What can shipping teach other industries about competition risk and compliance in a global economy?

Thursday, 6 November, 19.00-23.00: Opening reception and dinner

Blueprint Café

Design Museum, London SE1 2YD

Friday, 7 November, 8.30-17.15: Conference

Offices of Reed Smith LLP

The Broadgate Tower

20 Primrose Street

London EC2A 2RS

EMLO would like to thank CEG for its generous financial support and Reed Smith LLP for providing the conference venue and facilities


8.30 Coffee and Registration

9.00 Welcome by the Chairman of EMLO, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, KG

Current issues for debate in competition law

9.10-12.30 Latest hot topics in competition law: Where are we with global liner alliances?

Do we need a more uniform international approach to regulation?

  • Horizontal coordination and concentration: whether and where should lines be drawn?
  • The limits of block exemptions and treatment of JVs, alliances, VSAs and consortia falling outside their scope
  • How can different antitrust and merger control processes and outcomes most effectively be managed?
  • Should regulators in different countries be encouraged to talk to each other?

The panel of regulators and legal commentators from the key jurisdictions will examine and debate recent cases, in particular the recent P3 and other operating alliances, and the OECD proposals for sharing of confidential business information between regulators

Panel Chairman, Guus Braakman, Advocaat, Rotterdam, Secretary General of EMLO

The Regulators’ View

Li Hongyin, Deputy Director General, Domestic and International Shipping Affairs, Ministry of Transport, P.R. China

Xu Guibin, Director, Division of International Shipping, Bureau of Water Transport, Ministry of Transport, P.R. China

Hubert de Broca, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Competition: Transport, Post and Other Services, Brussels

Richard Lidinsky, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington DC

10.30-11.00 Questions

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

The Regulateds’ View

Camilla Jain Holtse, Head of Competition Compliance, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Copenhagen

Jeff Lawrence, Partner, Cozen O’Connor LLP, Washington DC

Kirstie Nicholson, Counsel, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

12.00-12.30 Questions

EMLO would like to thank CEG for its generous financial support and Reed Smith LLP for providing the conference venue and facilities

12.30-12.45 Review of the Morning Session

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, KG

12.45-13.45 Lunch

The environmental challenges for ship owners

13.45-14.30 What are the regulatory challenges ahead and what technical solutions does industry have to offer?

Panel Chairman, Peter Appel, Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel, Copenhagen

Paul Bennett, Senior Member, UK Ship Power Team, Wärtsilä

Martin Kröger, German Shipowners’ Association

14.30-15.15 What shipping lawyers and executives need to know about the gas revolution?

Ed Osterwald, Partner, CEG Europe, London

15.15-15.30 Tea

Procedural developments, third party actions and damages

15.30-16.00 Cartel settlements and commitment decisions: what are the pluses and minuses?

Has competition law lost its second name?

Panel Chairman, Philip Wareham, Hill Dickinson LLP, London

Luis Ortiz-Blanco, Partner, Garrigues, Madrid

16.00-17.00 Using competition law to your commercial advantage: complaints, claims and

damages. Experts’ panel will discuss key challenges and solutions, including –

  • Overview of the current EU landscape and the Damages Directive
  • The in-house lawyer’s perspective
  • Bringing successful claims - some practical tips and traps
  • Quantum, pass-on, class actions and other thorny issues
  • Issues arising out of commitments in the context of litigation

Panel Chairman, Marjorie Holmes, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, London Nils von Hinten Reed, Managing Partner, CEG Europe, Brussels Christopher Rother, Antitrust Counsel, Deutsche Bahn, Berlin

Rob Murray, Head of Antitrust Recovery, Mishcon de Reya, London

17.00 -17.15 Questions

Closing remarks by the Chairman of EMLO, The Rt Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, KG

EMLO would like to thank CEG for its generous financial support and Reed Smith LLP for providing the conference venue and facilities

Registration & Payment Instructions:

To register please click here or contact us by e-mail at registration@emlo.org


  • £500 for paid-up EMLO members - remember that if your firm holds corporate membership of EMLO up to four delegates can attend at the discounted member rate
  • £175 for paid-up EMLO academic members
  • £625 for non-members
  • £50 for students to attend the conference only (number of places strictly limited)

The opening reception and dinner on 6 November are included in the fee (no discount for those not attending). Additional places for guests or students are £90.00.

All prices are in pounds sterling net of all bank charges.

Payment via PayPal (preferred),. For bank transfers contact the Membership Secretary via enquiries@emlo.org.

Payment by cheque: Cheques or drafts made payable to ‘European Maritime Law Organisation’ should be sent to Philip Wareham, The Treasurer, European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO), c/o Hill Dickinson LLP, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW, United Kingdom, together with the full names of all delegates, firm/organisation name and address, e-mail, phone and other contact details. Please indicate if you will not be attending the Opening Reception and/or Conference Dinner.

VAT: EMLO is not registered for VAT. No VAT invoice can be issued.

Membership: Please address membership queries to the Membership Secretary, Tess Bright, at enquiries@emlo.org. If you are not currently a member but would like to attend the conference and take advantage of the members’ discount you can join via the EMLO website for £50 as an individual member and your membership will carry through to January 2016.

Changes/Cancellation: No liability is assumed by EMLO for changes to programme date, content, speakers or venue or any cancellation of the events beyond the organisers’ control.

Privacy Notice: Details provided by you will be used to process your registration and your name and organisation will be included on badges/ delegate lists at the conference. All details will be made available to the European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO) in connection with the organisation of this event and for general administrative and record purposes. Please note that by providing such information you consent to it being circulated to the officers of EMLO, some of whom are located outside the EEA. Every reasonable effort is however made to keep such information confidential.

Non-members: If you are interested in receiving details of other EMLO events contact enquiries@emlo.org.

Practical Information: For practical information about the venue and transport or any special requirements (access, dietary etc.) please contact Tess Bright on +44 (0)117 9315001.

Sponsorship: Please contact the Treasurer if you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event.

EMLO would like to thank CEG for its generous financial support and Reed Smith LLP for providing the conference venue and facilities


About Us

The "European Maritime Law Organisation" (EMLO) was established to provide a neutral and independent forum for debate and research on issues of interest to those concerned with EU maritime affairs. 

We are an independent body and hold conferences and seminars on all aspects of EU maritime law, ranging from competition and trade to safety and the environment.

EMLO has been at the forefront of developments in EU maritime policy as that policy has evolved over the past two decades.  Founded in 1991 shortly after the first proceedings (against the Far Eastern Freight Conference) had commenced, EMLO had an inaugural conference in London in October of that year.  The keynote speech was delivered by Helmut Kreis.  That set the scene for subsequent Annual Conferences which have attracted leading speakers from the European Commission and engendered plenty of lively debate.

EMLO is THE place where the latest legal trends and developments in EU maritime competition law and general maritime law are reported, analysed and critically debated and is widely attended by the foremost EU maritime practitioners and compliance officers from owners, forwarders and shippers and the relevant trade associations.

EMLO has been fortunate in having had strong support from both DG Competition and DG TREN over the years and many major policy announcements by the Commission have been made at EMLO Conferences.  The Fourteenth Annual Conference which took place in Copenhagen in October 2008 and drew a capacity audience of 110 delegates and speakers, with a keynote speech by Olivier Guersent who had only recently taken over as acting Director of the Transport Service Directorate in DG Competition. 

Mr Guersent gave an overview of the new maritime competition regime resulting from the abolition of Council Regulation 4056/86.  Competition law has traditionally been the main focus of the conferences but EMLO has not neglected other policy areas such as developments in the field of maritime safety and the environment, and specialised sectors such as ports, P&I clubs and state aid.  Future conferences and events will continue in this tradition.

Most of the EMLO Annual Conferences have taken place in London or Brussels but this has not prevented EMLO from having successful conferences in Rotterdam, Genoa and Valletta (jointly with the Malta Maritime Law Association) Dublin and, most recently,  Hamburg.

When in 1994 the European Commission presented its draft block exemption covering liner consortia, EMLO held a special seminar at the Europe Institute in Leiden to discuss the proposals and submitted comments that proved to be quite influential on the wording of the regulation that was finally adopted.

To coincide with the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 EMLO decided to promote smaller scale seminars in the new Member States and has therefore since met has met in Limassol, Gdynia and Istanbul.  Members can attend both a Spring Seminar between March and May (dates vary) and the Annual Conference (generally on the Friday of the third week of October, with a dinner the night before).

EMLO is a membership organisation that depends primarily on the continued support of its members, who receive discounts on attendance fees and various other benefits.  If you are not already a member we would appreciate your support: please apply online via the Registration page on this site.

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