Dates: May 7 - 9, 2023
Location: Königstein, Germany
The Steering Committee welcomes a select group of 48 experienced European litigators who lead mass damage cases involving competition, consumer and shareholder claims (a ‘horizontal’ approach). Attendance is equally balanced between those doing defense and claimant representation.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group identifies trends and developments in their varied jurisdictions for meaningful dialogue on the most pressing issues of the day.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
Rosie Ioannou is a Director at Fortress Investment Group. In this role she provides bespoke funding solutions for high value commercial litigation and portfolio financing solutions for law firms and their clients. Rosie has experience both in private practice and as funder in a wide range of disputes both in the UK and internationally. She has particular expertise in funding large complex matters, including group claims and competition related disputes. A solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales, before joining Fortress, Rosie worked at Vannin Capital. Prior to that she worked in the litigation department at Allen & Overy in London, where she trained and qualified.
Under his leadership, Deutsche Bahn has become a pioneer and European leader in the private enforcement of antitrust claims. He and his team have successfully recovered around 600 Million EUR in claims for damages suffered through violations of antitrust law in 50 settlements. Prominent cases include the rail track, trucks, air freight, escalator/elevator, carbon brushes, beer and coffee cartels as well as MasterCard and VISA on interchange fees. The success of the department is, in part, based on the inter-disciplinary/international make-up of a team consisting of antitrust lawyers, litigators and competition economists.
Before Tilman Makatsch moved to Deutsche Bahn in 2008, he worked as a senior manager in the regulatory management of Deutsche Telekom for four years. Previously, he worked as an attorney in Frankfurt. Tilman Makatsch studied in Frankfurt and Leicester (UK) and completed his legal clerkship, inter alia, in Brussels and Cape Town.
Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Queen’s University. Before joining Cambridge Forums, Emily spent ten years working as an event manager; from leading full-scope event production of gala fundraisers in Toronto, to travelling the world as a destination wedding planner, managing each event from concept to onsite execution. Armed with deep expertise in relationship management and event logistics, Emily looks to deliver standout participant experiences as a Forum Director. Outside of the office, Emily can be found scouring Spotify for new music, hosting dinner parties for her friends and family, and perfecting her golf swing.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum is the premier gathering for preeminent European litigators who lead mass damage cases.
"The reason why the Forum is so great and valuable is that it brings together a group of experts of several jurisdictions. The second reason is the format: no lengthy presentations but active participation and discussion by everyone. This all offers the possibility to hear and learn about things you will normally not hear at other conferences."Albert Knigge Managing Partner Houthoff Amsterdam, Netherlands
"The Forum is unique amongst legal conferences. It brings together lawyers from across Europe covering the entire spectrum of litigation; claimants, defendants, clients, funders and claims handlers. These are people working at cutting-edge in their jurisdictions on the most significant cases. The opportunity to share experiences and ideas, debate issues and learn in a Chatham House environment, is invaluable."Boris Bronfentrinker Partner Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP London, United Kingdom
"A comprehensive update on the relevant current topics in European collective actions. An outstanding group of practitioners and great conversations."Bernd Beckmann Partner Raue Berlin, Germany
"An excellent opportunity to discuss and share ideas with leading peers. Small groups encourage dynamic discussions with broad perspectives."Nicholas Frey Partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP London, United Kingdom