UCL Faculty of Laws


In-Person Conference: Competition Law and Policy in a Data-Driven Economy

26 April 2023–27 April 2023, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Data and Competition

Bentham House Conference 2023, supported by the UCL Faculty of Laws

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UCL Faculty of Laws,
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens


Dr Deni Mantzari, Associate Professor in Competition Law and Policy at UCL Laws, co-director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society
Dr Maria Ioannidou, Senior Lecturer in Competition Law at Queen Mary University London and former Commissioner/ Member of the Board at the Hellenic Competition Commission

About the conference

Traditionally, competition law and policy has been largely disjointed from data protection regulation since the former relies on a market failure approach whereas the latter focuses on a rights-based approach. However, the rise of digital platforms employing data-driven business models blurs the dividing line between these two forms of regulation and calls for both a reconceptualization of their respective application as well as an exploration of synergies between them. Despite calls in the academic and policy circles for a more substantive alignment of data protection and competition law, the competition law community has not yet explored the interface between the two fields in a systematic fashion. The debate so far has been fragmented and compartmentalised, as either a matter of improving competition law enforcement on the margins or adopting a new ex ante regulatory framework. A clear analytical framework of the interaction between competition law and data protection has yet to emerge.

Against this backdrop the conference aims to reflect on and map the interface between data protection and competition law in order to suggest an analytical framework that can and ought to govern their interaction. Participants are invited to address the topic from different angles considering both the positive and normative dimension of the competition law/data protection interface. The conference also brings together lawyers, economists, and computer scientists to suggest new operational concepts that could be integrated in positive law. It thus aims to also offer an interdisciplinary investigation of the competition/data protection interface, which is underexplored in the academic literature on the topic. The conference could not have been timelier considering the fast-moving regulatory, legislative and enforcement developments currently taking place; most notably, the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the proposed EU Data Act.

This conference is supported by

Bentham House sponsors
The Programme - Wednesday, 26th April
2-2:10pm Dean's Welcome
Professor Eloise Scotford, Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws
2:10-2:15pm Welcoming Remarks from the Conference Organisers
Deni Mantzari (UCL Laws)
Maria Ioannidou (QMUL)

2.15-3pm Setting the Scene: A Discussion with the Regulators
Chair: Ioannis Lianos (President, Hellenic Competition Commission; UCL Laws)

  • Will Hayter, Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority

3-4:30pm 1st Panel: Theoretical Underpinnings
Chair: Deni Mantzari (UCL Laws)

  • Orla Lynskey (LSE) - speaker's presentation
  • Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE)
  • Oles Andriychuk (Newcastle University)
  • Catherine Tucker (MIT Sloan), Olga Kozlova Guglielmi (Analysis Group), Philipp Tillmann (Analysis Group) - speakers' presentation
  • Michael Veale and Petros Terzis (UCL Laws) - speakers' presentation
  • Beatriz Kira  (UCL, Political Science)

4:30-5pm Coffee Break

5-6:30pm 2nd Panel: Key Substantive Issues
Chair: Joe Perkins (Compass Lexecon)


The Programme - Thursday, 27th April

9:30-11am 3rd Panel: Merger Control
Chair: Kyriakos Fountoukakos (HSF Brussels)

  • Elias Deutscher (UEA)
  • Gönenç Gürkaynak  (ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law)
  • Nicolo Zingales (FGV Brazil)
  • Daniele Condorelli (Warwick) & Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon)
  • Ioannis Kokkoris (QMUL)

11-11:30pm Coffee Break

11:30am-1pm 4th Panel: Remedies and the DMA
Chair: Maria Ioannidou (QMUL)

1-2 pm lunch break

2-3:30pm 5th Panel: Enforcement Policy Around the Globe
Chair: Teresa Moreira (UNCTAD)

  • María Pilar Canedo (CNMC)
  • Erika Douglas (Temple Law)
  • Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto (FGV Brazil)
  • Grace Gao (HK Competition Commission)
  • Vikas Kathuria (BML Munjal Law School)
  • Tomaso Falchetta (Privacy International)
  • Agustin Reyna (BEUC)



About the Speakers

Biographical information about our speakers:

Oles Andriychuk (Newcastle University)

Professor Oles Andriychuk is a member of the of Editorial Board of North East Law Review (Newcastle Law School) and member of Scientific Board of the Market and Competition Law Review. Over the past two years, Oles was guest editor of 'Concurrences' On Topic Special Issue 'Competition Overdose' and CLaSF Competition Law Review, in addition to editing a book dedicated to a magnum opus of Professor Giuliano Amato 'Antitrust and the Bounds of Power – 25 Years On', Hart Publishing 2023. This volume features the work of ten prominent competition law scholars, reflecting on Giuliano Amato's book 'Antitrust and the Bounds of Power'.

Before joining Newcastle Law School, Oles worked in different positions at University of Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow, University of Stirling Law School and Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia. He was a co-director (and then director) of the Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law & Policy and a vice-chair of the Strathclyde Centre for Antitrust Law and Empirical Study (SCALES).

Konstantina Bania (Geradin Partners/Brunel)

Dr. Konstantina Bania is Partner at Geradin Partners where she advises on cutting-edge competition and regulatory matters pertaining to digital markets, including the implementation of the Digital Markets Act, the interplay between competition law and data privacy, and media/broadcasting regulation. Konstantina is also a Senior Lecturer in Law at Brunel University.   

Previously, Konstantina was Senior Legal Counsel at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). While at the EBU, Konstantina led two legal and policy expert groups that focus on online platform regulation, the reform of the EU competition rules, and the funding and remit of public service media. She has guided the EBU’s work on the platform-to-business Regulation and the Digital Markets Act proposal. 

Konstantina is also a guest lecturer at the University of Lausanne where she teaches sports law and an extramural fellow at the Tilburg Law and Economics Centre. In 2021, she was appointed as expert advisor to the Hellenic Competition Commission for the purposes of its E-Commerce Sector Inquiry and in 2020, she was appointed to a scientific council to advise the Greek government on data policy issues 

Konstantina holds a PhD from the European University Institute (EUI). Her dissertation, which explores the role of media pluralism in the enforcement of EU competition law, received the 2016 Concurrences PhD thesis award (an annual Europe-wide competition aimed at selecting the most innovative thesis in the field of law and economics). She publishes regularly in her areas of expertise and she has received prizes and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Academic Society for Competition Law, the Fulbright Commission, the Competition Law Scholars Forum, and the Institute for European Studies. She has been a guest lecturer at various leading institutions, such as the EUI, Queen Mary University, the University of Lausanne, and Bocconi University.

Cristina Caffarra (Keystone)

Cristina Caffarra is a Partner at Keystone and co-leads the firm’s joint venture in Europe. She heads Keystone’s economic consulting practice in the European markets and works closely on antitrust, competition, and digital regulation issues with clients across the globe. With a focus on the digital economy and high-growth sectors, she leverages the firm’s triad of skills across economics, technology, and strategy to address growing demand from clients for interdisciplinary advisement. Cristina Caffarra has over two decades of experience in competition economics, with a focus on platforms and the digital economy. She has provided expert advice and economic analysis to both companies and government agencies, including several landmark cases before the European Commission and various other courts worldwide. Her experience includes matters for high tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and many others. Her expertise also extends to merger control, assessment of vertical restraints, evaluation of abusive conduct, and several other competition and antitrust issues. She has worked for research institutions worldwide and sits on the Editorial Board of the European Competition Journal, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice. She also lectures in competition economics as an Honorary Professor at UCL and has published articles for competition journals as well as presented papers on the economics of competition law at numerous international and academic conferences. Additionally, she is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in London and Deputy Director of the CEPR Competition Research Policy Network. Cristina Caffarra holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Anca Chirita (Durham)

Dr Anca Daniela Chirita lectures competition law at the Durham University Law School and has published inter alia in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, the German Journal of European Legal Studies, Loyola Consumer Law Review, Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law, European Law Review, European Competition Journal, World Competition and more.

Since 2011, she serves as a member of the Editorial Review Board of OUP's Oxford Competition Law and since 2022, of the Competition Journal of the Romanian competition authority. She has acted as a peer-reviewer for CES (Columbia University) for conferences held in Philadelphia, Glasgow, Chicago and Madrid; for journals including the Oxford Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Oxford Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Competition Law Review, Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, Journal of European Consumer and Market Law etc; for books with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Hart, Routledge etc.; and for funding applications of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Carnegie Trust etc.

Outside academia (honorary position applied for in 2017 to 2022): Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group and Cartels Working Group.

Daniele Condorelli (Warwick)

Daniele Condorelli is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Warwick and an Academic Affiliate at Compass Lexecon. He specialises in economic theory and industrial organisation. Daniele has published his research in the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Economic Theory, among others. 

Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto (FGV Law School, São Paulo, Brazil)

Caio Mario S. Pereira Neto is a Professor at FGV Law School (São Paulo – Brazil). He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of São Paulo, as well as Masters (LL.M.) and Doctorate (J.S.D.) degrees from Yale Law School (USA). He is the author of several articles, published in Brazil and abroad and he has spoken widely in national and international forums on antitrust and regulation. Dr. Pereira Neto co-heads the antitrust and regulation groups at Pereira Neto | Macedo | Rocco (PNM). His antitrust practice includes cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, merger review and compliance, with large experience in multi-jurisdiction matters. His regulatory practice includes advising clients in several regulated sectors (including telecom, transport, energy, health and financial services), regulatory litigation, as well as compliance work. He is also very active on regulatory and antitrust issues in technology industries. In public service, Dr. Pereira Neto held office as Director for Competition at the Secretariat of Economic Law of the Ministry of Justice (SDE).

Elias Deutscher (University of East Anglia)

Dr Elias Deutscher is an Associate Professor in Competition Law and IP at the University of East Anglia Law School and a research member of the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP). Elias holds Master degrees in political science and law from the University of Münster, Sciences Po Lille, the College of Europe as well as a PhD in law from the European University Institute. The focus of his research lies on the normative, historical and economic foundations of EU and US competition law, as well as the new challenges for competition law and policy in the digital era. He has published widely on various substantive issues of competition law, the regulation of online platforms and merger control in digital, telecommunication and innovation markets.

Erika Douglas (Temple Law)

Erika M. Douglas is an Associate Professor of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, U.S.A. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of antitrust, data privacy, and intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on the application of legal theory to new technology. Recent work by Professor Douglas appears in law reviews from Yale, University of Virginia and Notre Dame law schools. Prior to joining Temple, Professor Douglas practiced antitrust law at the Silicon Valley office of Covington & Burling LLP where she represented several large technology companies. Professor Douglas serves in leadership roles on the American Bar Association, American Antitrust Institute and the C.D. Howe Institute. She holds an LL.M. (Law, Science and Technology) from Stanford University, and a J.D. and Honors in Business Administration from University of Western Ontario. When not writing, Professor Douglas pursues hiking and surfing adventures in sunny places around the world.

Tomaso Falchetta (Privacy International)

Tomaso leads Privacy International's global policy engagement He develops the organisation's international advocacy with the UN, the EU, and other relevant intergovernmental bodies. Previously he worked for Child Soldiers International and for Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat, in the International Law and Policy Program, where he was legal and policy advisor. His main responsibilities included providing advice on international human rights and humanitarian law, drafting intervention before human rights courts and bodies and representing the organization in meetings of UN human rights law experts. Tomaso is an Italian lawyer and has a Law Degree from the Law College in Ferrara (Italy).

Grace Gao (HK Competition Commission)

Grace Gao Yajie is now serving as an Adviser (Advisory & International Affairs) for the Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC). Before joining the HKCC, Grace did research into merger control in the digital economy from a comparative perspective of China and the EU.  Grace obtained her PhD degree in law from the Queen Mary, University of London, UK in September 2022. Gracereceived her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Economics (Finance) degrees from the East China University of Political Science and Law, China (ECUPL) in 2013, and her Master of Law degrees from the Ghent University, Belgium in 2015 and the ECUPL in 2016 respectively.

Since 2018 till now, Grace has been participating in various research projects commissioned by the Chinese competition authorities. Grace attended the ASCOLA annual conference twice (2019 and 2020) and presented paper "Merger Control in China's Digital Economy: Challenges and Prospects" and "Enforcement of the AML in China's Digital Economy – From Perspective of the Overall Regulatory Environment" respectively. Grace has cooperated with professors both home and abroad in publishing papers on various topics, such as non-competition considerations in merger control, China's anti-monopoly legislation and enforcement in the digital economy, the 2022 amendment to China's anti-monopoly law, data competition in China, algorithmic collusion, the intersection of intellectual property right and anti-monopoly law, among others.

Damien Geradin (Geradin Partners)

Damien Geradin is a Professor of competition law and economics at Tilburg University and a visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia. Over the years, he has held visiting Professorships at leading US law schools including Columbia, Harvard, Michigan and Yale. He was also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, for 15 years. Damien is the author/co-author/editor of 21 books and over 150 articles in the area of competition law with a focus on digital platforms. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics.

Damien Geradin is the founding partner of Geradin Partners, a boutique competition law firms with offices in Brussels and London. Damien has assisted clients in many high-stake European Commission investigations, including some of the most complex abuse of dominance cases with a focus on the tech, media and telecommunications sectors. He has particular expertise in Ad Tech, online marketplaces, and mobile ecosystems. He is the outside antitrust counsel and EU spokesperson of the Coalition for App Fairness.

Gönenç Gürkaynak (ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law)

Mr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is the founding partner of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm of 95 lawyers based in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997, and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Mr. Gürkaynak received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 2001. His Bar memberships are as follows: Istanbul Bar, 1997; American Bar Association, 2001; New York Bar, 2001 (currently non-practising; registered); Brussels Bar, 2003 - 2004 (B List; not maintained); Member of the Law Society of England & Wales, 2004 (currently non-practising; registered). Before founding ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in 2005, Mr. Gürkaynak worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York and Brussels offices of a global law firm for more than eight years. Mr. Gürkaynak heads the competition law and regulatory department of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, which currently consists of 56 lawyers. He has unparalleled experience in competition law counseling issues with more than 25 years of competition law experience, starting with the establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority. He has four books, and more than 80 academic articles published in refereed international law journals. He teaches competition law at Bilkent University Faculty of Law since 2005, and he has taught competition law in more than 10 universities in Turkey, in the EU, in the UK and in the US in the last 18 years.

Will Hayter (Competition and Markets Authority)

Will Hayter is Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit at the Competition and Markets Authority. Previously he led a joint No10 / Cabinet Office team supporting the UK’s exit from the European Union. Before that he was at the CMA for five years, in a mixture of project and policy roles. He was the first Director of the UK Regulators Network and a project director at Ofcom, having started his career in strategy consulting.

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE)

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo is Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), Joint General Editor of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the Chillin’ Competition Blog. He received a PhD from the European University Institute in June 2010 (Jacques Lassier Prize).

Vikas Kathuria (BML Munjal Law School)

Dr Vikas Kathuria is an Associate Professor at BML Munjal School of Law. He researches and writes on competition law, data governance, and law and technology. Vikas received his PhD at the Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC), the Netherlands. His post-doc work at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, explored the role of competition law and regulation in data-driven markets. Vikas has previously worked with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and has held academic positions at Jindal Global Law School and Bennett University. His research papers have been featured in international peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, European Competition Journal, World Competition, Computer Law & Security Review, and Law and Development Review.

Wolfgang Kerber (University of Marburg)

Wolfgang Kerber is Professor of Economics at University of Marburg, Germany, since 1997. He was Visiting Scholar at the Law Schools of University College London, Queen Mary University of London, University of California (Irvine), Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Hauser Global Fellow at NYU Law School. He has done research in competition policy, evolutionary and innovation economics, law and economics, and European integration. His current main fields of research are (1) competition law and economics, (2) law and economics of innovation and IP, and (3) regulatory problems of the digital economy (competition, data governance, and privacy). His most recent publications are about the assessment of innovation effects in competition law (esp. in merger cases), interoperability in the digital economy, copyright exhaustion of digital goods, digital markets and privacy, data ownership, data rights, and data governance (e.g., access to in-vehicle data in connected cars), data access in competition law, interplay between competition law and data protection law (The German Facebook Case: The Law and Economics of the Relationship between Competition and Data Protection Law, European Journal of Law and Economics 54, 2022,  217-250, coauthored with Karsten Zolna); Digital Markets Act, and the Data Act (Governance of IoT Data: Why the Data Act will not Fulfill its Objectives, GRUR International 72(2), 2023, 120-135).

Beatriz Kira (UCL, Political Science)

Beatriz Kira is a Research Fellow in Law & Regulation at the Department of Political Science – School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL), where she is part of the Online Speech Project. Her research focuses on the legal and policy frameworks to supervise the economic power of technology companies and to regulate content on social media platforms.

Beatriz is a lawyer and a social scientist by training, holding a PhD in Economic Law and Political Economy from the University of São Paulo, and an MSc in Social Sciences of the Internet from the University of Oxford.

Beatriz is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Law, Economics and Society, UCL Faculty of Laws and a Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She has previously acted as an expert consultant on digital markets for the Brazilian Competition Authority (CADE), and conducted research for several academic institutions, including the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the Brazilian Network of Empirical Legal Studies (REED), and the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA).

Ioannis Kokkoris (QMUL)

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Competition Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is also the Head of School at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

Professor Kokkoris is an expert on competition law and economics. His main research interests span all areas of competition law and policy including comparative competition law/economics and policy focusing on EU, US, BRICS and ASEAN. He is also focusing on issues of national security concerns and FDI in US, UK and EU.

Professor Kokkoris has formerly served at the UK Competition and Markets Authority, DG Competition, European Commission and US Federal Trade Commission. He has led and worked on funded projects by the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, the OECD, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international institutions. He is a special advisor to a number of competition authorities globally and frequently advises companies on competition enforcement issues in a number of jurisdictions. Professor Kokkoris also delivers training programmes for companies, competition authorities and courts.

Professor Kokkoris has more than 100 publications including more than 20 authored/co-authored books, more than 70 articles and 25 chapters in edited volumes. Professor Kokkoris is on the editorial board of various international journals, he frequently speaks at conferences globally and is frequently interviewed by international media. Professor Kokkoris holds a BSc Economics (Essex), MPhil Economics (Cantab), LLM (Warwick) and PhD in Competition Law (Kings College London) and has conducted research at Harvard Law School.

Olga Kozlova Guglielmi (Analysis Group)

Dr. Kozlova Guglielmi received her PhD in Economics from Duke University in May 2017. She joined Analysis Group in August 2017. Dr. Kozlova Guglielmi specializes in the application of microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics to the analysis of antitrust issues and complex business disputes. She has analyzed antitrust and competition issues across a range of industries, including technology, health care, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and corporate goods and services. In merger cases, Dr. Kozlova Guglielmi has supported experts for the merging parties in both horizontal and vertical transactions. She has also supported experts in labor market antitrust matters and health care litigation matters.

Adrian Kuenzler (Zürich University)

Adrian Kuenzler is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, Zürich University, and an Affiliate Fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School. He is currently the Robert S. Campbell Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His scholarship examines problems in antitrust, intellectual property and consumer law from an economic and comparative perspective and draws on insights from the behavioral sciences to document the law’s role in stimulating innovation and economic growth. He holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree from Zürich University as well as a LL.M. and a J.S.D. degree from Yale Law School. Adrian has held visiting academic positions at the European University Institute, ETH Zürich, Yale Law School, New York University School of Law, the Max Planck Institute for Collective Goods, the University of San Andrés, and the University of Münster. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s network of Global Future Councils. His most recent book Restoring Consumer Sovereignty - How Markets Manipulate Us and What the Law Can Do About It (OUP 2017) describes the legal implications of the digital economy on individual decision-making so that legal policy can create environments in which consumers are both better informed, and find more meaning and satisfaction in what they buy.

Björn Lundqvist (Stockholm University)

Björn Lundqvist is Professor of Law at the Law Department, Stockholm University. He is the Chair of the Swedish Network of European Legal Studies, Director of the European Law Institute and Director of Ascola Nordic. Björn is a well-renowned European Competition Law scholar and has published extensively, both books and articles, on Competition, Data, and IP Law and Policy related issues. His next book will be available in April 2023, titled Regulating Access and Transfer of Data by Cambridge University Press.

Björn holds a doctoral degree and MRes. from European University lnstitute in Florence, an LL.M. from University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, and an LL.M. and LL.B. from Uppsala University, Sweden. He has worked as an attorney-at-law for leading business law firms in Europe for several years, latest as Head of EU Competition Law in Stockholm for the Law Firm Roschier, where he represented clients before the EU Commission, the EU Courts and national Competition Authorities.

Orla Lynskey (LSE)

Orla Lynskey is an Associate Professor at LSE Law School and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. Her research focuses on technology regulation, including institutional dimensions, and data governance. She is an Editor of International Data Privacy Law and on the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review. 

Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon)

Dr Jorge Padilla is Senior Managing Director at and member of the Executive Committee of Compass Lexecon. He is a visiting lecturer teaching competition economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. Jorge has written extensively on the use of data in digital markets and is actively involved in competition investigations in those markets.

María Pilar Canedo (CNMC)

Professor María Pilar Canedo joined the School of Law of the University of Deusto in 1998, after having obtained her doctoral degree with Honors with a research in European competition law at the University of Deusto in cooperation with the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She is Professor of Private International Law and International Trade at Deusto University and has been Visiting Professor at several European law schools (including Strasbourg; François Rabelais, Tours; Tilburg; Carlos III, Madrid; and Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid) American Law Schools (Hamline University, Minnesota; University of San Francisco; University of Montevideo, Uruguay; University of Guadalajara, Mexico) and Asian Universities (Puhne University, India). Professor Canedo holds a Jean Monnet Chair in Transnational Trade Law and has been recognized three "research periods" ('sexenios') by the Spanish CNEAI (2002-2007), (2008-2015) and (2016-2021).

Professor Canedo is currently on leave at the University as she is Member of the Board of the Spanish National Commission on Markets and Competition since July 2017. From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the board of the Basque Antitrust Authority, and President of the institution from 2012 to 2017.

Before this she served as Secretary General of the School of Law, Vice-dean of Academic Affairs, Vice-dean of International Affairs and holds a Jean Monnet Chair in Transnational Law. Her main fields of research are European Antitrust Law and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union. She was director of the research group on Different Implications of Transnational Law; the Erasmus Mundus Master in Transnational Trade Law and Finance and the Deusto PhD in Transnational Trade Law. Principal Researcher of the Group "Companies, Markets and Transnational Law".

Agustin Reyna (BEUC)

Agustín Reyna is Director of Legal and Economic Affairs at The European Consumer Organisation, BEUC. Agustín heads the legal and economic department composed of five policy teams: Financial Services, Digital, Consumer Rights, Competition, and Consumer Redress and Enforcement. He leads the Financial Services team and coordinates the organisation’s work on competition law enforcement and policy before the Commission and the EU courts. Since 2018 he acts as non-governmental advisor for the Commission to the International Competition Network and represents BEUC in various European and international fora. He is member of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group and of ESMA’s Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group as well as of ESMA’s Coordination Network on Sustainability (CNS) Consultative Working Group. He holds a PhD. in law from the University of Bremen and often publishes in scientific journals on issues related to EU law.

Giulia Schneider (Catholic University of Milan)

Giulia Schneider is assistant professor in economic law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She holds a PhD in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and has been postdoc researcher at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. Her research interests focus on the intersections between business law and technology with a special attention to the data economy in different domains (health and corporate interests in particular). In this respect, she has been enquiring the regulation of digital markets from the perspective of European data protection, intellectual property law and competition law. More recently, she is questioning the reflexes of digital transformations onto businesses' organization and social responsibilities, in particular from the perspective of EU financial regulation. 

Giulia is  an Italian qualified lawyer. She has been lecturer at the Department of Economics of the University of Pisa, where she held a course in Business & Commercial law and is currently adjunct professor at the Faculté de Droit of the Université Catholique de Lille, where she teaches Corporate Governance (with special focus on ESG and IT).

At the Catholic University of Milan she is member of the CETIF- the Centre for the regulation of financial technologies, actively participating in Cetif’s Research and Advisory activities. She is also part of the ACE Brain Project (Blockchain Regulation And Innovation) a collaboration between Roma Tre University, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni and the European University Insitute of Florence, funded by the Algorand Foundation.

Daniel Schnurr (University of Regensburg)

Daniel Schnurr is a professor of Information Systems and holds the Chair of Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification at the University of Regensburg. He is also a Research Fellow of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), a Brussels-based think tank. Previously, he was head of the research group Data Policies at the University of Passau. He received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2016, where he previously studied Information Engineering and Management (B.Sc. & M.Sc.).

In his research, Daniel Schnurr addresses the technical, economic, and societal implications of new machine learning methods and data as a crucial competitive factor and driver of innovation in digital markets. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals on Information Systems and Economics, such as Management Science, Journal of Information TechnologyJournal of Industrial EconomicsBusiness and Information Systems EngineeringInformation Economics and Policy, Telecommunications Policy and Journal of Competition Law and Economics. His current research focuses on the role of artificial intelligence for competition, privacy and data sharing in digital markets as well as regulation of AI and the data economy.

Petros Terzis (UCL Laws)

Petros is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Laws, UCL with his work focusing on the rules and norms that should govern the design and functions of computational infrastructures. Working with Dr Michael Veale, Petros is exploring the legal and political issues around the use of sensing technologies and the power affordances of contemporary digital infrastructures. As part his current research project, funded by ‘Botnar Foundation’, he focuses on the institutional challenges posed by the development and integration of digital technologies in public health particularly for LMICs in the Global South.

In the past, Petros has published his work at national and international conferences and journals including the Law, Innovation and Technology Journal, ACM FAccT Conference, WeRobot, and BILETA; whilst earlier in 2023, he was invited to participate at the Global Scholars Academy organised by the Institute of Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. In the past, Petros led as a PI socio-legal projects on privacy expectations and engineering ethics, organising workshops on the intersection of algorithms, law, and political economy, and briefed policymakers and MEPs on the European Health Data Space regulation.

Petros has a PhD in Information Law from the University of Winchester (UoW) and a Master’s degree in Law and Economics from the University of Macedonia (Greece). As an accredited Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he has taught a wide range of subjects at the interjection of Law and Technology at UCL, LSE and UoW.

Philipp Tillmann (Analysis Group)

Dr. Tillmann is a Manager in the Paris office of Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm. He specializes in the application of microeconomics, econometrics, and statistical methods to litigation matters, government investigations, and strategy assignments. He has managed case teams and conducted analyses in antitrust and health care litigation matters across a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, health care providers and payers, social media, cable television, consumer electronics, automobiles, airlines, and chemical products. These analyses have included damages analysis, merger simulation, and quantitative modeling. In merger investigations, he has supported experts for the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general, and merging parties related to horizontal and vertical transactions. Dr. Tillmann holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and his research has appeared in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics and the American Journal of Political Science. He has taught economics to undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Chicago, the University of Rochester, and the University of Cologne.

Catherine Tucker (MIT Sloan)

Catherine Tucker is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management and a Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan. She is the faculty director of the EMBA program. She has also been the Chair of the MIT Sloan PhD Program. Her research interests lie in how technology allows firms to use digital data and machine learning to improve performance, and in the challenges this poses for regulation. Tucker has particular expertise in online advertising, digital health, social media, and electronic privacy. Her research studies the interface between marketing, the economics of technology, and law. 

She has received an NSF CAREER Award for her work on digital privacy, the Erin Anderson Award for an Emerging Female Marketing Scholar and Mentor, the Garfield Economic Impact Award for her work on electronic medical records, the Paul E. Green Award for contributions to the practice of Marketing Research, the William F. O'Dell Award for most significant, long-term contribution to Marketing, and the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science Long Term Impact Award for long-run impact on marketing. She is a cofounder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab which studies the applications of blockchain. She has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She has testified to Congress regarding her work on digital privacy and algorithms, and presented her research to the OECD, World Bank, IMF and the ECJ. 

Tucker is senior editor at Marketing Science. She has been coeditor at Quantitative Marketing and Economics and associate editor at Management Science, Marketing Science, and the Journal of Marketing Research. She is the codirector of the program on Digital Economics and Artificial Intelligence at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She teaches MIT Sloan's course on Pricing and the EMBA course "Marketing Management for the Senior Executive." She has received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching as well as being voted "Teacher of the Year" at MIT Sloan. She holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Oxford. 

Michael Veale (UCL Laws)

Dr Michael Veale is Associate Professor and Deputy Vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Laws at UCL. His expertise sits at the cross over of computer science and technology law, particularly in the context of fundamental rights and advanced data analysis including machine learning and artificial intelligence. Dr Veale holds a PhD in the application of law and policy to the social challenges of machine learning from UCL STEaPP and UCL Computer Science. He previously worked at the European Commission and holds degrees from Maastricht University and the London School of Economics.

Dr Veale has authored and co-authored reports for a range of organisations, including the Law Society of England and Wales on Algorithms in the Justice System, the Royal Society and British Academy on the future of data governance, the United Nations on AI and public services, and the Commonwealth Secretariat on electoral cybersecurity. He has worked with a range of government departments and regulators in various capacities around issues of emerging technologies, law and society, including in the UK and the Netherlands.

Klaus Wiedemann (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)

Dr. Klaus Wiedemann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His doctoral thesis, which is going to be published by Springer in 2023, looks at personalised pricing in an e-commerce context. The dissertation analyses profiling as a technical phenomenon and examines the legal implications personalised prices have on consumers and general welfare. Its doctrinal part focuses on data protection, consumer and anti-discrimination law, exploring inter alia whether personalised prices can lead to unlawful discrimination of protected groups. The legal doctrinal research is based on a thorough analysis of the technical background of profiling and the economic implications of personalised prices. The thesis makes use of empirical findings (on how often and to what extent personalised pricing takes place in practice) and insights from other disciplines, in particular behavioural economics and psychology.

Klaus’ further research interests lie on questions relating to the data economy, in particular with regard to new digital business models and to the relationship between EU data protection and competition law. For example, he has published extensively on the question whether an infringement of the General Data Protection Regulation can constitute an exploitative abuse of dominance. Klaus firmly believes that in the digital economy, a holistic approach taking into consideration not only other legal disciplines but also insights from other scientific fields can generate valuable results and eventually benefit society.

Nicolo Zingales (FGV Brazil)

Nicolo Zingales is Professor of Information Law and Regulation at the law school of Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, where he heads the E-commerce Research Group. He is also an Non-Governmental Advisor and a UNDP consultant on digital markets for the Brazilian competition authority. His work cuts across competition, data protection and consumer law. He is a founder and director of CPDP LatAm, the leading conference on Computer Privacy and Data Protection in Latin America, and the CPDP LatAm Data Governance school. He holds an advanced law degree from the University of Bologna and a PhD in international law and economics from Bocconi University.


About the Chairs

Biographical information about our chairs:

Kyriakos Fountoukakos (HSF Brussels)

Kyriakos Fountoukakos is the Herbert Smith Freehills Brussels office managing partner and EMEA Regional Head of Practice for Competition, Regulation and Trade. He is widely recognised as a leading competition lawyer – ranked highly in the major directories including as a Global Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal for Competition – and has over 20 years of experience in competition law.

Kyriakos specialises in all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, cartels, antitrust investigations and advice, distribution agreements, dominance, and competition litigation before the EU courts. He has advised clients across a broad range of industries including TMT, pharmaceuticals, energy and mining, financial services, transport and consumer goods. Kyriakos works closely with the Herbert Smith Freehills network to provide advice on multi-jurisdictional transactions and investigations. He is particularly active in advising clients in Japan and manages Herbert Smith Freehills' cross-border Japan competition practice.

Kyriakos brings particular expertise through his former positions as a European Commission official at DG Competition's Merger Task Force (2001-2004) and as a Référendaire (legal assistant) in the cabinet of the President of the General Court of the EU (2004-2006). While at the Commission, he dealt with high-profile merger transactions (including appeals before the EU courts) and was part of the team that drafted the current Merger Regulation and accompanying notices.

Maria Ioannidou (QMUL)

Maria Ioannidou is a Senior Lecturer in competition law at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London where she also serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Competition and Consumers. Between August 2019 to September 2022 she served as Commissioner Rapporteur and Member of the Board of the Hellenic Competition Commission. She has also practiced competition law in leading law firms in Athens, Greece and Brussels, Belgium. Thus, her experience to date, incorporates perspectives from private practice, academia as well as public enforcement.

Maria studied law in Athens (BA, LLM) and Oxford (MJur, MPhil, DPhil), during which time she also worked as a researcher and conducted legal research in a wide range of EU and US competition law issues.

Her research interests lie in the area of EU and UK competition law, competition law enforcement, the interaction between competition and consumer law, and the competition/ regulation dichotomy with a particular focus on competition law enforcement in digital markets. Maria also serves as the managing editor for the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement and as an editor of the World Competition Law and Economics Review. She is the author of ‘Consumer Involvement in Private Competition Law Enforcement’ (OUP 2015).

Ioannis Lianos (Hellenic Competition Commission; UCL Laws)

Ioannis Lianos is Professor, Chair of Global Competition Law and Public Policy and founding Director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at the Faculty of Laws, University College London. He has published extensively books and articles in various languages and leading academic journals. His most recent publications include Competition Law (OUP, 2019), Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges (OUP, 2019), Reconciling Efficiency and Equity A Global Challenge for Competition Policy (CUP, 2019), Brands, Competition and IP Law (CUP, 2015), Damages Actions for Competition Law Infringements (OUP, 2015), Competition and the State (SUP, 2014), the two volumes Handbook in European Competition Law (Edward Elgar, 2013), Competition Law and Development (SUP, 2013). 

Lianos was previously Gutenberg Research Chair at France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Vincent Wright chair at Sciences Po (Paris), Academic Director of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, Higher School of Economics, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at WZB Berlin, an Emile Noel fellow at NYU law School, a visiting professor at the Universities of Chile in Santiago, the University of Strasbourg, among others, and has taught at many other Universities around the world. 

In 2012, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme prize for his seminal research. He is also a Laureat of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2005) and has received numerous prizes and scholarships for his research. 

He is co-editor of the Journal of Competition Law and Economics and of the Yearbook of European Law, both published by Oxford University press, the co-director of the Cambridge book series on Global Competition Law, Policy and Economics and sits at the advisory board of a number of Research Institutes in the area of competition law and policy around the world, as well as at the advisory board of the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice. Lianos is also member of the executive committee of the Academic Society of Competition Law (ASCOLA).

Deni Mantzari (UCL Laws)

Dr Despoina (Deni) Mantzari joined the UCL Faculty of Laws in September 2018 as a Lecturer in Competition Law and Policy and was promoted to Associate Professor in October 2020. Prior to joining UCL, she was a Lecturer at the University of Reading School of Law and Programme Director of the LLM in International Commercial Law (2014-2018). Deni holds a PhD from UCL (AHRC doctoral scholarship), an LL.M in European Union Law (distinction) from UCL and a law degree from the National University of Athens, Greece.

In 2013-2014, Deni was a postdoctoral research fellow at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia, where she undertook research on behavioural economics and comparative (EU, US) antitrust law. In 2010-2011, she was a visiting researcher at the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in the USA and in 2016-2017 she was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London where she undertook research on the influence of economic evidence on the discretionary assessments of the UK utility regulators as part of her BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant.

Deni is co-Director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at UCL, an associate fellow of the Centre of Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Deni is book review editor for the journal World Competition - Law and Economics Review (Kluwer Law), an associate editor for the Journal of Competition Law and Economics (OUP) and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP). She is also joint-Editor of Current Legal Problems. Since 2016, Deni is General Editor for the 'Competition Law of the European Union' treatise published by LexisNexis, succeeding the leading Competition Law Professor, Valentine Korah.

She has been invited to the judicial training programme of the European Commission and as a guest lecturer in many institutions. Prior to joining academia, Deni worked as a trainee lawyer and qualified to practice law in Greece (Athens Bar Association). Deni's monograph entitled: "Courts, Regulators and the Scrutiny of Economic Evidence - Comparative Perspectives" was published by Oxford University Press in September 2022.

Teresa Moreira (UNCTAD)

Teresa Moreira, Head, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development since 5 October 2016, and rotating officer in charge of the Division on International Trade and Commodities of UNCTAD since mid-October 2020, previously served as Consumer Director-General of Portugal (January 2010 - September 2016) and as a Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Authority (March 2003 - March 2008) when it was first established. She also served as Portugal's Director-General and Deputy Director General for International Economic Relations and held senior positions at the former Directorate-General for Competition. She worked for 20 years as a part-time Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon in the areas of International Economic Law and European Law as well as of European Competition Law and European Economic Law (graduate studies).

Teresa Moreira holds a Law Degree and a Masters' Degree in European Law (European Competition Law) by the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Joe Perkins (Compass Lexecon)

Joe is a Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Compass Lexecon, based in London. He is an economist who has worked in academia, consulting, and government. Joe provides expert advice to clients on regulatory and competition matters, with a focus on digital, energy and regulated utilities. Recent engagements include advising Google on the economics of mobile ecosystem competition, Spotify on potential market abuse in app markets, and Ofgem on fundamental reforms to British energy markets. 

In his capacity as Head of Research, Joe leads a team of professionals with deep expertise in economic theory, econometrics, and data science. Their focus is to advance Compass Lexecon’s thought leadership and develop increasingly efficient methods to analyze complex data and construct compelling arguments grounded in empirical analysis.

Before joining Compass Lexecon, Joe was Chief Economist at British energy regulator Ofgem, where he was responsible for overall analytical strategy and quality assurance and analysis of energy sector developments. Prior to this, Joe was director for regulation, consumers and competition at the National Audit Office. He began his career as an economist at HM Treasury.

Joe earned an MPhil in Economics (with Distinction) from Oxford University, where he was a prize fellow in economics at All Souls College. He is a Bye-Fellow in economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge.


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