Vertical power – About the new VBER and beyond!

Bologna

23 June 17:00 CEST - 25 June 2022 13:00 CEST

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5th T.R.A.D.E. Annual Conference //  9th Antitrust Annual Conference

How to set up and/or restructure distribution systems in compliance with antitrust law? The new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) will enter into force on 1 June 2022. The existing VBER grants a safe harbour to suppliers and their customers, allowing them to assess and safely handle vertical agreements by exempting groups of agreements from the general ban of anticompetitive agreements. The VBER’s revision is – to quote the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager: “…an important policy project. Vertical agreements, such as those between suppliers of goods or services and their distributors, are common across all sectors of the EU economy.”

The EU giving effect to new rules on sales – offline and online – provides THE occasion for the Antitrust and the T.R.A.D.E. Commission to exchange and elaborate on the best practice, coming from different angles, but with the same object: assisting companies which operate cross-border. Together with the Healthcare Commission, we will focus in particular on the impact of the new regulation on the distribution of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, where regulatory requirements often caused difficulties under the 2010 VBER.

Besides the VBER, we will discuss how to manage distribution systems which go (entirely or partially) beyond the EU and address the effects of the increasing vertical integration on the competitive landscape. Considering Bologna's status as both a gastronomic capital and mecca of luxury sports cars & motorbike brands, we will also have a closer look at distribution and antitrust related aspects in the food products and automotive markets.

 


AIJA Commissions

  • Antitrust
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce)

Event fees

+ VAT if applicable<= 2022-06-01> 2022-06-01

AIJA Member < 35495,00  €620,00  €
AIJA Member >= 35545,00  €670,00  €
Non AIJA Member < 35595,00  €720,00  €
Non AIJA Member >= 35645,00  €770,00  €
Speaker495,00  €620,00  €
Local lawyers495,00  €620,00  €
In-House Counsel150,00  €150,00  €

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Full programme

T.R.A.D.E.

Thursday 23 June 2022

17:00 » 18:45
Registrations at  I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome cocktail and (optional) dinner at  I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna

Friday 24 June 2022

08:00 » 09:00
Registrations at  I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome address by the AIJA President
09:15 » 09:30
Introduction to the seminar by the Organising Committee
09:30 » 10:00
Keynote Speech – “Vertical power – About the new VBER and beyond!”

Keynote Speaker:
Johannes Holzwarth, European Commission (DG Competition), Belgium
10:00 » 11:00
Dual Distribution (Horizontal/vertical)

Moderator:
Christoph Weinert, COMMEO Rechtsanwälte, Germany

Speakers:
  • Claire Shepherd, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
  • Mattijs Baneke, Stek, Netherlands
  • Enzo Marasà, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00
Panel dedicated to online/platform distribution/sales

Moderator:
Marie Davy, Kramer Levin, France

Speakers:
  • Linde Bremmer, Stek, Netherlands
  • Philipp Trube, Blomstein, Germany
  • Giuliano Stasio, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Italy
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 14:30
Interview with Luca Campitelli, Compliance Manager, Ferrari
14:30 » 15:30
Selective Distribution – Extended safe harbor to restrictions on exclusive and free distributors across territories with SD Systems

Moderator:
Giorgia Massaro, LEGLEGAL, Italy

Speakers:
  • Janine Reudt-Demont, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
  • Benedikt Rohrssen, Taylor Wessing, Germany
  • Luca Campitelli, Ferrari SpA, Italy
15:30 » 15:50
Coffee break
15:50 » 16:50
Pricing tools and challenges

Moderator:
Lumine van Uden, Houthoff, Netherlands

Speakers:
  • Timothée Giard, GATE Avocats, France
  • Jochen Bernhard, Menold Bezler, Germany
  • Stefan Tuinenga, Scott + Scott, Netherlands

16:50 » 17:50
Balancing power in B2B Relationships

Moderator:
Michel Segers, FLINN, Belgium

Speakers:
  • Jean-Philippe Arroyo, J.P. KARSENTY & Associés, France
  • Judith Feldner, E+H Rechtsanwälte, Austria
  • Yolanda Martínez, Marimon Abogados, Spain

20:30 » 23:00
Gala dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna
23:00 » 02:00
After dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Saturday 25 June 2022

08:30 » 09:30
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
09:30 » 11:00
Prosciutto di Parma or omega-3 capsules

Moderator:
Manish Bahl, Bahl & Co, Netherlands

Speakers:
  • Joana Silveira Botelho, CUATRECASAS, Portugal
  • Tomasz Babiński, Borek Legal, Poland
  • Babak Tabeshian, LFR Wirtschaftsanwälte, Germany
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 12:45
The future of car selling in the electric area

Moderator:
Renato Bucher, MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep, Switzerland

Speakers:
  • Sara Khalil, Schoenherr, Austria
  • Anne-Linn Forbord, Tesla, Norway
  • Lorenz Jarass, Noerr, Germany
12:45 » 13:00
Closing remarks
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00
Optional Saturday afternoon programme -  I Portici Academy / Fresh pasta cooking class

The purpose of this class would be the creation of two very fun and challenging Fresh Pasta shapes: Tortelloni with ricotta and Garganelli. Participants will work in pairs on equipped professional desks and constantly alternate in work following the teacher's instructions. Starting from the classic nest of flour and eggs, they will alternate in the drawing of the dough until they achieve both pasta shapes….with a touch of healthy competition! 

Includes: Fresh pasta class, recipe book, embroidered kitchen apron, certificate of participation.

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

https://porticiacademy.it/video/
20:00 » 23:00
Optional dinner at Cantina Bentivoglio

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

Antitrust

Thursday 23 June 2022

17:00 » 18:45
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome cocktail and (optional) dinner at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna

Friday 24 June 2022

08:00 » 09:00
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome address by the AIJA President
09:15 » 09:30
Introduction to the seminar by the Organising Committee
09:30 » 10:00
Keynote Speech – “Vertical power – About the new VBER and beyond!”

Keynote Speaker:
Johannes Holzwarth, European Commission (DG Competition), Belgium
10:00 » 11:00
Dual Distribution (Horizontal/vertical)

Moderator:
Christoph Weinert, COMMEO Rechtsanwälte, Germany

Speakers:
  • Claire Shepherd, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
  • Mattijs Baneke, Stek, Netherlands
  • Enzo Marasà, Portolano Cavallo, Italy

11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00
Panel dedicated to online/platform distribution/sales

Moderator:
Marie Davy, Kramer Levin, France

Speakers:
  • Linde Bremmer, Stek, Netherlands
  • Philipp Trube, Blomstein, Germany
  • Giuliano Stasio, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Italy
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 14:30
Interview with Luca Campitelli, Compliance Manager, Ferrari
14:30 » 15:30
Selective Distribution – Extended safe harbor to restrictions on exclusive and free distributors across territories with SD Systems

Moderator:
Giorgia Massaro, LEGLEGAL, Italy

Speakers:
  • Janine Reudt-Demont, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
  • Benedikt Rohrssen, Taylor Wessing, Germany
  • Luca Campitelli, Ferrari SpA, Italy

15:30 » 15:50
Coffee break
15:50 » 16:50
Pricing tools and challenges

Moderator:
Lumine van Uden, Houthoff, Netherlands

Speakers:
  • Timothée Giard, GATE Avocats, France
  • Jochen Bernhard, Menold Bezler, Germany
  • Stefan Tuinenga, Scott + Scott, Netherlands

16:50 » 17:50
Balancing power in B2B Relationships

Moderator:
Michel Segers, FLINN, Belgium

Speakers:
  • Jean-Philippe Arroyo, J.P. KARSENTY & Associés, France
  • Judith Feldner, E+H Rechtsanwälte, Austria
  • Yolanda Martínez, Marimon Abogados, Spain

20:30 » 23:00
Gala dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna
23:00 » 02:00
After dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Saturday 25 June 2022

08:30 » 09:30
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
09:30 » 11:00
Agency agreements under the revised Vertical Guidelines; vertical integration; vertical mergers

Moderator:
Giorgia Carandente, Taylor Wessing, Germany

Speakers:
  • Zeno Frediani, Arnold & Porter, United Kingdom
  • Liam Heylin, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland
  • Robert Hardy, Greenberg Traurig, Netherlands

11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 12:45
Pharma VS Antitrust

Moderator:
Bruno de Zêzere Barradas, CUATRECASAS, Portugal

Speakers:
  • Marek Holka, Čechová & Partners, Slovakia
  • Amalia Athanasiadou, Vifor Pharma, Switzerland
  • Ludovica Pizzetti, Arnold & Porter, United Kingdom
12:45 » 13:00
Closing remarks
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00
Optional Saturday afternoon programme -  I Portici Academy / Fresh pasta cooking class

The purpose of this class would be the creation of two very fun and challenging Fresh Pasta shapes: Tortelloni with ricotta and Garganelli. Participants will work in pairs on equipped professional desks and constantly alternate in work following the teacher's instructions. Starting from the classic nest of flour and eggs, they will alternate in the drawing of the dough until they achieve both pasta shapes….with a touch of healthy competition!

Includes: Fresh pasta class, recipe book, embroidered kitchen apron, certificate of participation.

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

https://porticiacademy.it/video/
20:00 » 23:00
Optional dinner at Cantina Bentivoglio

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Thursday 23 June 2022

17:00 » 18:45
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome cocktail and (optional) dinner at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna

Friday 24 June 2022

08:00 » 09:00
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome address by the AIJA President
09:15 » 09:30
Introduction to the seminar by the Organising Committee
09:30 » 10:00
Keynote Speech – “Vertical power – About the new VBER and beyond!”

Keynote Speaker:
Johannes Holzwarth, European Commission (DG Competition), Belgium
10:00 » 11:00
Dual Distribution (Horizontal/vertical)

Moderator:
Christoph Weinert, COMMEO Rechtsanwälte, Germany

Speakers:
  • Claire Shepherd, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
  • Mattijs Baneke, Stek, Netherlands
  • Enzo Marasà, Portolano Cavallo, Italy

11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00
Panel dedicated to online/platform distribution/sales

Moderator:
Marie Davy, Kramer Levin, France

Speakers:
  • Linde Bremmer, Stek, Netherlands
  • Philipp Trube, Blomstein, Germany
  • Giuliano Stasio, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Italy

13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 14:30
Interview with Luca Campitelli, Compliance Manager, Ferrari
14:30 » 15:30
Selective Distribution – Extended safe harbor to restrictions on exclusive and free distributors across territories with SD Systems

Moderator:
Giorgia Massaro, LEGLEGAL, Italy

Speakers:
  • Janine Reudt-Demont, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
  • Benedikt Rohrssen, Taylor Wessing, Germany
  • Luca Campitelli, Ferrari SpA, Italy

15:30 » 15:50
Coffee break
15:50 » 16:50
Pricing tools and challenges

Moderator:
Lumine van Uden, Houthoff, Netherlands

Speakers:
  • Timothée Giard, GATE Avocats, France
  • Jochen Bernhard, Menold Bezler, Germany
  • Stefan Tuinenga, Scott + Scott, Netherlands

16:50 » 17:50
Balancing power in B2B Relationships

Moderator:
Michel Segers, FLINN, Belgium

Speakers:
  • Jean-Philippe Arroyo, J.P. KARSENTY & Associés, France
  • Judith Feldner, E+H Rechtsanwälte, Austria
  • Yolanda Martínez, Marimon Abogados, Spain

20:30 » 23:00
Gala dinner  at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna
23:00 » 02:00
After dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Saturday 25 June 2022

08:30 » 09:30
Registrations at I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
09:30 » 11:00
Prosciutto di Parma or omega-3 capsules

Moderator:
Manish Bahl, Bahl & Co, Netherlands

Speakers:
  • Joana Silveira Botelho, CUATRECASAS, Portugal
  • Tomasz Babiński, Borek Legal, Poland
  • Babak Tabeshian, LFR Wirtschaftsanwälte, Germany

11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 12:45
Pharma VS Antitrust

Moderator:
Bruno de Zêzere Barradas, CUATRECASAS, Portugal

Speakers:
  • Marek Holka, Čechová & Partners, Slovakia
  • Amalia Athanasiadou, Vifor Pharma, Switzerland
  • Ludovica Pizzetti, Arnold & Porter, United Kingdom

12:45 » 13:00
Closing remarks
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00
Optional Saturday afternoon programme - I Portici Academy / Fresh pasta cooking class

The purpose of this class would be the creation of two very fun and challenging Fresh Pasta shapes: Tortelloni with ricotta and Garganelli. Participants will work in pairs on equipped professional desks and constantly alternate in work following the teacher's instructions. Starting from the classic nest of flour and eggs, they will alternate in the drawing of the dough until they achieve both pasta shapes….with a touch of healthy competition!

Includes: Fresh pasta class, recipe book, embroidered kitchen apron, certificate of participation.

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

https://porticiacademy.it/video/
20:00 » 23:00
Optional dinner at Cantina Bentivoglio

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

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Practical information

Accommodation

I Portici Hotel

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  • Standard Room: € 140,00, rate per room per night (Buffet breakfast, WiFi service and 10% VAT included, local city tax excluded)
  • Local city tax is € 4,00, per person, per night.
  • Supplement for additional guest € 30,00 per room per night.
  • Parking lot starting from € 25,00 per lot per day. (Please be informed that parking lots are not bookable in advance.)
  • Check-in from 02:00pm / Check-out before 11:00am

To book the room please send an email to reservation@iporticihotel.com adding 'AIJA 2022 Bologna' in the title of the email.

The rooms at I Portici are available at the price until 04.05.2022 and subject to availabilities. In case there is no more room available I Portici, if feasible, will provide with alternative options.

 

Royal Hotel Carlton Bologna

  • Classic room single use: € 169.00 BB per night + tourist tax € 5.00 per night
  • Deluxe room single use: € 189.00 BB per night + tourist tax € 5.00 per person per night
  • Double supplement + € 30.00 per night
  • *Breakfast, 10% VAT, WIFI and access to the indoor gym upon reservation are included.
     

Rates are valid for the dates below:

  • Check in 23/06/2022
  • Check out 26/06/2022, (3 nights)
  • Any extra requests except the dates above are upon the Hotel’s availability.

Deadline: 10.06.2022

How to book: The request needs to be sent individually to carlton@monrifhotels.it indicating "AIJA EVENT" including check in and out dates, room type (Classic/Deluxe & SGL/ DBL) and with the credit card guarantee form attached here.

Cancellation: Free of charge up to 4 days before arrival (19.06.2022)

 

Hotel Donatello

 

 

  • Classic room single use: € 159,00 per night + tourist tax
  • Deluxe room single use: € 179,00 per night + tourist tax
  • Breakfast is included

       **Offer is subject to room availabilities.

How to book: The request needs to be sent individually to hoteldonatello@hoteldonatello.com  indicating "AIJA EVENT" including check in and out dates, room type (Classic/Deluxe & SGL/ DBL) and providing a credit card number.

Cancellation: Free of charge up to 3 days before arrival (20.06.2022)

 

 

 

 

Social Programme

I Portici Academy

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

Optional dinner at Cantina Bentivoglio

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

Gala Dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna

Health and safety measures

Covid-19 policies

We would like to remind you of the COVID-19 measures applicable to entry into Italy. Please be informed that health information and fulfilments for entry to Italy have been updated and simplified and will stay into force until 31 may 2022, you may find them here.

Travelling (by plane, train, underground, buses) is allowed only with FFP2 face masks, which are also needed to attend the indoor part of the seminar.

AIJA reserves the right to decline the entrance to participants who do not comply with the required measures above.

While we appreciate the possibility of meeting in person again, please note that going out clubbing is not recommended during the pandemic. The social programme of the seminar, with the support of the local Organising Committee, is set accordingly. If you choose to go out, please remember you are nevertheless part of an AIJA (business) networking event. We strongly encourage you to act in a responsible manner.

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Organising Committee

Renato BUCHER
MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG (SWITZERLAND)

Giorgia CARANDENTE
Taylor Wessing Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB (GERMANY)

Marie DAVY
KRAMER LEVIN (FRANCE)

Bruno DE ZêZERE BARRADAS
Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira SLP (PORTUGAL)

Giorgia MASSARO
Avv. Giorgia Massaro - LegLegal (ITALY)

Alessandro PACI
RP Legal & Tax Associazione Professionale (ITALY)

Michel SEGERS
FLINN.LAW SCRL (BELGIUM)