October 30, 2017

Congressman, FTC Chair and Asst. AG to speak at ABA Antitrust Fall Forum

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2017 — Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division; Congressman Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. House of Representatives; and Maureen K. Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, will be among the keynote speakers at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law 2017 Fall Forum to be held Thursday, Nov. 16, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Fall Forum:
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Thursday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, Suite 1300
Washington, D.C. 20045

Rounding out the speakers’ lineup are:

  • Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, FTC
  • D. Bruce Hoffman, acting director, Bureau of Competition, FTC
  • Donald Kempf, deputy assistant attorney general, Antirust Division, Justice Department
  • Thomas Deisenhofer, head of Unit E4 Merger Control, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Sam Simon, chief counsel for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Amy Berman Jackson, judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Emmet G. Sullivan, judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • William G. Young, judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Program highlights include:

“Panel II: Successfully Navigating Merger Investigations” — A panel of counsel and enforcers will engage in a practical discussion of how to navigate the merger review process. Topics will include the merger guidelines, how GUPPI-based approaches in merger analysis impact the predictability of antitrust enforcement, how agencies consider efficiencies and how merger investigations, specifically those requiring a second request, can be streamlined.

Speakers include Kathleen S. O'Neill, chief, Transportation Energy & Agriculture Section, Justice Department, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C.; and Carl Shapiro, Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

10-11 a.m.

“Panel IV: Innovation, IP and Disruptive Technologies” — In both antitrust and consumer protection, the impact that a merger or potential action by a company will have on innovation frequently arises as a factor that agencies will consider when evaluating potential transactions and the conduct of businesses. Topics will include IP rights, consideration of innovation in antitrust analysis, disruptive technologies in consumer protection and data ownership.

Speakers include Thomas Deisenhofer, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium; and D. Bruce Hoffman, acting director, Bureau of Competition, FTC.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

“Panel VI: View from the Bench” — A panel of judges will discuss their experiences with antitrust and consumer protection litigation. Speakers include judges Amy Berman Jackson and Emmet G. Sullivan, both of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

3:45-5 p.m.

The complete agenda can be found online.

This event is open to members of the press at no charge. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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