Rules of Competition – Risks and Opportunities

June 15, 2012

On June 12, 2012 Boyanov & Co. and the Commission on Protection of Competition, together with the international law firms Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and the economic consultants RBB Economics, co-organized and hosted a seminar entitled “Rules of Competition – Risks and Opportunities” in Sofia. The seminar was the third joint event (after similar events held in 2006 and 2011), aimed at raising competition law awareness among business and discussing the current issues facing companies in this field.

This year’s edition was honored with the participation of William Kovacic, Competition Professor at George Washington University and former member and chair of the US Federal Trade Commission. He spoke on the importance of the effects-based approach and the rule of reason in competition regulation.

The program also focused on horizontal and vertical information exchange in the context of antitrust rules, competition law compliance and due diligence, competition law in the regulated industries, with a special focus on the energy sector, parallel trade and its interplay with antitrust rules, as well as misleading advertising.

The seminar was attended by over 150 representatives of business, regulators, lawyers, and the media.

Please download below the speakers’ presentations for the seminar.


The exchange of information between competitors – the road to the cartel is paved with good intentions

Horizontal information exchange – what it means for business: the economists’ perspective

Competition Law Compliance

The risks of competition law infringements – what can we save ourselves by doing our own due diligence

Regulated industries – when do competition authorities intervene

Investing in the Energy Sector

Marketing your products within the EU: how to deal (or not…) with parallel trade

When advertising is misleading – the practice of the CPC

The importance of the effects-based approach and the rule of reason in competition regulation

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