Horizontal Restraints: Practical Review of the Guidelines

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Horizontal Restraints: Practical Review of the Guidelines

Horizontal Restraints: Practical Review of the Guidelines

About the speakers
  • Gönenç Gürkaynak
    Gönenç Gürkaynak
    Founding Partner at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law
    Dr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is the founding partner of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm of 95 lawyers based in Istanbul, Turkey. Gönenç graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997 and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Gönenç received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and he has received his Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) degree from University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws. Before founding ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in 2005, Gönenç worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York and Brussels offices of a global law firm for more than eight years. In addition to his membership to the Istanbul Bar since 1998, he was admitted to the American Bar Association in 2002; New York Bar in 2002 (currently non-practising; registered); Brussels Bar in 2003 – 2004 (B List; not maintained); Law Society of England & Wales, 2004 (currently non-practising; registered). In addition to his continuing private practice as an attorney, primarily through ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in Istanbul/Turkey, Gönenç is an Honorary Professor of Practice at UCL Faculty of Laws in London. In addition to his academic role at University College London, he also teaches competition law at Bilkent University Faculty of Law in Ankara/Turkey since 2005, and he has taught competition law in more than 10 universities in Turkey, in the EU, in the UK and in the US in the last 18 years. Gönenç is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Law, Economics & Society (CLES) at UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Gönenç frequently speaks at international conferences and symposia on competition law matters. He has four books, and more than 80 academic articles published in refereed international law journals.
  • Michael Bauer
    Michael Bauer
    Global Head of Competition & EU Group, CMS at CMS
    Michael Bauer is a partner with CMS in Brussels. He heads the global CMS Competition & EU Group which comprises of more than 225 competition lawyers in 35 countries, making it one of the largest competition teams in Europe. During his career, Michael has advised clients in a large number of proceedings before various competition authorities and courts at EU and domestic level. Michael is particularly experienced in advising clients from the consumer products, life science and the automotive industry. His clients range from a number of global brands to many national leaders whom he often advises on co-operations and joint ventures with other industry players. Michael frequently speaks at conferences and he is the co-publisher and co-author of a leading handbook on competition law in the field of distribution.
  • Bitten Thorgaard Sørensen
    Bitten Thorgaard Sørensen
    Head of Competition Law & Policy at A.P. Moller – Maersk
    Head of Competition Law & Policy at A.P. Moller - Maersk. She previously served as Deputy Director General, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority. Prior to joining the Danish Competition Authority as Deputy Director General in 2013, she worked 10 years in private practice with the Danish law firm Gorrissen Federspiel where she advised clients on all aspects of EU and Danish competition law. From 2007 to 2008, she was a foreign associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell. She was also an external senior lecturer in competition law at the University of Copenhagen for several years.
  • Niccolo Ciulli
    Niccolo Ciulli
    Adviser, Competitiveness and Commercial Relations at EuroCommerce
    Niccolo is advisor for competitiveness and commercial relations at EuroCommerce, the European federation for retail and wholesale, which comprises national retail and wholesale associations throughout Europe as well as leading European retailers and wholesalers both in the food and non-food sector. In this position, he coordinates the work of the EuroCommerce Supply Chain Committee, which deals with business-to-business trading practices and all matters related to competition policy. Before joining EuroCommerce, Niccolo completed a traineeship at the European Commission’s DG Competition and worked as a Case Officer in the cartels team at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Niccolo has a degree in European Law from Queen Mary, University of London and a LLM in Competition law from University College London (UCL).

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