November 02, 2018

DOJ and FTC leaders among key speakers at ABA Fall Antitrust Meeting, Nov.15

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2018 — Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, along with Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simon will be keynote speakers on Thursday, Nov. 15, during the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s 2018 Fall Forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Panuccio, who oversees the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division among other units, will deliver opening remarks from 8:30-8:45 a.m. ET. Panuccio also serves as the DOJ’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairs the Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Delrahim, who heads the DOJ Antitrust Division, will give an update from the Justice Department during his remarks from 10-10:45 a.m. He led the Justice Department’s unsuccessful lawsuit last June to block the $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The case is now on appeal.

Simon, who was sworn in as FTC chairman on May 1 after being appointed by President Donald Trump, will participate in a Q&A with Fall Forum co-chair Deborah Feinstein from 4:15-5 p.m.

2018 Fall Forum
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Thursday, Nov. 15
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Program highlights for the one-day session include:

“Panel I: Hot Topics in Conduct Matters: Anticompetitive Conduct” — Panelists, including Andrew C. Finch, principal deputy assistant attorney general, DOJ antitrust division, will discuss the state of public and private antitrust enforcement in conduct matters. Do we have the right standards? Are the right cases being brought? And how should companies chart their courses through uncharted waters?

8:45-10 a.m.

“Panel II: Merger Enforcement: The Agencies Are Continuing Their Vigorous Enforcement Against Mergers” — The panel will discuss how to avoid litigation, how the courts are viewing merger challenges and whether the agencies have changed their stance on remedying anticompetitive mergers. Speakers include Bruce Hoffman, director, Bureau of Competition, FTC; and Bernard A. Nigro Jr., deputy assistant attorney general, DOJ antitrust division.

11 a.m.-12:15 a.m.

“Panel III: Cutting Edge Issues in Antitrust Economics” — This panel of economists will discuss the current state of the art in antitrust economics, including bargaining models, analysis of two-sided platforms and economic analysis of unilateral and coordinated effects.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

“Panel IV: View from the Bench” — Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.; and Katherine B. Forrest, former judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, will discuss their experiences with antitrust litigation.

3-4:15 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

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