MergerFest 2018: Innovation and Quality Competition in Dynamic Markets


This Cornerstone Research conference featured expert speakers from DG Competition, private practice and academia.

This London conference, hosted by Cornerstone Research, addressed innovation and quality competition in merger analyses. What roles do these factors play in merger cases? How have the agencies’ approaches evolved on both sides of the Atlantic? Panellists discussed:

  • Recent telecoms and pharmaceutical mergers
  • Differences in approach between Europe and the United States
  • The appropriate policy approach in merger analysis
  • The role of documentary and economic evidence in past cases
  • Lessons from recent cases, particularly Dow–DuPont


  • Chicago

Kostis Hatzitaskos

Senior Vice President

Margaret K. Kyle

Chair in Intellectual Property and Markets for Technology,
MINES ParisTech

Ariel Pakes

Thomas Professor of Economics,
Harvard University;
Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Research

Additional Speakers

Fiona Carlin
Managing Partner, European & Competition Law Practice
Baker McKenzie

Frederic Depoortere
Partner, European Union/International Competition
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Christos Genakos
University Senior Lecturer in Economics
Director of Studies in Management
Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Douglas Lahnborg
Partner, Antitrust and Competition
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Tommaso Valletti
Chief Competition Economist, European Commission;
Professor of Economics, Imperial College Business School