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Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy Round Table


Panel Discussions

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The Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy (CCRP) presents its 2017 round table event, with esteemed panel members discussing the topic of “Brexit and the Future of Competition Policy; Key Issues and Challenges”, hosted by the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London.

This annual panel event is open to competition practitioners and academia who will be able to hear and discuss different topical issues on competition policy with a panel of leading competition experts.

Please note that this year’s round table will be conducted under Chatham House Rules and no journalists will be allowed.

Speakers and Panellists

Opening remarks:
Theo Farrell, Dean of School of Arts and Social Sciences & Dr Xeni Dassiou, Director, CCRP
Round table chair:
Jon Stern, Honorary Visiting Professor, CCRP, City University of London
Antonio Bavasso, Visiting Professor, UCL & Partner Co-Head Antitrust, Allen & Overy
Luis Correia da Silva, Partner, Regulation, Competition & Financial Services, Oxera
Andrea Coscelli, Acting CEO, Competition and Markets Authority
Mary Starks, Director of Competition, Financial Conduct Authority
Helen Weeds, CCRP Associate & CRA

Speaker biographies

Theo Farrell, Dean of School of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Theo Farrell is Dean of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of International Security at City, University of London. He was previously Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and President of the British International Studies Association.

Professor Farrell has authored or edited 10 books, and over 45 research papers on military affairs and security studies. His latest book is Unwinnable: Britain’s war in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Bodley Head, 2017). His current research is funded by the ESRC and will result in a co-authored history of the Taliban’s war in Afghanistan.

Dr Xeni Dassiou, Director, CCRP
Dr Xeni Dassiou is a Reader of Economics and the Director of the Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy (CCRP) at the School of Social Sciences at City, University of London. She is also a Competition and Markets Authority academic panel member and a member of the cross-government Public Service Markets Group (NAO, CMA and IfG).

Her research interests lie in the area of industrial organisation theory and competition policy and she has worked in this area for the last 25 years. She has written numerous papers on the economic theory of bundling as an instrument of price discrimination, both on a mathematical platform as well as on the economic policy related implications of bundling in government procurement and financial regulation.  She has also published papers on the institutional arrangements, oversight and competition in public service markets, modelling the formation and updating of trust perceptions in infrastructure contracts, the role of herding in determining managerial and investment behaviour, and the impact on the returns of UK companies involved in failed hostile mergers.

She has given numerous invited talks on behavioural issues in regulation and competition, public service markers regulation, organised several CCRP workshops and annual competition policy roundtables, as well as edited journals on topics such as the regulation of infrastructure utilities and competition in modern market structures.

Jon Stern, Honorary Visiting Professor,  CCRP, City University of London
From 2005-13, Jon was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy (CCRP), City University. He was one of the CCRP founder organisers. Previously, from 1999-2004, Jon was an Associate Director of the Regulation Initiative at the London Business School.

Jon became a UK Competition Commission Panel Member in 2013 and is now a CMA (Competition and Market Authority) Panel Member.   Jon has also worked extensively as an economic consultant.  From 1989-2004, he was a Senior Consultant and Senior Adviser at NERA and, from 2006-13, he was a Senior Adviser at CEPA.  Before 1989, he spent over 15 years as an economist in the UK Government Economic Service.  

In the UK, Jon has been an economist member of various regulatory academic panels, including advisory panels for the energy, rail and water industry sector regulators, as well as publishing a number of papers on infrastructure industries and their regulation in both developed and developing countries. He also regularly works as an economist peer reviewer for a range of institutions.

Antonio Bavasso, Visiting Professor, UCL & Partner Co-Head Antitrust, Allen & Overy
Antonio is co-head of the Global Antitrust practice. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law, practising primarily in London and Brussels.  

Over the years Antonio has advised on a number of precedent-setting merger and behavioural investigations as well as regulatory and antitrust litigation, including News Corp on the 2-1 merger which created Sky Italia and on the controversial regulatory aspects of its proposed acquisition of BSkyB; BSkyB on various matters including the acquisition of a stake in ITV (and following litigation up to the Court of Appeal) as well as on the UK litigation on use of foreign decoders cards; WPP on its acquisitions of Grey and TNS; the acquisition of EMI music publishing business by the Sony-led consortium and Paddy Power’s merger with Betfair. He has recently advised VimpelCom and Wind on their 4-3 mobile merger with H3G in Italy which was conditionally cleared by the EC.  He is currently advising 21st Century Fox on the EC investigation into supply of films.

Antonio is dual-qualified in the UK and Italy and has practised in San Francisco. He holds a JD magna cum laude from the University of Florence, a Ph.D from University College London. He is visiting Professor at University College London (UCL) where he teaches the EU competition law and is a co-founder and director of the Jevons Institute at UCL. He has published widely in this area and is a co-editor of Competition Policy International and consultant editor of Butterworths Competition Law Handbook. He is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network of competition authorities on unilateral practices and merger control.

Luis Correia da Silva, Partner, Regulation, Competition & Financial Services, Oxera
Luis Correia da Silva is leading the Corporate Finance and Regulation teams at Oxera and applying economic expertise to finance, competition, regulation and policy issues across a wide range of industries. Specialising in financial markets, corporate finance, financial regulation, the impact of corporate taxation and corporate governance. Directed policy and research studies for both the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading in the UK, and published on economics and finance matters. Involved in UK Competition Commission cases and European Commission regulatory and competition analysis, appeals and arbitration cases and has provided written and oral evidence. Directed many studies for the European Commission, including on financial services, asset management, state aid, corporate control and has advised financial institutions on state aid matters arising from the global financial crisis.

Andrea Coscelli, Acting CEO, Competition and Markets Authority
Andrea Coscelli is the Acting Chief Executive of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA).  Since joining the CMA in November 2013 he has been an executive board member heading the Directorate responsible for UK merger control, the markets regime and the CMA’s work in regulated sectors.  He joined the CMA from Ofcom (UK Communications Regulator) where he was a Director of Economic Analysis in the Competition Group.  He previously worked at Charles Rivers Associates (CRA) in London where he was a Vice President (Partner) in the Competition Practice.  He co-founded the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) in 2003.  He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

Mary Starks, Director of Competition, Financial Conduct Authority
Mary Starks is Director of Competition, sharing the job with Deb Jones. Together they created the Competition division at FCA, now 90-strong with a wide-ranging programme of competition casework underway. Mary also sits on the Executive Committee of the Payment Systems Regulator.

Previously Mary was a Senior Director at the OFT, where she had worked since 2008. Among other things Mary was responsible for the OFT’s financial services work, and its change programme. She is an economist by background, and has previously worked at the New Zealand Commerce Commission, NERA Economic Consulting and the Bank of England.

Helen Weeds, CCRP Associate & CRA
Helen Weeds holds multiple roles spanning the academic, policy and commercial worlds, including Visiting Lecturer, Imperial College Business School; Specialist Adviser to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons; Senior Consultant to the European Competition Practice of Charles River Associates, London; Academic Panel Member, Competition and Markets Authority, London and Member, Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy, City University of London.

She is an economist specialising in the economics of media and communications industries, competition policy and regulation. Helen advises on various competition and regulatory issues, especially in the telecoms and media sectors, and write papers on academic and policy-related topics. At Imperial she teaches a course on Digital Economics and Digital Strategy.

She was previously Chief Economist at UK communications regulator Ofcom and Principal case handler at Lexecon Ltd. (now Charles River Associates) and has held academic positions at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick and Essex. Also, she has acted as an adviser to the UK Competition Commission, Irish Competition Authority, Irish communications regulator ComReg and Orange UK (now EE), and an expert witness in competition and merger proceedings. Moreover, she provides occasional training for regulators and competition authorities.

Event timings

10.30 - Registration
11.00 - Round table begins
13:00 - Networking lunch
14:00 - Close

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10.30am - 2.00pmThursday 19th January 2017

LG001 Cass Business School 106 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8TZ United Kingdom

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