17 May – Competition policy in consumer goods – the current landscape

Competition policy in consumer goods - the current...

Dear friends,

antitrustitalia’s 45th lunch talk is scheduled on Thursday, 17 May 2018, 12:30pm at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Brussels – Metro Schuman).

Dirk Middelschulte global general counsel competition at Unilever, and Annamaria Mangiaracina, partner at Linklaters, Brussels, will give a presentation in English on:

Competition Policy and Consumer Goods – the Current Landscape

Dirk and Annamaria will provide an overview of recent developments by the European Commission and NCAs in this complex industry, sharing some considerations on how the relevant EU competition rules on verticals, horizontals and also dominance are applied in the daily life of a global Fast Moving Consumer Goods company, with the guidance of the case law developed across Europe.

Dirk Middelschulte has worked in private practice and in-house notably in the areas of IP, competition law, regulatory, corporate governance and compliance. Corporate in-house counsel since 2006, he headed Deutsche Bahn group‘s antitrust advice & compliance team before joining Danone in Paris as corporate compliance director. Based in Brussels, he now has the global responsibility for competition law in Unilever.

Annamaria Mangiaracina is a partner at Linklaters, based in the firm’s Brussels office. She represents clients in global investigations and transactions before the European Commission (EC), the Italian Antitrust Authority as well as regulatory authorities worldwide. She regularly counsels clients on abuse of dominance issues. Most recently she represented the immunity applicant in the Commission’s investigation into automotive parts, ENI in its transaction with ExxonMobil relating to a major LNG project in Mozambique and Unilever in a number of different matters.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will close at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia supporters. For non-supporters, there will be a fee of €25 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please register via Eventbrite. Receipts can be printed from the link 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 non-supporters, cancellation should be notified 24 hours before the event; the fee will be refunded directly from the link above.

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26 April – Essilor/Luxottica: all eyes on conglomerate effects

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antitrustitalia’s 44th lunch talk is scheduled on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Brussels – Metro Schuman).

Birthe Panhans – Deputy Head of Unit (E4) responsible for mergers in the basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture sectors at DG Competition (European Commission) – will give a presentation in English on:

Essilor/Luxottica: all eyes on conglomerate effects

The merger between Essilor and Luxottica combines two of the largest companies in the optical industry which hold leading positions in the supply of, respectively, ophthalmic lens and frames. For some commentators the transaction creates ideal conditions for conglomerate effects to arise. Yet, following an in-depth investigation the European Commission unconditionally cleared the merger. Birthe will provide an overview of the Commission’s competitive assessment of the transaction and will discuss the main arguments behind its decision.

Birthe Panhans is Deputy Head of Unit responsible for mergers in the basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture sectors at DG Competition. Before joining the European Commission (in 2012), she worked for the German Ministry for Economic Affairs. Birthe is a German-qualified lawyer, she holds a degree in political science and a LL.M in international law.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will close at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia supporters. For non-supporters, there will be a fee of €25 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please register via Eventbrite. Receipts can be printed from the link 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 non-supporters, cancellation should be notified 24 hours before the event; the fee will be refunded directly from the link above.

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22 February – Online sales in the EU after the Coty judgment

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Dear friends,

antitrustitalia’s 43rd lunch talk is scheduled on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Thomas Kramler, Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, will give a presentation in English on:

“Online sales in the EU after the Coty judgment”

The European Commission’s sector inquiry findings helpfully addressed a number of areas which have for some time been in a state of flux – notably, the extent to which suppliers can rely on their brand image to restrict who sells their products online, or whether they can ban the resale of their products through online marketplaces. The debate on these topics has caused uncertainty for companies trading online in Europe. The Court of Justice’s judgment in Coty was eagerly awaited by companies and legal practitioners across Europe, as it was expected to provide welcome clarity on these issues. Thomas’ presentation will discuss the findings of the Court and will explore their relevance for companies’ distribution policies.

Thomas Kramler is Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s DG Competition. Thomas holds a law degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria, and a master in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). Previously, Thomas was deputy head of the unit responsible for antitrust cases in the information industries, internet and consumer electronics sectors. Before joining the European Commission, Thomas worked as agent representing the Austrian government before the European Courts in Luxemburg.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30, the presentation will begin at 13:00 and will close at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia supporters. For non-supporters, there will be a fee of €25 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please register via EventBrite. Receipts can be printed from the link 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 non-supporters, cancellation should be notified 24 hours before the event; the fee will be refunded directly from the link above.

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