Speakers' CVs

Dubravka Aksamovic

Dubravka Aksamovic (L.L.M, PhD) is associate professor and Head of Department of Business Law at Faculty of Law Osijek, Croatia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Faculty of Law in Osijek. In 2003 she passed bar exam. In 2008 she defended her PhD in competition law. She regularly teaches several courses at undergraduate and post graduate studies: Contract Law, Company Law, Competition Law and Insolvency Law. She is a head of clinical program at Faculty of Law in Osijek and one of founders of Croatian Association for Competition Law and Policy. She holds Jean Monnet Module in EU Competition Law at Faculty of Economics in Osijek. She regularly participates at international conferences in Croatia and abroad. She participated as a speaker at conferences in some of the most prominent wold universities such as Stanford University, Columbia University, City School of London, Humboldt University, ELTE Hungary etc. She has published numerous articles, essays and chapters in books dedicated to different fields of law. She is member of several domestic and international associations, Croatian Academy of Legal Science, GAJE, ENCLE.

Umut Aydin

Umut Aydin is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Instituto de Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She holds a Master’s degree from McGill University, Canada and a doctorate from University of Washington, Seattle. She was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, and a George C. Lamb Regulatory Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She has previously published on the European Union’s state aid and competition policies. Her current research focuses on competition law and policy in developing and emerging economies, with special focus on Turkey, Mexico and Chile. She has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals in political science, economics and law.

Maciej Bernatt

Dr (habil.) Maciej Bernatt is the head of the Department of European Economic Law (Jean Monnet Chair), Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw. He also acts as Scientific Secretary of the Centre of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies at the University of Warsaw and the Editor in Chief of the Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies. He has received scholarships and research grants from several institutions, including the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the Fulbright Commission, the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, the Polish National Science Centre, and the Foundation for Polish Science. In the past Maciej has worked as a référendaire in the Polish Supreme Court and in the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland as well as in the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, where he coordinated the Strategic Litigation Program. In addition, he held visiting fellow positions at the University of Melbourne (Australia), the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Germany) and the Loyola University Chicago (the USA). He has published two monographs and numerous articles in Polish journals. He is also a co-author of two leading commentaries to the Polish Competition Act and Polish Unfair Competition Act. His publications in English appeared in, inter alia, the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Review, the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, the Columbia Journal of European Law, and World Competition.

Ondrej Blažo

Ondrej Blažo is an Associate Professor in EU law specialising in competition law and economic integration, currently Director of Institute of European Law and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava. Previously he has been a senior state counsel at the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic as case handler and at legal and EU affairs department (co-authored several legislative documents on Slovak competition rules).

Marco Botta

Marco Botta is Research Fellow at the European University Institute, where he has been following the organization of Florence Competition Programme (FCP) and ENTraNCE for Judges since 2011. In addition, he is Affiliated Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (MPI) in Munich (Germany) and lectures EU, State aid and competition law at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna (Austria). In March 2010, Dr. Botta defended his doctoral thesis in the Law Department of the EUI, which was later published as monograph by Kluwer Law International. In addition, Dr. Botta holds a bachelor’s degree in international and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Turin (Italy) and LL.M. in European Business Law from the Law Faculty of Leiden University (the Netherlands). Dr. Botta is author of several publications in peer-reviewed legal journals. His research focusses on EU competition and State aid law.

Mislav Bradvica

Mislav Bradvica is a partner and head of the competition department at Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec (BMWC) in Croatia. He is an expert in EU and national Competition & Regulatory matters, having special emphasis on antitrust and regulatory litigation. Prior to establishing BRADVICA MARIĆ WAHL CESAREC law-firm, Mislav worked as in-house lawyer managing various legal, corporate and regulatory litigations, especially before the Croatian Competition Agency, the Croatian Post and before the Croatian Electronic Communications Agency. He also participated in business compliance projects of local companies with international group level policies and internal procedures.

Marko Brgić

Marko Brgić is Head of Abuse of Dominance Department in the Croatian Competition Agency (CCA). Employed in the CCA from 2008, he has broad experience in all areas of competition law, as well as in digital forensics. He graduated in 2006 at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and in 2013 obtained a Master’s Degree in the Postgraduate Professional Studies "Legal and Economic Framework of Business in the EU" at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, with a thesis on interplay between competition law and Intellectual Property Rights. He also participated in the EU funded projects as a short term expert for competition law.

Vlatka Butorac Malnar

Vlatka Butorac Malnar is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, where she teaches Competition law and European private law to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is a non-governmental advisor for the ICN, a member of ICC, the editorial board of Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies and a member of the International advisory board of Legal Yearbook IPP-PF. She holds the LL.M and S.J.D. degrees from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Over the years, she researched in a number of academic institutions (Cornell Law School, NY, USA; Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany, European University Institute, Florence, Italy). She writes mostly on competition law and is the co-author of the first textbook on competition law in Croatia.

Mario Denni

Mario Denni is an economist with more than ten years of experience in antitrust and academic research. He joined the Italian Competition Authority in 2007. Since then he worked on antitrust enforcement and merger evaluation in various economic sectors, including transport, pharmaceutical, tourism and the digital economy. Recently, he has been appointed as case handler in the Luxottica-Barberini merger and the Amazon case. From 2012 to 2014 he was the economic adviser of the President and the Secretary General. From end 2014 to 2018, he was Seconded National Expert at Unit F1, DG Competition - European Commission, in charge of antitrust enforcement in rail, aviation and the tourism sector. Previously, he worked at the European Investment Bank, the Italian Institute of Statistics, and the Italian Research Council. He holds a PhD in Statistical Methods for Economics and Business at the Third University of Rome and a Master of Arts in Economics at the Université catholique de Louvain.

Álvaro García-Delgado García

Álvaro García-Delgado García is a case-handler at the Antitrust Policy and Case Support Unit in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. The unit is in charge of coordinating the Commission's antitrust and cartel cases and of developing competition policy in this area. Prior to his position, Álvaro worked as an antitrust enforcer in the media sector at the Commission and as a litigator in the Brussels and San Francisco offices of an international law firm. He also interned with the Federal Trade Commission, the German Parliament, and in the Cabinet of Joaquín Almunia, former European Commission's Vice-President and Commissioner for Competition. A Spanish and New York-qualified lawyer who is also an economist by training, Álvaro received his business management and law degrees from the University of Salamanca. He also received an M.A. in European Legal and Economic Analysis degree from the College of Europe and is an LL.M. graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Dino Gliha

Dino Gliha is an attorney-at-law and a young researcher offering legal advice and representation primarily in matters related to area of his broader specialization - corporate and commercial law, intellectual property and competition law. In 2018 with dr. Sandra Marković and Sidonija Grbavac he founded Joint Law Office dr. sc. Marković, Grbavac & Gliha, where he primarily works in area of his specialization. As an independent legal researcher and a young scientist, Gliha wrote number of articles published in scientific journals and held several national and international conferences. As a student and a young practitioner he received number of awards and honours for academic and professional achievements, best written papers and oral performances on national and international level. He is currently writing PhD thesis at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, in field of interaction between copyright and competition law with a special focus on digital market.

Andras Horvath

Andras Horvath is a senior associate of the Budapest office of Baker McKenzie. András represented FMCG and banking clients in cartel cases, pharmaceutical clients in abuse of dominance cases, and tech companies and OTAs in unfair commercial practices cases. Before joining Baker McKenzie, András was an associate of the Budapest office of Dentons. András worked as a trainee at DG Competition of the European Commission in Brussels, at the Hungarian Competition Authority, as well as, at the Hamburg office of Graf von Westphalen. András has obtained an LL.M. degree with competition law focus from City University (London) and obtained a PhD degree from Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) based on his research on the regulation of antitrust damages. András often publishes articles on antitrust damages and holds lectures on graduate and postgraduate competition law courses. He is an active member of the Hungarian Competition Law Association.

Tea Jagić

Tea Jagić is a case-handler at the Markets Unit in the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission. Unit B3 focuses notably on relevant markets susceptible to ex ante regulation, on competition and on appropriate regulatory intervention, in particular in the context of roll-out of very high-capacity networks. Currently, Tea is seconded by the Commission to HAKOM, Croatian NRA. Prior to her position, Tea worked in F4 Merger Unit in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. Before her Commission’s roles, Tea was employed by the Croatian Competition Agency as a case handler and at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb, as an Assistant. A Croatian qualified lawyer, she obtained her bachelor’s degree at Faculty of Law in Zagreb and received her LLM from Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Mirta Kapural

Mirta Kapural works in the Croatian Competition Agency as a member of the Competition Council since 25 January 2019 when she was confirmed by Croatian Parliament for this function. Until then, she worked in the Department for International and European Cooperation of Croatian Competition Agency where her main tasks included: relations of the Competition Agency with European Commission and EU competition authorities within ECN and within ICN, OECD, implementation of EU funded projects and participation in the negotiations and drafting of new EU legal instruments in competition law. After completed Law Faculty in Zagreb, she did her Master in European studies at the University of Sussex, UK. In 2012 she obtained her PhD in Company law and Competition law at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, PhD Thesis: “Application of leniency institute for immunity of fines or reduction of fines in competition law“. Ms Kapural is an author of numerous expert articles in national and EU Competition Law published in national and international expert magazines and books. She is a regular participant and lecturer of EU and national Competition law at national and international seminars and conferences as well as the author of the seminar and regular lecturer on EU and national Competition law in the Public School for Civil Servants. She is also engaged as short term and medium term expert for competition law in EU funded projects.

Mario Krka

Mario Krka is a partner and head of competition practice at Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević law firm in Zagreb, Croatia, with vast expertise also in M&A deals and corporate law in general, having worked at several top-tier Croatian as well as international law firms. Mario represented clients in many cases before the Croatian Competition Agency as well as the High Administrative Court, in antitrust (both vertical and horizontal agreements related) and merger clearance procedures. Among others, he took active part in the drafting of the Croatian act transposing the EU private damages directive. Mario graduated from Zagreb Law School (2004), and holds Master of Law and Business degree from Bucerius Law School and Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany, 2011).

Marijana Liszt

Marijana Liszt has been a practising attorney-at-law since 2002 and is one of the founding partners in the Law Firm Liszt & Partners. After graduating from the Zagreb Law School and obtaining a master’s degree in EU law at the University Carlos III of Madrid, she completed the master’s course in EU law at the Zagreb Law School, focusing on State Aid Law. In 2005 she was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia as Head of the working group on Chapter 8 – Competition Policy and served in that position from 2005 until the closing of the negotiations in 2011. She is now a PhD candidate at the Law School of the University of Rijeka, working on a thesis in the topic of State Aid Law, in particular the public financing of services of general economic interest. Her fields of expertise are competition law, including state aid law, commercial law, company law and sports law. Marijana is a guest lecturer at the Zagreb and Rijeka Law Schools and at the same time author of a number of scientific and expert articles in the fields of competition and state aid law.

Dijana Marković-Bajalović

Dijana Marković-Bajalović (LLM, Ph.D.) is a full professor at the Law Faculty University of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, teaching Company Law, Commercial law and Competition Law. She graduated law at the University of Belgrade in 1982, and she obtained a Ph.D. in competition law (Thesis title: “The Market Power of Enterprises and the Law of Antitrust“) in 1999 at the University of Belgrade. She was a member of the Antimonopoly Commission of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1999-2002, Deputy Chair of the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia 2006-2007, and the Chairwoman of the Commission for Protection of Competition RS in the period 2007-2010. She was the Key Legal Expert and the Team Leader within the EU project to support the Competition Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period 2013-2016 and the Senior Legal Expert within the EU project to support the Georgian Competition Agency 2017-2018. She has published numerous articles on competition law and the book “EU Competition Law – General issues and Antitrust” in 2016.

Marek Martyniszyn

Dr Marek Martyniszyn is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). His expertise focuses on various aspects of competition law and policy in international and transnational contexts, including the limits of extraterritorial jurisdiction and state involvement in anticompetitive practices. One of his strands of research explores challenges facing new competition system, especially those in developing countries and economies in transition. Dr Martyniszyn is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network. His full profile is available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/Martyniszyn

Avdylkader Mucaj

Avdylkader Mucaj, PhD candidate at University of Ljubljana-Faculty on Law on European Law module. Mr. Mucaj holds also an LL.M. in European Law from Stockholm University, whereas he spent also two years as PhD researcher in the field of EU Law at Free University of Berlin. His current research entitled ‘The impact of European competition law on other countries during the accession process: the case of Kosovo’ had been presented to the Workshop in EU Legal Studied 22nd and 23rd of August 2019, University of Lund-Sweden, organised from the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies. This research shall be considered for publication from the Nordic Journal of European Law. In addition, Mr. Mucaj recent research ‘Antitrust Law in Kosovo: Challenges in Following the EU Enforcement Jurisprudence’ has been accepted for publication from the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (forthcoming). His current research interest is focused on public enforcement challenges of competition law in Kosovo; competition law in the digital markets; as well as the interplay between competition and public procurement via online platforms

Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman

Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman (LLM, PhD) is Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Law. She has written extensively on a variety of competition law topics and is co-author of the first textbook on competition law in Croatia. Her current research project focuses on the development of the competition system in Croatia in its first two decades. She acts as Vice President of the Croatian Association of Law and Competition Policy (HDPPTN). Previously, Jasminka worked at the Croatian Ministry of European Integration (Office of the Chief Negotiator for the SAA). During Croatia’s negotiations for EU membership, she was a member of the Negotiating Group in charge of the Competition Chapter and Free Movement of Services Chapter. She participated in several international projects aimed at educating judges in EU competition law, including within EJTN, and is a national expert for Croatia in various European Commission funded projects. She is a member of ICC-Croatia/Competition Commission, the ASCOLA, the Mediterranean Competition Council, the Scientific Committee of the Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (YARS), and a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN).

Nikola Popović

Nikola Popović works as board member at the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries. Born in Zagreb, he graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and passed the Croatian bar exam. He holds an LLM from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Professionally he engaged mostly on issues related to the development and implementation of market economy principles, among other as member of the working group for transport policy during the accession negotiations of Croatia to EU. Earlier, he worked with the Agency for the Regulation of Railway Services Market as ad hoc board member, the Croatian Competition Agency as board deputy chair, member of the Telecommunications Council, the former Ministry of European Integration and other employers. He has taken part in the activities of different European regulator’s groups and has written on issues related to network industries and competition.

Akos Reger

Akos Reger is the managing economist of Allegro Consulting. Akos develops economic arguments related to competition law issues, as part of a legal submission or as a stand-alone economic report. He worked on numerous cases involving mergers and acquisitions as well as cartel (Article 101) and abuse of dominance (Article 102) investigations in front of the European Commission and national jurisdictions. Akos has experience with cases concerning a broad range of sectors including markets of rapid package delivery, hard-disk drives, wholesale fruit, FMCG, aggregates, cement, asphalt, telecommunications, retail business, beer, animal health products. He holds an MSc in Economics & Law from the University of Utrecht as well as an MSc in Economics from Corvinus University of Budapest.

Kevin Rihtar

Kevin Rihtar is an associate and attorney at law in cooperation with Karanović & Partners in Ljubljana. He has experience advising clients on all aspects of competition, corporate, and commercial law in Slovenia and the European Union. He is an author of several academic articles, covering topics from international sale of goods, product liability questions in the European Union to corporate entities. He is one of the authors of the Karanović & Partners Focus on Competition publication, as well as the author of Essays on Commercial and Company Law: Revisiting the Fundamentals.

Viktoria (Vicky) H.S.E. Robertson

Vicky Robertson is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Graz (Austria), where she teaches EU competition law, comparative competition law and commercial law. She holds a law diploma and a doctorate from Graz University and an MJur from Oxford University. She has clerked with the Austrian Supreme Court on competition and trademark matters and was involved in a project with OHIM (now EUIPO). Amongst others, she has been a visiting academic with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, the College of Europe, the European University Institute, Stanford University, the FGV-Rio Law School and Oxford University’s Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP). She is a member of the European Law Institute and the Academic Society for Competition Law. Her forthcoming book with Hart Publishing deals with antitrust market definition in dynamic market environments. She has recently published on privacy-related harm under competition law and on third-party tracking viewed from competition law. Her current research interests lie in antitrust market definition and the competition law implications of data-driven digital markets.

Stefan Ruech

Stefan Ruech is a case handler with the Austrian Federal Competition Authority since 2016, where he is dealing with all aspects of Austrian competition and merger control law. He is also part of the authority’s Legal Service Unit focusing on questions of principle, leading inspections as well as the European Competition Network (ECN). Before joining the Federal Competition Authority, Stefan worked for Schoenherr Attorneys at Law in Vienna as an attorney at law advising clients in all aspects of Austrian and European competition and merger control law, including proceedings in front of the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and the Cartel Court as well as the European Commission. Stefan holds degrees from the University of Innsbruck (Mag. iur. 2010) and the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein (Mag. (FH) 2005).

Thibault Schrepel

Thibault Schrepel is an Assistant Professor in European Economic Law at Utrecht University School of Law and Faculty Associate at the Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He also holds research and teaching positions at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris. His most recent research focuses on antitrust law and blockchain. In 2018, he has been granted the “Academic Excellence” GCR Award, and, the same year, he has published the world most downloaded antitrust article of the year, “The Blockchain Antitrust Paradox”. Previously, he has published a book (Larcier ed.) on the subject of “Predatory innovation in antitrust law” as well as numerous articles at Harvard, NYU, Oxford and Georgetown, among others.

Veljko Smiljanić

Veljko Smiljanić is a senior member of the Competition Practice Group and an associate and attorney at law in cooperation with Karanović & Partners, who has advised and represented clients in some of the most complex transactions and antitrust proceedings in Serbia and across the Western Balkans. He predominantly practices competition and IT law, with a special focus on antitrust matters and compliance assessments. Veljko is a members of the Belgrade Bar Association and the International Bar Association (IBA). He is one of the authors of the Karanović & Partners Focus on Competition publication since 2011 (published annually), and also a contributor to many other competition-related publications.

Alexandr Svetlicinii

Alexandr Svetlicinii is Associate Professor at the University of Macau, Faculty of Law, where he also serves as Programme Coordinator for the Master of International Business Law. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Dr. Svetlicinii was a senior researcher at the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law at the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. His works in the field of competition law have been published in the Common Market Law Review, European Law Review, European Competition Law Review, World Competition, European Competition Journal, Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, Austrian Competition Journal, Romanian Competition Journal, and other academic periodicals. As a frequent contributor to e-Competitions Bulletin, he covered competition law developments in CEE countries and the Balkans. In addition to his academic work Dr. Svetlicinii acted as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network (Merger Working Group).​ Among his recent publications is Competition Law in Moldova (Kluwer, 2018).

Stefan Thomas

Stefan Thomas is a Professor at the Law Faculty of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany, where he holds the Chair in Private Law, Commercial Law, Competition and Insurance Law since 2009. He is Member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London. Stefan studied law at the University of Mainz where he also received his Doctorate in Law (2004) (summa cum laude) and did his post-doctoral Habilitation (2009). Between 2004 and 2006 he was an attorney for an international law firm in the antitrust department. His principal areas of research are German, European and international antitrust- and competition law and regulation. He is member of the academic advisory board of the FIW - Forschungsinstitut für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb e.V., Cologne; co-editor of the ‘Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht’ (ZWeR), and he has authored numerous articles and books on antitrust law, inter alia: Rosenthal/Thomas, European Merger Control, 2009, (together with Michael Rosenthal), Kling/Thomas, Kartellrecht (Antitrust Law), 2nd ed. 2016 (together with Michael Kling), Schadensersatz bei Kartellverstößen (Antitrust Damages) 2nd ed. 2018 (together with Roman Inderst).

Ramsi Woodcock

Ramsi Woodcock is a scholar of antitrust law and policy. His work has focused on the consequences of the information age for the antitrust treatment of personalized pricing, dynamic pricing, and advertising, and he has presented widely in these areas, including to antitrust authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom. His scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, including The Yale Law Journal, which published “The Obsolescence of Advertising in the Information Age” in 2018. He is currently appointed Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Management of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.