We are pleased to host Kris Dekeyser, Director "Policy and Strategy" DG COMP | European Commission, at this Task Force briefing who will give us an update on the new policy developments in mergers, in particular on:
- Current enforcement trends in mergers (procedural breach investigations, due process and rights of defence after UPS/TN, focus on tech and innovation)
- The scope for procedural reform on thresholds and referral mechanisms.
- Best practice on document production, privilege and shortening the pre-notification timeline
- Emerging theories of harm: killer acquisitions, common ownership and innovation.
Director "Policy and Strategy", DG COMP | European Commission
Kris is Director of the Policy and Strategy Directorate at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. Before taking up his present position, Kris filled numerous management positions across DG Competition – he was in charge of antitrust and merger policy and case support; took up the duties of the European Commission's Cartel Settlement Officer at DG Competition's Cartels Directorate; and he was also Head of the Unit in charge of the European Competition Network and the Private Enforcement initiative. Kris graduated in both law and political sciences and he is a guest Professor at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel. He is the author of a variety of publications in English and French in the field of competition law. He also regularly delivers lectures at seminars and conferences around the world on both general and specialised areas of Competition law, variously organised by Universities, Bar Associations, business forums, government organisations, competition enforcement agencies, etc.