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U.S. Antitrust Law v. EU Competition Law in an Increasingly Digital Economy


This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program sponsored by Pepper Hamilton.

As globalization and digitization pose new antitrust challenges around the world for companies with cross-border relationship, authorities and lawmakers are forced to focus on and quickly catch up with new conceptual work, legislative initiatives and increased enforcement activities.  Although E.U. Competition and U.S. antitrust laws cover most of the same subjects, rely on similar economic principles and have followed broadly similar conceptual approaches, a divergence appears to be in process.  Differences are surfacing regarding treatment of algorithm-driven cartels, big data and resale restrictions.  An international panel of antitrust law experts will address the myriad questions of how these new considerations affect businesses, explore the apparent enthusiasm of particular European enforcers to intervene or adjust competition law to keep pace with the fast-evolving digital economy.

Educational Objectives:
• The differences in how U.S. and EU antitrust law address innovation, vertical restraints, big data, and other aspects of the digital economy
• Guidance for in-house antitrust counsel on responding to these new focuses of enforcement agencies
• Key take-aways for managing the challenges posed by the apparent differences among jurisdictions and for remaining an invaluable resource to your business teams

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
In-house counsel and corporate legal professionals working with antitrust issues.

Production and programming support is provided by the marketing services team at Bloomberg Next.


Barbara T. Sicalides
  • Partner
  • Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Barbara T. Sicalides, a partner in the Philadelphia and Washington offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, is head of the Antitrust Section of the firm’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Ms. Sicalides’ practice covers the full range of antitrust litigation and counseling matters. In addition, she routinely handles distribution disputes and arrangements, class actions, securities and other general litigation for various domestic and international companies.

Dr. Alexander Birnstiel, LL.M.
  • Partner
  • Noerr

Alexander advises German and international clients from a large number of industries (including automotive, chemicals, primary and reinsurance, financial services, generic drugs, real estate, IT, food retailing and production, media, pharmaceuticals, sport and steel) on all questions of German and European antitrust and competition law.

He represents clients in cartel, abuse and merger control proceedings (including coordination of multijurisdictional filings) before the German Federal Cartel Office, the European Commission and national and European courts. He also advises clients on private enforcement and compliance issues and in dawn raid scenarios.

In European State aid law, Alexander can refer to comprehensive experience and work both for the public sector and private clients (State aid beneficiaries and complainants) including in the area of regional State aid, rescue and restructuring aid and hospital financing.

Continuing Education

1.0 CLE; 1.0 General COA
A basic understanding of antitrust issues.
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