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The New Vertical Restraints Regime - The new rules and how they will apply

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The New Vertical Restraints Regime
- The new rules and how they will apply

Tuesday 8 June 2010, The Stanhope Hotel, Brussels



On 1 June 2010, a new Vertical Agreements Block Exemption will come into force, as revised Vertical Restraints Guidelines. It is vital for the legal and business communities to understand the practical consequences of the changes reflected in the new rules without delay. The need is particularly acute as these are the competition law texts of most practical importance to business on a day-to-day basis.

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GCR has arranged this conference to examine in-depth the new block exemptions and guidelines. Distinguished speakers from the European Commission, law firms, economic consultancies and industry include:


Andrzej Kmiecik
Partner, Van Bael & Bellis


Luc Peeperkorn
Senior Administrator,
DG Competition, European Commission

Paolo Cesarini
Head of Unit,
DG Competition, European Commission

Frank Wijckmans
Partner, Contrast Law

Sean Paul Brankin
Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

Adrian Majumdar
Partner, RBB Economics

Fabien Zivy
Chief of Staff to the President,
Autorité de la Concurrence


Paul Gilbert
Deputy Director of Competition Policy,
Office of Fair Trading

Joost Haans
Senior Legal Counsel,
Philips International BV

Fiona Carlin
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Becket McGrath
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge UK LLP

Thomas Buettner
Principal, Charles River Associates

Tim Kasten
Partner, Van Bael & Bellis




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Register to receive practical advice and expert comment on:

• The New Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines - major issues and main changes
• Exclusive and selective distribution agreements
• Resale price maintenance
• Self-assessment under the Vertical Guidelines: challenges and solutions for business in applying the key economic concepts in practice
• Online distribution and sales - a special problem?
• The new rules on motor vehicle distribution - still a special case or convergence at last?
• Vertical restraints in after-markets




Register before 30 April 2010 to save £100

Standard early bird fee: £550 + 21% TVA = £665.50
In-house lawyers and government agencies early bird fee: £450 + 21% TVA = £544.50




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European State Aid 2010 - How State aid is applied and interpreted


Friday 7 May 2010, The Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London W1




International Merger Control


A major international conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the EU Merger Regulation
28 & 29 September 2010, Brussels




2010 Antitrust Litigation


October 2010, London




GCR's 2010 Competition Law Review


In-depth analysis and debate on recent developments in competition law and policy
16 & 17 November 2010, Brussels




For further details on any of these events please contact




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