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CAS in International Competition Law and Compliance

An increase in prosecutions for antitrust violations committed by public authorities and private enterprises has led the courts to impose higher fines and, with growing frequency, even prison sentences. For any responsible entrepreneur, the rules of international competition law must therefore be a constant companion in everyday life.

The most effective measures of protection against the consequences of an antitrust violation are prevention and control. An intelligently structured and efficiently managed compliance program is essential for an international company in today’s economic environment.

At a glance

Qualification: Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Competition Law and Compliance (12 ECTS)

Start: on request

Duration: 15 days (1.-12.7.2019 / 10.-12.10.19 / 18.-19.10.19)

Costs: CHF 6'900.00



- 1.-5.7.2019 Winterthur on the campus of the ZHAW School of Mangement and Law

- 8.-12.7.2019 Geneva on the campus of the UNO

- 10.-12.10.19 / 18.-19.10.19 Winterthur on the campus of the ZHAW School of Mangement and Law

Language of instruction: English, French

"Avec les meilleurs qu’on peut trouver en la matière, ce cours donne une vue claire du droit de la concurrence et des programme de conformité dans une perspective Entreprise-Autorité de concurrence. Bref, du pur esprit de concurrence: performance et équilibre."

M.D., Secrétaire général de la Commission de la Concurrence

Objectives and content

Target audience

The CAS is aimed primarily at managers of companies of any size and any industry who wish to acquire solid technical, procedural, and practical knowledge in the field of antitrust compliance. This includes, in particular:

  • Legal counsels
  • Lawyers and attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Legal, compliance, and risk management specialists


After completing this CAS program, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the sources of law, legal principles, and operating procedures of national and international competition law
  • Have acquired extensive knowledge of Swiss, European, and U.S. antitrust law
  • Be able to apply this knowledge in a real-world context an integrate it into their corporate strategy
  • Be able to play a meaningful role in formulating risk management policies, and independently develop and implement antitrust-compliance programs
  • Be able to employ effective behavioral and procedural strategies in court and before competition authorities and improve their litigation management and litigation PR.


Module I: National and International Competition Law

1. Swiss Competition Law

The first part of the module provides participants with a detailed introduction to Swiss competition law:

  • Overview of antitrust principles, developments, and trends in Switzerland
  • Competitive agreements and distribution systems
  • Development and use of market positions
  • Cooperations and company mergers
  • Litigation before competition authorities and in the courts

2. International Competition Law

In the second part of the module, antitrust rules of the European Union and the United States are covered in depth on the basis of case law and case studies. The following points are discussed:

  • International competition law and policy
  • Global standards & best practice (OECD, UNCTAD, ICN)
  • Per-se prohibitions and rule of reason
  • Damages und class actions
  • Criminal and public enforcement


Module II: Antitrust-Compliance and Litigation

1. Antitrust Compliance

The second module is more practical, as participants will apply the knowledge acquired in ways that are tailored to their individual needs:

  • Understanding antitrust compliance
  • Analysis of risk and process management
  • Creation and implementation of compliance programs
  • Design and implementation of corporate compliance strategy

2. Litigation Management and Litigation PR

This module focuses on the areas of litigation PR and litigation management. The conditions and the dos and don’ts are illustrated using case studies. The program also includes:

  • Case handling
  • Achieving convergence of resources
  • Principles and practices of claims
  • Harvard negotiation and communication strategies with agencies and parties
  • Record management


The CAS consists of two constituent modules. The training program is designed to be richly diverse and includes various activities, such as:

  • Lectures and discussions with renowned experts from industry, government, and the academic world
  • Practical exercises and case studies
  • Individual and group work
  • Interrogation training ( mock depositions ) and house searches (mock dawn raids)


The instructors teach in English and French.

Enquiries and contact



Marc Barennes, attorney-at-law

General Court of the European Union (référendaire),



Amadou Dieng

Commission de l’Union Economique et Monétaire

( Directeur ), Ouest Africaine ( UEMOA )


Prof. Blaise Carron, LL.M., attorney-at-law

University of Neuchâtel, AGON Partners (Counsel)


Prof. Simon Evenett

University of St. Gallen – previously:

University of Oxford, UK Competition Commission


Kinga Frater

Autoneum Holding AG (Head Legal & Compliance)


António Ferreira Gomes

OECD (Head Competition Division) – previously:

Portuguese Competition Authority (President)


Dominique Guex, LL.M., attorney-at-law

Bourgeois Avocats SA – previously: Antitrust Consultant,

Washington DC


Jay L. Himes, attorney-at-law

Labaton Sucharow LLP ( Partner ) – previously:

New York State Attorney General’s Office


Scott Hammond, attorney-at-law

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP ( Partner ) – previously: U.S.

Department of Justice ( Deputy Assistant Attorney General )


Prof. Frédéric Jenny

OECD Competition Law and Policy Committee

( Chairman ) – previously:

French Competition Authority ( Vice President )


Susan Jones, attorney-at-law

Novartis ( Head of Corporate Legal Antitrust )


Dr. Boris Kasten, LL.M., attorney-at-law

Schindler Management AG ( Head of Competition Law )


Prof. William E. Kovacic

George Washington University – previously:

Federal Trade Commission ( Chairman )


Dr. Daniel Kraus, LL.-M., attorney-at-law

University of Neuchâtel, Swiss Patent Court


Prof. Patrick Krauskopf, LL.M., attorney-at-law,

ZHAW School of Management and Law,

AGON Partners (Chairman) – previously:

Swiss Competition Commission ( Deputy Director )


Prof. Jens Lehne, attorney-at-law

ZHAW School of Management and Law

Prof. Vincent Martenet, LL.M., attorney-at-law

Swiss Competition Commission ( President )


Gwenael Muguet-Poullennec

General Court of the European Union ( référendaire ),



Prof. Peter Münch, attorney-at-law

ZHAW School of Management and Law,

Gros & Waltenspühl Attorneys ( Counsel )


Eduardo Prieto Kessler

Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia



Mascha Santschi Kallay

Santschi & Felber JustizKommunikation


Katrin Schallenberg, attorney-at-law

Clifford Chance, Paris


Dr. Olivier Schaller, LL.M.

Swiss Competition Commission ( Deputy Director )


Dr. Claudia Seitz, M.A., attorney-at-law

University of Basel, Seitz & Riemer Attorneys ( Partner ) –

previously: Syngenta ( Counsel )


Dominique Speekenbrink

ABB Group (Head Antitrust Practice Group)


Prof. Walter Stoffel, LL.M., attorney-at-law

University of Fribourg – previously: Swiss Competition

Commission ( President )


Johannes Stampfer, attorney-at-law

Competition Law & Commercial Legal Director


Sarah Subrémon,

French Competition Authority (Deputy

Head of Legal Service)


Yuriy Terentyev

Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (Chairman)


Dr. Theodor Thanner

Austrian Federal Competition Authority ( General Director )

– previously: Federal Ministry of the Interior


Andrey Tsyganov

Federal Antimonopoly Service Russia (Deputy Head)


Dr. Herbert Wohlmann, attorney-at-law

Baker & McKenzie ( Consultant ), Zurich – previously:

Clariant ( General Counsel )


Susanne Zühlke, LL-M., attorney-at-law

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (Partner)

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The CAS is aimed at university graduates. Qualified candidates without a university degree, but with relevant working experience or equivalent qualifications, may also apply. Candidates’ full applications will be processed upon receipt.

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