28th Annual Communications and Competition Conference

24 Apr - 25 Apr 2017

Session information

Match-making economy, shared services and digital platforms


Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)


New digital platforms in a variety of forms are constantly emerging and expanding the so-called match-making or sharing economy. This panel – composed of regulators, in-house counsel and private practitioners – will explore the concept of ‘digital platforms’ in its various forms. Who are the stakeholders, what are the public interests potentially at stake, are there specific antitrust, regulatory, consumer-protection related issues to be addressed and how? The session will also examine how to maintain a level playing field between digital platforms based on disruptive business models and traditional businesses potentially subject to heavy regulation.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Kyriakos Fountoukakos Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Brussels, Belgium; Working Group Coordinator, Antitrust Section
Anne Vallery WilmerHale, Brussels, Belgium; Co-Chair, Communications Law Committee


Rosario Baratta GSM Association (GSMA), Brussels, Belgium
Professor William Kovacic The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Gregory von Stetten McCurdy Uber Technologies, Inc., San Francisco, California, USA
Stephanie Pautke COMMEO Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB , Frankfurt, Germany