Avoiding Antitrust Violations

Companies rely on their sales personnel to drive business growth and generate new revenue, while the in-house compliance team must prevent, detect, and report actions that could draw scrutiny from antitrust enforcement agencies.


Bloomberg BNA provides insight into the challenges companies face as they seek to capture new market share. The concerns cross industries - in 2016 the Department of Justice Antitrust Division opened new price-fixing investigations into the generic drug and packaged seafood industry, which have resulted in criminal charges. A group of 20 state attorneys general, including Connecticut and New York, have also filed suit against generic drug makers, and 2017 will bring additional charges and fines to light.


Register for this complimentary event today to:


>> Discuss antitrust risks for 2017—and why the business community needs a collective wake-up call.


>> Learn strategies for business leaders to engages employees in preventing antitrust violations.

In-house counsel, compliance and business executives responsible for antitrust compliance.


Date and Time:
Thursday, January 19, 2017
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Bloomberg LP
731 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022

Continuing Education Credits:
Earn up to 1.5 CLE Credits.  


8:00 AM               Registration & Networking Breakfast  

8:35 AM               Welcome Remarks

Annette Robertson, Editorial Programs, Bloomberg BNA

8:40 AM               Future Developments for Antitrust - Keynote Interview

As a new president is sworn in, businesses are wondering, What will antitrust enforcement look like in the next four years? Hear from the New York and Connecticut Antitrust Bureau Chiefs on the role of state regulators in encouraging and maintaining a competitive marketplace for consumers.

Beau W. Buffier, Chief, Antitrust Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Michael E. Cole, Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Antitrust and Government Program Fraud Department, Office of the Connecticut Attorney General
Interviewed by Greg Farrell, Reporter, Bloomberg News

9:10 AM               Risk & Compliance Insights - Panel Discussion
How are companies working to mitigate antitrust risks? Hear from a panel of legal and compliance executives on their top areas of concern and strategies for communicating the risks to the company’s rank and file. What updates do you need to make to your compliance team and strategy for 2017?

Caren Abramovich, Chief Operating and Compliance Officer, Birch Run Capital Advisors 
Katherine Andrews, Competition Law and Ethics & Compliance Executive
Steven Reiss, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Moderated by Eleanor Tyler, Legal Editor, Bloomberg BNA

9:50 AM               Audience Q&A

10:00 AM             Closing Remarks


  • Caren Abramovich-Photo_177x177
    Caren Abramovich, Chief Operating and Compliance Officer, Birch Run Capital Advisors

    Caren is currently the Chief Operating and Compliance Officer for Birch Run Capital Advisors and has served in that role since 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Caren worked at Bloomberg, LP for five years where she initially served as the product manager for various regulatory products for Bloomberg Law and later co-managed the business development and strategy team. Prior to Bloomberg, she spent a combined seven years as in house counsel at American International Group and MetLife. Caren has expertise in developing compliance programs and counseling clients on regulations governing financial products. She started her career as an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP representing insurers and reinsurers in complex civil litigation. Caren received her B.A. from Lafayette College and J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

  • Beau Buffier-Photo_177x177
    Beau W. Buffier, Chief, Antitrust Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General

    Beau W. Buffier is the newly appointed Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau, a part of the Division of Economic Justice.  He was previously a partner in the New York office and co-head of Shearman & Sterling’s Global Antitrust Group. Over the past 15 years, Buffier has developed deep expertise across a diverse array of antitrust matters including global price-fixing investigations and follow-on litigation, monopolization and abuse of dominance cases, merger investigations and challenges, competitor collaborations, antitrust compliance and intellectual property-related matters.

  • Greg Farrell-Photo_177x177
    Greg Farrell, Reporter, Bloomberg News

    Greg Farrell is an investigative reporter at Bloomberg News who has spent nearly two decades writing about white collar crime, securities law enforcement and Wall Street. He is the author of the award-winning financial crisis book, Crash of the Titans: Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch and Near Collapse of Bank of America.

    Since joining Bloomberg in 2011, Farrell has written about regulatory actions against global banks for violations of sanctions laws and the fixing of benchmark rates, insider trading, the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., HSBC's attempts to reform its risk and compliance culture and, most recently, the Justice Department's probe of alleged corruption in Malaysia.

    Prior to joining Bloomberg, Farrell was a Wall Street correspondent for The Financial Times and an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. In addition to reporting on the criminal trials of top executives from Enron, Cendant, HealthSouth, Arthur Andersen and Martha Stewart, he has written frequently on the subject of ethics in the corporate workplace.

    He is a past winner of the America Business Press’ Jesse Neal Award for investigative reporting, and a recipient of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship for business journalism. He earned a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

    His first book, Corporate Crooks: How Rogue Executives Ripped off Americans…and Congress Helped Them Do It!, was published in 2006.

  • Annette Robertson-Photo_177x177
    Annette Robertson, Editorial Programs, Bloomberg BNA

    Annette joined Bloomberg BNA in 2013 to connect audiences with Bloomberg’s global editorial resources and professional networks. Previously a program manager for international tax seminars and conferences, she currently produces insightful signature events for the legal, financial and technology audiences of Bloomberg BNA and Bloomberg Law, including the Big Law Business Summit.

  • Katherine Andrews-Photo_177x177
    Katherine Andrews, Competition Law and Ethics & Compliance Executive

    Katherine was most recently the Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Gemological Institute of America (“GIA”), a non-profit whose mission is to ensure the public trust in the gem and jewelry industry. She is responsible for leading and ensuring the integrity of the Institute’s compliance and ethics program consistent with GIA’s mission globally.

    Prior to joining GIA, Katherine led compliance for GE's $42 billion global Energy business for 5-plus years. In that role, she was a strategic partner with business leaders as they built, maintained and improved the company’s culture of compliance. She developed, among others, compliance programs for anti-bribery, emerging market risks, trade controls and vendor vetting that enabled the business to prevent, detect and respond to ethics, compliance and regulatory problems for both legacy and acquired businesses. She also led efforts to revise and update GE’s approach to acquisition due diligence and integration and co-led the Energy business’ enterprise-wide risk management initiative.

    Prior to joining GE, Katherine was a partner at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, LLP, now K&L Gates, LLP. She handled antitrust and litigation matters for multi-national corporations as well as smaller companies and individuals. Katherine also held leadership roles on the firm’s integrity and building committees.

    Katherine started her career as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. She eventually rose to be an assistant for the highest-ranking career civil and criminal deputies in the Division, providing them with advice, counsel and recommendations on how best to approach various antitrust matters before the Division.

  • Michael Cole-Photo_177x177
    Michael E. Cole, Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Antitrust and Government Program Fraud Department, Office of the Connecticut Attorney General

    Since July 1999, Michael Cole has served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General; serving as the Chief of the Antitrust Department since July 2004.  In October 2012, Mr. Cole was designated to lead the Office’s newly formed Antitrust and Government Program Fraud Department.

    Mr. Cole began his legal career in 1992 with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s New York Field Office where he prosecuted criminal antitrust and tax matters.  Subsequent to his time with the Antitrust Division, Mr. Cole was an associate with Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, where he worked in the health care fraud practice group from November 1997 until July 1999.  Mr. Cole has supervised and/or personally led numerous antitrust, competition enforcement and health care fraud investigations in a number of markets including, insurance, waste, financial services, health care and pharmaceutical.

    Mr. Cole graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1992.  Prior to law school, Mr. Cole served as an infantry officer with the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • Steven Reiss-Photo_177x177
    Steven Reiss, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Steven Alan Reiss is nationally recognized for complex civil, criminal and international matters, especially those with multi-jurisdictional or parallel civil and criminal components. In recent years, he has represented companies in many of the major international antitrust investigations and litigations, including those involving the airlines, auction houses, auto parts, freight forwarders, helicopter services, vitamins, lysine, carbon fiber, EPDM rubber, orthopedic implants, graphite electrodes, MSG, military insignia and milk industries.

    He also has extensive experience in representing companies and individuals in a variety of other high stakes/high profile matters – including major constitutional litigation – at trial and on appeal; and he currently heads the Firm’s appellate practice. 

  • Eleanor Tyler-Photo_177x177
    Eleanor Tyler, Reporter, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Bloomberg BNA

    Eleanor Tyler covers antitrust and trade regulation news. Before joining Bloomberg BNA, she was a litigator at an Am Law 100 firm. She has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.


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