6th AIJA Annual Antitrust Conference: Competition Law Procedures - The Ultimate Guidance Through Stormy Waters


01 - 03 June 2017

The 6th AIJA Annual Antitrust Conference 2017 will take place on 1-3 June 2017 in Amsterdam and will focus on procedural issues in competition law matters. The objective of this conference will be to approach these questions in a practical manner, as well as with a critical eye and, if need be, to come up with improvement proposals. As usual with our annual conferences, high level scientific discussions will take place in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, taking advantage of spring in the Netherlands’ capital. Procedural matters, due process and human rights in a corporate perspective intersperse all aspects of the law. Given the interests at stake in competition law, these issues are of particular importance to our field of law. Whether at national level or at the level of supranational courts and authorities, many questions arise in relation to due process, rights of the defence and the organization of investigations and proceedings. The discussions during the scientific program will therefore touch upon, among others, the following subjects:

  • Rights of defence in a global perspective;
  • Fact-finding by competition authorities and internal investigations;
  • Leniency;
  • Procedural issues and merger control;
  • Legal review.

Of course, it would not be a proper AIJA conference without an equally interesting and enjoyable social program. Rest assured that there will be ample opportunity to enjoy the best spots in Amsterdam.

AIJA is looking forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam!

AIJA Commissions

  • Antitrust

Full programme

Thursday 01 June 2017

17:30 » 18:00
Registration, Hotel American
18:00 » 19:00
Welcome cocktail, Hotel American

Friday 02 June 2017

08:00 » 08:45
Registration, Hotel American
08:45 » 09:00
Introduction to the Seminar by Wiebe De Vries, AIJA First Vice-President and David Mamane, AIJA Antitrust Commission President
09:00 » 10:30
Session 1: Resistance is futile? – How to protect your rights during and right after dawn raids
Dawn raids are often the first point of contact between the investigating authority and the accused companies. During and right after dawn raids it is essential for the accused companies to protect their defense rights, e.g. by protecting documents subject to legal privilege, by refusing to cooperate on the basis of the right against self-incrimination, or by ensuring that the search and seizure does not violate fundamental rights.
Tim Raats, Maverick, Netherlands 
Jorge Manzarbeitia, Callol Coca, Spain
Pauline Le More, LeMore Legal, France 
Jasvinder Nakhwal, Peters & Peters, UK
Anna Maximenko, Debevoise, Russia
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:30
Session 2: Where No One Has Gone Before – Crossing borders in international investigations
Antitrust investigations are becoming increasingly international. Authorities are also increasingly able to exchange information. Coordinating multijurisdictional investigations (internal or  external) can be challenging because they involve cross-border data flows and the need for coordinating leniency  procedures. Data protection rules and blocking statutes must be adhered to. 
David Mamane, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Grégoire Ryelandt, Crowell & Moring, Belgium
Patrick R. Bock, Cleary steen & Hamilton LLP, Germany
Sebastian Janka, Noerr, Germany
Michael Gu, Anjie, China
12:30 » 13:30
13:30 » 15:00
Session 3: Who watches the watchmen – Is there a due process in administrative and judicial procedures
The investigation and decision phase conducted by a competition authority is key for the accused company. In a due process, the accused is allowed access to the file, has the possibility to confront its accuser and the decision body must rely on the presumption of innocence. In quasi-criminal procedures it is important to correctly allocate the burden and standard of proof. Many competition authorities also operate at the same time as prosecutor and judge, which can raise conflicts of interest. 
Sophie Gilliam, DLA Piper, Netherlands
Johanna Svantesson, Lindahl, Sweden
Boris Kasten, Schindler Management AG, Switzerland
Silke Möller, Glade Michel Wirtz, Germany
15:00 » 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 » 17:30
Session 4 - Panel discussion: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield – How to ensure due process in competition law matters
In light of the quasi-criminal nature of competition law fines, how should authorities and courts prevent potential procedural infractions? Should the authorities and courts be concerned with due process issues in the investigation and are courts willing and able to perform a full-fledged review of competition law decisions? 
Ruben Elkerbout, Stek, Netherlands
Joost Fanoy, BarentsKrans, Netherlands
Input Speakers: 
Prof. Stefan Thomas, University Tübingen, Germany
Annemarie Ter Heegde, DG COMP, Brussels
Pascal Berghe, Référendaire, Court of Justice, Luxembourg
Additional panelist:
Dahlia Kownator, Qualcomm, France
20:30 » 23:00
Dinner at Restaurant “Hotel De Goudfazant”, Aambeeldstraat 10, Amsterdam (Noord) 

Saturday 03 June 2017

09:30 » 11:00
Session 5: A Fistful of Datas – Due process in dynamic merger control procedures
Merger control is usually a process with precise rules and deadlines. However, it also often leaves a lot of room to the authorities and is thus a good candidate for due process issues. Such issues will be addressed by this panel, as concerns the pre-notification phase, filing modalities, information requests, commitment negotiations and various other circumstances. 
Aurélien Condomines, Aramis, France
Karen Ruback, Grinberg e Cordovil, Brazil
Radovan Kubac, Nedelka Kubac Advokati, Czech Republic
Andrea Pomana, Debevoise, Germany
Mark Gall, Bech Bruun, Denmark
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00
Session 6 - Closing session: Dutch style debate
During our closing session, we will take a birds-eye view of the topics discussed during the conference.  Some of the more controversial topics in the realm of  competition law procedure will be discussed during a typical "Dutch style debate". Topics will be introduced by our house speakers after which the topics are open for discussion, offering the opportunity to weigh in on everyone's experience navigating the stormy weather of competition law procedure.
 House speakers:
Christoph Weinert, Commeo, Germany
Alfonso Rincón, Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann, Spain
Ghazale Mandegarian, Osborne Clarke, Germany
Oliver Kaufmann, Streichenberg, Switzerland
13:00 » 14:30
14:30 » 17:30
Optional afternoon social program
20:30 » 23:00
Optional dinner



Practical information




Organising Committee


BarentsKrans Coöperatief U.A. (NETHERLANDS)

BarentsKrans Coöperatief U.A. (NETHERLANDS)

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd (SWITZERLAND)

BarentsKrans Coöperatief U.A. (NETHERLANDS)