The Future of Article 102 & Current Developments

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The Future of Article 102 & Current Developments

The Future of Article 102 & Current Developments

About the speakers
  • Kevin Coates
    Kevin Coates
    Partner at Covington & Burling
    Kevin Coates advises clients on critical antitrust matters drawing on his extensive public sector experience in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission ("DG COMP"), most recently as Head of a Cartel Unit. His practice has a particular focus on advising companies in the electronics, technology, software and e-commerce sectors. Kevin advises on all aspects of EU, UK and international competition law, including merger control, compliance, cartels and leniency, and abuse of dominance. Kevin served as Head of a Cartel Unit at the Directorate-General for Competition (“DG Comp”) at the European Commission between 2012 and 2016. Prior to this, he held several positions within DG Comp, over nearly 20 years in total, including advising the Director General of DG Comp on policy and communications issues, and overseeing competition cases in the telecoms and media sectors. While working for the Director General he was one of the team that produced the Guidance on Enforcement Priorities under Article 102. He was also a visiting research fellow at NYU School of Law in 2009-2010. Prior to joining DG Comp, he served as in-house Counsel at AOL Europe where he was responsible for antitrust and regulatory issues for AOL subsidiary companies in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Kevin is the author of “Competition Law and Regulation of Technology Markets” published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Kevin is co-chair of Covington’s Internet of Things (IoT) group, and leads the firm's Brexit Task Force.
  • Vera Pozzato
    Vera Pozzato
    Antitrust Policy Officer, DG Competition at European Commission
    Ms. Vera Pozzato is an Italian qualified lawyer specialized in competition law, with more than 10 year’s experience in the enforcement of competition law. She has worked as a business lawyer in private practice in Italy and has joined the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission in 2006. Vera is currently a policy officer in unit A1 of DG Competition, in charge of antitrust case support and policy. She previously gained experience in the enforcement of State Aid control in the energy sector, in particular in relation to renewables support schemes and coal exit schemes. Vera has worked for 5 years as senior case handler in unit C3 of DG Competition, which is in charge of antitrust investigation in the IT, internet and consumer electronics sector. In this role, she has, inter alia, investigated Google’s abusive practices in online search and online search advertising, as well as Facebook’s data practices. She has previously worked in the policy unit in charge of merger control of DG Competition and, before this, Vera gained extensive case-related merger control experience in the ICT sector across many industries, such as online advertising, relational databases and enterprise application software. Vera also worked for 3 years as a legal adviser at the European Data Protection Supervisor with a focus on digital economy, IT systems and databases with an impact on privacy and data protection. Vera is a lawyer by education. She obtained a law degree at the Catholic University of Milan in 2002. In 2003 she obtained an LL.M. degree in European business law from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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