Is Antitrust Now Political

About The Series

This series, organised by Brunswick in cooperation with Forum Europe, will debate the main issues around competition and new ex-ante regulation in the EU. These discussion topics will be split across two sessions with different panellists debating the issues at hand. 

The first session was held on 3 December, and the second session took place on 10 February 2021. Keep an eye on this website or subscribe to our event updates for further information.

Brunswick Concept Series: EU Competition Policy

10 February 2021 | 15:00 – 16:15 CET

Is Antitrust Now Political? A closer look at merger review

Following the success of the first event, join Brunswick Group and Forum Europe for a second discussion around the politicisation of antitrust policy. The panel will discuss the broad themes of this debate and more, including:

  • The current interaction between politics and competition law – highlighting what is political in the existing process and what is procedural and regulatory
  • Recent initiatives that modify substantially the competition rule book
  • The impact of politics on the merger review process – and specifically on the rise of European Champions



John Davies

Senior Advisor

Brunswick Group


Kai-Uwe Kühn

Former Chief Economist

European Commission


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Annamaria Mangiaracina




Nicholas Levy


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton


Anna Lyle-Smythe


Slaughter and May

Watch the Last Session


3 December | Session One | Is Antitrust Now Political?
10:00 - 10:50
Panel Discussion

Join the Chair and our expert panellists for their views on the politicisation of antitrust and competition regulation.

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Sir Jonathan Faull
Partner, Brunswick Group
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Dr. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte
Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells
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Thomas Janssens
Global Head - Antitrust, Competition, and Trade Group, Freshfields
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Tommaso Valletti
Professor & Head of the Department of Economics and Public Policy, Imperial College & Former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission
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Ingrid Vandenborre
Partner, Antitrust/Competition, Skadden
10:50 - 11:10
11:10 - 11:15
Closing Remarks
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Sir Jonathan Faull
Partner, Brunswick Group
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Past Event Photos

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Participant Comments

Lively discussion on the conditions needed to advance the digital transition in Europe. We have what it takes in order to become a digital leader, but it is high time to step up our game.

Liesje Schreinemacher, Member, European Parliament

When we speak about AI we should not only focus on the ethical requirements but also on the disruptive effects it has on any industry. We need agile policymaking, which enables innovation, data access & cooperation across sectors, so we reap the benefits of technology.

Eva Maydell, Member, European Parliament

I liked the divergent speaker positions which provided a good overview of the challenges and possible solutions.

Alexander Kühn, Deputy Head of Section International Spectrum Affairs, BNetzA

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