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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vertical Restraints Conference This September in Brussels

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Download FEB-IEJE 2nd Competition Day - Vertical Restraints and Distribution Agreements - 30 September 2009

PROGRAMME

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 09:10 Introductory Remarks

Charles GHEUR
Advisor, FEB

Nicolas PETIT
University of Liege (ULg), Howrey LLP

I. SESSION I – OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT REGIME AND AREAS FOR REFORM
CHAIRMAN
Prof. Jacques BOURGEOIS
University of Gent, WilmerHale

09:10 – 09:50 Regulation 2790/1999 and the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints – A Practitioner’s Experience
Frank WIJCKMANS
Partner, Contrast – European & Business Law

09:50 – 10:30 The Commission’s Review of Regulation 2790/1999 – An Overview of DG COMP’s Drafts
Lucas PEEPERKORN
European Commission, DG COMP

10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break

10:50 – 11:30 An Economic Review of the Current Regime and of the Commission’s Drafts
Prof. Thibaut VERGÉ
CREST, Paris

11:30 – 12:00 The Future of the Car Block Exemption Regulation
Etienne KAIRIS and Emmerik VAN PARYS
Loyens & Loeff

12:00 – 12:30 Questions & Answers

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch break

II. SESSION II – A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S PROPOSED CHANGES
CHAIRMAN

Prof. Jean‐François BELLIS
University of Brussels, Van Bael & Bellis

13:45 – 14:15 The 30 % Market Share Threshold
Alexandre VANDENCASTEELE
Partner, Ashurst

14:15 – 14:45 Resale Price Maintenance
Paul LUGARD
Competition Counsel, Philips International

14:45 – 15:15 Buyer‐Related Vertical Restraints (Upfront Payments, Slotting Allowances, Access Payment Fees, Category Management, etc.)

John RATLIFF
Partner, WilmerHale

15:15 – 15:45 Roundtable discussion

Kylie STURTZ
Legal Director, Competition & Compliance, Anheuser‐Busch InBev

Philippe MARCHANDISE
In‐house Counsel, Total

Els STEEN
Corporate Legal Affairs Manager, Delhaize Group

Chris VERLEYE
In‐house Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break

III. SESSION III – ONLINE DISTRIBUTION

16:00 – 17:00 Roundtable discussion
Cristina CAFFARRA
Vice‐President, CRA International

Julia HOLTZ
Senior Competition Counsel, Google

Andres FONT GALARZA
Partner, Mayer Brown

17:00 End of the conference

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