External speakers

Raphaël de Coninck

Vice President, CRA, and Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles

Dr. Raphaël De Coninck heads CRA Brussels office, which he joined from the European Commission. Raphaël has extensive experienceadvising clients on antitrust and competition matters, includingmergers and acquisitions, abuses of dominance, cartels, intellectual property, damages and valuation, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. His experience spans a wide range of products and industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, consumer products, financial services, transport, telecoms, energy, mining, health care, media and entertainment.

Raphaël is listed as a leading competition economist in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, and he is currently serving as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Competition Economics.

Raphaël has provided expert economic advice in numerous high-profile mergers involving horizontal, vertical and conglomerate effects (including more than 20 “Phase 2” investigations) and in complex antitrust and cartel cases. He has advised clients in litigation and regulatory proceedings both in front of the European Commission and of national courts and authorities, primarily in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain, as well as in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

While at CRA, he has worked for clients such as Universal Music Group, Google, Dolby, Virgin Atlantic, Pfizer, Novartis, Mylan, Baxter, Janssen-Cilag, Henkel, Delhaize, Ahold, FIFA, Cable Europe, Canal+, SFR, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and the European Commission.

As a member of the Chief Economist Team at DG Competition, Raphaël was the lead economic contributor to the European Commission’s Practical Guide on the Quantification of Antitrust Damages and contributed to the European Commission’s Best Practices for Economic Submissions and Data Collection in Merger and Antitrust cases. Raphaël received a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, and degrees in law and in economics from the University of Liège. He previously lectured on law and economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, held an academic position at New York University School of Law, and is currently teaching on competition policy at the Université libre de Bruxelles.