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Emma Beddington is a UK qualified solicitor, freelance writer and editor. After a degree in history at Oxford University and professional training at the College of Law, London, she joined Linklaters in 1999. She has 10 years experience in antitrust law, working initially in Linklaters London office on a range of antitrust and merger files, and until 2010 as a Professional Support Lawyer to the competition practice in Brussels. Emma has contributed commentary on antitrust matters to the Times Law Reports, European Competition Law Review, Practical Law Company and Les Nouvelles. Since 2010 she has been a regular contributor to MLex Market Intelligence, writing on a range of antitrust and pharmaceutical law topics. She co-edits the Kluwer Law International European Cartel Digest.
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Sean-Paul Brankin, LL.M. is a counsel in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring and a member of Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group. Sean-Paul focuses his practice on issues involving UK and EU antitrust law, including merger control and counseling. Among others, Sean-Paul has extensive experience counseling clients on the IP/antitrust interface and dominance issues across the range of their activities. He has been involved in contentious matters before the European Commission and UK authorities and has litigated cases before the European Community courts, the Competition Appeals Tribunal in the UK and national courts in the UK and elsewhere. Sean-Paul has significant experience working with clients in a number of industries, pharmaceuticals, food and FMCG, chemicals, video games, and financial services. He also has experience advising gambling operators on French, UK and European competition law and on strategies to use competition law as a means for opening up local markets.
Sean-Paul received a first class law degree from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia in 1992. He taught UK constitutional and administrative law at Kings College London during the academic year of 1993/1994.
Before joining Crowell & Moring, Sean-Paul was a Legal Director at the UK Office of Fair Trading where he headed the competition team in the OFT's legal and policy unit and acted as the OFT's lead adviser on UK mergers, with cases including BSkyB/ITV, NASDAQ/LSE and BA/Flybe. Prior to joining the OFT Sean-Paul worked from 1994 in private practice advising on EU and UK antitrust law for Lovells in London and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels and Paris.
Sean-Paul is a regular speaker on competition matters.
Peter Citron is Counsel and Head of Practice Development and Knowhow for the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice at Hogan Lovells. Based in Brussels, Peter provides technical and practice support to lawyers across Europe. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Peter was an in-house competition lawyer at Euroclear, and a managing associate at Linklaters.
Peter is a graduate of Trinity College, Camdridge, holds a Licence Spéciale (Masters) in European Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and an MBA in legal practice from Nottingham Trent University.
Peter is a committee member and ex chair of the Law Society Competition Section in Brussels. He is the editor of Kluwer Competition Law Blog.
Thomas Graf is a partner with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton based in Brussels. His practice focuses on EC competition law, regulatory affairs, and intellectual property law. He has represented companies before the European Commission, national authorities and the Community Courts in a broad range of matters, including abuse of dominance cases, vertical restraints, horizontal cooperation, cartels, mergers and joint ventures, standardization, IP licensing, R&D agreements, regulatory questions, and free movement of goods. His experience covers a number of different industries, including IT, pharmaceuticals, media, sports rights, energy, and engineering. Thomas Graf is the Editor of Kluwer Competition Law Blog.
Jindrich Kloub is a case handler in the cartel division of the European Commission's DG Competition. In his position he deals with all aspects of the investigation and prosecution of international cartels. Prior to joining DG Competition, Jindrich worked in private practice in an international law firm in Prague, Czech Republic, dealing with corporate as well as antitrust matters. Jindrich obtained his law degree at the Charles University in Prague and received an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He teaches competition law as a visiting professor at the Catholic University in Lille and regularly writes and speaks at conferences on all areas of competition law with a particular focus on cartels and private damage actions, which are also the subject of his doctoral thesis. Jindrich is a member of the section of antitrust law of the American Bar Association. He co-edits the Kluwer Law International European Cartel Digest.
José Rivas is one of today’s leading antitrust attorneys. He is the Head of Bird & Bird’s International EU and Competition Group and a partner at Bird & Bird at its Brussels office. He has been practicing EC competition law since 1986, representing several complainants and clients under investigations, as well as handling numerous transactions before the EU Commission, national competition authorities, and pleading more than 20 antitrust cases before the EU courts. His expertise covers all areas of EU law, with particular specialization in EU competition law (Articles 101 & 102, State Aid and Merger Control) and public procurement. His sectoral expertise ranges from media, telecommunications, energy and biotech.
José is the editor of World Competition Law and Economics Review and a visiting Professor of Competition and State Aids Law at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus. He is also a member of the Working Groups on Competition and State Aids Law of The Confederation of European Business (Business Europe).
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Ymke Hofhuis works as an advisor on European law at the department of Physical Planning of the City of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on the impact of European environmental legislation on spatial planning. She was a university lecturer of EU Law at the University of Amsterdam from 1995 to 2006. As well as editing the looseleafs Competition Law in Western Europe and the USA and the Amsterdam Financial Series, from Kluwer Law International, she has also published numerous articles on EU substantive law. Her dissertation Minimum harmonisation in European Law was published in 2006.