Michael S. McFalls, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Group's LIVE Webcast

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) October 03, 2016 - The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series has announced today that Michael S. McFalls, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP will speak at a 2-hour webcast entitled "Antitrust Treatment of Loyalty Discounts in Europe and the U.S.: 2016 Perspective" This two-hour event is scheduled on October 13, 2016 @ 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET).

    Event Summary:
    For the past years, loyalty discounts have been pervasive in many sectors. A loyalty rebate is "a price reduction given by a supplier in return for a customer committing to purchase a given percentage of its requirements from that supplier." Considering the anti- and pro-competitive aspects, loyalty discounts may significantly impact consumers and have lasting antitrust implications. Thus, rigid scrutiny of these rebates is necessary to effectively manage competition concerns and therefore, avoid possible pitfalls and risks.

    In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will help the audience understand the fundamental as well as the complex aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of Antitrust Treatment of Loyalty Discounts in Europe and in the U.S. Speakers will also offer best practices in minimizing risks and maximizing loyalty discount benefits while ensuring compliance with antitrust laws.

    Key issues that will be covered in this course are:
    Loyalty Discounts in EU and U.S. - A Overview
    Loyalty Rebates and US Antitrust Law
    Analysis of Loyalty Discounts
    Possible Antitrust Implications
    Up-to-the-minute Regulatory Developments

    About Michael S. McFalls
    Mike represents leading companies across a variety of industries before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice in antitrust investigations and litigation. Mike has worked on some of the most challenging mergers and acquisitions in the antitrust world, and has also led the defense of companies in some of the most challenging federal and state AG antitrust investigations of commercial behavior.

    In addition, Mike counsel companies on joint venture, licensing and standard-setting questions in life sciences and IT-based industries. He has spoken, written and testified about antitrust issues involving intellectual property, and has chaired the Computer & Internet Committee and co-chaired the Intellectual Property Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section.

    Mike's non-merger work builds on his experience at the FTC, where he was attorney-advisor to Chairman Robert Pitofsky from 1998 to 2000. Mike participated in pathbreaking nonmerger investigations, including the first investigations into Hatch-Waxman settlements and product-hopping, as well dominant-firm issues in the semiconductor industry. He also helped draft the FTC/DOJ Antitrust Guidelines for Collaborations among Competitors.

    In 2000, Mike returned to a large international law firm, where he shepherded major transactions involving Abbott Laboratories, Procter & Gamble and XM Radio (among others) through the agencies. He also represented a number of life sciences companies in FTC and DOJ investigations, none of which resulted in agency challenges or consent decrees. Among his clients are Pfizer, Biogen, Medtronic, TPG and Bain. Mike joined Ropes & Gray in 2010.

    About Ropes & Gray LLP
    Ropes & Gray is a preeminent global law firm with over 1200 lawyers in offices across the world. Founded in Boston in 1865, Ropes is a leader in serving private equity, life sciences, technology and health care companies across the world.

    About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
    The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. Its mission is to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webcasts that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format.

    The organization brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts to study the impact of changes and emerging trends. Hear from leading government officials/regulators, key thought leaders, and industry experts objectively analyze the latest trends and issues and their impact on industries.

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