Mercatus Antitrust Forum: One Year of Biden Antitrust

Jan 26, 2022

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About This Event:

The inaugural Mercatus Center Antitrust Conference will bring together leaders from the antitrust community to discuss the state of antitrust enforcement policy, here and abroad, during the first 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 2021. 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 - 9:05 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

  • Professor Henry Butler, Executive Director, Law & Economics Center, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School

9:05 - 10:00 am: Keynote Speech - Antitrust Enforcement: Orderly Evolution or Radical Revolution?

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

Reading Assignments:

10:00 - 10:45 am: Keynote Speech - The Revitalization of Antitrust Enforcement

  • Diana Moss, President, American Antitrust Institute

Reading Assignment:

10:45 - 11:00 am: Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm: Federal Trade Commission Developments: Mergers, Rules, and More


  • Svetlana Gans, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association.


  • William Blumenthal, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Bruce Hoffman, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Koren Wong-Ervin, Antitrust Partner at Axinn, Veltrop, & Harkrider LLP
  • Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr. – Partner, Antitrust & Competition, Fried Frank
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Section Chair, Antitrust & Competition Law Partner, Baker Botts

Reading Assignments:

12:30 - 1:00 pm: Break

1:00 - 1:45 pm: Keynote Speech - The FTC and the Rule of Law

  • Christine S. Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Reading Assignments:

1:45 - 2:00 pm: Break

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Department Of Justice Panel


  • Professor Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown University & Partner at Davis Polk LLP


  • Juan Arteaga, Partner, Cromwell & Morning LLP
  • Thomas Barnett, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Andrew Finch, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Eric Grannon, Partner, White & Case LLP

Reading Assignments:

3:30 - 5:00 pm: International Developments Panel


  • Hon. Douglas Ginsburg, Professor of Law, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School


  • Aurelien Portuese, Director of The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • James Rill, Senior Counsel, Baker Botts
  • Bilal Sayyed, Senior Competition Counsel, TechFreedom
  • Fiona Schaeffer, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Reading Assignments

5:00 - 5:20 pm: Special Presentation: Concentration in the American Economy (Dr. Robert Kulick)


  • Dr. Robert Kulick, Associate Director at NERA, and Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

5:20 - 5:35 pm: Closing: Conference Summary (Alden Abbott)