Meet to Compete Competition Law and Policy Conference – Tools for New Rules

09-10 May 2024

Opatija Day 1: English, Day 2: Croatian (without simultaneous translation)
05/09/2024 Start: 08:00 (CET)| End: 17:30 (CET) || 05/10/2024 Start: 09:00 (CET) | End: 15:00 (CET)

After a very successful co-organization of the 7th Competition Law and Policy Conference in memory of prof. Vedran Šoljan, held in 2022, in May 2024, we return to the beautiful city of Opatija to bring you the first “Meet to Compete” competition law and policy conference titled “Tools for New Rules”.

 

This Conference will provide a unique opportunity for competition law specialists and members of the business community to meet and exchange their views on recent hot topics in EU competition law.

 

The programme of the conference builds on excellent prior experience and is primarily aimed at discussing the recent antitrust developments, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and South-East Europe (SEE). This year’s agenda includes two great keynote speakers, and three panels focusing on concentrations and FSR, the “effects-based approach” and recent developments in the CEE and SEE region. Our expert panels will include members of European Commission-DG Comp, competition authorities, OECD, university professors, attorneys, in-house lawyers, and other legal practitioners from all over Europe.

 

The second day of the conference will bring a set of competition compliance workshops held in Croatian language by recognized Croatian practitioners. Workshops are divided into four slots each covering specific and very important topics which companies deal with on a daily basis, like exclusionary abuses of dominance, horizontal agreements, resale price maintenance and other vertical restraints, etc. These workshops are primarily intended for owners, managers, corporate lawyers, and other employees of businesses acting in the region, to help them understand and avoid anti-competitive practices, with the goal of increasing the overall competition law awareness and compliance.

 

Topics include:

 

Day 1:

 

  • Keynote speech 1
  • Concentrations and FSR – To notify or not to notify, that is the question!
  • The effects of the “Effects-based approach”
  • Keynote speech 2
  • Recent developments in the CEE & SEE Region

 

Day 2:

 

  • Workshop 1 – Isključivo o isključujućim zlouporabama vladajućeg položaja  / Exclusively on exclusionary abuses of dominance
  • Workshop 2 – Horizontalni (ne)sporazumi / Horizontal (dis)agreements
  • Workshop 3 – Najčešća vertikalna ograničenja / The Most common vertical restraints (restrictions)
  • Workshop 4 – Sat anatomije: RPM / Anatomy lesson: RPM
Day 1
Day 2

Language-English


8:00 – 9:00 REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:20 INTRODUCTORY SPEECHES

  • Dunja Šimunić Mehdin, President of the ICC Croatian Competition Commission
  • Luka Burilović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, and ICC Croatia
  • Francois Brunet, Chair, ICC Global Competition Commission
  • Mirta Kapural, President of the Competition Council, Croatian Competition Agency
  • Ivan Malenica, Minister of Justice and Public Administration of Croatia-TBC

Moderator: Marijana Liszt, Partner, Law firm Liszt & Partners

9:20 – 10:00 KEYNOTE SPEECH 1


PANEL 1

10:00 – 11:30 CONCENTRATIONS AND FSR – To notify or not to notify, that is the question!

Moderator: Vlatka Butorac Malnar, Professor, University of Rijeka

Speakers:

  • Assimakis Komninos, Partner, White & Case LLP Brussels
  • Antonio Capobianco, Deputy Head OECD
  • Jorge Padilla, Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA
  • Eddy De Smijter, Head of the International Relations Unit, DG Comp

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break


PANEL 2

12:00 – 13:30 THE EFFECTS OF THE “EFFECTS-BASED APPROACH”

Moderator: Siniša Petrović, Professor, University of Zagreb

Speakers:

  • Filip Tuytschaever, Partner, Contrast, Professor, University of Brussels
  • Giorgio Monti, Professor, University of Tilburg
  • Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo, Partner, Garrigues, Brussels
  • Ana Sofia Rodrigues, Board member, Portuguese Competition Authority

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break


Moderator: Marijana Liszt, Partner, Law firm Liszt & Partners

14:30 – 15:15 KEYNOTE SPEECH 2

  • Richard Whish, Emeritus Professor of Law at King’s College London

PANEL 3

15:15 – 17:15 RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CEE & SEE REGION

Moderator: Srđana Petronijević, Partner, Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

Speakers:

  • Mirta Kapural, President of the Competition Council, Croatian Competition Agency
  • Andrej Matvoz, Director of the Slovenian Competition Protection Agency
  • Adisa Begić, President of the Council of Competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dragan Damjanović, President of the Council, Agency for Protection of Competition, Montenegro
  • Kamil Nejezchleb, Vice-chair, Czech Competition Authority
  • Elisabetta Iossa, Commissioner, Italian Competition Authority

19:30 – 20:30 Cocktail

20:30 – 24:00 DINNER & PARTY- HOTEL AMBASADOR 5*

Language-Croatian

ModeratorMartina Prpić, Partner, Law firm KPS

WORKSHOP 1

9:00 – 10:00 Igor Mucalo, Law Office Mucalo

Isključivo o isključujućim zlouporabama vladajućeg položaja / Exclusively on exclusionary abuses of dominance


WORKSHOP 2

10:00 – 11:00 Mario Krka, Partner Law firm DTB & Krka

Horizontalni (ne)sporazumi / Horizontal (dis)agreements


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break


WORKSHOP 3

11:30 – 12:30 Marija Zrno Prošić, Law firm Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko and partners in cooperation with CMS

Najčešća vertikalna ograničenja / The Most common vertical restraints (restrictions)


WORKSHOP 4

12:30 – 13:30 Mislav Bradvica, Partner, Law firm BMWC

Sat anatomije: RPM / Anatomy lesson: RPM


13:30 – 14:00 Closing of the Conference


14:00 – 15:00 Lunch break


END OF CONFERENCE

The speakers’ list and CVs are available here.

Name

Job title, company

Adisa Begić

President, Council of Competition Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mislav Bradvica

Partner, BRADVICA MARIĆ WAHL CESAREC Law Firm 

Luka Burilović

PhD, President, Croatian Chamber of Economy, and ICC Croatia

François Brunet

Chair, ICC Global Competition Commission

Vlatka Butorac Malnar

Professor, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Antonio Capobianco

Deputy Head, OECD Competition Division

Dragan Damjanović

President of the Council, Agency for Protection of Competition, Montenegro

Eddy De Smijter

Head of the International Relations Unit, DG Comp

Elisabetta Iossa

Commissioner, Italian Competition Authority

Mirta Kapural

President of the Competition Council, Croatian Competition Agency

Assimakis Komninos

Partner, White & Case LLP Brussels

Mario Krka

Partner, Divjak Topić Bahtijarević & Krka Law Firm

Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo

Partner Garrigues, Brussels; co-editor of the legal blog www.chillingcompetition.com

Marijana Liszt

Founder and Managing Partner, Liszt & Partners Law Firm

Ivan Malenica

Minister of Justice and Public Administration of the Republic of Croatia (tbc)

Andrej Matvoz

Director, Slovenian Competition Protection Agency

Giorgio Monti

Professor, University of Tilburg

Igor Mucalo

Attorney at law and Owner, Law Office Mucalo

Jorge Padilla

Head, Compass Lexecon EMEA

Siniša Petrović

Professor, University of Zagreb

Srđana Petronijević

Partner, Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

Martina Prpić

Partner, KPS

Dunja Šimunić Mehdin

President, ICC Croatian Competition Commission

Filip Tuytschaever

Partner, Contrast; Professor, University of Brussels

Richard Whish

Emeritus Professor of Law, King’s College London

Marija Zrno Prošić 

Partner, Law firm Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko and partners in cooperation with CMS

Venue:

Hotel Ambasador 5*

Feliksa Peršića 5

51410 Opatija

Croatia

Find out more about Opatija: https://icc-croatia-clpc.com/opatija/

Travel & accommodation

Preferential accommodation rates for the participants have been agreed at Hotel Ambasador 5* (Conference Venue) and Hotel Admiral 4*.

Registration is possible by filling out the online form at the following link (after sending the completed form, you will receive an offer for payment).

The conference hotel package includes all the listed services from the application if the accommodation is reserved and paid for by applying to the official Vivid Original conference agency.

If you wish to book other dates of stay, which are not offered on the hotel accommodation registration form, please send a request to the e-mail address: ivana.sabanovic-uzelac@vivid-original.com.

Registration, accommodation booking, travel information:

Šabanović-Uzelac, Ivana

Event Organizer: Vivid original d.o.o.

+385 98 438 768

ivana.sabanovic-uzelac@vivid-original.com

Programme related topics:

Šimunić Mehdin, Dunja

President of the ICC Croatia Competition Commission

+385 99 313 4518

dsimunic.mehdin@gmail.com

Registration fees include:

  • Attendance at all working sessions
  • Conference materials, including any available speakers’ papers
  • Coffee breaks
  • Cocktail
  • Dinner

Early fee (before 15th March 2024)

300 EUR (VAT included)

ICC Croatia members (https://hgk.hr/icc-hrvatska/clanice-icc-a-hrvatska)

240 EUR (VAT included)

Standard fee (from 16th March 2024)

380 EUR (VAT included)

ICC Croatia members (https://hgk.hr/icc-hrvatska/clanice-icc-a-hrvatska)

304 EUR (VAT included)

Organisers are offering discounts to institutions registering 3 or more participants. Such groups are granted 10% discount on the total amount.

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