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Merger control – an insight into global trends for general counsel

23 September 2021, 12.00pm Eastern

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Merger control – an insight into global trends for general counsel

Overview

The last year has been one of seismic shifts. Societies and businesses have been forced to adapt quickly to a vastly different environment. Changes will continue to unfold in what remains of 2021, including in the competition law arena. This will bring opportunities for growth but also more friction and uncertainty to organisations and their legal teams. 

Regulators have spent much of the last year evaluating and consulting on options to strengthen competition regimes going forward.  

This webinar brought to you by The Legal 500 and White & Case  is designed to provide general counsel and investors with a practical insight into the latest global antitrust merger investigation trends, including enforcement activity and durations, to help companies assess the risk and timing of their next transactions. 

The session also sets out to cover the impact on M&A strategies of tougher merger control and foreign investment scrutiny; the importance of antitrust compliance given heightened global enforcement; and competition law’s role in supporting sustainability goals and green recovery, given the rise of ESG.  


Speakers

Marc Israel

Partner, London, White & Case
Marc Israel is a partner in our global antitrust practice based in London. He has considerable experience in a wide range of antitrust work and has been involved in some of the most high-profile UK and European cases in recent years in the fields of M&A, cartels and antitrust litigation.

Much of Marc’s work involves dealing with cross-border cases (both for UK and overseas clients) and he regularly represents clients before the UK and European competition authorities and has also appeared before the UK and European courts in competition cases.

Anna Kertesz

Partner, Washington, DC, White & Case
Anna Kertesz has extensive experience in merger clearance, counseling, and civil and criminal litigation. After gaining experience at White & Case, Anna served as an attorney at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), returning to the firm in 2016. 

This combination of government and private practice experience allows Anna to provide practical, strategic insights for clients. In 2019 and 2020 The Legal 500 US ranked Anna as ‘Recommended’ and noted, ‘Thanks to her time spent at the FTC, Anna Kertesz has deep knowledge of merger investigations in oil and gas as well as pharmaceutical sectors.’ In 2021 GCR – Who’s Who Legal named Anna a ‘Future Leader’ in competition.

Anna regularly defends clients in proposed and consummated mergers before the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the FTC in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, food products, food service, petroleum and technology. She also defends government allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging in various industries, including transportation and construction materials.

Axel Schulz

Partner, Brussels, Düsseldorf, White & Case
A partner in the firm’s Brussels and Düsseldorf offices, Axel Schulz’s advisory practice focuses on merger control, cartel defence and competition law disputes before the European courts. Axel is the executive partner of the Brussels office. He supports clients in a broad range of German and European Commission competition law matters.

Regularly called upon to head up teams of the firm’s lawyers, Axel is noted for his skill in co-ordinating advice across multiple offices and territories, to provide his clients with clear and creative solutions to their problems.

Axel’s significant track record includes a number of high-profile competition cases, such as Toshiba v Commission – in which the General Court of the European Union annulled in full the €90.9m fine imposed on Toshiba by the European Commission, for its alleged participation in the Gas Insulated Switchgear cartel. He also worked on Toshiba’s Cathode Ray Tube appeal, as well as the oral hearings in T-113/07 before the European Court of Justice, and the Transformers (Case COMP/39.129) hearing before the General Court.

Tamer Nagy

Counsel, Washington, DC, Cairo, White & Case
Tamer Nagy guides clients through complex multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, counsels them on antitrust compliance matters, and helps them navigate investigations and regulatory proceedings before competition agencies around the world, including the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, the COMESA Competition Commission, and the competition authorities of Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and UAE, among others. Tamer also has significant experience in cross-border disputes with a focus on clients and matters in the Middle East.


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