Distribution in the Digital Single Market - what's legal?
15 November 2018

19.00h (by teleconference / in-person)-
20.30h (cocktail to 21.00h) (CET)

Becket McGrath, Partner
Cooley (UK) LLP

Sarah Beeston, Partner
Van Doorne NV

Peter Stauber, Partner
Noerr LLP

Athina Tsitsou | Enrico Camilli 
Policy & Legal Officer Legal Officer
European Commission
By teleconference
In-person: Renaissance Brussels Hotel
Rue du Parnasse, 19
1050, Brussels
CPD:Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for 1.5 hours CPD
Joining:Details sent to registered participants - 4.30pm (CET) 15.11.18
On 24 July, the European Commission fined Asus, Denon & Marantz, Pioneer and Philips €111 million for resale price maintenance practices in violation of the EU antitrust rules.

From 03 December, the Geo-blocking Regulation will largely prevent online traders from restricting the supply of goods or services to customers in other EU countries.

Against this background, the panel will discuss some practical issues that e-commerce manufacturers and retailers need to consider from an EU and national law perspective in Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom, focusing on:

  • Complying with the Geo-blocking Regulation?
  • Resale price maintenance, with(out) monitoring / enforcement?
  • Role of price monitoring / repricing software – element of fact or stand-alone violation? and
  • Selective distribution, online sales restrictions and marketplace bans after Coty?
Join this discussion to assess what’s (not) legal in European distribution and the practical questions of daily cross-border business of EU and national distribution (competition) law enforcement after the Geo-blocking Regulation and the precedent-setting July 24 Decisions.

List of participants (updated 15 November)

Regulation (EU) 2018/302 addressing unjustified geo-blocking OJEU L60 I, 1 (02.03.18)

Press release on the consumer electronics Decisions (24.07.18)

Statement on the consumer electronics Decisions Commissioner Vestager (24.07.18)

Case AT.40181 Pioneer (24.07.18)

Case AT.40465 Asus (24.07.18)

Case AT.40181 Philips (24.07.18)

Case AT.40469 Denon & Marantz (24.07.18)

Final Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry

'Algorithms and Collusion - Note from the European Union' OECD Competition Committee meeting (14.06.17)

'EU antitrust & e-commerce after Coty: all clear now?'  Thomas Kramler, DG COMP (18.01.18)
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