Is Antitrust Now Political

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Brunswick Concept Series: EU Competition Policy

3 December 2021

Is Antitrust Now Political?

Over the past few years, there have been indications of a certain ‘politicisation’ of antitrust policy. In addition to competition decisions making more headlines, parliaments are writing reports and hearing CEOs on antitrust issues, as trade tensions loom due to decisions on tax, subsidies and potential market intervention. Governments and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have been outspoken on their views on enforcement.

We will be discussing these issues and more, including:

  • The current interaction between politics and competition law;
  • Recent initiatives that substantially modify the competition rule book;
  • The question of whether politicians are well placed to intervene in markets;
  • The relationship between politics and enforcement and what sort of control politicians should have on enforcement.


Sir Jonathan Faull

Sir Jonathan Faull


Brunswick Group

Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte

Dr. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte

Managing Partner

Hogan Lovells

Thomas Janssens

Thomas Janssens

Global Head – Antitrust, Competition and Trade Group 


Tommasso Valletti

Tommaso Valletti

Professor & Head of Department, Economics and Public Policy

Imperial College

Ingrid Vandenborre

Ingrid Vandenborre


Antitrust & Competition



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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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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