Mercatus Center’s 2nd Annual Antitrust Forum: Policy in Transition

Van Metre Hall Auditorium, GMU-Arlington Campus

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The Mercatus Antitrust Forum will bring together leaders from the antitrust community to discuss the state of antitrust enforcement policy, here and abroad, during the second year of the Biden Administration. The Conference will feature presentations by former and current leaders of the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department Antitrust Division, who will put into perspective the legal and economic policy ramifications of major enforcement, legislative, and policy initiatives in the antitrust space during 2022. Speakers will be leaders of the antitrust bar with diverse political perspectives who have contributed and will continue to contribute substantially to scholarship in this important area.


8:45 - 9:00 am: Opening Remarks

  • Alden Abbott, Conference Host and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Donald J. Boudreaux, Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Welcoming Remarks & Introduction of Speaker

  • James Cooper, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, Antonin Scalia Law School

9:00 - 9:50 am: Keynote | FTC Policymaking, William Kovacic

  • William Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Director, Competition Law Center at George Washington University

Reading Assignments:

9:50 - 10:45 am: Keynote | A Refresh for Antitrust Enforcement, Diana Moss

  • Diana Moss, President, American Antitrust Institute

Reading Assignment:

10:45 - 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: International Developments Panel: Updates from Abroad



  • Douglas Ginsburg, Senior Circuit Judge, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School


  • James Rill, Senior Counsel, Baker Botts. Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Fiona Schaeffer, Partner, Millbank
  • Bilal Sayyed, Senior Competition Counsel, TechFreedom. Former Director of the Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
  • Aurelien Portuese, Director, Antitrust and Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Reading Assignments:

12:00 - 12:30 pm: Break

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Fireside Chat | The Future of the FTC, Christine Wilson


Reading Assignments:

1:30 - 1:45 pm: Break

1:45 - 3:00 pm: Panel | FTC: Rulemaking, Guidelines, and More




  • William Blumenthal, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Koren Wong-Ervin, Antitrust Partner at Axinn, Veltrop, & Harkrider LLP
  • Barry Nigro, Partner and Chair of Global Competition Department, Fried Frank
  • Taylor Owings, Partner, Baker Botts, and former Chief of Staff, Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Reading Assignments:

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Panel | DOJ: Is Enforcement Policy Really Being Transformed?




  • Juan Artega, Partner, Crowell & Moring, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division
  • Thomas Barnett, Partner and co-chair Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, Covington
  • Andrew Finch, Co-chair, Antitrust Practice Group, Paul Weiss
  • Eric Grannon, Partner, White & Case

Reading Assignments:

4:00 - 4:45 pm: Government Representative Presentation


  • Doha Mekki, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, Antitrust Section

4:45 - 5:00 pm: Closing Remarks (Alden Abbott)

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Reception