebte bei der Würzburger Winter School 2021 ein besonderes Doktorandenseminar. „Do not read it all“. Ein Aufruf weniger zu lesen? Wann bekommt man als Nachwuchswissenschaftler schon einmal solch einen Tipp von einem Hochschullehrer? Dies war nur einer von vielen bemerkenswerten Aspekten eines außergewöhnlichen Doktorandenseminars an der Universität Würzburg. Dort empfingen Florian Bien und Toker Doganoglu ihre Kollegen David Bosco, Eckart Bueren, Frédéric Marty und…

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Conference Debriefing (27): EU Competition Conference 2021

Conference Debriefing (27): EU Competition Conference 2021

Following the bi-annual tradition the EU Competition Conference was held again this year – not in Brussels but instead all over Europe. Competition law practitioners submerged in the virtual world to discuss the latest developments in EU Competition Law – Patrick Hauser and Lisa Pawlak have the details.  Name of Event: EU Competition Conference Topic: Latest developments and upcoming challenges in key areas of EU competition law, especially the “new” Art. 22 EUMR referral regime in merger control, the reform of EU rules…

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Conference Debriefing (26): WuW70

Conference Debriefing (26): WuW70

In 1951, seven years before the German competition act entered into force, WuW was founded, the oldest German competition law journal. The editors (of which our reporter is one) staged a conference in Berlin to mark the 70thanniversary – with awards, expected honoraries and unusual suspects. If you want to have an idea how these Germans think about antitrust, Rupprecht Podszun has a Conference Debriefing for you! Name of Event: “70 Years Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb – Join the Future of Competition” – it was…

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Conference Debriefing (25): ASCOLA2021

Conference Debriefing (25): ASCOLA2021

For three days in a row, Rupprecht Podszun sat through the Annual Conference of ASCOLA, the Academic Society for Competition Law – a scholars-only event where research on antitrust is on display. Yes, he does that voluntarily, but he also serves as the Vice President of this organisation, so read his debrief with care. He tells you about the big ideas, the big names and the small stories of this conference. Name of the event: 16th Annual Conference of the Academic Society…

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CONFERENCE DEBRIEFING (24): Sachverständigenanhörung zum Projekt „Deutsch-französisches Wirtschaftsgesetzbuch“

CONFERENCE DEBRIEFING (24): Sachverständigenanhörung zum Projekt „Deutsch-französisches Wirtschaftsgesetzbuch“

Braucht es ein gemeinsames deutsch-französisches Wirtschaftsgesetzbuch? Die Deutsch-Französische Parlamentarische Versammlung ist zumindest dieser Meinung. Die Arbeitsgruppe „Harmonisierung des deutschen und des französischen Wirtschafts- und Insolvenzrechts“ soll daher Vorschläge für eine deutsch-französische Harmonisierung des Wirtschafts- und Insolvenzrechts erarbeiten. In der zweiten Sachverständigenanhörung am 19. März 2021 ging es auch um Vorschläge einer Vereinheitlichung des Kartellrechts. Anna‑Jacqueline Limprecht und Patrick Hauser berichten. Ein neues Gesetzesvorhaben? Den meisten steht vermutlich der Schweiß auf der Stirn, wenn sie an das endlose Gesetzgebungsverfahren zur 10. GWB-Novelle (siehe nur hier, hier und hier) denken. Aber wie heißt…

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Conference Debriefing (23): IKK 2021

Conference Debriefing (23): IKK 2021

Top-class line-up, the Commissioner chatting in the Zoom chat, breaking up GAFAs: The 20th International Cartel Conference (IKK) of the Federal Cartel Office on 4 March 2021 stood out positively from the large crowd of virtual conferences. Philipp Offergeld reports. The thought of just another virtual conference on current topics in competition law may bore some readers who may be willing to wave goodbye with thanks. In addition to the frequently repeated topics and statements with little innovation in the…

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Conference Debriefing (21/22): Sustainability, Platforms

Conference Debriefing (21/22): Sustainability, Platforms

Once a year the Bundeskartellamt calls a meeting of professors and judges to discuss a current topic. This year’s topic was “sustainability and competition”. The day before, platform regulation had been discussed at the “European Data Summit” in Berlin. Rupprecht Podszun was present at both events – here is his double conference debriefing! Name of Event 1: Meeting of the Working Group on Competition Law (vulgo “Professors’ Conference”) Topic: “Open markets and sustainable business – public interest objectives as a…

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