Brussels Partner David Anderson led a recent panel presentation devoted to the emerging area of antitrust and blockchain policy. Organized by the Institute for European Studies (IES), the panel included a diverse representation of individuals deeply involved with blockchain and antitrust policy.

The panel addressed the wide range of government inquiries worldwide into the antitrust aspects of blockchain. The panel also engaged in a debate around the key risk areas for participants in public and private blockchain, including facilitating collusion and abuses of dominant positions. Other topics included how companies involved in blockchain can avoid competition law infringements, whether government agencies have a sufficient legislative “toolbox” to address violations related to the use of such a new and complex technology and, if there is a breach of the law, how agencies can identify the liable parties, considering that a blockchain is by design usually not “owned” or controlled by any participant.

Anderson is managing partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Brussels office. Anderson’s practice focuses on EU and international antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, cartels, commercial agreements and abuses of dominant positions. He also advises on EU regulatory law and public affairs and Brexit issues.

This seminar was the second organized by the IES on antitrust issues in the digital economy. Click here for more information, including details on the first seminar examining algorithms and antitrust.