17 February 2016 – Vertical Restraints in On-line Sales: Comments on Some Recent Developments

10The next Antitrustitalia event will take place on 17 February at 12:30pm at Confindustria Bruxelles, Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman.

Luc Peeperkorn and Josefine Hederström (European Commission, DG Competition, Policy and case support in antitrust), will give a presentation in English on:

Vertical Restraints in On-line Sales: Comments on Some Recent Developments

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We will discuss about the legal framework applicable to vertical restraints in the online world and certain recent developments in the policy and enforcement activity of European competition authorities as regards online vertical restraints.  We will ask whether certain specific characteristics of online sales create particular challenges for the assessment of vertical restraints and look at certain practices used in online vertical relationships (e.g., the hotels price parity clauses, online sales, platforms).  The main question will be whether some of these practices should be considered hardcore restrictions.

Luc Peeperkorn, after having studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam, worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he specialised in industrial economics, public finance and welfare economics.  In 1991 Luc joined the European Commission, DG Competition. Luc was the co-author of the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines of 2000 and 2010, the De Minimis Notice of 2001 and 2014, the Transfer of Technology Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines of 2004 and 2014.  He was also co-author of the Guidance on the Commission’s enforcement priorities in applying Article 82 of 2009.  Josefine Hederström holds a Master degree in International Public Law from the University of Bordeaux IV – Montesquieu.  Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked for the European Court of Justice as a lawyer linguist.  Josefine joined DG Competition in 2016 where she has worked in the cartels units, the energy unit and today in the unit ‘Policy and case support in antitrust’.

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

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please use this Eventbrite link goo.gl/PNly1b to register for the event.  Receipts can be printed from the link above 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 June, the fee will be reimbursed directly from the link above.

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