The Chamber is delighted to welcome Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, Cartels, DG Competition, to speak on “Best and Worst Practices in Compliance” . Ms Jaspers will share with us her insights on the following topics:
- Compliance hall of fame and shame : what does the Commission see as best practice, and what should be avoided?
- Compliance as a mantra : antitrust compliance is now front of mind for the board and regularly rates as one of the top three concerns for the General Counsel and compliance professionals. How seriously does the Commission take compliance efforts and what are the incentives for companies to create a genuine compliance culture?
- Credit for compliance: ensuring that compliance permeates the organisation takes time, resources and effort. Some authorities recognise this effort through credit on penalties for effective compliance. While the Commission took this view in the 1980s this is no longer the case. What can companies do to earn credit for their compliance efforts?
- The rogue employee : Sometimes the most engaged and compliant organisations cannot stop rogue employee illegal behaviour. For companies that take swift action to nip the conduct in the bud and cooperate with the authorities, what treatment can they expect from the Commission?
Maria Jaspers has been working in DG COMP since 2001, including in the transport unit and policy directorate. In 2008 she was appointed Deputy Head of Unit of the newly established antitrust and merger case support unit (02) where she was responsible for the coordination of all antitrust and cartel cases, including fines issues. Ms Jaspers has worked as a Head of Unit in the Cartel Directorate since 2011. Before joining DG COMP, she spent two years in private practice.
Head of Unit | European Commission