Dates: October 12 - 14, 2022
Location: Chantilly, France
The Steering Committee welcomes a distinguished group of 48 senior policy and regulation executives within digital firms from the EU and UK, and senior advisors to technology firms – including seasoned lawyers and public affairs advisors to discuss the regulatory, policy, competition law, and litigation environment surrounding digital-first businesses.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group explores the real-world impacts of digital platform regulation and evolving legislatures.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
Dr. Thomas G. Funke is the co-head of the competition practice at Osborne Clarke. He advises on antitrust litigation, cartel investigations and digital antitrust.
The European Commission retained Thomas to defend its E.ON/Innogy and RWE/E.ON merger clearances against sixteen third-party challenges in the General Court of the European Union. In the European Court of Justice and the German Supreme Court, Thomas secured decisions in Hydrogen Peroxide (C-352/13), Akzo v Commission (T-345/12), CDC v Commission (T-437/08) and the BGH Coffee Roaster litigation. He supported Microsoft in high-stakes damages litigation and represents Deutsche Bahn in one of the largest German follow-on actions against the members of the European trucks cartel.
Thomas successfully defended industry leaders in European Commission cartel investigations, including a global automotive component supplier, a leading German retail group, an online payments provider and a digital champion from North America. Thomas also represented leniency recipients and negotiated settlements with the Bundeskartellamt. He has published on the EU block exemptions, antitrust procedure, energy regulation, vertical restraints, merger control and digital antitrust.
“A great antitrust litigator and a pre-eminent figure in European cartel investigations” (WWL)
Anne-Claire Hoyng has over 15 years of experience as a competition economist. She joined Prosus as Global Head of Competition Policy in 2021, before that she was leading as Global Director the competition and consumer law team at Booking.com. She has also worked as in house competition economist/counsel for Liberty Global and KPN. Anne-Claire started her career as a Senior Case Handler at the Dutch Competition Authority. She previously taught Economics of Competition Law at the University of Utrecht and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
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 premiere gathering of preeminent European competition litigators.
"The Forum draws together the top practitioners from the relevant European jurisdictions who engage in a discussion on topical issues at the highest level. I invariable leave the Forum informed by the level and quality of all the discussions and I always learn new things. It's an invaluable experience."Chr. Frank Kroes Partner Baker McKenzie Netherlands
"The format of the Forum makes it a lively engaging experience. Views are expressed and relationships formed on the basis of a sharing of expertise which is unparalled."Catherine Derrig Partner McCann FitzGerald Ireland
"The strength of the Forum is the quality of the session leaders, all outstanding practitioners in their jurisdictions, its small size and the privileged relationships between the participants."Pierre Bydzovsky Partner Charles Russell Speechlys Switzerland