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Jun 26
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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 - 09:40 30 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
09:40 - 12:00 140 mins
Review of Key National Developments Affecting the Motor Vehicle Sector
  • Joseph Vogel - Partner, Vogel & Vogel
  • Jens Peter Schmidt - Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • David Mamane - Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer
  • Anne Wegner - Partner, Luther
  • Herlinde Burez - Partner, contrast
  • Jitka Linhartová - Of Counsel, Nedelka Kubáč Advokáti
  • Review of developments in key jurisdictions, including:
    • Germany: access to dealers and services including Jaguar Land Rover judgement, mergers and move from 3 to 2 providers in the market
    • France: new developments regarding access to dealer and repair networks, new request for protection from dealer association
    • Belgium: mergers in the motor vehicle sector and focus on market definition
    • Spain and Portugal: Cartel behaviour within dealer networks cases
    • Switzerland: Recent developments regarding resale price recommendations and parallel trade
    • Netherlands
    • UK including implications of Brexit
    • Czech Republic: recent development in an intra-brand and inter-brand competition 
    • Slovakia: aftersales market with regard to the recent case law
    • A look to China and USA

      Morning coffee break will be taken at a convenient time during this session.
12:00 - 12:50 50 mins
Cartels, Trucks and Follow on Damages
  • Christopher Rother - Managing Partner, Hausfeld
  • Paloma Martínez-Lage - Partner, MLAB Abogados
  • Till Schreiber - Director, Cartel Damage Claims
  • Rick Cornelissen - Counsel, Houthoff
  • Review of recent car parts decisions and investigations
  • Trucks: where are we now?
  • Follow on damages: review of cases in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany
  • Which strategies work best in follow on damages?
  • Passing on defence and choice of jurisdiction
  • Interim judgements
  • Settlements and hybrid cases
  • Scania appeal
12:50 - 13:50 60 mins
13:50 - 14:35 45 mins
Technical Cooperation: What Is and Isn’t Permissible?
  • Anne Federle - Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
  • What information can be released?
  • Information sharing
  • Guidelines for trade associations
  • Compliance challenges
14:35 - 15:25 50 mins
Organisation of Networks and Distribution Agreements including Multichannel Distribution
  • Walter van Overbeek - Partner, Houthoff
  • Björn Siever - Senior Legal Counsel, Volvo Car Germany GmbH
  • Anne Wegner - Partner, Luther
  • Access to networks: Can you refuse a candidate from being part of a network? Is this discriminatory behaviour?
  • Can you use repair contracts to sell vehicles?
  • Can you restrict dealers from selling to 3rd parties and can you restrict 3rd parties from selling to end customers?
  • Repairs and networks: warranties
  • What is the role of dealers in an online world?
  • Multichannel distribution: the role of intermediaries and independently operated platforms
  • Do different standards apply to the new categories of dealers different to traditional dealers?
  • Review of recent cases including market definition after MAN, Jaguar Land Rover and other cases
15:25 - 15:45 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:35 50 mins
Connected Vehicles: Data Protection, Privacy and Competition Law
  • Thomas Funke - Partner, Osborne Clarke
  • Ian Rose - Vice-President, Compliance, Volvo Trucks
  • Tamara Goriely - Lawyer, Automated Vehicles Review, Law Commission, England and Wales
  • Who owns the data?
  • Is data a threat or an asset?
  • Data privacy and protection including GDPR
  • Tensions between data privacy and competition law: Is GDPR being used to exclude rivals?
  • Sharing of data: benefits to consumers vs data protection
  • Access to data: what does it mean for services and repairs? 
  • Prospects for regulation
  • Data flow: implications for insurance companies
  • Disruptors
16:35 - 17:00 25 mins
Economist’s Perspective on Big Data and the Motor Vehicle Sector
  • Enno Eilts - Partner, Oxera
  • Data and market power
  • Best practice in using economic evidence in a case
17:45 - 17:55 10 mins
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference