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June 2019
Brussels, Belgium

Vertical Restraints and Distribution Conference

Practical review of recent cases, business practices and regulatory developments affecting vertical restraints and distribution in the new digital world

Hear directly from regulators, discuss practical challenges with in-house counsel and gain an update from top legal minds

Thank you to all those who attended in 2018!

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What was on the Vertical Restraints & Distribution conference agenda in 2018?

Selective Distribution after Coty

Review the recent Coty decision and analyse how it should be interpreted in practice. Join our panel of in-house speakers to debate what counts as luxury goods and whether the German Federal Court decision in ASICS is in line with Coty.  


National Developments

Gain a timely update on current approaches to enforcement across key jurisdictions including Germany, UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands and consider practical challenges for pan-European distribution contracts.   

RPM in the Digital World

How should Resale Price Maintenance (RPM) be applied to online sales, platforms and algorithms? Are platforms intermediaries or re-sellers? What role can algorithms play in distribution? Debate these pertinent questions in light of recent cases.

Dual Distribution Models

Analyse how direct to consumer businesses challenge traditional models of distribution and raise new questions for vertical restraints. Review what this means for access to data and whether it poses new risks for information exchange and other unlawful practices.   

Geo-blocking Regulation

On 27 February 2018, the Council adopted the regulation, banning unjustified geo-blocking in the internal market. Hear two European Commission speakers outlining how the regulation will interplay with competition law and how companies should prepare for its implementation. 

Practical Challenges in Compliance

Share with fellow in-house speakers practical strategies to avoid common pitfalls in competition compliance. Discuss how to ensure your company has watertight compliance programmes for key account managers and purchasing managers. 


"High level presentations with very good practical advice."

Head of Competition Law, Mannheimer Swartling

"Very informative conference touching upon practical day-to-day application."

Counsel, Dentons

"The speakers were all of an extremely high quality!"

Solicitor, BSkyB

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