Karolien Francken speaks at Informa Connect conference ‘Advanced EU Competition Law’


On April 24th, Karolien Francken spoke at the 32nd Annual Conference of Informa Connect. She was part of a panel discussion with Tobias Kruis (Director, Ethics & Compliance Europe; Global Competition Counsel, TD SYNNEX) and Vincent Stier (Senior Legal Counsel, EDEKA Verband) on vertical restraints. Discover the range of topics that were covered below.

  • Dual distribution: clarity regarding information exchange – is it really that clear?
  • Resale price maintenance:
    - New opportunities with fulfillment contracts.
    - Individual exemptions for RPM and MAPs: trap for the unknowing.
    - New trend: recommended maximum prices.

Some other interesting topics that were debated during the conference:

  • A buyer cartel as by object infringement versus an effects analysis of joint purchasing: do not lose sight of the forest for the trees.
  • Sustainability: a topic where authorities look to companies to test the waters and companies look at the authorities for guidance and predictability.
  • Brand new: consumer law is in the UK now placed at the same level as competition law.

Want to know more about the experience of the Faros team regarding vertical restraints: check ‘Who we are’.

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