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September 2021
Brussels, Belgium

Vertical Restraints & Distribution Conference, Digital Edition

Review the future of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and share practical strategies with fellow manufacturers, distributors and retailers to overcome today’s challenges

Benefit from critical insights and share practical solutions with your peers across Europe through innovative virtual networking

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Verticals Block Exemption Regulation
Verticals Block Exemption Regulation

The current Verticals Block Exemption Regulation is due to expire in May 2022 and so the European Commission has started consulting on what to do next, especially in light of the challenges brought by the explosion of e-Commerce.

During this conference you will have an opportunity to review VBER from the: 

  • European Commission's perspective 
  • Industry perspective 
  • Consumer perspective 
Trends in National Enforcement
Trends in National Enforcement

Analyse lessons learnt from recent enforcement by national competition authorities including their responses to distribution challenges during COVID-19 pandemic. Jurisdictions covered: 

  • Germany 
  • UK 
  • France
  • Netherlands 
  • Poland
  • Switzerland 
  • Spain 
Selective Distribution
Selective Distribution

Join our interactive panel session to review what is and isn't permissible in selective distribution arrangements: 

  • Where are we now after Coty and Guess?
  • Enforcement in selective distribution
  • Why corporates might want to control a supply chain?
  • Platform bans: what is acceptable?
  • Implications for compliance

Dual Distribution
Dual Distribution

Come to grips with one of the most thorny issues in vertical restraints by examining key questions in dual distribution:

  • Hybrid role of platforms: what are the concerns?
  • When is a vertical relationship horizontal?
  • Risks of information exchange
  • Algorithms, price comparison websites and information gathering companies
  • Are platforms sellers or agents?
Resale Price Maintenance (RPM)
Resale Price Maintenance (RPM)

The European Commission fined Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer  €111 million, after granting significant reductions for cooperating with the Commission, for imposing fixed or minimum resale price maintenance (RPM) on their respective retailers. It is noteworthy that this was the first time the Commission imposed fines for RPM cases in around 15 years. Join us to analyse:

  • How are the authorities approaching RPM?
  • Practical consequences for compliance
In-House Perspectives
In-House Perspectives

This session will allow you to engage in a meaningful conversation, gather rich insight and make connections with your fellow in-house lawyers within a lively and informal setting. Key themes include:

  • Platforms
  • Commercial agents 
  • Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clauses
  • Advertising challenges after Guess decision
  • Geoblocking 

2020 Digital Conferencing

In-depth, varied, flexible
In-depth, varied, flexible

Thoroughly researched conference agenda - in-depth presentations, varied panel discussions, interactive Q&As & engaging polls. Key sessions will be available on-demand after the event giving you additional flexibility.  

Network before, during & after
Network before, during & after

Take advantage of our innovative conference app to connect before, during and after the event with 1:1 meetings or informal group chats, maximizing networking opportunities far beyond what a traditional conference could offer.

AI powered matchmaking
AI powered matchmaking

Do not leave networking to chance! Benefit from AI powered matchmaking algorithm to recommend the best people for you to connect with based on your professional experience and interests. Join informal group chats centered around key discussion points to connect with like-minded attendees and spark spontaneous conversations.

Head of Competition Law,

Mannheimer Swartling

High level presentations with very good practical advice.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a number of exclusive and innovative sponsorship and speaking options, to help you demonstrate thought leadership.

For more information please contact Enes Duzen on or call +44 (0)20 8052 0469.