Speaker Bios

Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School

Anu Bradford is the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School. She is also a Director for the European Legal Studies Center. Her research and teaching focus on international trade law, European Union law, and comparative and international antitrust law. Before joining the faculty at Columbia in 2012, Bradford was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She has also taught at Harvard College, Brandeis University, and the University of Helsinki. Bradford earned her S.J.D. (2007) and LL.M. (2002) degrees from Harvard Law School, and also holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki. After completing her LL.M. studies as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, Bradford practiced antitrust law and EU law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels for two years before returning to Harvard for her doctoral studies. She has also served as an adviser on economic policy in the Parliament of Finland, and as an expert assistant to a member of the European Parliament. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named Bradford a Young Global Leader.

Adam Chilton, University of Chicago Law School

Adam Chilton is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Chilton’s research interests lie at the intersection of empirical legal studies and international law. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Yale University. After college, Chilton worked as a management consultant for BCG. He then went to Harvard University, where he earned a J.D., as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Adriaan Dierx, European Commission, DG Competition

Adriaan Dierx is a senior expert on ex-post economic evaluation within the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission. He has managed a number of studies aimed at evaluating the economic impact of the European Commission’s competition policy interventions. Previously, he was entrusted with the investigation of antitrust infringements and merger proposals in transport, postal, and other services sectors.

Before moving to the Competition Directorate General, Dr. Dierx was responsible for analyzing EU market integration, competitiveness, and innovation policies within the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. He has been intensively involved in discussions on how to stimulate structural reforms within the European Union, with a view to improve its economic performance.

Dr. Dierx has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published on EU structural reform, economic integration, and regional development issues in international journals, books, and European Economy working papers.

Sean Ennis, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Dr. Sean F. Ennis is currently a Senior Economist in the Competition Division of the OECD, where he is engaged in economic analysis for competition law and policy, including consumer impacts, cartels, regulated and digital sectors, and fines and damages. Dr. Ennis was the Executive Director of the Competition Commission of Mauritius from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Ennis previously served as a Senior Economist at the OECD, where he initiated and led the OECD’s competition assessment project, an international effort to develop and foster best practices for identifying and removing the anticompetitive effects of regulation. He also was responsible for OECD work on competition and reform in regulated industries in support of the OECD’s Working Party on Competition and Regulation. Prior to that, he worked as an economist at the European Commission’s DG Competition, and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, developing economic analyses for competition law investigations

Damien Geradin, Tilburg University

Professor Damien Geradin is the Founding Partner of EDGE | Legal Thinking, a Brussels-based boutique law firm specialized in EU competition law and intellectual property law. Geradin is also currently a Professor of Competition Law & Economics at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and at George Mason University School of Law (Washington, DC). He is also a visiting Professor at University College London. Geradin has held visiting professorships at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, UCLA School of Law, and the College of Europe, Bruges. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Paris II (Assas) and at King’s College London, and was also a Fulbright scholar and visiting lecturer at Yale Law School.

During the past 20 years, Geradin has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 20 books and 100 scientific papers in the field of competition law, IP law, and the regulation of network industries. His most recent books are EU Competition Law & Economics (with Nicolas Petit and Anne Layne-Farrar) (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Global Antitrust Law & Economics (with Einer Elhauge) (Foundation Press, 2nd Ed. 2012).

Geradin is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics (published by OUP), a nongovernemental adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN), and a member of the International Task Force of the ABA’s Section of Antitrust.

Geradin has acted as an expert witness in numerous arbitration and litigation proceedings. His work has been cited by the Court of Justice of the EU, the U.S. Supreme Court, various U.S. Courts of Appeals, and regulatory proceedings.

Thomas Groll, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Thomas Groll received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in economics from the University of Oregon, and a Diplom/M.Sc. in economics from the University of Konstanz, Germany. His main academic interests relate to topics in public economics, industrial organization, and political economy. His current research focuses on lobbying activities, financial regulation, and market competition.

Fabienne Ilzkovitz, European Commission, DG Competition

Fabienne Ilzkovitz is principal advisor responsible for economic evaluation of competition policy in the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission. She is also Associate Professor in the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Previously, Ilzkovitz held a position of director responsible for the implementation of EU competition policy in the area of transport and postal services in the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission, and has held several head-of-unit positions in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. Before joining the Commission, she was a research fellow at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and she worked in the research department of the National Bank of Belgium. Ilzkovitz has published several papers and contributed to several books dealing with European integration, competition policy, and industrial economics.

Suzanne Kingston, Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin

Suzanne Kingston is a barrister practicing at the Irish bar, specialising in EU law, and is a Professor of Law at University College Dublin. She regularly appears before the EU and Irish courts, and has published widely. She served as a référendaire in the cabinet of Advocate General Geelhoed at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg from 2004 to 2006. During the Spring 2014, Kingston was an international visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

Kai-Uwe Kühn, University of East Anglia

Professor Kai-Uwe Kühn is Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Center for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia, and Visiting Professor at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf. From May 2011 to August 2013, Kühn was Chief Economist at DG Competition of the European Commission, leading 25 economists involved in merger, antitrust, litigation, state aid, and policy work.

Kühn is a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London, and has been the Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. He has published in leading journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the RAND Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. His research interests cover theoretical, experimental, and empirical industrial organization, and have addressed a wide range of topics including competition in durable goods, vertical integration and vertical restraints, collusion, coordinated effects of mergers, market foreclosure, and the impact of credit constraints on market behavior. In addition to his academic work and service at DG Competition, Kühn has advised private companies and competition authorities for many years in competition cases.

Bruno Lasserre, Conseil d’État (France)

Bruno Lasserre is a Member of the Conseil d’État, the French supreme administrative court, which he joined in 1978 after graduating from École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the French national school for civil service.

Between 1989 and 1997, Lasserre served as Director for Regulatory Affairs, and then Director General for Posts and Telecommunications, at the French Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He developed and implemented a comprehensive overhaul of the telecommunications sector—culminating in its full opening to competition—as well as in the creation of an independent regulator.

Lasserre returned to the Conseil d’État in 1998, where he chaired the First Chamber for three years before becoming Deputy Chairman for all litigation activities, between 2002 and 2004.

After serving as Member of the Board of the Conseil de la Concurrence (1998-2004), he was appointed President in July 2004; and in this capacity pushed through a major reform that transformed it into the Autorite de la Concurrence, an organization that is responsible for merger review and competition advocacy in addition to antitrust enforcement. He chaired the Autorité until September 2016, and has since chaired the Home Affairs Division of the Conseil d’État. Lasserre is also a Commander of the French Légion d’honneur and a Commander of the French Ordre National du Mérite.

Nicholas Levy, Cleary Gottlieb

Nicholas Levy is a Cleary Gottlieb Partner based in Brussels and London. His practice focuses on EU and U.K. antitrust law.

Levy has extensive experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures under the EU Merger Regulation and U.K. Enterprise Act, coordinating the notification of international transactions, and advising on all aspects of antitrust law, including anti-cartel enforcement, collaborative arrangements, vertical agreements, and unilateral conduct. Over the past 25 years, he has been involved in numerous matters before the European Commission, the U.K. Competition & Markets Authority, the EU Courts in Luxembourg, and the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Levy has written and spoken widely on a broad array of European competition law issues, and has authored a two-volume treatise entitled European Merger Control Law: A Guide to the Merger Regulation, published by LexisNexis. In 2015, one of his publications was awarded the Best Antitrust Business Article (Mergers Category) by the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards.

Levy joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1990 and became a partner in 1999. He is a graduate of Oxford University and the City University of London.

Levy is a member of the Bar of England and Wales, and is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Katerina Linos, University of California Berkeley School of Law

Katerina Linos’ research and teaching interests include international law, comparative law, European Union law, employment law, and health care law.

One key area of her research examines why law reforms and policy innovations spread around the world in waves. The law and politics of the European Union are another key area of Linos’ research. Despite being the most integrated international legal order we know, the European Union has stumbled in its efforts to fully harmonize the laws of its member states. Linos finds that member states delay the implementation of EU directives not out of strategic motivations, but mostly due to limitations in state capabilities.

Linos’ research appears in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of International Law, the American Journal of Political Science, the California Law Review, Comparative Political Studies, the European Sociological Review, International Organization, the Journal of European Public Policy and the Yale Journal of International Law.

She has won an award from the Hellman Family Fund to study National Human Rights Institutions empirically. She holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. from Harvard, and was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Philip Marsden, U.K. Competition and Markets Authority

Dr. Philip Marsden is an Inquiry Chair at the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, deciding on Phase Two Merger cases and Market Investigation References, and chairing Case Decision Groups in antitrust cases. He is also a member of the Case Decisions Committee, the Enforcement Decisions Committee, and the Regulatory Decisions Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payment Systems Regulator.

Marsden is a competition lawyer with over 30 years of experience in advising corporates and governments, particularly on fast-moving consumer markets and agency decisionmaking. He is Professor of Law and Economics at the College of Europe, Bruges, teaching the core LL.M. competition course. His current research interests include innovation incentives, comparative competition law, and issues arising in online markets. Marsden is Co-Founder and General Editor of the European Competition Journal, and of the Oxford University Press Competition Law case reporter series. He is also a Board member of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities, and is a member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

Marsden’s past career includes serving on the Board of the Office of Fair Trading; chairing the British Institute’s Competition Law Forum, and working in private practice in London, Toronto, and Tokyo, and as a competition official. He earned his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Oxford. Marsden is also a keen distance runner and rower.

Christopher Megaw, WilmerHale

Chris Megaw represents clients in criminal investigations, complex civil antitrust litigation, and government review of mergers and acquisitions, and he counsels clients on a range of antitrust issues. Megaw serves clients in a broad set of industries including oil and gas, technology, electronic components, telecommunications, and pulp. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Megaw interned at the Federal Trade Commission in the Bureau of Competition, and studied international trade and antitrust enforcement as a research assistant at Columbia Law School.

Paul Nihoul, General Court of the European Union

Born 1963; graduated in law from the Universite catholique de Louvain (1988); Master of Laws, Harvard University (1989); Doctor of Laws (1998); graduated in philology (1984) and philosophy (1984) from the Universite catholique de Louvain; Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Communities (1991-95); researcher at the Universite catholique de Louvain (1995‑99); Professor at the University of Groningen (1999-2001), then at the Universite catholique de Louvain (2001-16); Visiting Professor at a number of universities, in particular at Paris Dauphine University (2013-16); Chair of the Academic Society for Competition Law (2013-16); chief editor of a number of legal journals; Judge at the General Court since 19 September 2016.

Sharyn O’Halloran, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Sharyn O’Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economy and Professor of International and Public Affairs, and serves as the Senior Vice Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University in New York City. A political scientist and economist by training, O’Halloran has written extensively on issues related to the political economy of international trade and finance, regulation and institutional reform, economic growth and democratic transitions, and the political representation of minorities.

O’Halloran received a B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California San Diego. O’Halloran then went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D., also from University of California San Diego. Her work focuses on formal and quantitative methods and their application to politics, economics, and public policy.

Okeoghene Odudu, Cambridge University

Dr. Okeoghene Odudu is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Odudu’s research interests lie in the area of competition law. He has been particularly keen to consider the purpose, meaning, and operation of what is now Article 101 TFEU, which is the subject of his monograph, The Boundaries of EC Competition Law: The Scope of Article 81 (OUP, 2006). Dr. Odudu’s current research focuses on the relationship between the market and the state. At present he is working on ideas of competitive neutrality, examining the ability to apply competition law to state-owned and state-funded service providers, focusing on the National Health Service in England. He is also interested in the enforceability of competition law, and the relationship between the substantive rules and procedures for enforcement.

Dr. Odudu served as Deputy Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies from September 2006 until December 2010, and has been Co-Editor of the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies since 2008. From September 2004 to September 2006 he was Lecturer in Competition Law at the School of Law, King’s College London, teaching EU competition law and U.S. antitrust, having previously been Fellow in Law at Downing College, Cambridge. He read law as an undergraduate at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and received an M.A. in Criminology from Keele University (funded by the ESRC), before moving to Keble College, Oxford, to engage in competition law research. Dr. Odudu’s research into aspects of Article 101 TFEU was funded by the AHRB and supervised by Professor Paul Craig; his doctorate (examined by Professor Stephen Weatherill and Professor Richard Whish) was conferred in 2003. During his time as a doctoral student, Dr. Odudu was awarded a Scholarship by the Kennedy Memorial Trust and spent a year at the European Law Research Center, Harvard Law School, conducting research on various aspects of U.S. antitrust.

Marieke Scholz, European Commission

Marieke is Deputy Head of the unit responsible for Antitrust in the telecommunications sector in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. Scholz graduated as a lawyer from Humboldt Universität Berlin (Germany), and holds a Masters degree in European Studies from Università di Siena (Italy). After private practice in a Brussels law firm, Scholz joined the European Commission in 2007, where she has been working mainly on antitrust enforcement and policy with a particular focus on the IT and telecommunications sectors.

Fiona Scott Morton, Yale University School of Management

Fiona M. Scott Morton is a Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management, where she has been on the faculty since 1999. Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Topics of her published articles range widely across industries—from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals, to Internet retailing, and her work has been published in leading economics journals. The focus of her current research is competition in healthcare markets and antitrust (competition) economics. From 2011to 2012 Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation’s antitrust laws. At Yale School of Management, she teaches courses in the areas of competitive strategy and antitrust economics. She served as Associate Dean from 2007 to 2010, and won the school’s teaching award in 2007 and 2016. She has filled an editing role on various academic economics journals, has won several research grants from the National Science Foundation, and is a Research Associate at NBER. Scott Morton has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the United States and Europe. Scott Morton lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Nathaniel Sokol, Columbia Law School ‘16

Nathaniel Sokol is a Law Clerk at Davis, Polk & Wardwell, LLP where he has split his time between antitrust and restructuring matters. Sokol received his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School in 2016, where he helped conduct an empirical study of antitrust legislative growth as a Research Assistant for Professor Anu Bradford. During his time at Columbia he also interned for the the Honorable Judge Ronnie Abrams in the Southern District of New York, and for the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division in New York. Prior to law school, Sokol applied big-data analysis techniques as an equity analyst at ITG Investment Research.

Andreas Stephan, University of East Anglia

Andreas Stephan is a Professor of Competition Law, and beginning in August 2017 will be Head of the University of East Anglia Law School in the U.K. He is a faculty member of the UEA’s renowned Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), and has a background in both law and economics, having published widely on all aspects of cartel enforcement. Stephan’s research into public attitudes to price fixing and the design of the U.K.’s criminal cartel offence have been cited in various government and agency reports. He has a particular interest in compliance issues and competition law in developing and emerging economies. He is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network’s Advocacy Working and Cartel Working groups, and is a member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Research Partnership Platform. He regularly comments on competition cases in the U.K. national press, having been quoted in the Financial Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, among others, and has been invited to speak on BBC Radio.

James Venit, Dentons

Jim Venit has been practicing competition law in Brussels since 1980. He has had extensive international antitrust and European competition law experience, and has represented multinational companies in proceedings under the EU Merger Regulation and Articles 101 and 102, involving a wide-range of industries and economic sectors. Venit has handled major mergers such as Volvo/Scania, GE/ Honeywell, Arcelor/Mittal, and Outokumpu/Thyssen Krupp, major Commission investigations such as Intel, and has been involved in landmark cases, including Lufthansa/United Alliance, GSK/Spanish Pricing and Yamaha. He also has extensive experience counseling companies on compliance matters and in the implementation of compliance programs.

Venit has written extensively on various aspects of EU competition law and was named one of the “Top 10 Antitrust Lawyers” from around the world by Global Counsel. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Venit was named a leading practitioner in his field by Who’s Who Legal: Competition Lawyers & Economists, and by Who’s Who Legal: Competition.

Cristiana Vitale, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Cristiana Vitale has worked in the field of competition and regulation for the last 20 years, holding a variety of positions in the public and private sector. Currently she is a Senior Competition Policy Expert at the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, where she has contributed to a range of projects on competition in regulated sectors and, for the last five years, has been responsible for coordinating the work of the Working Party on Competition and Regulation. Previously Vitale was a Senior Economic Consultant at Lear, in Italy, and an Economic Adviser for the Office of Fair Trading and the Office for Communication in the U.K. Vitale graduated in Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan, and holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Alexander Weaver, Linklaters LLP

Alexander Weaver is a U.S. Associate at Linklaters LLP’s New York office. Weaver’s practice focuses on complex international transactions and regulatory advice, with particular emphasis on Latin American and Southern European markets. He is an inaugural Research Fellow of the Columbia Law European Legal Studies Center, and is a graduate of Columbia Law School (J.D. 2016), where he received the Edwin Parker Prize for distinguished work in international and comparative law. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of European Law in its 22nd volume. Weaver received a Master of Arts in Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 2016, and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and European Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2012.