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Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna
Zielna 37, Warsaw, Poland


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30 May 2023


09:00 - 16:00



Media partner Antitrust Private Enforcement: Lessons for Poland

Bird & Bird Poland, the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies of the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, and the Polish Competition Law Association invite you to a conference on the private enforcement of competition law.

Distinguished academics and practitioners will share their insights on how private enforcement is progressing in selected EU jurisdictions and discuss the key challenges that its growth faces in Poland, including topics such as discovery, economic evidence collection and claim financing. The keynote address will be delivered by Jan Szczodrowski of the European Commission’s Legal Service.

All panels will be held in English and no simultaneous translation will be provided.

Participation in this conference is free of charge for all participants.

Hourly Schedule


9.00 - 9.30
9.30 - 9.40
Welcome remarks
Sławomir Szepietowski, Partner, Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
Adam Jasser, Deputy Director CARS
9.40 - 10.10
Keynote Speech: Private enforcement of EU competition law in light of the recent case-law of the CJEU
Dr Jan Szczodrowski, member of the Legal Service (Competition) at European Commission
10.10 - 11.50
Trends in private enforcement since the adoption of the Damages Directive in 2014

Chair: Dr Agata Jurkowska-Gomułka, professor at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, CARS affiliate
• Limitation Periods, the Antitrust Damages Directive and the Effectiveness of EU Law, Miguel Sousa Ferro, professor at the University of Lisbon Law School, Managing Partner at Milberg Sousa Ferro (Lisbon)
• Proving causation and quantifying damage, Professor Jurgita Malinauskaite, Brunel University (London)
• Spanish experience – controversial issues raised after the trucks cartel, Candela Sotes, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird (Madrid)
• The judge’s estimation of the amount of damages – a recent German example, Jöerg Witting, Partner, Bird & Bird (Düsseldorf)
• Commission’s amicus curiae brief – practical experience, José Rivas, Partner, Bird & Bird (Brussels), Editor of “World Competition”
11.50 - 12.10
Coffee break
12.10 - 14.15
Challenges to private enforcement in Poland

Chair: Marcin Alberski, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
• Creating an expert opinion for a competition harm claim – what does the economist need?, Dr Elżbieta Głowicka, Director at E.CA Economics (Berlin)
• Time for a Silent Revolution? The Role of Third – Party Funder in the Private Enforcement Proceeding, Weronika Rydzińska, Case Manager at LitFin (Prague)
• Fitness of the claim – Things to consider before bringing the lawsuit in the context of Polish court proceedings – limitation period in private antitrust enforcement, Szymon Gołębiowski, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird (Warsaw), Dominik Hincz, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
• Discovery and role of forensics in collecting evidence in litigation before Polish courts compared to EU best practices, Wojciech Czyżewski, Head of Forensic Services, Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
14.15 - 15.00
Sandwich lunch
15.00 - 15.50
Round-table discussion and Q&A session

Chair: Adam Jasser, CARS, former Chairman of the Polish Competition Authority
• Jan Szczodrowski, Legal Service - European Commission
• Candela Sotes, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird (Madrid)
• Miguel Sousa Ferro, Lisbon Law School, Milberg Sousa Ferro (Lisbon)
• Szymon Gołębiowski, Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
• Jurgita Malinauskaite, Brunel University (London)
15.50 - 16.00
Closing remarks
José Rivas, Partner, Bird & Bird (Brussels), Editor of “World Competition”