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.

Hanna Standtke 
Case Handler, State Aid Transport, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission

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

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

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.

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

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."


Erik Gadman
Managing Associate, Hannes Snellman attorneys
Erik Gadman is a managing associate in the top-ranked Competition & Public Procurement practice group of Hannes Snellman attorneys in Stockholm where he advise clients on all aspects of state aid, competition, and public procurement law.
Erik has extensive experience of state aid advice to clients in the infrastructure sector and has advised granting authorities, aid recipients, and competitors on a wide range of complex state aid issues. He has also represented clients in administrative litigations concerning alleged illegal state aids and on the definition of public service obligations.
Erik holds a juris kandidat degree from Uppsala University and an LL.M. degree from UCLA School of Law. Legal 500 has ranked him as a Next Generation Lawyer in the field of public procurement


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