The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) is receiving ever-greater powers, turning it into a species of super-authority in the Polish regulatory ecosystem. Also, it is becoming quite assertive in a variety of fields, initiating new proceedings and imposing steep fines.

The conference entitled "Competition Protection in light of UOKiK operations" planned by MMC Polska for 14-15 October is devised as a discussion of the most relevant issues in this regard. Participants will hear about the general principles of competition and consumer protection law, about interacting with UOKiK, and about the powers which UOKiK can bring to bear. 

The event will be conducted in a hybrid formula, with every participant free to decide whether she/he wants to attend in person or to join in a live stream.

The target audience includes company directors, managers, in-house counsel, compliance officers, and planning and strategy specialists; the event may also be of interest to lawyers and consultants.

The main topics of discussion will include:

  • Merger control – UOKIK’s powers in a historical perspective as well as their recent expansion;
  • UOKiK’s new powers to block deals (billed as protection of Polish enterprises against investors from outside the OECD) introduced by the Anti-Crisis Shield 4.0 legislation;
  • Multi stage transactions and the risk of gun-jumping, as per UOKiK decisions and Polish jurisprudence;
  • Commercial practices in light of the legislation penalising abuse of contracting advantage;
  • UOKiK audits and dawn raids – how they proceed, how to prepare;
  • UOKiK policy trends and tropes.

The participants will include Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik, partner in GESSEL, leading the panel entitled "Gun jumping – Risks of premature concentration".

In its course, Ms Kasztelan-Świetlik will discuss the following issues:

  • Stages of the typical transaction;
  • What information ought to be safeguarded throughout the transaction, and how;
  • Gun jumping in Polish and EU jurisprudence.
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Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik 

Expert in competition law. Represents clients before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in cases concerning mergers, competition-inhibiting collusions, abuse of dominant market positions, protection of consumer interests, unfair exploitation of contracting advantage, and payment backlogs. Also advises on implementation of compliance programmes. Between 2014 and 2017, Vice President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, managing the operations of three departments – Concentration Control, Competition Protection, and Legal. Her responsibilities included enforcement of Polish and European competition law. She initiated and oversaw the preparation of two publications recognised by the World Bank and by the International Competition Network in contests for the best educational/information project

in the field of competition law. As an expert in competition law, published articles in the press and addressed various conferences, workshops, and training events.

 

For a detailed programme (in Polish) and information about registration, please visit the website of the organiser.

We hope that you’ll join us at this event !