The premier event for discussion among decision-makers on the future of enforcement of tech, media, and telecom mergers as well as tech platform monopolization issues.
The premier event for discussion among decision-makers on the future of enforcement of tech, media, and telecom mergers as well as tech platform monopolization issues.
The son of a factory worker from a small, working-class mining town in the North of England, Tahir Amin is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law. He practiced as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales with two of the leading IP firms in the United Kingdom, and served as in-house global IP counsel for multinational corporations. From this vantage point, Amin could see clearly how systems are shaped by those with the most resources—and how those outcomes often come at the expense of those with the least. In 2004, Amin gave up his lucrative job in London and moved to Bangalore, India, where he was instrumental to the passage of a health-friendly patent law. That process led him to eventually co-found I-MAK, with the express purpose of re-shaping patent law to better serve the public.
Amin’s pioneering work challenging patents has established a new model for treatment access, one that restores balance to the system by upending the structural power dynamics that allow inequities to persist.He has served as legal advisor/consultant to many groups, including the European Patent Office, United Nations Environment Programme and World Health Organisation. He is a former Harvard Medical School Fellow in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and was a 2009 TED Fellow. Amin is a frequent speaker on patent policy and rising drug prices, and has been featured in CNBC, Newsweek, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters.
Phillip is Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge. His work at Public Knowledge focuses on broadband competition, deployment, and affordability; telecommunications and media mergers; spectrum policy; and copyright reform. He regularly works with consumer, civil rights, public interest, and industry stakeholders, and advises policymakers on Capitol Hill, the Federal Communications Commission, and at executive agencies.
Before joining Public Knowledge, Phillip was the Policy Director at the Internet Freedom Business Alliance, where he advised startups and small businesses on broadband policy. He previously worked as an attorney in the technology, media, and telecommunications practice at Hogan Lovells LLP, as policy counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, and as a legal fellow for Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Prior to law school, Phillip served as the chief legislative advisor to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and consulted on state and local political campaigns. He also serves as an outside counsel to Sports Fans Coalition and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar.
Phillip received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a graduate of Tufts University. Phillip is a native Kentuckian and believes the weeks of the Kentucky Derby Festival should be recognized as a national holiday.
Jeffrey H. Blum is the Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel of DISH Network L.L.C., overseeing litigation and government affairs in Washington, DC. He has been with DISH for over 11 years.
Before coming to DISH, Jeff was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where his practice focused on copyright, First Amendment and anti-piracy litigation. At Davis Wright Tremaine, Jeff co-represented a class of songwriters and music publishers in the Grokster P2P file sharing case, which was decided by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Jeff's clients. The Grokster decision established a new basis for secondary copyright liability, called "inducement liability." Jeff was a part-time lecturer at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Journalism from 2003-2005, where he taught "Media Law". He currently serves as Chairman of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA), and was Co-Chairman of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) from 2013-2015. Jeff also serves on the boards of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and BUILD Metro DC.
Jeff graduated summa cum laude and first in his class at Boston University School of Law, where he was a Note Editor of the Boston University Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University, with a B.A. in History and Classics. After law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Joseph Tauro of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.
Rohit Chopra was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018. Commissioner Chopra has actively advocated to promote a fair and fully-functioning marketplace through vigorous agency enforcement that protects families and honest companies from those that break the law. He is widely recognized for his expertise on America’s trillion-dollar student loan market.
After the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Chopra joined the Department of the Treasury to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He then served as Assistant Director of the CFPB, overseeing the agency’s student loan agenda. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him to serve as the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, a new position established in the financial reform law.
Commissioner Chopra is the recipient of multiple awards for his public service and contributions to the field of consumer finance. Prior to entering government, Chopra worked at McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, where he worked in the financial services, health care, and consumer technology sectors.
He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.
Jamillia Ferris is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the antitrust practice. She regularly appears before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission, representing companies in government antitrust investigations, including mergers and acquisitions and other civil antitrust matters. Jamillia also provides antitrust counseling on a wide range of business conduct, including joint ventures and pricing and distribution, among others.
Jamillia served in leadership positions and has overseen mergers at both the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She was hired in 2014 to lead the FCC's review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. In this role, she directed all aspects of the FCC process, including coordination with the DOJ. She was also a member of the steering committee overseeing the FCC's review of Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
Jamillia also served as chief of staff and counsel to the assistant attorney general of the DOJ's Antitrust Division.
Andrew Finch is Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. He served as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division from April 2017 until the confirmation of Makan Delrahim as AAG in September 2017. Previously, Andrew practiced antitrust law as a litigation partner in an international law firm. He previously served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Allen Grunes is an antitrust lawyer whose practice includes advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, providing counseling on non-merger matters, and representing clients in federal court, before the federal antitrust agencies and before Congress. He has extensive experience in a range of industries, including media and entertainment, telecommunications, and the high-tech sector.
Mr. Grunes spent more than a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he led many merger and civil non-merger investigations in radio, television, newspapers, motion pictures, and other industries. He was part of the litigation team in a number of important cases brought by the United States, including United States v. Alex. Brown & Sons (NASDAQ Market Makers) and United States v. National Association of Realtors. He and Maurice Stucke briefed and argued government’s application to participate in class action settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation (Wal-Mart Litigation)
Bruce Hoffman is Director of the Bureau of Competition at the US Federal Trade Commission. Bruce came to the FTC from Shearman & Sterling, where he was global co-head of the firm’s antitrust practice. Previously, Bruce served as chair of Hunton & Williams’ antitrust practice, and prior to that, as Deputy Director and Associate Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Bruce has a law degree from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.
Gabrielle Kohlmeier is Associate General Counsel for Antitrust and Strategic Affairs at Verizon. Based in the DC metro area, Gabrielle is responsible for counseling all of Verizon's businesses – from Verizon Wireless, Wireline, Enterprise, Fleet Management, to Oath properties including Yahoo! and AOL – on merger, litigation and other competition issues, representing the company before various enforcement agencies, and working on policy strategy. She is also actively involved in Verizon's women and diversity initiatives, and pro bono programs. Before joining Verizon, Gabrielle practiced at the global law firm Latham & Watkins, where her practice focused on Antitrust and Competition, representing companies across a wide variety of industries in complex class action litigation, mergers, and agency representations. Prior to Latham, Gabrielle was a graduate fellow at Kissinger McLarty Associates, an international political and economic consulting group.
Angie joined INCOMPAS in 2013 as its chief advocate and general counsel, managing the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before the federal government. FierceTelecom named Angie was named a "Rising Star in Wireline" in 2014 and one of the Top Women in Wireline in 2015 for her advocacy work on behalf of INCOMPAS members. Angie is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has been involved in its leadership as a former Executive Committee and Nominations Committee member.
Before joining INCOMPAS, Angie was legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, where she was primarily responsible for the Commissioner’s wireline and broadband agenda, including the Commissioner’s work as chair of three federal-state joint boards. Prior to that, Angie was a special counsel in the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also practiced telecommunications and media law in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for more than a decade. Angie earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, where she also earned a certification from The Institute for Communications Law Studies, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Ross Lieberman serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Cable Association (ACA), representing the interests of small and medium-sized cable operators. Lieberman is the trade association's advocate on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining ACA in 2007, Lieberman directed congressional and state affairs for EchoStar Communications Corporation, parent company of DISH Network, for seven years. Lieberman holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
Randy Long is Director, Competition & Consumer Protection Law in Microsoft’s Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Microsoft, Randy spent over 12 years at the Federal Trade Commission, working primarily in the Bureau of Competition. He began his FTC career as a staff attorney handling merger investigations and litigation before becoming Attorney Advisor to FTC Chairman Deborah Majoras. In his final post at the FTC, Randy served as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Mergers I Division, overseeing investigations and litigation in the Internet, pharmaceutical, medical device, and defense sectors.
Marianela López-Galdos is currently Director of Competition & Regulatory Policy at the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Prior to joining CCIA, she was the Director for Research Projects in Competition Law and Policy at the George Washington Competition Law Center. Marianela has worked as an international comparative competition law and policy consultant for the Office of International Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C and the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank. She also practiced law as a competition associate at Hogan Lovells LLP both in the Brussels and Madrid offices. Marianela holds an LL.M. from Georgetown Law School, a Masters Degree in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a PhD in International Competition Law from George Washington Law School.
Rob McDowell advises telecommunications, media and technology clients on their most significant regulatory, legal and business matters. As a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a highly regarded industry leader, Rob has been at the forefront of the most complex and groundbreaking issues facing telecommunications. Rob was first appointed to the FCC by President George W. Bush in 2006 and again by President Obama in 2009. He was unanimously confirmed both times by the US Senate. During his tenure, Rob led efforts to expand consumer access to spectrum through his work on the two largest wireless auctions in US history at the time, played a key role in the 2009 digital television transition and led efforts to establish the first federal civil rights rule in a generation by creating a ban on racially discriminatory practices in broadcast advertising. He also worked extensively on several large and complex mergers, including Sirius/XM and Comcast/NBCUniversal.
Amy Ray represents clients in high-profile U.S. and international antitrust matters. She focuses on transactions, litigation, investigations, and counseling with a competition nexus. She regularly advises on substantive antitrust analyses of business combinations and joint ventures. Amy also has substantial experience providing advice to funds and other institutional investors as well as in counseling on issues related to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
Global Competition Review featured her as one of its “40 Under 40 – Class of 2016” antitrust lawyers in its global survey.
Amy is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She has recently defended litigation clients in antitrust suits spanning the municipal derivatives, credit default swaps, precious metals, and technology industries.
Mandy Reeves is a globally recognized partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins and serves as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice. She particularly focuses on the application of the antitrust laws to the healthcare, life sciences, and high technology industries.
Ms. Reeves’ antitrust practice runs the gamut from representing clients in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations into mergers and alleged anticompetitive conduct to defending clients in antitrust litigations, raising novel issues. She has experience at all phases of government antitrust investigations and is an experienced litigator.
Hal Singer is an expert in antitrust and regulation. He has researched, published, and testified on competition-related issues in a wide variety of industries, including media, pharmaceuticals, sports, and finance. He has extensive experience providing expert economic and policy advice to regulatory agencies in the United States and Canada, as well as before congressional committees.
Dr. Singer is also a Senior Fellow at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, where he teaches advanced pricing to MBA candidates.
Sandeep Vaheesan is legal director at the Open Markets Institute. Vaheesan previously served as a regulations counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he helped develop and draft the first comprehensive federal rule on payday, vehicle title, and high-cost installment loans. Vaheesan has published articles and essays on a variety of topics in antitrust law, including the relationship between antitrust and workers and the political content of antitrust. His writing has appeared in the Berkeley Business Law Journal, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Nebraska Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, and Yale Law Journal Forum. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. and M.A. from Duke University.
Holly Vedova is an Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Rohit Chopra at the Federal Trade Commission, where she analyzes recommendations from the Bureau of Competition and advises the Commissioner on all aspects of the FTC’s Competition mission. Since joining the FTC in 1990, Ms. Vedova has been an attorney advisor to four other FTC Commissioners, and also served as Council to the Director of the Bureau of Competition. Prior to her position in Commissioner Chopra’s office, Ms. Vedova most recently was a staff attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition Mergers III Division, where she investigated mergers in the petroleum industry. Ms. Vedova also spent two years in private practice as in-house antitrust counsel to a large pharmaceutical corporation. Ms. Vedova has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Virginia.
A former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyer and head of the firm’s competition and consumer protection practice, Amanda develops creative strategies for clients contemplating or undergoing mergers in the retail and energy sectors, combining her in-depth knowledge of agency practice with a business-focused approach.
She is equally adept at shepherding companies through the intricacies involved in presenting their case before the FTC, DOJ and state attorneys general. Amanda skillfully guides clients through the gamut of issues that may arise under FTC and DOJ antitrust and consumer protection investigations, litigation, and enforcement actions. She has written and spoken extensively on her experience representing parties and witnesses in dozens of FTC and DOJ investigations and litigation.
A frequent speaker on antitrust topics, Amanda is regularly sought after by major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, and Associated Press to provide analysis of significant mergers, most often in the retail and consumer products industries.
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On December 13, 2017, The Capitol Forum and CQ hosted the Fourth Annual Tech, Media, & Telecom Competition Conference. The videos below show two of the conference panels.