Vertical power – About the new VBER and beyond!

Bologna

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


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.

! The academic programme of the seminar is the same for the three Commissions on Friday and then it will split in two different tracks on Saturday: one on T.R.A.D.E. and one on Antitrust. Saturday programme for Healthcare & Life Sciences Commission members will include some parts of both tracks. 


AIJA Commissions

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

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 » 22:30
Welcome cocktail and (optional) dinner at the terrace of I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference hotel with an aperitivo and (optional) following dinner! A smooth and relaxing opportunity to kick off the Seminar and get to know or meet again each other.

Dress code: business casual

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
Platforms in the digital age

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

Moderator:
Alessandro Paci, RP Legal & Tax Associazione Professionale, Italy
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

17:50 » 18:20
T.R.A.D.E. Commission meeting
20:30 » 23:00
Gala dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna

Our gala dinner will take place in one of the most charming historical residences of the area, where we will admire marvellous frescoes from the first half of the 16th century, the historic halls and cloister, the eighteenth century "Hall of Mirrors", and the statues and beautiful decorations that make Palazzo Gnudi truly unique.

Dress code: black tie
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 era

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
14:30
Optional Saturday afternoon programme -  I Portici Academy / Fresh pasta cooking class

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

https://porticiacademy.it/video/ 

Whether you are an experienced master chef or a novice cook, do not miss an extraordinary cooking class in the gastronomic capital of Italy. Home of lasagne, tortellini, tagliatelle, and countless worldwide famous food specialties, Bologna is the perfect place to learn how to make proper home-made pasta, and win forever your spouse’s or date’s heart.

Portici Academy is located right under the “Two Towers”, the symbol of Bologna, thus offering a beautiful view over the medieval town. It offers a multifunctional space dedicated to sharing the fascinating culture of Bolognese cuisine. The heart of Bologna is the backdrop for a unique and authentic experience in which food is a means of knowledge, meeting and conviviality.

Participants will be divided in two groups to take part to the cooking class. 

  • First Group: from 14:30 to 16:30
  • Second Group: from 17:00 to 19:00
Dress code: casual 
20:00 » 23:00
Optional dinner at Cantina Bentivoglio

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

Join us for dinner in this traditional Bolognese restaurant, where every single day “sfogline” (the local pasta makers) produce by hand any kinds of pasta, like tagliatelle, tortellini, tortelloni, triangoli, spaghetti, lasagne, etc. Always seeking for the best ingredients that the region has to offer, Cantina Bentivoglio is dedicated to promoting and preserving the local enogastronomic heritage. Do not miss this great food experience!

Dress code: smart casual

Antitrust

Thursday 23 June 2022

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

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
19:00 » 22:30
Welcome cocktail and (optional) dinner at the terrace of I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference hotel with an aperitivo and (optional) following dinner! A smooth and relaxing opportunity to kick off the Seminar and get to know or meet again each other.

Dress code: business casual

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

Moderator:
Alessandro Paci, RP Legal & Tax Associazione Professionale, Italy
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

17:50 » 18:20
Antitrust Commission meeting
20:30 » 23:00
Gala dinner at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna

Our gala dinner will take place in one of the most charming historical residences of the area, where we will admire marvellous frescoes from the first half of the 16th century, the historic halls and cloister, the eighteenth century "Hall of Mirrors", and the statues and beautiful decorations that make Palazzo Gnudi truly unique.

Dress code: black tie
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
14:30
Optional Saturday afternoon programme -  I Portici Academy / Fresh pasta cooking class

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

Whether you are an experienced master chef or a novice cook, do not miss an extraordinary cooking class in the gastronomic capital of Italy. Home of lasagne, tortellini, tagliatelle, and countless worldwide famous food specialties, Bologna is the perfect place to learn how to make proper home-made pasta, and win forever your spouse’s or date’s heart.

Portici Academy is located right under the “Two Towers”, the symbol of Bologna, thus offering a beautiful view over the medieval town. It offers a multifunctional space dedicated to sharing the fascinating culture of Bolognese cuisine. The heart of Bologna is the backdrop for a unique and authentic experience in which food is a means of knowledge, meeting and conviviality.

Participants will be divided in two groups to take part to the cooking class.

  • First Group: from 14:30 to 16:30
  • Second Group: from 17:00 to 19:00

Dress code: casual

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

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

Join us for dinner in this traditional Bolognese restaurant, where every single day “sfogline” (the local pasta makers) produce by hand any kinds of pasta, like tagliatelle, tortellini, tortelloni, triangoli, spaghetti, lasagne, etc. Always seeking for the best ingredients that the region has to offer, Cantina Bentivoglio is dedicated to promoting and preserving the local enogastronomic heritage. Do not miss this great food experience!

Dress code: smart casual
 

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 » 22:30
Welcome cocktail and (optional) dinner at the terrace of I Portici Hotel

Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference hotel with an aperitivo and (optional) following dinner! A smooth and relaxing opportunity to kick off the Seminar and get to know or meet again each other.

Dress code: business casual

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

Moderator:
Alessandro Paci, RP Legal & Tax Associazione Professionale, Italy
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

17:50 » 18:20
Healthcare and Life Sciences Commission meeting
20:30 » 23:00
Gala dinner  at Palazzo Gnudi

Address: Via Riva di Reno, 77, 40122 Bologna

Our gala dinner will take place in one of the most charming historical residences of the area, where we will admire marvellous frescoes from the first half of the 16th century, the historic halls and cloister, the eighteenth century "Hall of Mirrors", and the statues and beautiful decorations that make Palazzo Gnudi truly unique.

Dress code: black tie

 

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
14:30
Optional Saturday afternoon programme - I Portici Academy / Fresh pasta cooking class

Address: Via Zamboni, 2, 40126 Bologna

Whether you are an experienced master chef or a novice cook, do not miss an extraordinary cooking class in the gastronomic capital of Italy. Home of lasagne, tortellini, tagliatelle, and countless worldwide famous food specialties, Bologna is the perfect place to learn how to make proper home-made pasta, and win forever your spouse’s or date’s heart.

Portici Academy is located right under the “Two Towers”, the symbol of Bologna, thus offering a beautiful view over the medieval town. It offers a multifunctional space dedicated to sharing the fascinating culture of Bolognese cuisine. The heart of Bologna is the backdrop for a unique and authentic experience in which food is a means of knowledge, meeting and conviviality.

Participants will be divided in two groups to take part to the cooking class.

  • First Group: from 14:30 to 16:30
  • Second Group: from 17:00 to 19:00
Dress code: casual

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

Address: Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna

Join us for dinner in this traditional Bolognese restaurant, where every single day “sfogline” (the local pasta makers) produce by hand any kinds of pasta, like tagliatelle, tortellini, tortelloni, triangoli, spaghetti, lasagne, etc. Always seeking for the best ingredients that the region has to offer, Cantina Bentivoglio is dedicated to promoting and preserving the local enogastronomic heritage. Do not miss this great food experience!

Dress code: smart casual

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Practical information

The Conference venue is i Portici Hotel

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

As of 1 June 2022, the Green Pass or other equivalent certification is no longer required for entry or re-entry into Italy. COVID-19 restrictive measures for arrivals from abroad are no longer in force.

In Italy, some containment measures – such as the use of masks under specific circumstances – shall remain in force until 15 June.

You will find updated measures applicable after 15th June here. Thus, we recommend bringing with you FFP2 face masks.

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.

 

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations. 

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please read the general terms and conditions applicable for AIJA events.

 

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
VdA - Vieira de Almeida & Associados (PORTUGAL)

Giorgia MASSARO
Avv. Giorgia Massaro - LegLegal (ITALY)

Alessandro PACI
RP Legal & Tax Associazione Professionale (ITALY)

Michel SEGERS
FLINN.LAW SCRL (BELGIUM)