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From the Co-Chairs, Antitrust Section, July 2021

Wednesday 28 July 2021

​​​​​​​Dear Antitrust Section members,

It is our great pleasure to provide you with the first edition of our new Section e-bulletin, aimed at updating members on the activities, events and publications of the Section.

In particular, we are delighted to announce that our 25th Annual Competition Conference will go ahead as an in-person event in Florence on 10-11 September 2021. Details about the event, including how to register, are available here. We have an exciting programme, including keynote speeches from Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Marc van der Woude, President of the General Court of the European Union, as well as interventions from competition agency heads from the European Commission and national competition authorities. We also have a great lineup of other speakers and hope to see as many of you as possible for what promises to be a great event. We will discuss a number of hot topics including 'Antitrust reinforced: new tools to control platforms and data use'; 'Sustainability looks to antitrust – the environment and beyond'; 'Cartels: compliance, leniency regimes and victim redress'; 'Getting the international deal through: merger control and much more'; and 'The future of supply and distribution chains in a digital world'.

While we hope to see each other in person in September, in the meantime you will find below details and links to recordings of the many webinars and online conferences of the last few months, such as the webinar on Brexit’s antitrust implications or the various sessions presented by our Section during the IBA 2020 - Virtually Together conference. In addition, the Antitrust Section's Working Groups have produced thoughtful and balanced responses to public consultations reforming antitrust law, connecting dots between the EU, New Zealand and Peru, and we are also delighted to present work by the Section in relation to the Covid-19 crisis: a unique report, which presents the responses of more than 40 jurisdictions to the ongoing pandemic from an antitrust perspective. Please do get in touch if you would like to get involved in our Section's activities.

Wishing all our members a safe and relaxing holiday season and looking forward to meeting you soon!

Daniel Swanson and Thomas Janssens