October 10, 2018

ABA Antitrust Masters Course IX conference to be held Oct. 18-20 in Cambridge, Md.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2018 — The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law will host its biennial Antitrust Masters Course IX conference, Oct. 18-20 in Cambridge, Md. The three-day event is held every two years and brings together a lineup of senior antitrust practitioners from the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, federal courts, academia and private sector to provide insight into the latest and most important antitrust developments.

Antitrust Masters Course IX
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-20

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort
100 Heron Blvd.
Cambridge, Md. 21613

Keynote speakers will be Senior Judge John D. Bates, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, on Thursday from noon to 1:15 p.m.; Maureen K. Ohlhausen, former acting chairman of the FTC, who is awaiting confirmation to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, will be the speaker for Thursday’s dinner that begins at 6:30 p.m.; D. Bruce Hoffman, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, on Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and Abbot B. Lipsky, Jr., former deputy assistant attorney general and former acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

Program highlights include: 

“Plenary Session: Understanding Competition Law Systems and the Role of Core Concepts of Antitrust” — A sound grounding in the key institutional, legal and economic concepts employed to review and analyze competition issues is essential to understanding the U.S. antitrust laws as well as other systems in the world. This session reviews the foundations of the U.S. competition system and summarizes the basic conceptual underpinnings of antitrust laws, especially the importance of collusion, exclusion and market power, as well as efficiencies.

Thursday, 8:10-9 a.m., Chesapeake EFG

“View from the FTC” — This panel brings together attorneys from the Federal Trade Commission — Ian R. Conner, deputy director, Bureau of Competition; Haidee L. Schwartz, acting deputy director, Bureau of Competition; and Holly Vedova, attorney advisor to Commissioner Rohit Chopra — to discuss key trends and issues related to the FTC’s recent merger and non-merger enforcement activities.

Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Chesapeake EFG

“Plenary Session: Origins and Evolution of Merger Analysis” — This session will examine the evolution of U.S. merger analysis, including the influence of early Supreme Court decisions, the introduction of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines and the influence of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notification system on the role of government agencies in developing standards for merger review.

Friday, 9-9:45 a.m., Chesapeake EFG

“View from the Department of Justice” — This panel brings together attorneys from the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division – Ryan J. Danks, assistant chief, Criminal I Section; and Bernard A. Nigro Jr., deputy assistant attorney general – to discuss key trends and issues related to DOJ’s recent criminal, merger and civil non-merger enforcement initiatives.  

Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chesapeake EFG

“Plenary Session: The Law and Economics of Exclusion by Dominant Firms” — This session will identify and examine the legal and economic principles that provide the foundation for our consideration of foreclosure and exclusion claims, especially claims of monopolization. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of economic teachings into the legal standards used to judge the conduct of dominant firms.

Saturday, 8-8:45 a.m., Chesapeake EFG

“An Advanced Introduction to Comparative Perspectives: Focus on the U.S. and EU” — An appreciation of comparative perspectives is increasingly important for the “antitrust master,” and the number of jurisdictions adopting and enforcing competition laws continues to increase. This session will focus primarily on a comparison of the U.S. to the EU, focusing in particular on institutional characteristics as well as the treatment of mergers, abuse of dominance and cartels. Other jurisdictions, such as the UK, may also be referenced.

Saturday, 10-11 a.m., Chesapeake EFG

For a complete list of conference panels and presenters, please click here.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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