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Matthew Levitt, Office Managing Partner with Hogan Lovells International LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís Hub-and-Spoke Antitrust Conspiracies Webinar

Matthew Levitt, Office Managing Partner with Hogan Lovells International LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís Proof Agreements, Incentives and Liabilities in Hub-and-Spoke Antitrust Conspiracies: A 2017 Update

New York, NY, April 28, 2017 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Matthew Levitt, Office Managing Partner with Hogan Lovells International LLP will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Proof Agreements, Incentives and Liabilities in Hub-and-Spoke Antitrust Conspiracies: A 2017 Update.” This event is scheduled for May 16, 2017 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (ET).

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About Matthew Levitt

Matthew helps clients develop and deliver the joined-up strategies which are essential when faced with the growing power of antitrust authorities globally and their increased ability to coordinate enforcement activity in international investigations and merger clearance processes. Matthew has over 20 years' experience in Brussels and is the Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells' Brussels office. He worked on the container shipping alleged 'price signalling' case, the UK investigation of suspected "hub and spoke" arrangements in the grocery sector, the Eurotunnel/SeaFrance contested merger case, the maritime car carriers case, the power exchange settlement and the P3 shipping alliance that was blocked by MOFCOM. He was also involved in the Masterfoods v van den Bergh reference and the related ice-cream cases, the successful annulment of the Commission's TACA decision (including €273m fines), and the Steel beams, Woodpulp and Cartonboard appeals in the European courts.

About Hogan Lovells International LLP

Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

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In antitrust law, a horizontal conspiracy, which involve agreements among competitors, is a per se violation of the antitrust laws. A vertical conspiracy, on the other hand, involves agreements among parties at different levels of the distribution chain, and may be analyzed under the rule-of-reason. The hub-and-spoke conspiracies involve both horizontal and vertical conspiracy or agreement and which draws uncertainty on assessing liability. Can all the agreements be treated under the same rubric? Or should all the horizontal aspects be analyzed separately from all the vertical aspects?

The hub-and-spoke concept has been used by American courts to analyze antitrust law violations since the late 1930's. However, as the general antitrust theories constantly evolve, assessing incentives and liabilities in a hub-and-spoke conspiracy becomes more and more complicated. To better handle the complexity of hub-and-spoke cases, businesses and their counsel should understand the types of hub-and-spoke conspiracies and the incentives of the alleged participants.

The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders to discuss key issues and important case laws on hub-and-spoke antitrust conspiracies. Speakers will also offer various analytical approaches to assessing incentives and liabilities in hub-and-spoke cases.

In a two-hour live webcast, the speakers will discuss:

• Analysis of Hub-and-Spoke Cartels under Antitrust Laws
• Incentives and Liabilities
• Rule of Reason vs. Per Se Treatment
• Proof of Agreements: "Rim Requirements"
• Notable Case Laws
• 2017 Updates

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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