Pros and Cons 2013

We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.

The seminars, which are open for competition authority employees, researchers, lawyers and competition consultants, have been appreciated for the open discussion among the participants and we hope that this year’s seminar will be no exception.

Seminar in Stockholm on December 6

This year, the theme for the seminar is "The Pros and Cons of Counterfactuals". As in previous years we will arrange a seminar in Stockholm on December 6 where the contributors will present their papers and leading officials from competition authorities around the world will be the discussants.

Preliminary Programme, Friday, December 6, 2013

9.00 Registration
9.20 Introduction by the moderator: Sten Nyberg, Professor, Stockholm University
9.30 Richard Whish, Professor, Kings College: What would we do if we did not use counterfactuals
Discussant: Bruno Lassere, President, French Competition Authority
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Damien Geradin, Professor, Covington & Burling: Counterfactual Analysis in Merger Control

Cento Veljanovski, Managing Partner, CASE Associates: Counterfactuals in Competition Law - Uses and Abuses

Discussant: Linda Orvedal, Chief Economist, Norwegian Competition Authority

13.00 Lunch

Miguel de la Mano, Head of unit, DG Markt: Counterfactuals in Unilateral Conduct Cases

Discussant: Wojciech Dorabialski, Head of Unit - Economic Analysis, Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection

15.00 Coffee


Vivien Rose, Chairman, Competition Appeal Tribunal: Predicting the Past: Constructing Counterfactuals in Antitrust Damages Claims

Discussant: Šarūnas Keserauskas, Chairman of the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania

16.30 Closing of seminar

Each speaker has 30 minutes for their presentations; the discussants have 15 minutes each, leaving 15 minutes for general discussion.


The seminar venue is Sergel Plaza Hotel in the center of Stockholm. The conference location and Arlanda Express, the express rail link with Stockholm Arlanda Airport can be seen on this map.


Registration is closed.

All matters regarding registration and accommodation are handled by Meetagain,


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our head of the organizing committee Arvid Fredenberg at

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