2020 antitrust trends: High tech & the global wave of regulation

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The technology sector is under a microscope.

Across the globe, regulatory and enforcement agencies, legislative bodies and private parties have launched a tsunami of legal actions focused on the scope, market power and dominance of technology companies.  In the words of one industry expert:  “We are indisputably in for five more years of intense and significant intervention in the digital economy.” 

Working with a panel of international legal and technology experts, we will explore the following topics:

  • US – the expanding and extensive level of antitrust focus on the tech sector by regulatory agencies, as well as an explosion of investigations and litigation being initiated by Congressional committees, state attorneys general and private litigants;
  • EMEA – the launch of a sector-wide inquiries into digital platforms by the European Commission, and the anticipated scope of new regulations that will seek to corral the market power of large technology companies; and
  • Technology/Analytics – as companies are subject to an increased level of cross-border antitrust/competition scrutiny, data experts will advise on best practices for managing the strategic discovery of sensitive information that may be produced in multiple jurisdictions.

Distinguished Speakers

Oral Pottinger, Moderator

Partner, Antitrust & Competition Practice, Mayer Brown, LLP, DC

Oral Pottinger is a Partner in the Antitrust & Competition practice at Mayer Brown. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal antitrust investigations, antitrust counseling, antitrust litigation, advertising and consumer protection matters. Oral is also a member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice and has served as a trusted advisor to corporate clients identifying and implementing effective e-discovery solutions addressing many complex legal matters, including: government investigations, class action discovery, information risk management, defensible disposition, and e-discovery best practices.

JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BA, Howard University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Kevin Coates

Senior Of Counsel, Covington, LLP, Brussels

Kevin Coates advises clients on critical antitrust matters drawing on his extensive public sector experience in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, most recently as Head of a Cartel Unit.  His practice has a particular focus on advising companies in the electronics, technology, software and e-commerce sectors.  Kevin advises on all aspects of EU, UK and international competition law, including merger control, compliance, cartels and leniency, and abuse of dominance.

Kevin served as Head of a Cartel Unit at the Directorate-General for Competition (“DG Comp”) at the European Commission between 2012 and 2016.  Prior to this, he held several positions within DG Comp, over nearly 20 years in total, including advising the Director General of DG Comp on policy and communications issues, and overseeing competition cases in the telecoms and media sectors. While working for the Director General, Kevin was one of the team that produced the Guidance on Enforcement Priorities under Article 102.

College of Europe, Law; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, Law.

Derek Moore

Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission

Derek W. Moore is an attorney advisor in the Office of Policy Planning at the FTC, and is currently on detail to the Technology Enforcement Division in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. He has served as an attorney advisor to FTC Commissioner Joshua D. Wright and as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Claude M. Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to joining the FTC, he practiced antitrust law in Washington, DC.

JD, University of Virginia School of Law; BA, Economics, University of Virginia

Bishu Solomon Girma

Vice President, Client Services and Forensics, EMEA Region, Epiq

Bishu Solomon is an experienced leader in eDiscovery and document review services.  In March 2018, Bishu joined the Epiq European organization as the Senior Director of Client Services responsible for overseeing client services professionals across the UK, Germany, and Switzerland. In her current role as Vice President of Client Services and Forensics, she manages client services and forensic activity across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Bishu works with clients to ensure that Epiq’s service delivery takes into account the unique demands of each region with EMEA.  She has over eight years of eDiscovery management experience. Bishu joined Epiq after working in the eDiscovery division of a Big Four firm in Toronto. She has overseen more than 400 contract reviewers and managed the eDiscovery and document review process for dozens of complex litigation reviews and regulatory investigations.  Prior to entering the eDiscovery business, Bishu acted as in-house counsel for a large Canadian corporation and received her legal training at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. 

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (JD); Rotman School of Management (MBA).


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