Article 102 & Private Enforcement

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 Article 102 & Private Enforcement

Article 102 & Private Enforcement

About the speakers
  • Steve Thomas
    Steve Thomas
    General Counsel at Kelkoo
    Steve Thomas is General Counsel at Kelkoo Group, an ecommerce marketing platform (under the brands Kelkoo, LeGuide and Ciao) connecting both publishers and merchants with consumers through qualified traffic. Kelkoo provides monetization opportunities for both online shops and retailers, with over 20 years of experience in the digital sphere. With extensive experience in the digital and technology sectors, Steve has overall responsibility for legal and compliance issues in 40 countries and across the Kelkoo, LeGuide and Ciao businesses. Based out of the company’s London office, Steve has a key role in advising on both strategic and operational matters across the Group. Prior to joining Kelkoo Group, Steve occupied a variety of positions for Colart, Bristows and Simmons & Simmons.
  • Dorothy Hansberry-Biegunska
    Dorothy Hansberry-Biegunska
    Hansberry Tomkiel at Hansberry Tomkiel
    Ms. Hansberry-Bieguńska is a partner in the Hansberry Tomkiel firm. She and Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel, a former Chairman of the Polish Competition Authority, founded Hansberry Tomkiel, Previously, she worked as a senior trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division as well as an advisor to competition authorities in Eastern and Central Europe. She was the general counsel of UPC Poland and went on to manage another Polish media company. Ms Hansberry-Bieguńska has overlooked damage actions in Poland from the plaintiff as well as the defence sides. Moreover, she has brought her experience to defending clients in cartel matters, including building Article 101(3) TFEU defences. Ms. Hansberry-Bieguńska has been widely recognized internationally and nationally by Who's Who of Competition Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer, and Global Competition With regard to her involvement in organizations outside the firm, Ms Hansberry-Bieguńska served as the Chairman of the Irish Polish Chamber of Commerce for five years and continues to be involved the Irish business community as a Board member. In May 2019, the US Ambassador appointed Ms Hansberry-Bieguńska to join the Board of Directors of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. In her appointment letter, the Ambassador wrote, “With your background in U.S. and Polish legal issues, your interest in U.S.-Polish educational exchange, and your extensive experience living in Poland, I believe you are well positioned to help the Commission continue to grow strategically as one of the premier Fulbright programs in the world.” In May 2022, the current US Ambassador, Mark Francis Brzezinski, renewed Ms Hansberry-Bieguńska’s term for an additional three years.
  • Anneli Howard KC
    Anneli Howard KC
    Barrister at Monckton Chambers
    Anneli Howard is top-ranked by Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who in six different disciplines: Competition, EU law, Consumer law/Product Liability, Public Administrative law, Aviation and Telecommunications. In 2018 Anneli won The Legal 500 award for EU/Competition Junior of the Year and was one of the Lawyer’s “Hot 100” in 2016. From 2005 to 2021, Anneli was a member of the AG Panels for Public Administrative law and WTO/International Trade. A former Référendaire at the European Court of Justice, she has expert insight of the interaction between EU and domestic law, including telecoms, utilities and other regulated industries. In November 2012 she was appointed as Standing Counsel to the Civil Aviation Authority to advise on their new sectoral competition law powers and EU responsibilities. Anneli has recently been appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel for Public/ Administrative Law and to its Public International Law Panel for a tenure of 5 years. Anneli is “a client’s dream counsel – a real class act.” She is recognised for her legal acumen: clients note her “strong intellect, “very good technical knowledge” and “methodical and alert competition assistance”. They have credited her as a “brilliantly strategic thinker” and an “accomplished courtroom performer ” who is “amazingly clear“. More than just a lawyer, Anneli is a hands-on team player who pulls more than her weight in achieving her clients’ objectives. She is “responsive, hardworking and practical” and “listens to what you want to achieve and goes about it in an incredibly time-responsive manner”. Chambers UK has highlighted her “total dedication and real application to the case“. Significant clients include Visa, Orange Telecom, BT, CAA, CMA, Ofgem, ORR, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Hogan Lovells, King Wood Mallesons, Pinsent Masons, Mishcon, Macfarlanes, Osborne Clarke, Redd, Berry Smith, Bird&Bird.
  • Rachael Kent
    Rachael Kent
    Lecturer in Digital Economy & Society Education at King's College London & Founder of tech-wellbeing consultancy Dr. Digital Health
    Dr. Rachael Kent is a world-leading researcher, author, consultant, and Lecturer in Digital Economy and Society, in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where her research examines the impact of digital technology on mental and physical health. Dr. Kent’s first book ‘The Digital Health Self: Wellness, Tracking and Social Media’ has recently been published by Bristol University Press. Dr. Kent is the founder of tech-wellbeing consultancy Dr. Digital Health, providing business strategy and employees with evidence-based research on the impact of digital technology on mental and physical health for managing healthier relationships with tech saturation and overload in everyday personal and professional life. Some of Dr. Kent’s clients include the NHS, VivoBarefoot, Paramount and CBS. Dr. Rachael Kent v. Apple Dr. Kent is the first female UK certified class representative leading a collective action against Apple on behalf of 19.6 million UK consumers, alleging they have breached competition law and overcharged for app purchases, seeking £1.5bn in compensation. See: Competiton Appeals Tribunal | Press & Interviews Here Dr. Kent's research regularly appears in press and podcasts including BBC News, Forbes Magazine, Runners World, BrainCare, Metro UK, Heat Magazine, Women and Home Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Independent, MixMag, and Glamour Magazine.
  • David Gallagher
    David Gallagher
    Partner at Geradin Partners
    David is a Partner at Geradin Partners. In addition to general competition advisory work, he advises on multi-billion ad tech claims against Google in the UK and the Netherlands and a class action on behalf of UK app developers in relation Apple’s App Store. Prior to Geradin Partners, David was Director of Litigation Funding at Harbour Litigation Funding. He advised on all competition damages actions funded by Harbour as well as cases in other areas of law such as employment, intellectual property and fraud. This experience provided a unique insight into the evolving world of litigation funding and the indispensable role it plays in the UK’s competition class action regime. From 2017 to 2019 David was Assistant Legal Director at the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Notable experience at the CMA included advising the antitrust team on its excessive pricing case on the generic drug Liothyronine and advising on the CMA’s investigation of British Airways and American Airlines regarding the Atlantic Joint Business Agreement. At the CMA David also dealt with a judicial reviews, dawn raids in the pharma sector, Brexit transition workstreams and acted as a ‘Devil’s advocate’ on Phase 1 merger cases. David trained and spent the first seven years of his career at Freshfields where he worked on a wide range of Article 101, Article 102 and merger control matters. This included over five years work in high profile EU and US antitrust investigations into alleged LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulation and related follow on claims as well as public and private M&A and multi-jurisdictional merger filings.

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