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European Competition Day

Panel I

Economic activities of public bodies can pose a threat to fair and equal competition, however, municipalities in Europe do business, and often it is an inevitable solution. What regulation is needed in situation when market participants have substantially different backgrounds? What is the role of a competition authority? Is level playing field possible or even needed? What does it mean to consumers and to national economy?

Moderator 
 

Prof. Anders Paalzow

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

Anders Paalzow holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has served as Rector of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga since 1999. Through his chairmanship of the Baltic International Centre for Economics Policy Studies and the TeliaSonera Institute he has been involved in a number of policy-oriented research projects including the Latvia Competitiveness Report.

Panellists 
 

Prof. Eleanor M. Fox

New York University School of Law

Eleanor M.Fox is a scholar and teacher of competition law, European Union law, and issues of global governance and economic development.  She is the Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law.  Before joining the NYU faculty, Fox was a partner at the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She served as a member of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (1997-2000) (President Clinton) and as a Commissioner on President Carter’s National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures (1978-79).  She has advised numerous younger antitrust jurisdictions including South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, The Gambia, Indonesia, Russia, Poland and Hungary, and the Common Market of Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA).  

Her books include THE DESIGN OF COMPETITION LAW INSTITUTIONS: GLOBAL NORMS, LOCAL CHOICES, with Michael Trebilcock (Oxford 2013), U.S. ANTITRUST LAW IN COMPARATIVE CONTEXT, cases and materials (3rd ed. West/Reuters 2012), a co-authored case book on European Union law, and co-authored books on developing countries and competition. Her recent articles include, with Deborah Healey, When the State HarmsCompetition – The Role for Competition Law, 79 Antitrust Law Journal 769 (2014), and Monopolization and Abuse of Dominance: Why Europe is Different, 59 Antitrust Bulletin 129 (2014).  She is co-producer with Bert Foer of a video for the International Competition Network on developing countries and competition.

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Prof. Dr. Frederic Jenny

OECD Competition Committee

Frederic JENNY holds a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard  University (1975), a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris (1977) and an MBA degree from ESSEC Business School (1966)

He is professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris. He is Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee (since 1994), and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC (since 2010).

He was previously Non Executive Director of the Office of Fair Trading in the United Kingdom (2007-2014 ), Judge on the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation, Economic Commercial and Financial Chamber) from 2004 to August 2012, Vice Chair of the French Competition Authority (1993-2004) and President of the WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition (1994-2003)

He was visiting professor at Northwestern University Department of Economics in the United States (1978), Keio University Department of economics in Japan (1984), University of Capetown Business School in South Africa (1991), Haifa University School of Law in Israel (2012) and Global Professor of Antitrust in the New York University School of Law’s Hauser Global Law School (2014). He is currently Visiting Professor at University College London Law School (since 2005)

He is  member of the editorial board of several scientific journals   (“Concurrences”, “ Journal of Competition Law and Economics”,  “World Competition”), member of the advisory board of the “Interdisciplinary Center for Competition Law and Initiative, Middle East Initiative” and Chairman of the scientific board of Consumer Unity Trust of India (CUTS), the largest consumer organization in India.

Frederic Jenny has written extensively about trade, competition and economic development and has served as an adviser to many developing countries on competition and trade issues.

  

Šarūnas Keserauskas

The Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania

ŠARŪNAS KESERAUSKAS was appointed as the Chairman of the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania for the tenure of six years on 4 April 2011. Prior to moving to his current position Mr Keserauskas spent almost two years as a Senior Legal Adviser at the UK Office of Fair Trading. Having graduated with a Master of Laws degree from Vilnius University, Faculty of Law in 1998, Mr Keserauskas continued his studies at King’s College London, where he obtained a LL.M in European Law in 2003 and a PhD in Law in 2010. In 1998 Mr Keserauskas started lecturing at Vilnius University, Faculty of Law, where since 2005 he has been giving lectures on Competition Law. Mr Keserauskas was a visiting Competition Law lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia) from 2000 to 2005. From 1998 to 2009 in addition to his work as a lecturer at Vilnius University, Mr Keserauskas was an associate and then a Competition Law adviser with the law firm LAWIN Lideika, Petrauskas, Valiūnas ir partneriai. Mr Kesearuskas is often invited as a guest speaker to local and international competition events.

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Anita Vegter

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets

Anita Vegter serves on the Board of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, where she holds the Legal Affairs portfolio and the Consumer portfolio, as well as responsibility for Corporate Services management (including HR and Finance). Anita Vegter (1965) earned a master’s degree in Dutch law from Tilburg University. Ms. Vegter worked as an attorney in private practice from 1990 until 2005. From 2002 until 2005, she was dean of the Dutch Bar Association in the city of Arnhem. Ms. Vegter had been a senior judge of the District Court of Amsterdam since 2006, as well as subdistrict-sector chairwoman since 2009. She served as a member of the Governing Board of the District Court, and was acting President of the District Court of Amsterdam from August 2011 to December 2012. From January 1, 2013 until the launch of the Authority for Consumers and Markets, Ms Vegter was a member of the Board of the Netherlands Competition Authority, and she became one of ACM’s three Board members when it was launched on 1 January 2014.

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