Dubravka Aksamovic (L.L.M, PhD) is full 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 Centre of Excellence in EU Competition Law. 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 is a co-author of two books and 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, ASCOLA.
Ondrej Blažo graduated from the Faculty of Law at Comenius University in Bratislava as well as from the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. He is an Associate Professor in international law specializing in EU law, EU competition law, and economic integration, currently Director of the Institute of European Law, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law of Comenius University Bratislava, and editor in chief of Bratislava Law Review. Previously he has been a senior state counsel at the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic as a case handler and at the legal and EU affairs department (co-authored several legislative documents on Slovak competition rules). He is the author and co-author of publications focused particularly on competition law, EU competition law, and EU public procurement law, including commentary on the Slovak Act on Protection Competition. His research was supported by national and international grants, including Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "Rule of Law in the European Union", APVV "Effectivization of legal regulation of public procurement and its application in the context of EU law" (leader of the research team), APVV "Effectiveness of legal regulation of protection of economic competition in the context of its application in practice".
Position Title and No.: Attorney at law
Name of Expert: Mislav Bradvica
Country of Citizenship/Residence: Croatia
Mislav Bradvica is a Croatian lawyer with substantial experience in corporate law, litigations, and regulatory mandates. He practices corporate and competition law and specifically deals with legal issues of the companies operating in regulated industries. He advises domestic and foreign companies from the banking sector, technology sector as well as the trade, ITT, telecommunications, and media sectors. Mislav Bradvica previously worked as an in-house lawyer, but also gained work experience in the Croatian competition Agency, where he was in charge of administrative procedures, in particular the abuse of a dominant position and procedures for establishing violations of regulations in regulated activities.
Luka Burilović, PhD has been the president of the Croatian Chamber of Economy since 2014, now serving his third term as the head of the CCE. After receiving his postgraduate specialist degree in economy and management from the Faculty of Economy in Osijek, he received his PhD from the same faculty. He is the author of several papers from the field of economy. Before being elected for the president of the CCE he was the president of the management board of the company Sladorana. He also worked as the assistant minister in the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water affairs. The main goals of his third term as the president of the CCE are sustainable development and green transition, digital transformation, the future of labor and the competitiveness of human resources, EU politics and their effect on the economy and the internationalization of business.
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 the vice-president of the Croatian Competition Law and Policy Association, a non-governmental advisor for the ICN, a member of ICC, a member of the scientific 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). Her work in the area of competition has been published by a some of most renown international publishers. She is engaged in educational and advisory activities for legal practitioners.
Deputy Head of Division, OECD Competition Division
Antonio Capobianco is currently the Deputy Head of the OECD Competition Division. In this position, he is responsible for the proceedings of the OECD Competition Committee and for other work streams of the Division. Over the years at the OECD, Mr Capobianco has coordinated a series of OECD projects and work streams and has authored numerous Background Notes of the Secretariat on a wide range of competition law enforcement and policy topics. He has led many in-country projects to support domestic reforms and he regularly represents the OECD at international events.
Melita Carević (LL.M. Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ph.D. Zagreb) is an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU Global Leadership in the Rule of Law”, where she teaches European Public Law and EU Internal Market Law at the graduate level, and EU Internal Market Law and EU Competition Law at the post-graduate level. She graduated magna cum laude in 2008 from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law. In 2011 she earned an LL.M. degree from the University of Michigan Law School as a recipient of the Grotius scholarship and in 2015 her doctoral degree from the University of Zagreb Law School. In 2014 she completed an internship at the Court of Justice of the EU at the chambers of Judge Siniša Rodin and was a visitor at the chambers of Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston. In 2016 she was a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law. She passed the Croatian bar exam in 2018. She has participated as a lecturer in a number of life-long learning workshops on EU law for Croatian judges and lawyers. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy.
Luca Crocco is a partner in the Brussels office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Global Antitrust and Competition Practice. His practice focuses on European and Italian competition law. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins in 2005, he practiced competition law and corporate law for four years at other leading international law firms in Milan. He assists international companies before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority in cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings. In addition, he assists clients in merger control proceedings before the European Commission and the Italian authority and coordinate multi-jurisdictional merger filings for global transactions. He is a founder of Antitrustitalia, a networking group for Brussels-based Italian antitrust professionals, including enforcement officers, lawyers, economists, corporate counsel and scholars. Luca holds a degree in Law with Honours from the University of Siena and LLMs from the University of Oxford and the Collège d’Europe in Bruges.
Kati Cseres is an Associate Professor of Law at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), University of Amsterdam. She is a Senior Fellow of the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE). She is an external research fellow at the Center for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Budapest.
She is editor of the Journal Legal Issues of Economic Integration.
Kati has been Non-governmental adviser to the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) between 2014 and 2020. In 2018 she worked as a Distinguished Guest Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. For 2022, she was selected as a Non-Resident Research Fellow, at the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago.
Kati has considerable experience in training national judges in EU competition law, consumer law and EU state aid law (Re-Jus project and the EEUStAID project 'Building Central and Eastern European judicial capacities for the enforcement of EU State aid law').
Kati’s research expertise lies in (EU) competition law, consumer law and sector regulation, most notably energy law. She investigates how legal rules, formal and informal institutions of consumer law, sector regulation and competition laws are connected (or disconnected) and reinforced (or undermined) in the design and oversight of markets. Her research agenda focuses on fundamental transformations in societies and economies that disrupt prevailing models of economic law enforcement.
She was the co-investigator of the ‘Priority Setting Project’, that analyzed the legal, economic and institutional factors that influence setting enforcement priorities by the 27 national competition authorities in the EU. The project uses a novel empirical methodology and systematically analyses the competition authorities’ priority-setting policies and practices. The project has been funded by the UK’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. For the project ‘Priority Setting Discretion’ Kati was selected as a Non-Resident Research Fellow, at the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago. This project will explore and analyze how administrative discretion, as the core component of antitrust agencies’ priority setting powers, can be structured and controlled in order to guarantee effective competition law enforcement.
Bojana Ignjatovic is a Partner at RBB Economics, based in London and Brussels. With over 20 years’ experience in competition economics, Bojana has led RBB Economics teams in some of the largest competition law investigations across Europe. Prior to joining RBB in 2007, Bojana worked as the Deputy Head of Merger Economics at the UK Office of Fair Trading (now the CMA).
Bojana has particular expertise in EU merger control: her recent cases include Veolia/Suez, Alstom/Bombardier, Siemens/ Alstom, Spirit AeroSystems/Asco, Nidec/Embraco, and Comcast/Sky. She also has extensive experience on competition law investigations, including on many recent landmark cases, including on MFN clauses in online hotel agents (acting for Booking.com), excessive pricing (advising Pfizer) and loyalty rebates (advising Unilever, MSD).
Director General; European Commission; Directorate-General for Competition
OLIVIER GUERSENT graduated with distinction from the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux” in 1983. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority.
He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the "Merger Task Force" in the Directorate-General for Competition. Since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners (Karel Van Miert, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes) and DG Competition (successively Deputy Head of Unit in charge of cartels, Head of Unit in charge of policy and coordination of cases, Head of Unit in charge of merger control, Acting Director “Transport, postal and other services" and, from 2009, Director responsible for the fight against cartels. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Having held the position of Deputy Director-General since July 2014, Olivier Guersent has been Director-General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union from 1 September 2015 to 31 December 2019. As of 1st January 2020 he is the Director General of the Directorate General for Competition.
Married and a father of three children, Olivier Guersent is a member of the board of of the non-profit organisation Aremis that provides medical care in the home, primarily to cancer patients in the Brussels area. He is a regular lecturer to postgraduate university students.
Srđan is fluent in Serbian and English.
Mirta Kapural is the president of the Competition Council of Croatian Competition Agency since 1 October 2021 when she was confirmed by the Croatian Parliament for this function after working as a member of the Competition Council since 25 January 2019. 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.
Ms Kapural chaired hair the working group for the preparation of Draft Law on Amendments to the Competition Act (2020) for transposition of the EU Directive 2019/1 (ECN+Directive) and working group for the preparation of Law on damages claims for the breach of national and EU competition law (transposition of EU Directive 2014/104).
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 different EU funded projects.
Ms Mirta Kapural, PhD
Present position: President of the Competition Council, Croatian Competition Agency
2019-2021 Member of the Competition Council, Croatian Competition Agency
2007-2019 Department for International Cooperation, Croatian Competition Agency. Main tasks included: coordinating international cooperation of the Competition Agency, especially in relations with European Commission and EU competition authorities within ECN and with ICN working groups, ICC Competition Commission, OECD.
2019-2021 Chair of the working group for the preparation of Draft Law on Amendments to the Competition Act (2020) for transposition of the EU Directive 2019/1 (ECN+Directive)
2018-2019 Medium-term expert in EU Taiex project-Assistance to Turkish Cypriot Community in the field of EU Competition Policy
2018-2019 Short-term expert for chapter Competition in EU twinning project Support Kosovo institutions on SAA implementation
2017-2018 Chair of Croatian delegation in the negotiations of ECN+Directive on fostering independence of national competition authorities
2016-2017 Chair of the working group for the preparation of Law on damages claims for the breach of national and EU competition law (transposition of EU Directive 2014/104)
2014-2016 Guest lecturer of Competition law at faculty of Economy and Forensic Studies in Split
2013-2019 Author of the education and regular lecturer on EU and national Competition law in the Public School for Civil Servants
2013-2016 Chair of the Competition Network for European Energy Community
2012 PhD in Competition Law and Company Law, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, PhD Thesis: “Application of leniency institute for immunity of fines or reduction of fines in competition law“
2011-2010 guest lecturer of Company Law and Contract law at the Faculty of Economy in Zagreb
Since 2009 lecturer of EU and national Competition law in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs for Croatian civil servants and at national and international seminars and conferences
2007 Traineeship in the European Commission, DG Competition
2006-2009 a member of the Working Groups for Negotiations with the EU, chapters “Energy”, “Competition” and “Free movement of Workers”
Since 2004 employed in Croatian Competition Agency, worked as a case handler and Head of Section-market for services, deputy Head of International Cooperation Department
Between August and October 2001 Governmental Representative in the UN Office for Human Rights in Geneva
From 2001 until 2004 legal adviser in the Governmental Office for Human Rights with special emphasis on the international cooperation with United Nations and EU institutions
2000-2001 trainee in the European Commission, DG Environment From 1999-2001 legal adviser in the Ministry of European integration
1999 completed Masters in «Contemporary European Studies” at the University of Sussex, Sussex European Institute, Brighton, United Kingdom
1998 graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and awarded with Chancellor's award and with the Scholarship from Croatian Government for post-graduate studies in the U.K.
Author of numerous expert articles in national and EU Competition Law
Foreign languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Professional interests: Competition law, Company law, EU law and International relations
Irini Kefalogianni is the Head of Competition Law & Sustainability at Coca-Cola HBC Group, leading the competition law compliance program and the Group legal support of sustainability initiatives, across the 29 markets in which the Coca-Cola HBC Group operates. Irini is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience working in international law firms, regulators and FMCGs, including Diageo and Coca-Cola HBC. Her expertise covers cross-border corporate and project finance transactions and M&As, as well as a wide range of commercial and competition law matters facing in-house legal teams of large FMCGs. In her past roles, Irini served as in house legal manager, responsible for several countries including Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Switzerland. Irini’s commitment to team work, people development and personal growth has helped her build strong legal teams, recognized for their high performance, great team work, strong values and top engagement. Irini holds a bachelor from the Athens School of Law, a Corporate LL.M. from New York University, School of Law, and is currently studying for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Competition Law at Kings College, London. She is a Greek lawyer, admitted to the Athens Bar Association, and an active member in several committees at the Greek Union of Industries (SEV), including the SEV Committee on Competition Law.
Robert is fluent in Slovenian, German, English, Bosnian and Croatian.
Mario Krka is a senior partner at Divjak, Topić, Bahtijarević & Krka law firm from Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated from Zagreb Law School and holds Master of Law and Business degree from Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, and Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany. He is the head of the firm’s competition department, with many years of experience in all segments of competition law. Mario successfully represented major clients from a range of industries, in merger clearance proceedings as well as in antitrust matters, before the Croatian Competition Agency as well as the High Administrative Court. Mario is also very active in the mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and commercial legal areas. He was a member of the Croatian working group on the transposition of the EU Damages Directive, and is a co-author of the recently published book “Ugovori o distribuciji, EU- Hrvatska” (1st edition, Zagreb, Narodne novine, 2022, with F. Wijckmans and F. Tuytschaever).
Marijana Liszt, Liszt & Partners (Zagreb)
Darija Ognjenovic (LL.M) is a Partner at the Belgrade law firm Prica & Partners. She graduated and obtained her LL.M. degree from the Faculty of Law of Belgrade University. Darija joined Prica & Partners in 2004 and became a partner in 2009.
She provides competition law advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as in relation to state aid and public procurement.
As a leader of the firm’s competition practice, Darija has been in charge of many significant projects for major international companies in local procedures before the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) for obtaining merger control approvals of their global mergers (Schering Plough/Merck, Nokia/Siemens, OTP Bank/Findomestic Bank, acquisition of 70% shares in the Serbian private healthcare provider Bel Medic by Acibadem Healthcare Group, acquisition by LafargeHolcim of Bridgestone's Firestone line of building products, several acquisitions of nut producers by Ferrero etc.)
She was also in charge of local procedures for acquisitions, such as global merger of Holcim/Lafarge and sale by Innova Capital of Trimo Group’s Serbian subsidiary to Kingspan, both in the Phase 2 procedures;
Darija represents her clients before the CPC in various antitrust related procedures. In the most recent case she has assisted a publishing company Klett in dawn raid and pending antitrust proceedings regarding alleged abuse of dominance on the market for primary school textbooks in the Republic of Serbia.
Darija contributed the Serbian chapter of Kluwer’s “Competition Law in Central and Eastern Europe: A Practitioner’s Guide”. Her LL.M. thesis was “Comparative presentation of merger clearance rules in US, EU and Serbia”.
Darija is a member of Belgrade Bar Association, International League of Competition Law (LIDC), Law Society of England and Wales Competition Section (non-practicing member), Women's Competition Network, ECDA (European Cartel Damages Association). In addition, she has been elected as Arbitrator of the Permanent Arbitration Court of Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Darija is an established and well-known legal practitioner who is, according to IFLR 1000, “roundly praised by her clients”. They include HBO, Ferrero, H&M, Procter & Gamble, Mercator, Corteva, Asseco SEE, Sportina, Ringier Axel Springer, among others.
Perica Miović Petronio
Dr. Avdylkader Mucaj, obtained his PhD at University of Ljubljana-Faculty on Law on European Law, whereas his thesis was entirely focused on competition law. Mr. Mucaj holds also an LL.M. in European Law from Stockholm University, Sweden. In addition, Mr. Mucaj spent also two years as PhD researcher in the field of EU Law at Free University of Berlin, in Germany. He taught different law subjects at University of Prizren in Kosovo, including Business Law. Dr. Mucaj has published in the field of competition law, mostly reflecting competition law developments and enforcement in Kosovo, such as: ‘Challenges in Following the EU Enforcement Jurisprudence’ Journal of European Competition Law & Practice and “Competition Law Framework in Kosovo and the Role of the EU in Promoting Competition Policies in Other Countries and Regions Wishing to Join the Block” Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies-YARS. Mr. Mucaj has participated to the e 6th Zagreb Competition Law and Policy Conference in Memory of Dr. Vedran Šoljan, Challenges to the Enforcement of Competition Rules in Central and Eastern Europe, 12–13 December 2019, Zagreb, Croatia. 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.
Attorney at law / owner of Law Office Mucalo
Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman
Rastko Petaković is a Senior Partner at Karanovic & Partners. He is ranked by independent directories as the leading competition and M&A lawyer in the country and specialized in complex competition and business regulations. He focuses on new technologies, telecom and media. More recently he has been an active supporter of the bustling local startup scene and an advocate for modernizing regulations supporting innovation and new technologies.
Mateja is Head of Ethics & Compliance at Philip Morris International, responsible for UK and Nordics markets. In her role, she is responsible for maintaining a culture of integrity, and ensuring that the highest standards of ethical conduct are followed throughout the business. Mateja is an experienced in-house counsel who started her career in 2008 in Dukat, Croatia’s leading dairy company. In 2011, she moved to Philip Morris International’s Croatian affiliate, providing legal support to markets within the Central Europe South Cluster. She progressed to the position of Head of Legal for Croatia and Slovenia, from which she joined the UK legal team in 2018, and a year later moved to the Ethics & Compliance department, her current role. Mateja holds a legal degree from the University of Zagreb, where she graduated with magna cum laude. Mateja also holds two postgraduate diplomas from King’s College London in Economics for Competition Law and EU Competition Law, and was part of the PMI EU Competition Law working group. Mateja is passionate about self-growth, and is certified business coach and NLP practitioner. She also loves ice-cream.
Alexandr Svetlicinii is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Macau, where he also serves as Programme Coordinator for the Master of International Business Law in English Language. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Alexandr Svetlicinii held the position of senior researcher at the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law of the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. Svetlicinii received his law degree at the Free International University of Moldova (Chisinau), LL.M in International Business Law with specialization in EU Law at the Central European University (Budapest), Master of Research (Law) and PhD in Law at the European University Institute (Florence). His focus research areas are in in the fields of competition law and international economic law, including dispute settlement. The recent monographs include Chinese State Owned Enterprises and EU Merger Control (Routledge, 2020) and Competition Law in Moldova (Kluwer, 2018). In addition to his academic activities, Prof. Svetlicinii acted as a non-governmental advisor to the Mergers Group of International Competition Network and served as an expert in a number of research projects related to competition law enforcement in the EU. Since 2020, he serves as co-director of the South East Europe chapter of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA).
Dunja Šimunić Mehdin
Dunja Šimunić Mehdin graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, passed the bar exam and holds an MBA from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. She is currently the Director of the Legal and Security Department at Coca-Cola HBC Adria and is responsible for implementation of business strategies in the field of legal and security affairs in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. Prior to joining Coca-Cola HBC Adria in 2018, she held various key positions in the field of legal affairs at Agrokor d.d. and was a member of several supervisory boards in the Agrokor Group. She also worked in the legal department in the leading dairy industry company in Croatia, Dukat d.d. for more than three years. She is a President of Commission for Competition in ICC Croatia (International Chamber of Commerce) and a member of Competition Committee at BIAC The Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. She values excellence, continuous learning and improvement and is strongly committed to developing effective teams.
Filip Tuytschaever co-heads the Competition & EU practice of contrast – European & Business law.
He specializes in EU, competition and distribution law and assists companies and public authorities in proceedings before the EU and national authorities and courts. He has represented the European Commission, the European Banking Authority and the Kingdom of Belgium before the General Court and the Court of Justice of EU, where he acted in more than 50 cases.
Marija Zrno Prošić
Partner | Corporate and M&A, Competition
Maria Zrno Prošić is engaged on corporate, competition law and data protection mandates. She has participated in various national and international M&A transactions concerning real estate, development of shopping centres, renewable energy sources, investments in industry and new technologies, etc. Marija Zrno Prošić regularly represents clients in EU and merger control matters and on all matters arising from Croatian and European antitrust law. She has significant experience providing compliance and dawn-raid advice and trainings. Marija Zrno Prošić also regularly supports clients with strong distribution networks and collaborative business models. Her clients include mostly international clients from energy, life sciences, hotels and leisure, and automotive sectors and industries. She completed her master's degree in European law at the College of Europe in Bruges. She is fluent in Croatian and English.
‘Marija Zrno is knowledgeable and approachable. Marija Zrno works well with legal counsels of the counter party and endeavours to find balanced legal solutions.’
Legal 500, 2020
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