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Key Sessions

Natalia Lazarova

A View from the Commission

European Commission

Jun 25
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration & Refreshments
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
  • Thomas Funke - Partner, Osborne Clarke
09:10 - 09:30 20 mins
A View from the Commission
  • Natalia Lazarova - Head of Unit Antitrust: Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Consumer Goods, DG Competition, European Commission
  • John Clark - Case Handler, DG Competition, European Commission
09:30 - 10:30 60 mins
Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation: What Does the Industry Want?
  • Catharina Tauson-Denysiak - General Manager, Competition & Antitrust, Renault Nissan Alliance
  • Bernard Lycke - Director General, CECRA
  • Marc Greven - Legal Affairs Director, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association – ACEA
  • Frank Schlehuber - Senior Consultant Market Affairs, CLEPA, The European Association of Automotive Suppliers
  • Moderator: Herlinde Burez - Partner, contrast

During this interactive session delegates will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion on how the motor vehicle industry would like to see the next Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation. The session will focus on the needs of the different stakeholders in the automotive market including manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and repairers.

10:30 - 10:50 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:20 90 mins
Review of Key National Developments Affecting the Motor Vehicle Sector
  • Christiane Schmücker - Case Handler, 9th Decision Division, Bundeskartellamt
  • Walter van Overbeek - Advocaat, Houthoff Buruma
  • Carmen Verdonck - Partner, Altius
  • Bernardine Adkins - Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Bastien Thomas - Partner, Racine
  • Review of developments focusing in key jurisdictions, including:
    • Germany
    • France
    • Belgium
    • Netherlands
    • UK including implications of Brexit
12:20 - 13:20 60 mins
13:20 - 14:10 50 mins
E-mobility, Vehicle Connectivity and Automated/Autonomous Driving: Competition Law Concerns
  • Ian Rose - Vice-President, Compliance, Volvo Trucks
  • Lawrence Freeman - Senior Counsel, Bird & Bird
  • Sylvia Gotzen - Chief Executive, FIGIEFA
  • Data flows: from vehicles to other vehicles and from manufacturers to service providers
  • Who should be able to access the data and on which terms?
  • Data privacy and GDPR: is there a tension with competition law
  • Autonomous vehicles: new regulation
  • Connectivity standards: does competition law stand in the way of standardisation?
  • SEP/FRAND issues in connected vehicles
14:10 - 14:50 40 mins
Recent Developments in Cartels including Algorithmic Cartels
  • Tilman Kuhn - Partner, White & Case
  • Algorithmic cartels: review of key issues and approaches
  • Review of recent automotive industry cases
14:50 - 15:40 50 mins
Trucks and Other Developments in Follow on Damages
  • Paloma Martínez-Lage - Partner, MLAB Abogados
  • Alex Petrasincu - Partner, Hausfeld
  • Boris Bronfentrinker - Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
  • Till Schreiber - Director, Cartel Damage Claims
  • Trucks: Where are we now? Review of cases in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany  
  • Collective claims
  • Review of procedural rules following the implementation of the Directive
  • What do you need to show to prove damages?
  • How are the Courts treating claims?
  • Other follow on damages litigation including car parts
15:40 - 16:00 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
16:45 - 17:30 45 mins
Access to Networks and Distribution Agreements
  • Anne Wegner - Partner, Luther
  • Andrzej Kmiecik - Partner , Van Bael & Bellis
  • Bernard Lycke - Director General, CECRA
  • Update on the consultation on the general competition framework for distribution agreements including what active vs passive sales mean in the motor vehicle sector
  • Access to networks after Kia
  • Repairs and networks
  • Dealers as franchises
  • What is the role of dealers in an online world?
  • Multichannel distribution: the role of intermediaries and independently operated platforms
17:30 - 17:40 10 mins
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference