Pros and Cons 2012

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 November 9

This year, the theme for the seminar is "More Pros and Cons of Merger Control". As in previous years we will arrange a seminar in Stockholm on November 9 where the contributors will present their papers and leading officials from competition authorities around the world will be the discussants.

Programme, Friday, November 9, 2012

8.30 Registration and coffee
9.00 Introduction by the moderator: Dan Sjöblom, Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority

Doris Hildebrand: European School of Thought in EU Merger Control

Discussant: Per Hellström, European Commission

10.00 Coffee

Tomaso Duso: A Decade of Ex‐post Merger Policy Evaluations: A Progress Report

Discussant: John Davies, OECD


Aditi Mehta: Choosing the Appropriate Control Group in Merger Evaluations

Discussant: Mateusz Błachucki, Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection

12.20 Lunch

Michal Gal: Merger Policy for Small and Micro Jurisdictions

Discussant: Vincent Martenet, Swiss Competition Commission

14.20 Coffee

Lars Sørgard: Merger Screening in Markets with Differentiated Products

Discussant: Manuel Sebastião, Portuguese Competition Authority

15.30 Panel Session: New tools like UPP - just for screening or more?
16.30 Closing of seminar

Each speaker has 30 minutes for their presentations; the discussants have 10 minutes each, leaving 10 minutes for general discussion.


The seminar venue is Nordic Light Hotel, directly adjacent to Arlanda Express, the express rail link with Stockholm Arlanda Airport.


Doris Hildebrand, EE&MC - European Economic & Marketing Consultants
Tomaso Duso, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics
Aditi Mehta, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Michal Gal, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
Lars Sørgard, Norwegian School of Economics

We have the pleasure of announcing that the following senior officials will comment on the presentations:

Per Hellström, European Commission
John Davies, OECD Mateusz Błachucki, Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection
Vincent Martenet, Swiss Competition Commission
Manuel Sebastião, Portuguese Competition Authority


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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