Annual Colloquium 2014: Competition and Regulating the Market Place France, the UK, the EU and the USA

10/10/2014 @ 10:00 – 12/10/2014 @ 17:30
Competition Appeal Tribunal
Competition Appeal Tribunal
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2EB
From £200

This Colloquium will at the highest levels consider developments in Competition and Regulatory Law in France and Britain, the relation between them and prospects for harmonisation – examining how the newly adopted EU Directive on antitrust damages actions may interact with French and British domestic law and that of the USA and affect the risks confronting businesses and how regulation and competition are relied on to protect the interest of the consumer with particular reference to the energy, food and retail industries.

Speakers include renowned specialists and practitioners from Britain, France and the US

The event is Co-chaired by Madame Jacqueline Riffault-Silk, Judge at the Cour de Cassation, and Peter Freeman CBE QC(hc) A Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal

The event is accredited for CPD points for 6 hours with the Bar Standards Board, the SRA, ILEX and the Ecole de formation du Barreau.

Followed by a Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner The Hall, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London, WC1R 5ET

Colloquium 2014 Programme (PDF)

Colloquium 2014 Registration Form (PDF)

The event is sponsored by:


9.00 – 9.50                               Registration and coffee

9.50 – 10.00                            Welcome by Peter Freeman CBE QC(hc), a Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and Chair of the Morning Plenary session on:


Public and private remedies for breach of competition law

10.00 – 10.30                         A French perspective


Madame Jacqueline Riffault-Silk – Judge, Cour de Cassation


10.30 – 11.00                         A British perspective – Peter Freeman CBE QC(hc), a Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal

11.00 – 11.25                         Break

11.25 – 11.55                         US developments on jurisdiction and anti-trust law – John Seddelmeyer – Associate General Counsel Exxon Mobil

11.55 – 12.45                          Practical issues for a plaintiff facing a damages action in France and in England – Ombline Ancelin (Partner) and Charles Bankes (Partner) – Simmons & Simmons

12.45 – 13.00                         Break

13.00 – 14.00                         Buffet Lunch


Afternoon Plenary Session chaired by Madame Jacqueline Riffault-Silk:

The relationship between Regulation and Competition THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

14.00 – 14.20                         Dr Mike Walker, Chief Economist – Competition and Markets Authority

14.20                                          Electricity: The background and legal environment in the UK and France Tim Briggs and Sergio Sorinas – Herbert Smith Freehills

15.00                                         EdF in France: Pascale Granotier, EdF Head of Competition EdF – Direction Juridique

15.20                                         EdF in the UK: Guido Santi, Legal Affairs Director & Company Secretary

15.40                                         Simon Genevaz, Head of Mergers Autorité de la concurrence (ADLC)

16.00                                         Break



16.20                                         Maitre Jean-Louis Fourgoux: Président Association Française d’Etude de la Concurrence (AFEC)

16.40                                          ROUND TABLE: FOOD and RETAIL INDUSTRIES

James Ashe-Taylor, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP

Ombline Ancelin – Simmons and Simmons (Paris)

Margaret Jordan, Former European General Counsel, Mars Incorporated

Clare Wardle, Group General Counsel at Kingfisher Plc

17.30                                         Conclusion Madame Riffault-Silk

17.45                                         CLOSE


19.00                                         CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AND GALA DINNER – Grays’ Inn

Dress code: Business Suit / Tenue de ville

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