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Virtual competition – friend or foe?



With all industries preparing for the fourth industrial revolution and markets driven by an omnipresent artificial intelligence (AI), this webinar provides an overview of the legal debate surrounding the increasing use of algorithms and the challenges and effects for EU and German competition law. The topics to be discussed in particular are:

  • Digital cartels – the significance of algorithms as discussed by competition authorities
    • Price monitoring, dynamic pricing and tacit collusion
    • Digital hub and spoke
  • Online marketplaces: a transparent black box?


Ulrich Schnelle

Ulrich Schnelle is the head of Haver & Mailänder’s competition, procurement and state aid law practice group. He specialises in advising international and German multinational corporations, medium-sizes companies and individuals in all industries. His focus is on EU and German antitrust law, including the representation of clients before European and German courts, merger control, in particular, multiple jurisdiction filings and cases of abuse of dominance. He has specific expertise in complex private enforcement actions, regularly advising multinational clients in cartel damages cases. One of his major areas is advice on cooperations, vertical agreements and distribution agreements between horizontal or vertical competitors. He has significant experience in a broad range of industries, including automotive, aviation, card payment systems, chemical industries, commerce, construction, digital technology, education, energy, engineering, food, media, postal service, public service, transport, tourism, wood pulp and paper.

Elisabeth S Wyrembek

Elisabeth S Wyrembek studied law at the University of Tübingen and at Queen Mary University of London (LLM in comparative and international dispute resolution). She specialises in EU and German antitrust law and represents companies in national and multinational antitrust litigation at court and in antitrust proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission. She advises companies on all aspects of German and EU merger control, including strategic assistance in the initial stages of investment decision making, the bidding process and the signing of the overall deal, pre-notification discussions and the filing procedure (both in different jurisdictions simultaneously if necessary), and potential post-clearance complexities. She is experienced in advising companies of all sizes, ranging from internationally operating groups to early stage start-ups, active in all kinds of industries, particularly focusing on automotive, card payment systems, digital industries and energy. 


Dr. Ulrich Schnelle
Elisabeth S Wyrembek


10 October 2019
13:00 - 13:55 UTC
55 min