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June 2022
Brussels, Belgium

June 2022
Brussels, Belgium

Vertical Restraints & Distribution

Prepare for the future of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation whilst sharing practical strategies with manufacturers, retailers and distributors to address today’s challenges

Benefit from critical insights and share practical solutions with your peers from Europe and beyond

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What is the future of VBER?

Review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation including the Working Paper on the Dual Role of Commercial Agents with representatives from DG Comp. Then, retailers and manufacturers covered what changes they would like to see to VBER.

Trends in National Enforcement

An focus on what lessons can be learnt from how NCAs approach vertical restraints in key jurisdictions, including: Germany - France - Netherlands - Spain - Denmark  - Turkey.

CMA: Vertical Restraints post-Brexit?

A review of recent cases in the UK, including comparison websites and consideration on how vertical restraints are likely to evolve in the UK post-Brexit.

Big Tech, Dominance & Dual Distribution

An update on the ongoing German and Italian cases for Amazon / Apple and a focus on how to balance lawful bundling of purchasing power and tough negotiations vs abusive exploitation of purchasing power, as well as the challenges of dealing with dominant / powerful customers. Then, delegates analysed the implications of DMA and VBER for dual distribution.

Distribution in Practice

During the last 3 sessions, delegates heard from fellow in-house lawyers on how they approached practical challenges of:

  • Selective Distribution
  • Information Exchange in Distribution Networks
  • Retail Price Maintenance (RPM) and Geo-blocking

360 Degree Perspective:

Delegates were kept up to date with how the Commission's approach to VBER is evolving and gained practical strategies to address current challenges. They heard from:

  • In-house counsel from manufacturers, retailers & distributors
  • The European Commission and National regulators
  • Top legal minds & economists


Expert regulatory and industry speakers. Hundreds of connections. Unparalleled networking opportunities. All delivered online, direct to you.

  • In-depth sessions, live Q&As and engaging polls
  • Connect with your peers before, during and after the event with 1:1 or group video meetings
  • Virtual "coffee tables" and spontaneous encounters with old friends and new
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  • Increased flexibility to fit Vertical Restraints & Distribution around your schedule
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Head of Competition Law,

Mannheimer Swartling

High level presentations with very good practical advice.