Mercatus Antitrust Forum: One Year of Biden Antitrust

Jan 26, 2022

Event Speakers

Alden Abbott

Senior Research Fellow

Donald J. Boudreaux

Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

William W. Kovacic

Director, Competition Law Center, George Washington University

Diana L. Moss

President, American Antitrust Institute

Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

William Blumenthal

Partner, Sidley; Former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission

Bruce Hoffman

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb

Koren Wong-Ervin

Antitrust Partner at Axinn, Veltrop, & Harkrider LLP

Christine S. Wilson

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Howard Shelanski

Partner, Antitrust and Competition, Davis Polk

Eric Grannon

Partner White & Case

Andrew C. Finch

Co-chair, Antitrust Practice Group, Paul, Weiss

Thomas Barnett

Partner and co-chair Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, Covington

Juan A. Arteaga

Partner, Crowell Moring; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ, Antitrust Division

Douglas H. Ginsburg

Senior Circuit Judge; Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

James F. Rill

Senior Counsel, Baker Botts; former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ, Antitrust Division

Fiona A. Schaeffer

Partner, Millbank

Bilal Sayyed

Senior Competition Counsel, TechFreedom; former Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission

Aurelien Portuese

Director of The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Svetlana Gans

Vice President & Associate General Counsel, NCTA

Henry N. Butler

Henry G. Manne Chair in Law and Economics and Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School

Barry Nigro

Chair of the Global Antitrust and Competition Department, Fried Frank

Dr. Robert Kulick

Associate Director at NERA, and Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

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.

Agenda

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

Moderator:

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

Speakers

  • 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

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • 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

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • 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)

Speaker

  • 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)