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Competition Policy in Troubled Times




This event will include roundtable discussion for all participants. Chatham House Rules will apply.

The Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy (CCRP) presents its 2018 round table event, with esteemed panel members discussing the topic of “Competition Policy in Troubled Times”, 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:
Dr Xeni Dassiou, Director, CCRP

Round table chair:
Jon Stern, Honorary Visiting Professor, CCRP, City University of London

Cristina Caffarra, Head of European Competition, Charles Rivers Associates 
David Currie, Chairman, Competition and Markets Authority
Peter Freeman CBE QC (Hon) Chairman, Competition Appeals Tribunal
Martin Lodge, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, LSE
Bruce Lyons, Professor of Economics, Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Speaker biographies

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.

Cristina Caffarra, Head of European Competition, Charles Rivers Associates
Dr Cristina Caffarra leads the Competition Practice of CRA in Europe. She is an expert in the application of modern industrial economics to competition law, as well as the empirical analysis of markets in the context of competition investigations. She has provided economic advice in some of the most high-profile cases of the last 20 years on issues of merger control, assessment of vertical restraints, findings of dominance, evaluation of unilateral conduct, as well as use of intellectual property rights, information exchange, collusion and the assessment of damages.

She has provided expert economic advice before the European Commission and the competition authorities of several member states, and she has testified as expert witness on multiple competition-related matters before the European and national Courts. She is on the Editorial Board of the European Competition Law Journal, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (OUP). She lectures in competition economics and has published articles for competition journals as well as presented papers on the economics of competition law at numerous international and academic conferences.

David Currie, Chairman, Competition and Markets Authority
David Currie is the Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority and was appointed in July 2012. He is also the Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority, a Member of the Board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, and sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords as Lord Currie of Marylebone. Previous career highlights include being the Founding Chairman of Ofcom (2002–09) and Dean at Cass Business School (2001–07).

Peter Freeman CBE, QC (hon), Chairman of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal.
From 2011-2013 he was Senior Consultant to the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. From 2005-2011 he was Chairman of the UK Competition Commission, having been a Deputy Chairman since 2003. Prior to that he practised for 30 years at the international law firm Simmons & Simmons, 25 of them as a partner, managing the Commercial Department and heading the EC and Competition Law practice group.  He is a member of the Lloyds Enforcement Appeal Tribunal Panel and Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority.

Peter Freeman was for many years Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Institute, Oxford, and has written and spoken widely on competition and regulatory law. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Competition Forum, University of St Gallen and the Scientific Board of Concurrencia e Regulacao, Lisbon.

Martin Lodge, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, LSE
Martin is a professor of political science and public policy and director of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (carr) at the London School of Economics. His research interests are in the areas of executive politics and regulation and he teaches on courses in regulation and public policy & administration. He is also managing editor of Public Administration.

Bruce Lyons, Professor of Economics, Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia
Bruce Lyons is Professor of Economics in the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and School of Economics at the University of East Anglia.  He is also an Academic Adviser to KPMG.  He was a member of the European Commission’s Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy (EAGCP) from its inception in 2004 until Article 50 was triggered in 2017, and is a member of the Academic Advisory Panel of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  He was a Member of the Competition Commission 2002-11. He has taught for many years at all levels, including courses for regulators and lawyers both in the UK and internationally.  He has written several books and many research papers.  His current research relates to the economics of mergers, market structure and competition policy, including the implications of behavioural consumers. He was formerly Editor of Journal of Industrial Economics.  He has advised firms in many different sectors, including sports, healthcare, banking, energy, retail and manufacturing.

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 1st February 2018

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