Dates: November 15 - 17, 2023
Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
The Steering Committee welcomes a select group of 48 leading competition litigators from across Europe, each selected based on the breadth of their experience. The group includes representatives for defendants, claimants and in-house counsel supplemented by a select group of economists and funders. This Forum provides an opportunity to share the most pressing issues faced on behalf of clients, learn how others address these problems, and identify solutions.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group explores concerns from their varied jurisdictions and engages in meaningful dialogue on the most noteworthy and provocative matters in competition litigation.
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)
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.
"In depth analysis on red hot topics from the experts on the inside track. Invaluable pan-European insight on the current issues during competition damages across the EU."Anneli Howard, KC Barrister Monckton Chambers United Kingdom
"What struck me was the level of engagement – everyone has something to say and it was relevant and provided the opportunity for meaningful debate and discussion."Peter Scott Head of Dispute Resolution and Competition, EMEA Norton Rose Fulbright LLP United Kingdom
"The EFCL is a great opportunity to meet leading lawyers and jurists in the antitrust litigation area in a professional and friendly setting and enjoy and participate in deep and thought-provoking discussions on cutting-edge issues in the area of law and practice."Dr. Haim Machluf Partner Herzog Fox & Neeman Israel
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