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Webinar: Unilateral Action by Big Tech: How Enforcers in Europe and the United States Have Reacted, Should React, and Will React?

November 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am

This is a free webinar!

This seminar will compare and contrast European (including EU) and US action and inaction vis-à-vis major tech companies. The discussions will focus on how cases evolve in the relevant jurisdictions and where enforcement trends converge and/or diverge. The speakers will also gaze into their respective “crystal balls” and speculate how rules and their enforcement is likely to develop in the coming months and years.

Moderator: Cormac Little

Speakers

Nicholas Banasevic is Head of Unit in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission responsible for antitrust cases in the field of IT, the internet and consumer electronics. He is Case Manager of the European Commission’s various Google investigations and was inter alia Case Manager of the Commission’s Qualcomm, Motorola, Samsung, Intel and Rambus investigations. He previously worked in the same Unit as a Case Officer where he worked on the European Commission’s Microsoft case. He has also been a Case Manager for merger cases in DG Competition, where he was responsible for managing cases in the fields of financial services and pharmaceuticals. Nicholas was inter alia the Case Manager for the Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext case.

Dr Vincent Power SC is a Partner at the Dublin office of A&L Goodbody. He specialises in EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, merger control, regulatory law and transport law for clients internationally. In 2020, he was appointed a Senior Counsel by the Irish Government.

Vincent has advised on most of the leading competition, merger control, EU law, cartel, abuse of dominance, State aid, joint venture, pricing, refusal to supply, competition investigations, dawn raids, Irish Competition Authority/CCPC and competition litigation cases in Ireland over the last 20 years. He has been involved in several hundred merger filings in Ireland and the EU, demonstrating his experience and expertise.

Paula Blizzard is currently at the California Attorney General’s Office in the Antitrust Section. From 2000-2004 she was at the US DOJ Antitrust Division, working on US v Microsoft and US v. Oracle (Peoplesoft merger). As a partner at Keker, Van Nest and Peters from 2004-2014, she tried all manner of cases, including many patent and antitrust cases. Notable antitrust matters included pharmaceutical pay-for-delay FTC investigations, In Re Tricor Antitrust Litigation, In Re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, In re High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, San Jose v. MLB, In re Auto Parts Antitrust Litigation, and NY v. Intel. She recently spent two years at the FCC as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, bringing enforcement actions against telecom carriers as well as working on Net Neutrality. She joined the California Attorney General’s Office in May 2017.

Prior to being a lawyer, Paula spent eight years in aerospace, proving consulting services to NASA, designing spacecraft and ground communication systems, and helping NASA put its data on the internet before most people knew what it was. She has an undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT.

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