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Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy Round Table Summer 2017


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

The Round Table panel event is open to competition and economic regulation practitioners as well as to academic and consultancy commentators who will be able to listen to and discuss different topical issues on competition and economic regulatory policy with a panel of leading experts.

Please note that the Summer Round Table will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule and journalists will not be admitted.

Speakers and panellists

Opening remarks:
Theo Farrell, Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences
Xeni Dassiou, Director, CCRP Roundtable chairman:
Jon Stern, Honorary Visiting Professor, CCRP, City, University of London

Panel members:
Martin Cave, Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School
Dan Elliott, Director, Frontier Economics
Dermot Nolan, Chair, UKRN
Thomas Sharpe QC, Barrister, One Essex Court
Catherine Waddams, Professor, Norwich Business School &  Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

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, an Ofgem 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 and co-organised more than 30 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.

Martin Cave, Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School
Martin Cave is an economist specialising in competition law and the regulation of network industries, especially the communications sector. He is currently a visiting professor at Imperial College Business School, and formerly held chairs at Brunel University (in the Department of Economics), at Warwick University (in the Business School), and at the London School of Economics (in the Law Department).  He is also an inquiry chair at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. He has written a number of books and papers on regulation, and has advised governments, regulators and firms in a number of countries in Europe and elsewhere.

Dan Elliott, Director, Frontier Economics
Dan is a Director and founder of Frontier Economics Ltd, with almost 30 years’ experience as a consulting economist. He is a leading expert in the field of policy, regulatory and competition issues in network industries, providing commercial and strategic advice to private companies, investors and governments around the world.

Dan is an expert on the economic issues affecting the aviation sector and has advised airports, airlines, governments and regulators on a wide range of issues, including Heathrow Airport, Changi Airport plus easyJet and Emirates Airline.

Dan's extensive experience of economic regulation also covers many issues in the fields of telecommunications and, in particular, of water.  This experience, includes econometric issues in regulation such as top-down benchmarking to perform comparative cost analysis.

Dermot Nolan, Chair, UKRN
Dermot joined Ofgem as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He brings with him extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers' interests having most recently been Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland from May 2008 and its Chair since May 2011. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic Adviser at the Commission for Communications Regulation and was manager of the mergers division for the Irish Competition Authority. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he undertook further study at Yale where he gained a PhD in Economics. He has lectured at the University of London, specialising in the areas of market structures and firm performance.

Thomas Sharpe QC, Barrister, One Essex Court
Thomas Sharpe QC is a specialist in EU and UK competition law and regulation.  His practice covers large scale international cartel proceedings (eg MasterCard, Libor), allegations of abuse of dominant position (Albion Water), state aid (energy and banks),  UK and EC merger proceedings, and extensive regulatory work (particularly energy (DNOs, GEMA), communications (mobile termination rates, dark fibre and leased line charges) and water charges and licence modifications (OFWAT), for a wide variety of British, American, German and French clients, including judicial review proceedings. This involves frequent appearances in the CJEU,  CAT, CMA (and formerly CC) and UK High Court.

A graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge he took degrees in both Economics and in Law, and was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn. He formerly held various academic appointments in the UK and US (visiting professor in anti-trust, University of California), and as a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford until starting to practise in 1988.  He became a QC in 1994 and was elected as a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2004. He is a frequent lecturer on competition and regulation and chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Competition Policy, UEA and is on editorial boards of the European Competition Journal and Concurrences-Revue des droits de la concurrence.

Catherine Waddams, Professor, Norwich Business School &  Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia
Catherine Waddams (formerly Price) is a faculty member of the Centre for Competition Policy and Professor in Norwich Business School, which she joined in 2000. She was director of CCP until July 2011. From 1995 to 2000 she was founding Director of the Centre for Management under Regulation and Professor in Warwick Business School, and prior to that senior lecturer in economics at the University of Leicester. She has held visiting positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Cambridge.

Her research interests are in the area of Industrial Organization, and she has published widely on privatization, regulation and the introduction of competition, especially in energy markets. She is particularly interested in the distributional impact of regulatory reform, and consumer choice in newly opened markets, both in the UK and elsewhere.

She is a Non Executive Director of the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat), a member of the expert panels of the UK Regulators Network and of Which? From 2001 to 2009 she was a part-time member of the UK Competition Commission.

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 6th July 2017

2003 City, University of London 106 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8TZ United Kingdom

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