UCL Faculty of Laws


Competition Law and Policy at times of Financialisation in the Food Sector

25 June 2019, 12:30 pm–7:15 pm

image of a food market with many colourful vegetables on sale. prices in euros

A collaboration between the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) and Sciences Po Law School

Event Information

Open to

Invitation Only


Professor Ioanis Lianos


Sciences Po Paris
9, rue de la Chaise

Exploratory Workshop on
‘Competition Law and Policy at times of Financialisation: Concentration, Innovation, Sustainability in the Food Sector’

About this workshop

This invitation only exploratory workshop aims to generate discussion, hopefully opening up new horizons in competition law research. The workshop is part of the series of exploratory workshops regularly organised by the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at UCL Faculty of Laws, under the direction of Ioannis Lianos, in cooperation with other research centres around the world. The last exploratory workshop took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the topic of General Purpose Technologies and Competition Law (in collaboration with FGV Sao Paulo). The idea is to have an interactive discussion facilitated by some short introductory presentations (no more than 10 minutes each). Each participant will have the possibility to intervene in the roundtable. The discussions will be managed by a panel chair. There is no need for a powerpoint presentation but there will be powerpoint facilities for those wishing to present.

This workshop is a collaboration between the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) and Sciences Po Law School


12.30  Welcome coffee
13.00 Introduction by Dina Waked and Ioannis Lianos

13.10 Economic concentration of the food sector - superior bargaining power issues in food input and retail markets: what is the role of competition law?
Chair: Ioannis Lianos
Short presentations by

  • Koen Deconinck, OECD;
  • David Kovo, European Commission- Chief Economist team &
  • Marie Laure Allain, CREST

Comments by Paul Csiszar, European Commission DG Comp followed by discussion

15.00 Coffee break

15.20 Financialisation of the food value chain: implications for competition law. Broader implications of financialisation for competition law and policy
Chair: Dina Waked
Short presentations by

  • Alina Velias, City University and Ioannis Lianos, UCL
  • Pierre Regibeau, CRA

Comments by Jose Azar, IESE followed by discussion

16:50 Coffee break

17.10 Sustainable development goals, innovation and food competition law: towards a new equilibrium?
Chair: Henri Piffaut, French Competition Authority
Short presentations by

  • Simon Holmes, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal,
  • Elias Deutscher/Stavros Makris, UEA & EUI/Sciences Po &
  • Peter Möhringer, Fair Trade
  • Pierre Regibeau, CRA followed by discussion

18:55 Workshop ends

This is a by invitation only event. For further info and invitations contact i.lianos@ucl.ac.uk

The Participants

The Participants

1.    Dina Waked, SciencesPo (co-organiser)
2.    Ioannis Lianos, UCL (co-organiser)

3.    Marie Laure Allain, Directrice de Recherches CNRS at CREST
4.    Oles Andriychuk, Strathclyde University
5.    Jose Azar, IESE
6.    Regis Bismuth, Sciences Po
7.    Francisco Cabral, Tilburg
8.    Antonio Capobianco, OECD (tbc)
9.    Bruno Carballa, Chronos
10.    Paul Csiszar, European Commission DG Comp
11.    Sandra Marco Colino, Chinese University of Hong Kong
12.    Jorge Conesa, Fair Trade
13.    Marco Claudio Corradi, Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law
14.    Victoria Daskalova, University of Twente
15.    Dennis Davis, University of Cape Town tbc
16.    Koen Deconinck, OECD
17.    Elias Deutscher, UEA
18.    Omar Vasque Duque, Stanford University
19.    Roberto Galbiati, Sciences Po
20.    Klaas Hendrik Heller, Humboldt University
21.    Simon Holmes, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal
22.    Marios Iacovides, University of Stockholm
23.    Maria Ioannidou, QMUL
24.    Alexey Ivanov, HSE BRICS Competition Law & Policy Centre
25.    William Kovacic, KCL (tbc)
26.    David Kovo, European Commission- Chief Economist team
27.    Ayse Gizem Yasar, Sciences Po
28.    Claudio Lombardi, KIMEP
29.    Barry Lynn, Open Markets, (tbc)
30.    Jean-Benoit Maisin, University Saint-Louis Brussels
31.    Stavros Makris, SciencesPo
32.    Despoina Mantzari, UCL
33.    Michelle Meagher, CLES, UCL
34.    Andrew McLean , UCL
35.    Peter Möhringer, Fair Trade
36.    Horatia Muir Watt, Sciences Po
37.    John Newman, University of Memphis
38.    Igor Nicolic, Tilburg and UCL
39.    Julian Nowag, Lund University
40.    Henri Piffaut, French Competition Authority
41.    Pierre Regibeau, CRAI
42.    Agustin Reyna, BEUC
43.    Fabian Richter, Fair Trade
44.    Alexandre Ruiz, EUI
45.    Delphine Strohl, Dechert LLP Brussels
46.    Maurice Stucke, University of Tenessee (tbc)
47.    Anna Tzanaki, EUI
48.    Alina Velias, City University
49.    Angela Wigger, Radboud University
50.    Nicolo Zingales, University of Leeds

Useful Links

OECD, Concentration in Seed Markets https://www.oecd.org/publications/concentration-in-seed-markets-9789264308367-en.htm

Superior Bargaining Power and Global Food Value Chains https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2773455