By Athina Kontosakou, Consulting Attorney
18 October 2011 – Almost a month before the adoption of a package of measures improving the system of competition enforcement in Europe, we attended the 15th Annual Competition Conference presented by the International Bar Association Antitrust Committee … and what better place than in Florence, Italy.
The IBA conference is one of those rare settings where you can discuss current developments in merger law and enforcement, the next steps in antitrust litigation, and the challenges posed by the growing internationalisation of cartel investigations.
And the speakers and attendees are the major players in the field. Joaquin Almunia, EU Commission Competition Commissioner, gave the keynote speach with subsequent presenters including U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Edith Ramirez, Andreas Mundt who is President of the Bundeskartellamt in Bonn, and Sharis Pozen, Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
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