General Counsel Roundtable 2018

Rome Cavalieri Hotel
13 – 14 September 2018


ECLA General Counsel Roundtable – Antitrust & Competition Law


The General Counsel Roundtable is an invitation only event for general counsel all across Europe, hosted by the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA). The event will bring together 30 general counsel and decision makers from legal departments to discuss in depth current challenges and latest developments in antitrust and competition law.  The event is planned as a half-day exclusive meeting that includes open dialogue during a fireside chat on the eve of the roundtable. General counsel are invited to the event and do only have to organize and pay for their travel arrangements.

Topic of Discussion:

Competition Law and Antitrust – Challenges for European GCs.


13 September 18:00 through 14 September 14:00


Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101

00136 Rome, Italy


Preliminary Schedule:

13 September 2018:

18:00 Welcome Reception at Hotel Rome Cavalieri

18:45 Welcome Speech, Jonathan Marsh, President ECLA International General Counsel, TOTAL Marketing Services

19:15 Dinner

20:30 Keynote Speech “The reform of the Vatican’s finances”: René Bruelhart, President of the Board of Directors of the Financial Information Authority (AIF) of Vatican City

21:15 Dinner

21:45 Discussions, networking and drinks

14 September 2018:

08:30 Welcome of participants: Jonathan Marsh, President ECLA, International General Counsel, TOTAL Marketing Services

08:35 Opening Speech: Filippo Arena

09:30 “Latest developments in compliance and interplay between antitrust and privacy law as well as other regulatory compliance issues” Veronica Pinotti, Partner, White & Case

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 “Competition damage claims, a practitioner’s view” Dr. Tim Reher, Partner, CMS Hamburg

“Impact of Brexit on competition and antitrust law” Caroline Hobson, CMS London

13:00 Lunch at Hotel’s Sala dei Cesari

14:00 End of General Counsel Roundtable


Keynote Speaker

René Bruelhart, President of Financial Information Authority of Vatican City (AIF)

Vita of René Bruelhart

Rene Bruelhart is non-executive President of the Financial Information Authority (AIF) of the Holy See and the Vatican City State and owner of a consultancy firm. Previously, he acted as Director of AIF and advisor to the Holy See since September 2012. Before his appointment at the Holy See, he served as Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Principality of Liechtenstein for over eight years. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Bruelhart also served as Vice Chair of the Egmont Group, the global network of national Financial Intelligence Units and from 2013 to 2017, he has been appointed as Member of the Auditing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). Furthermore, he acted for many years as the coordinator of the task force on countering Terrorism Financing in Liechtenstein and as the Head of the Country’s delegation to Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money LaunderingMeasures and the Financing of Terrorism, an associated regional body of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Mr. Bruelhart began his career in 1999 working with international law firms in Brusselsand Zurich. Mr. Bruelhart earned his law degree from the University of Fribourg and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in European Business Law from the Pallas Consortium, hosted by the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Opening Speech

Filippo Arena, Secretary General of the Italian Competition Authority – AGCM

Vita of Filippo Arena

Since July 2018 Filippo Arena is the Secretary General of the Italian Competition Authority, where he previously served as Head of the Authority’s Cabinet (2013-2018) and Legal Advisor (2006-2010 and 2011-2013).
Filippo Arena is a State Attorney since 1997 and in his professional career he has extensively advised Italian central and local authorities and represented the Italian Government before the Court of Justice of the European Union in preliminary ruling and infringement procedures dealing with the application of competition, consumer protection and tax laws.
He regularly participates as a speaker at seminars and conferences on Italian and European competition, administrative and constitutional law.