2019

Speakers

Lea Zuber

Lea Zuber joined the European Commission in 2011 and has been working on consumer protection in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers since 2017. She has been dealing with the “New Deal for Consumers” legislative proposal, more specifically the Directive for better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules. Between 2011 and 2017, she worked on telecom issues in the DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Before joining the European Commission, Ms Zuber worked as a lawyer in Brussels and Zagreb. She holds a bachelor degree of law from the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and an LLM from the University of Michigan (USA). 

Antonio Mancini 

Antonio Mancini graduated in law in 1986 from University of Naples and became a fully qualified lawyer in 1988.

Antonio has developed an extensive experience within the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM -competent both for competition and for consumer protection-) since the first beginning institutional activity in 1991 and in the following positions:

Coordination function within the Directorate General for Consumer Protection and senjor official within B Directorate (Credit and TLC); Director of the Credit Directorate (2 years); Director of the Telecommunications Directorate (5 years); Co-Director and official for several years in Consumer Protection Unit; Official in several Competition Directorates.

As Director and case handler, Antonio has followed many investigations in the framework of a very wide national enforcement activity especially in consumer protection field. In this enforcement activity he has tried to develop synergies between consumer protection and competition aspects especially for cases of “aggressive commercial practices” based on obstacles to consumers’ rights.

He was Member of the National Commission for the evaluation of unfair terms in consumer contracts; member of the Commission for the transposition of the UCP (Unfair Commercial Practices) Directive; national expert in the framework of several EU and international projects.

Antonio has been speaker at lectures, seminars, conferences focused on competition and consumer protection and has published several comments and researches in the field of consumer protection.

Before joining the Italian Competition Authority, he was official (for  2 years) in another Authority (Consob: the Italian regulatory Authority competent in the field of capital markets and financial services); legal advisor for an Italian professional Organisation.

Krisztina Grimm

Krisztina Grimm graduated ELTE Faculty of Law, after which she started to work at the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) as a case handler mainly working on cases concerning the services sector. She finished her LLM in Munich in the field of regulation of General Terms and Conditions. Upon returning to the GVH she joined the Consumer Section as the senior case handler responsible for the financial sector. She lead numerous cases and also took part in GVH’s work in shaping the new financial regulation in Hungary in the light of the financial crisis. She was Head of the Consumer Section of the GVH between 2012 and 2017, and she has been a Member of the Competition Council since 2017. She regularly gives speeches on consumer protection at conferences, workshops and seminars and is the author of more than one scolarly articles.

Tihamér Tóth

Tihamér Tóth is an associate professor and associate dean at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, giving lectures in EU, international and Hungarian competition law, public consumer protection law and the law of administrative sanctions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Szeged. He is chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Competition research Center. He is chief editor of the quarterly Hungarian State Aid Law journal and member of the editorial board of the Competition Mirror, the official journal of the competition authority. He is the author of numerous competition law related books and papers in Hungarian and in English. During the 2015/16 academic year he was teaching and researching at the law schools of Loyola Chicago and Notre Dame as a Fulbright scholar.

His knowledge of competition law stems from his previous engagement with the Hungarian Competition Authority, where he was chairman of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Office from 2003-2009. After graduating from the University of Szeged in 1994 he worked at various ministries preparing Hungary for the EC accession negotiations.

Tihamér Tóth has also been an of-counsel for Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP in Budapest since 2009.

László Bak

László Bak serves as Vice President of the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal (Hungarian Competition Authority). László Bak earned his law degree at Péter Pázmány Catholic University in 2004. Subsequently, he worked as a legal trainee and as a self-employed lawyer until 2010. László Bak obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in German law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and he accomplished postgraduate studies of EU competition law at King’s College London. Since November 2010, Mr Bak served for the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal in several positions: after three years of being chief of staff, he was appointed as head of Litigation, later he led the Legal Unit. Since November 2016, Mr Bak serves as Vice President of the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, where he is responsible for the supervision of antitrust and consumer protection investigations.

Tom Berg

Tom Berg is the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Saint Thomas School of Law, Minnesota, where he teaches and writes on constitutional law (especially religious liberty), intellectual property, and law and religion.  He also directs the school’s religious liberty appellate clinic, through which students write appellate amicus curiae briefs in religious liberty cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts.  He also writes on issues concerning intellectual property, social justice, and human development.  He is co-editor of the forthcoming Patents on Life: Religious, Ethical, and Social Justice Aspects of Biotechnology and Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming October 2019), which features both European and American contributors. He has degrees from the University of Chicago, in both law and religious studies; from Oxford University, in philosophy and politics (as a Rhodes Scholar); and from Northwestern University, in journalism. 

Márk Erdélyi

Márk Erdélyi is heading the legal department of Telenor Hungary. He graduated from law and holds an economist degree. He has over 15 years practice in telecommunications law area, had run his private law firm and founded and led a consumer protection NGO for several years.

Competition Law Research Centre I Desgined and updated by dentalpannonia.net (c) 2018