18 March – 23rd antitrustitalia lunch

Parity clauses in the online hotel booking sector – what’s going on?”

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Dear Friends,

Antitrustitalia’s 23rd Antitrust Lunch is scheduled on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman)

Paul Bridgeland, case handler at DG COMP and Matthias Hunold, from the Chief Economist Team, will give a presentation in English on:

“Parity clauses in the online hotel booking sector – what’s going on?”

The French, Swedish and Italian competition authorities have recently completed a joint market test of commitments proposed by the online travel agent, Booking.com. The commitments are intended to address perceived competition concerns relating to parity clauses in Booking.com’s standard contracts with hotels. Under the parity clauses, the hotels are requested to offer Booking.com the same or better room prices as the hotel makes available on all other online and offline distribution channels. Meanwhile, in Germany the BKartA has prohibited the parity clause of the German online travel agent, HRS. This decision has recently been upheld on appeal. The European Commission is coordinating the work of the national authorities, but it has not opened its own investigation.

Paul Bridgeland is a case handler in Unit F-1 at DG COMP (Antitrust – Transport, Post and other services). He returned to DG COMP in early 2014, having previously worked in the food and pharmaceuticals antitrust unit, and before that as a commercial solicitor in the UK.

Matthias Hunold joined the Chief Economist Team at DG COMP in 2013. Before that, he completed a PhD in competition economics at Mannheim University and worked as a researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Please confirm your attendance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parity-clauses-in-the-online-hotel-booking-sector-whats-going-on-tickets-15811307045. Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. Receipts can be printed from Eventbrite directly.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Monday 16 March, the fee will be reimbursed directly from Eventbrite.

antitrustitalia counts on your support!

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19 February – 22nd antitrustitalia lunch

 

cbDear friends,

antitrustitalia’s 22nd antitrust lunch is scheduled on Thursday 19 February 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

The speaker Dr. Henning Leupold – member of the Competition Team of the Legal Service of the European Commission – will give a presentation in English on:

“Restrictions ‘by object’ after Groupement des Cartes Bancaires – much ado about nothing”

An intense debate has followed the adoption by the Court of the judgment Groupement des Cartes Bancaires on 11 September 2014. The judgment concerns the conditions that need to be present to justify the finding of a restriction of competition law “by object”. Some have argued that this judgment creates a new – stricter – legal test which will limit the application by the Commission of the concept of “restrictions by object”. Others believe that this judgment simply reiterates and clarifies in a systematic way findings of previous case-law. Others still have questions as to the difference between “by object” and “by effect” infringements. This presentation will first analyse the criteria for the finding of a restriction “by object” and it will then offer an interpretation of the main issues raised by the judgment and present a possible way forward.

Dr. Henning Leupold is a member of the European Commission’s Legal Service where he works in the Competition Team. Previously, he spent five years at DG Competition, for the most part in the antitrust case support and policy unit, where he was mainly dealing with the IT, Internet and consumer electronics industries. He was also involved in the review of the European Commission’s competition policy on horizontal co-operation agreements of 2011. Prior to joining the Commission in 2008, he practised competition law in an international law firm. Dr. Henning is the author of numerous articles and book contributions on various competition law topics. He has a Ph.D. degree in law from the University of Passau, Germany, and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics, London.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:15 at the latest.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch.

Please confirm your attendance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restrictions-by-object-after-groupement-des-cartes-bancaires-tickets-15597312983

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Tuesday 17 February, the fee will be reimbursed.

antitrustitalia counts on your support!

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Aperitivo | L’Auberge de Boendael, 29 gennaio 2015

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Cari Amici

Bentornati dalle vacanze e a tutti voi i nostri migliori auguri di Buon Anno.

antitrustitalia riprende le proprie attività nel 2015 ed è lieta di invitarvi al cocktail che si svolgerà presso L’Auberge de Boendael, Square du Vieux Tilleul 12, 1150 – Bruxelles (http://www.aubergedeboendael.be/FR/), giovedì 29 gennaio dalle ore 19.30 alle ore 21.30.

L’invito è strettamente personale.

RSVP entro lunedì 26 gennaio 2015 – antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it

A presto,

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