18 September - 19 September 2018 | Brussels

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Phedon Nicolaides
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University, and Academic Director at lexxion training

Dr. Nicolaides has been educated in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and has a PhD in economics and a PhD in law. He has acted as consultant to a number of public authorities in various EU Member States and to international institutions and organisations such as the European Commission, the European Investment Fund, the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD and the UN. He has published extensively on competition policy, State aid, and policy implementation. During the past 15 years, he has carried out training activities on State aid in most EU Member States.

Feodora Petit
Case Handler, State Aid Transport, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission (invited)

Feodora Petit is currently a case handler at the European Commission, in the field of transport state aid. She started her career in 2005 lobbying for trade associations mainly on energy and environmental topics. In 2010 she took up a post at the European Commission's Smart Cities & Sustainable ICT Unit (DG Connect) before joining the British energy regulator Ofgem in 2013, where she stayed until returning to the European Commission in 2015. She holds a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and also studied at the IEP de Paris, in Heidelberg and in Potsdam.

France Jeanty
Case Handler, State Aids: Industrial Restructuring, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission (invited)

France Jeanty has been working at DG Competition since 2016 specializing in industrial restructuring through state aid.  France provides legal and economic analysis of public support measures provided by member states and determines whether such interventions qualify as state aid and if they fulfil the proper criteria for authorization.   Before taking on her current role at the European Commission, France Jeanty worked for 6 years at BNP Paribas as an investment manager for private equity.  She attained her Masters in Business Engineering at the Louvain School of Management in Belgium graduating Suma Cum Laude.

Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

Studied law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law (1996-2001) and Comparative Law at the International Faculty of the University Robert Schuman Strasbourg (1999-2002). He did a banking-lawyer postgraduate training (2000-2002) and took part in the common European specialist course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French École National d’Administration in spring 2002. He has been working at the State Aid Monitoring Office in Budapest since 2001. In 2007, he was appointed as head of the unit. He is a regular speaker at the seminars on State aid. Since January 2011 he is the attaché responsible for State aid at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels.

Philipp Melcher
Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon (invited)

Philipp advises domestic and international clients on competition law (antitrust, state aid), trade law (antidumping, antisubsidy) and general EU law and represents them in proceedings before national and European Union authorities and courts. Before joining MLGTS in 2015, he worked at Gleiss Lutz (2008-2014), one of Germany’s leading law firms. He was Associated Partner of the firm and based at its Brussels and Frankfurt offices. During his legal clerkship (2005-2007) and alongside his postgraduate studies at King’s College London (2007/2008), Philipp worked, inter alia, at the EU Commission (in the unit responsible for the enforcement of state aid rules in the area of transport and energy) and in the legal department of a major US internet company.

Lorena Ionita
Case Handler, State Aids: Industrial Restructuring, DG COMP, European Commission, Brussels (invited)

Lorena Ionita is working at the Directorate General "Competition" since September 2015. She deals with state aid in transport, in particular in the aviation sector. She joined the European Commission in 2006 as economic analyst at the Directorate General "Economic and Financial Affairs". She was a policy coordinator in the area of EU services markets, public procurement and single market governance at the Directorate-General “Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs”, from 2009 to 2015. Before joining the European Commission, she worked for the Social Affairs Department of BUSINESSEUROPE in Brussels, representing employers’ organisations at EU level and in the European social dialogue. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics at College of Europe Natolin (Poland) and a Master in International Business and Economics at the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest (Romania).

Benjamin Linke
Lawyer, Legal department, Deutsche Bahn AG, Frankfurt am Main (invited)

Dr. Benjamin Linke works as a lawyer in the legal department of Deutsche Bahn AG in Frankfurt am Main. He ist part of the unit for Public Commercial Law, State Aid Law and Public Transport Contract Law. Dr Linke is consulting public passenger  transport undertakings and competent authorities since 2011 when he started working in an international law firm in Hamburg. He specialises in Public Procurement Law, State Aid Law and Public Commercial Law and he regularly publishes in the aforementioned fields. Dr Linke aquired law degrees from the Universites of Tübingen (Germany) and Edinburgh (UK). He wrote his Ph.D. thesis about the Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 and  State aid law in the public transport sector."



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