Hosted Event

Second Annual Global Mergers Conference

Friday, December 19 08:00 AM BST to 09:00 AM BST

Merger Control Regimes Worldwide: Source of M&A Obstacles?

The theme of this second annual global mergers conference focuses on the recent proliferation of merger control regulation and enforcement agencies, which leads to the inevitable question of whether, in this new regulatory environment, mergers and acquisitions are being made subject to undue obstacles when measured on a worldwide scale. Indeed, of more than 200 sovereign states in the world, some 125 now apply merger control rules to transactions meeting thresholds of various intensity. As the European Wall Street Journal reported recently in an article entitled _“From Africa to Ukraine: Antitrust Cops”, “One of the big challenges for companies is to figure out which nations can claim authority over their deal, a complicated endeavor because country guidelines are, literally and figuratively, all over the map – depending on the size of the deal, the size of the companies and the amount of commerce connected to a given jurisdiction.”

This conference could also be entitled, “How to jump multinational merger control hurdles in M&A”. Whatever the approach, the fundamental issue remains: how are multinational companies to deal with such pandemic of new and complex regulation?

In response, the Firm’s Global Competition Practice Group has organized, with Concurrences Journal**, a morning briefing seminar, during which competition / antitrust partners from our Paris, Brussels, Washington DC, San Francisco and Palo Alto offices will confront their views with panelists involved in merger control from various horizons, on a worldwide scale, including, inter alia:

Bruno LasserreChairman, French Competition Authority, ParisCarles Esteva-MossoDeputy Director-General for Mergers, DG Comp, BrusselsKrisztian KatonaCounsel for international Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.Sheldon MillsSenior Director, Merger Group, Competition Markets Authority LondonJohn DaviesHead of Competition Division, OECD, ParisJulia HoltzSenior Competition Counsel, EMEA-India-China, Google, BrusselsRobert MahnkeGlobal Competition Counsel, eBay, San JoséJean-Yves Trochon_Deputy General Counsel, Lafarge, Paris

_The panel discussions will deal head-on with those controversial issues of strategic importance to multinational enterprises everywhere in the world.


Tom Brown - Partner, San FranciscoMichael Cohen - Partner, Chair Antitrust and International Competition Practice Group, Washington, D.C. and Palo AltoC. Scott Hataway - Partner, Washington, D.C.Pierre Kirch - Partner, Brussels/ParisM.J. Moltenbrey - Partner, Washington, D.C.

For additional information and to register, please follow this link.You will have the option to participate in person or by teleconference.


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Thomas P. Brown

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