This year’s 2nd Annual conference on “Challenges to Antitrust in a Changing Economy”, co-organized by CCIA and Competition Policy International, aims to pick up where we left off last year with the debate on competition law and economics in the tech industry. Doubtless, the last decade has seen a growing thirst for innovation in many industries worldwide. Innovation certainly makes economies more dynamic and competitive, but it can pose challenges for legislative and regulatory bodies trying to keep pace with rapidly evolving businesses.

The full-day event will feature discussions with leading antitrust academics, enforcers, and private practitioners. Our 2019 program is listed below. Register now to reserve your seat.


8:00 – 8:40am Registration & Breakfast
8:40 – 8:45am Welcome Remarks
8:45 – 9:00am Introductory Remarks
9:00 – 9:30 am Opening Keynote
Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, US DOJ
9:30 – 10:45am Competition, Concentration & Common Ownership: What Are The Antitrust Implications?

  • Hadiye Aslan, Assistant Professor, of Finance, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University*
  • Lucian A. Bebchuk, Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance, Harvard Law School
  • Einer R. Elhauge, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Martin C. Schmalz, Associate Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Moderator: Terrell McSweeny, Partner, Covington & Burling; Former Commissioner, US FTC
10:45 – 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:15pm Competition In Digital Advertising: Is There Online And Offline Convergence?

  • Daniel Francis, Associate Director, Digital Markets, US FTC*
  • Sam Knox, Associate General Counsel, Competition, Facebook*
  • Gregory K. Leonard, Partner, Edgeworth Economics
  • Steve Tadelis, Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy; Chair in Business, University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Christopher S. Yoo, Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science, Penn Law
  • Moderator: David McLaughlin, Reporter, Bloomberg
12:15 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm A Fireside Chat With…

  • William E. Kovacic, Director, The GWU Competition Law Center; Former Chairman, US FTC
  • Nikhil Shanbhag, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Competition and Regulatory Law, Facebook
2:00 – 3:15 pm The Economics Behind Digital Services: How Do They Compete?

  • Jonathan B. Baker, Research Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University
  • Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Partner, Davis Polk
  • Catherine Tucker, Professor of Management, MIT
  • Hal Varian, Professor of Business, Economics, and Information Management, University of California, Berkeley
  • Moderator: Susan A. Creighton, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
3:15 – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:45pm FTC Hearings & Other Ongoing Consultations

  • Reiko Aoki, Commissioner, JFTC
  • Geoffrey A. Manne, Founder & Executive Director, International Center for Law & Economics
  • Philip Mardsen, Professor of Law and Economics, College of Europe; Deputy Chair of Enforcement Decision Making Committee, Bank of England
  • Derek W. Moore, Attorney Advisor, Policy Planning Office, US FTC
  • Henri Piffaut, Vice-President, Autorité de la Concurrence
  • Moderator: D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
4:45 – 6:00 pm Former Enforcers’ Roundtable

  • Bill Baer, Partner, Arnold & Porter; Former AAG for Antitrust, US DOJ
  • Allan Fels, Professor of Law, University of Melbourne; Former Chairman, ACCC
  • Douglas Melamed, Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School; Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, US DOJ
  • Mario Monti, Former Commissioner for Competition, EC*
  • Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Partner, Baker Botts; Former Acting Chairman, US FTC
  • Moderator: Jon Leibowitz, Partner, Davis Polk; Former Chairman, US FTC
6:00 – 6:30pm Cocktail Reception


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