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TWENTIETH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

GLOBAL SHIPPING IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

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, 8.30-17.00: 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

THE PROGRAMME

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

9.10-11.00 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

Contributions from a panel of experts, to include:

Guus Braakman, Advocaat, Rotterdam, Secretary General of EMLO (Panel Chairman) Hubert de Broca, Head of Unit, European Commission,

DG Competition: Transport, Post and Other Services, Brussels

Richard Lidinsky, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington DC Jeff Lawrence, Partner, Cozen O’Connor LLP, Washington DC Kirstie Nicholson, Counsel, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

The environmental challenges for ship owners

11.15-12.00 What are the regulatory challenges ahead and what technical solutions does industry have to offer?

Peter Appel, Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel (Panel Chairman) John Grant, UK Ship Power General Manager, Wärtsilä Martin Kröger, German Shipowners’ Association

12.00-12.45 What shipping lawyers and executives need to know about the gas revolution?

Ed Osterwald, Partner, CEG Europe, London

12.45-13.15 Gas as cargo or fuel: considering the key regulatory requirements, legal risks and liability issues

13.15-14.30 Lunch

14.30 Review of morning session

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

Procedural developments, third party actions and damages

14.45-15.15 Cartel settlements and commitment decisions: what are the pluses and minuses?

Has competition law lost its second name?

Philip Wareham, Hill Dickinson LLP, London (Panel Chairman) Luis Ortiz-Blanco, Partner, Garrigues, Madrid

15.15-15.45 Tea

15.45-17.00 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

Marjorie Holmes, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, London (Panel Chairman) 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 Closing remarks by the Chairman of EMLO, The Rt Hon. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, KG

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

I look forward to welcoming as many members as possible at our Annual Conference in November. It will be our twentieth – something to celebrate!

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE NOW.

The conference will explore the latest “hot” topics in competition law. Competition law is not just for the specialists but has a potentially huge impact on all commercial shipping transactions as well as creating business risks and opportunities which all shipping lawyers and their clients should be aware of. We will also be covering the current “hot” topic in the shipping industry, namely the “gas revolution” and exploring some of the associated legal requirements and risks.

 

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.

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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.

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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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