Join Steptoe's EU Competition team on Wednesday, October 6, for a complimentary webinar on the new competition law landscape for vertical agreements in the UK and in the EU.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority's proposals for a new Vertical Agreement Block Exemption Order (VBEO), the European Commission’s draft Vertical Agreement Block Exemption Regulation (VBER), and Vertical Guidelines provide an important opportunity for businesses to review their existing UK and EU supply chains. Doing so will not only help identify possible new pitfalls that may invalidate their current arrangements, but also allow you to consider newly permissible intra-brand restrictions that can help optimize their routes to market.
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Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CEST / 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. BST / 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. ET
Speakers and Topics for Discussion:
Charles Whiddington, Simon Hirsbrunner, and Zanda Romata, experienced members of Steptoe's UK and EU antitrust and competition team, together with antitrust economist Dr. Claudio Calcagno, Director of GMT Economics, will guide you through the new regulatory landscape with particular reference to the following topics:
- Market definition issues and the application of:
- The new VBER 10% threshold applicable to dual distribution (and treatment of information exchanges above this threshold)
- The renewed 30% threshold applicable under VBER and VBEO
- Dual distribution and the exclusion of online intermediation service providers
- The differing treatment of MFNs and price comparison websites under the VBEO and VBER
- Permissible restrictions relating to online sales
- Dual pricing and the difference between permissible and impermissible price differentiation
- Shared exclusivity and the need for investment cost recoupment by each distributor
- Greater scope for combining exclusive distribution and selective distribution
CLE Credit Available
Steptoe is an accredited CLE provider in New York, California, and Illinois and is pleased to offer the following credit for participation in the live event. If you are seeking credit in other jurisdictions, please make a note in your registration form and we’ll apply on your behalf.
- New York: This program is approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit including 1.5 hours in areas of professional practice. The content and format are suitable for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.
- California: 1.25 hours of CLE credit. No credit may be claimed for required CLE in legal ethics, recognition and elimination of bias in the legal profession, and competence issues.
- Illinois: 1.25 hours of General CLE credit.