The British Chamber EU’s Competition and Trade Task Force contributes to the debate on EU competition law and trade policy.  It brings together leading policy makers, companies and practitioners to discuss the key issues in the field, including the latest economic theories and political trends, EU case law and decisional practice, and competition and trade policy developments.  Competition and trade is an important driver for inclusive wealth and economic growth.  It is of overarching importance to all EU initiatives creating a successful single market and promoting innovation and consumer welfare.

Current priorities:
1. Enforcement priorities in ecommerce
2. Innovation, common ownership, big data and non-horizontal theories of harm in merger control
3. Article 102 developments in the tech sector
4. State aid and the tax interface
5. EU trade priorities, multilateral rules based trade system, Brexit and FDI screening
6. Hipster antitrust / fairness

Chair: Bill Batchelor, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Vice-chairs: Tillmann Kupfer, BT
                     Willem Vriessendorp, Fipra
                     Alexander Chadd, Slaughter & May

Recent events have covered:

  • Current Enforcement Trends in Tax and State Aid with Max Lienemeyer, Head of Unit, Tax Planning Practices, DG COMP
  • Priorities in Antitrust in the IT sector with Nicholas Banasevic, Head of Unit C3, Antitrust: IT, Internet and Consumer electronics, DG COMP
  • Political Advisor Series - Trade Priorities in INTA: A view from EPP with Amélie Giesemann
  • Digital Trade and E-commerce Agenda with Marietje Schaake MEP
  • Priorities of the Austrian Presidency with Roland Meinecke, Minister Plenipotentiary
  • Fairness in Antitrust with Johannes Laitenberger, Director-General DG Competition