The DEMAIN LA CONCURRENCE conference has become one of the most important events in competition law in Europe, following the OECD's Global Forum on Competition. Selected experts discuss and debate current key issues in global competition with a broad focus at the Paris conference.
Professor Hildebrand discussed with academic colleagues various topcis with respect to recent antitrust enforcement developments.
The top topics of the 13th conference "New Frontiers in Antitrust Law" included:
Competition law and scientific expertise: where are the experts?
In the panel new frontiers of competition law and scientific expertise werde discussed. Judges are increasingly required to assess scientific views. The experts analysed developments and hidden risks.
Labour and competition: non-mediation agreements, status of platform workers: What are the risks?
In times of the "Fight for Talents", the focus is on cartels in the personnel sector, which are increasingly being taken up by the US antitrust authorities. The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) assesses competition between employers competing for the same employees as a per se antitrust violation including no-poaching agreements, no-hire agreements, cold calling and naked wage-fixing. While the DOJ's intention is to prosecute, no decisions have yet been made within the European Union. The Dutch competition authorithy reported various talks with employers which stoped thereafter their anticompetitive behaviour.
Exclusionary abuse: What are the latest trends among authorities and courts?
Exclusionary abuse, which prevents or excludes competitors from entering a market, were dealt with. Example case was Google shopping.
Evidence and proof: Does the diversity of systems create inequality?
The different treatment of simplified or accelerated rules in US competition law versus competitive balance in European competition law was examined.