Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES)


30 April 2015
TTIP/CETA Brainstorming Workshop (attendance by invitation only)

20 May 2015
Recent Developments in Latin American Antitrust

12 June 2015
Competition Law in China

18 June 2015
Getting Merger Control Clearances for Corporate Deals: EU and Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Control in Practice

For more information and to view past events, please go to the events pages.


Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

Tatjana Wingender
+44 (0)20 7679 1407
t.wingender [at] ucl.ac.uk

For research project enquiries, please contact:

Dr Ioannis Lianos
+44 (0)20 7679 1028
i.lianos [at] ucl.ac.uk .


For more working papers, please visit the CLES Research Paper Series section on this website.


Please see below for current events. Past events can be viewed here.

UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society

Thursday, 30 April 2015
1 - 7pm

TTIP/CETA Brainstorming Workshop

Attendance by invitation only

About the workshop:

The workshop aims to bring together a number of colleagues working on different areas covered by the TTIP and CETA, in particular the following four: (a) Trade law, (b) Regulation, (c) Labour law, healthcare and other forms of social regulation, (d) Investment Treaties/International Dispute Resolution. These different "tribes" are all to a certain extent interested in the TTIP and CETA, although each of them has so far, it seems to us, explored these arrangements from their own perspective. We also thought that there was an urgent need for some detached (from specific interests) academic perspective on the TTIP and CETA, as most of the commentary published is initiated by those involved in the negotiations and/or representing the views of specific interests.

Visit the event website for more information.

UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
4.30 - 7pm

A one-day CPD course

Recent Developments in Latin American Antitrust

Prof. Ioannis Lianos (UCL)


  • Julián Peña – Allende & Brea Abogados
  • Sebastián Castro Quiroz – Oxford
  • Juan David Gutierrez – Oxford
  • Andrés Palacios Lleras – UCL
  • Murilo Lubambo de Melo – UCL
About the course:
Antitrust regimes in Latin American have undergone considerable changes in the last two and a half decades. The more recent reforms that have taken place in the last years aim to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement agencies as they investigate and prosecute anticompetitive conducts. They introduce or amend the leniency regimes, increase monetary fines and extend criminal liability to some anticompetitive conducts like hard-core cartels. Even so, it is not clear that these new reforms, or their predecessors, bridge the differences that distinguish the regimes themselves. Some important differences have been furthered, including those related with the administrative or judicial nature of the enforcement authorities or the evidentiary standards required for proving certain conducts. Hence, it may well be that these recent reforms accentuate the differences between these regimes rather than making them more congenial.

In this event we would like to address these reforms and discuss how take place and why. On one hand, these reforms can be taken as mere examples of the diffusion of antitrust institutions and theories developed elsewhere and that find their ways into Latin American legal regimes. If this is so, we would like to address how this diffusion process takes place and, if possible, discus about the roles that lawyers, economists and consultants play in these developments. On the other, they can be taken as a new chapter that evidences the commitment of local politics with protecting competition. Contrary to previous reforms, these are being discussed with the civil society and are submitted for their enactment and approval to politically accountable bodies. If so, we would like to address the pillars of the political support given to competition in general and to the particular content of these reforms in particular. Perhaps the efforts to acclimatize antitrust have rendered positive fruits, both at the level of everyday politics as well as at the structure of the different professions that interact in this field of law.

Click here to register for the event.

UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society

Friday, 12 June 2015
10am - 5.30pm

a one-day CPD course introducing Chinese anti-Monopoly Law

Competition Law in China

Course leaders:

  • Thomas Cheng
  • Davis Stallibrass

Course Prerequisites:
None, though a good understanding of UK, EU, or US competition law is highly desirable.


A pack with english translations of core legislation, guidance, and decisions will be provided. Students will be expected to have made themselves familiar with it.

About this course:
This six-hour short course will give students an introduction to the Chinese Anti-monopoly Law.
The course will cover all the basic aspects of substantive competition law, including restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance, merger review, IP-competition interface, and an area of competition law unique to China known as abuse of administrative monopoly.
Students will be introduced to the leading cases with reference to both private litigation in the courts and administrative enforcement by state agencies.
The course will seek to highlight the similarities and difference between the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law and competition law in other jurisdictions, such as the EU and the US. In addition, it will set the Chinese law within the broader context of Chinese political and economic development.
The course will include a discussion of the unique context in which competition law is enforced in China and a critical evaluation of the cause and effect of divergence between Chinese and international competition law norms.

What you will learn:
Students will become familiar with the political economy and institutional environment that contextualises competition law enforcement in China.
Students will understand the basic aspects of all areas of substantive competition law, including restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance, merger review, IP-competition interface, and an area of competition law unique to China known as abuse of administrative monopoly.
Students will be introduced to leading cases with reference to both private litigation in the courts and administrative enforcement by state agencies.
Students will acquire a greater appreciation of the development of competition law in China in the context of the global debate about and movement toward convergence.

Click here to find out more and register for the course.

UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society

Thursday, 18 June 2015
8.45am - 4pm

a one-day CPD course

Getting Merger Control Clearances for Corporate Deals: EU and Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Control in Practice


  • Kyriakos Fountoukos (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)
  • Peter Rowlands  (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)
  • Nick Root  (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)
About the course:
Merger control is an essential part of a competition practitioner's every day work and is also of importance to other advisors (corporate lawyers, bankers) involved in transactions. It needs to be considered in every corporate deal including private acquisitions of whole companies, shares or assets, public takeover bids, minority investments in companies and joint venture agreements. This is because merger control will impact key aspects of a transaction: the transaction time table ("when can I close the deal?") and even the "deliverability" of a transaction ("can I do the deal?" "Will remedies be imposed?").

More than 100 countries around the world now have merger control laws. Most of them, like the EU regime, are "mandatory" and "suspensory" regimes: a filing must be made and the deal cannot close before clearance has been received from the relevant regulators.

Despite the central importance of merger control for competition lawyers, corporate lawyers, investment bankers and businesses, merger control is a topic that is often not taught in detail and from a hands-on perspective in undergraduate or even post-graduate courses.

With the aid of a practical case study, this course will cover the key basic aspects of what an advisor needs to know from a practical perspective to:
analyse corporate transactions to decide whether a transaction triggers a merger filing requirement with the EU and/or in other jurisdictions around the world;
deal with timelines of each relevant jurisdiction as well as consequences for failure to file (fines, unwinding the transaction etc.) to assess exact possible impact on the transaction;
negotiate corporate documentation such as conditions precedent, cooperation between purchaser and seller in making filings, and conduct pre-completion. The course will also cover other aspects of the corporate documentation relevant to competition law such as exchange of information in the due diligence process (e.g. Non-Disclosure Agreements and clean team processes), non-compete clauses, warranties and indemnities;
prepare an EU merger control filing on Form CO (information needed and process, practical tips); and
guide clients through the procedures for clearance (emphasis on the EU procedure).

The key focus of the course will be on jurisdictional and procedural issues with only a brief discussion of substantive issues (how regulators review a merger from a substantive perspective). The course will aim to give participants the practical experience needed to understand and/or work on merger control aspects of a corporate deal, by simulating as closely as possible the work that a practitioner would undertake in a live transaction.

Who should attend:
The course is mainly designed associates, trainees or prospective trainees wishing to gain practical experience which they can apply in a post with an international law firm doing merger control work. It is also suitable for post-graduate students on competition law or mergers and acquisitions courses.
Attenders need not have day-to-day experience of corporate deals or merger control, however some understanding (academic or practical) of transaction agreements would be useful.

The course is split into two distinct sessions which can be attended independently.
a) The Morning Sessions:  covering where to file and the consequences, and negotiating the corporate documents; and
b) The Afternoon Session: covering drafting filings and procedural aspects of the process.

Click here to find out more and to register for the course.

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