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contrast is a household name in the field of EU competition law and vertical agreements. The monograph “Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law” published by Oxford University Press is already in its third edition and is considered by many practitioners as the “bible” in this field of competition law. contrast was invited by DG Competition of the EU Commission to act as expert in the preparation of the new block exemption regime on vertical agreements. The Expert Report is published in the meantime on the DG Competition website (link). contrast assists both international and national clients with the implementation of complex distribution structures, that are often tailor-made to the specific needs of the business and the client. On account of its reputation in the field of competition law, the Belgian competition practice of contrast is ranked in Band 1 in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. 

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The Distribution Law Center explores the new VBER and Vertical Guidelines
News

The Distribution Law Center explores the new VBER and Vertical Guidelines

Authors: TGS Baltic Estonia

The European Commission formally adopts Vertical Guidelines in all languages
News

The European Commission formally adopts Vertical Guidelines in all languages



Distribution Law Center Countdown XXIV - Wrap-up (The new VBER regime in a nutshell)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown XXIV - Wrap-up (The new VBER regime in a nutshell)



European Commission adopted the new VBER and Vertical Guidelines
News

European Commission adopted the new VBER and Vertical Guidelines



Distribution Law Center Countdown XV - Dual distribution (Extension of exception to wholesalers and importers)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown XV - Dual distribution (Extension of exception to wholesalers and importers)



Distribution Law Center Countdown XIV - Active sales restrictions (Rolling over prohibition)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown XIV - Active sales restrictions (Rolling over prohibition)



Distribution Law Center Countdown XIII - Active sales restrictions (Parallel imposition requirement)
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Distribution Law Center Countdown XIII - Active sales restrictions (Parallel imposition requirement)



Distribution Law Center Countdown XII - Active sales restrictions (Exclusivity condition)
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Distribution Law Center Countdown XII - Active sales restrictions (Exclusivity condition)



Distribution Law Center Countdown XI - Hardcore restrictions (Equivalence)
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Distribution Law Center Countdown XI - Hardcore restrictions (Equivalence)



Distribution Law Center Countdown VIII - Hardcore restrictions (general)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown VIII - Hardcore restrictions (general)



European Commission published expert report on information exchanges in a dual distribution context
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European Commission published expert report on information exchanges in a dual distribution context



Distribution Law Center Countdown VII - Non-compete restrictions (post term)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown VII - Non-compete restrictions (post term)



Distribution Law Center Countdown VI - Non-compete restrictions
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown VI - Non-compete restrictions



Distribution Law Center Countdown V- Agency (“Dual role” agents)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown V- Agency (“Dual role” agents)



Distribution Law Center Countdown IV - Agency (Definition and temporary transfer of ownership)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown IV - Agency (Definition and temporary transfer of ownership)



Distribution Law Center Countdown III - Agency (Legal test)
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown III - Agency (Legal test)



Distribution Law Center Countdown II - Overview of distribution systems
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown II - Overview of distribution systems



Belgian court annuls Caudalie’s fine for RPM
News

Belgian court annuls Caudalie’s fine for RPM



Distribution Law Center Countdown I - European competition rules relating to distribution, agency and supply agreements about to change
Countdown

Distribution Law Center Countdown I - European competition rules relating to distribution, agency and supply agreements about to change



BREAKING NEWS - Distribution Law Center launches its countdown newsletters – Let’s get ready for 1 June 2022!
Countdown

BREAKING NEWS - Distribution Law Center launches its countdown newsletters – Let’s get ready for 1 June 2022!



Vertical agreements discussed at the 2021 Advanced EU Competition Law Conference
News

Vertical agreements discussed at the 2021 Advanced EU Competition Law Conference



DG Competition publishes summary of comments received in context of VBER review
News

DG Competition publishes summary of comments received in context of VBER review



Belgian National Competition Authority President Jacques Steenbergen pleads for strict approach on RPM
News

Belgian National Competition Authority President Jacques Steenbergen pleads for strict approach on RPM



Sustainability related agreements addressed at DG Competition workshop
News

Sustainability related agreements addressed at DG Competition workshop



DG Competition workshop on joint purchasing
News

DG Competition workshop on joint purchasing



The Distribution Law Center publishes new European case card
News

The Distribution Law Center publishes new European case card



Successful Launch Distribution Law Center
News

Successful Launch Distribution Law Center



Countdown towards entry into force of new regime on vertical relationships
Countdown

Countdown towards entry into force of new regime on vertical relationships



Distribution Law Center contributes to EU legislative process
News

Distribution Law Center contributes to EU legislative process



Expert Report on territorial and customer restrictions
News

Expert Report on territorial and customer restrictions



The Distribution Law Center presents the Belgian and Dutch book "Distributieovereenkomsten (EU - België - Nederland)"
Article

The Distribution Law Center presents the Belgian and Dutch book "Distributieovereenkomsten (EU - België - Nederland)"

Authors: Banning, Filip Tuytschaever, Minos van Joolingen, Silvia Vinken, Esra van der Wolk

Melia (Holiday Pricing) (AT.40528)
Case card
NEW

Melia (Holiday Pricing) (AT.40528)

Cross-border sales restrictions



Film merchandise (Universal) (AT.40433)
Case card

Film merchandise (Universal) (AT.40433)

Limitation of out-of-territory sales and of sales to allocated customers by licensees



Guess (AT.40428)
Case card

Guess (AT.40428)

By object restrictions imposed within a selective distribution network



Character merchandise (Sanrio) (AT.40432)
Case card

Character merchandise (Sanrio) (AT.40432)

Limitation of out-of-territory sales by licensees



Ancillary sports merchandise (Nike) (AT.40436)
Case card

Ancillary sports merchandise (Nike) (AT.40436)

Limitation of out-of-territory sales by licensees



Pioneer (AT.40182)
Case card

Pioneer (AT.40182)

Resale price maintenance



Philips (AT.40181)
Case card

Philips (AT.40181)

Resale price maintenance



Asus (AT.40465)
Case card

Asus (AT.40465)

Resale price maintenance



Denon & Marantz (AT.40469)
Case card

Denon & Marantz (AT.40469)

Resale price maintenance



Coty Germany (C-230/16)
Case card

Coty Germany (C-230/16)

Third-party platform ban



Auto 24 (C-158/11)
Case card

Auto 24 (C-158/11)

Selective distribution



Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique (C-439/09)
Case card

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique (C-439/09)

Online sales ban



CEPSA (C-279/06)
Case card

CEPSA (C-279/06)

Genuine agency



CEEES (C-217/05)
Case card

CEEES (C-217/05)

Genuine agency



Commission v. Volkswagen (C-74/04 P)
Case card

Commission v. Volkswagen (C-74/04 P)

Definition of agreement



Nuclear Laser Medicine / Innogenetics (C.05.0290.N)
Case card

Nuclear Laser Medicine / Innogenetics (C.05.0290.N)

Exclusive distribution agreements



DaimlerChrysler v. Commission (T-325/01)
Case card

DaimlerChrysler v. Commission (T-325/01)

Genuine agency



BAI and Commission v. Bayer (C-2/01 P and C-3/01 P)
Case card

BAI and Commission v. Bayer (C-2/01 P and C-3/01 P)

Unilateral conduct (supply quotas)



Javico (C-306/96)
Case card

Javico (C-306/96)

Prohibition of re-import



Leclerc v. Commission (T-19/92)
Case card

Leclerc v. Commission (T-19/92)

Selective distribution



Leclerc v. Commission (T-88/92)
Case card

Leclerc v. Commission (T-88/92)

Selective distribution



Tretorn and others (IV/32.948 – IV/34.590)
Case card

Tretorn and others (IV/32.948 – IV/34.590)

Parallel trade



Vichy v. Commission (T-19/91)
Case card

Vichy v. Commission (T-19/91)

Selective distribution



Tipp-Ex (IV/31.192)
Case card

Tipp-Ex (IV/31.192)

Parallel trade



Pronuptia (IV/30937)
Case card
NEW

Pronuptia (IV/30937)

Ancillary restraints in the context of vertical agreements



Bulk Oil (174/84)
Case card

Bulk Oil (174/84)

Destination clauses non-member countries



Pronuptia (161/84)
Case card

Pronuptia (161/84)

Ancillary restraints in the context of vertical agreements



Ford v. Commission (25/84 and 26/84)
Case card

Ford v. Commission (25/84 and 26/84)

Unilateral conduct (circular to dealer network)



Ford v. Commission (interim measures) (228/82 and 229/82)
Case card

Ford v. Commission (interim measures) (228/82 and 229/82)

Unilateral conduct (circular to dealer network)



AEG v. Commission (107/82)
Case card

AEG v. Commission (107/82)

Selective distribution



L’Oréal (31/80)
Case card

L’Oréal (31/80)

Selective distribution



Metro v. Commission (26/76)
Case card

Metro v. Commission (26/76)

Selective distribution



Béguelin Import (22/71)
Case card

Béguelin Import (22/71)

Parallel trade



Vertical agreements: overview of European case law
Publication

Vertical agreements: overview of European case law


Observations on the Draft Revised VBER and VGL
Publication

Observations on the Draft Revised VBER and VGL


VBER Road map - Figure 1
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 1


VBER Road map - Figure 10
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 10


VBER Road map - Figure 11
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 11


VBER Road map - Figure 12
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 12


VBER Road map - Figure 13
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 13


VBER Road map - Figure 14
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 14


VBER Road map - Figure 2
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 2


VBER Road map - Figure 3
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 3


VBER Road map - Figure 4
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 4


VBER Road map - Figure 5
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 5


VBER Road map - Figure 6
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 6


VBER Road map - Figure 7
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 7


VBER Road map - Figure 8
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 8


VBER Road map - Figure 9
Publication

VBER Road map - Figure 9


Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law (3rd edition)
Publication

Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law (3rd edition)

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
ACM supervision of vertical agreements
Publication

ACM supervision of vertical agreements


Active Sales Restrictions Revisited
Publication

Active Sales Restrictions Revisited

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
Annotation: Burden of proof in private enforcement in a vertical context. A balancing act.
Publication

Annotation: Burden of proof in private enforcement in a vertical context. A balancing act.

Authors: Herlinde Burez, Anouk Focquet
Publication

Article on the Commission's Evaluation Report on Regulation (EC) N° 1475/95 on motor vehicle distribution and servicing

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
Publication

Commercial agency and EC law


Publication

Distribution Agreements

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
Distribution Agreements in competition law
Publication

Distribution Agreements in competition law

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
Publication

Distribution law from a competition law perspective: a proposal for a pragmatic approach


Publication

EC Block Exemption, Vertical Agreements and Motor Vehicle Distribution

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever, Alain Vanderelst
Publication

Exclusive and selective distribution: variants on the same theme?

Authors: Peter Wytinck
Publication

Franchising and EEC Cartel Law: a sudden love affair or a lasting marriage?


Pozuelo 4: de Minimis Treatment of Exclusive Purchase (single Branding) Obligations
Publication

Pozuelo 4: de Minimis Treatment of Exclusive Purchase (single Branding) Obligations


Review of selective distribution. Does Nike walk alongside its shoes?
Publication

Review of selective distribution. Does Nike walk alongside its shoes?


Second line price discrimination by a vertically integrated company (or not)?
Publication

Second line price discrimination by a vertically integrated company (or not)?

Authors: Herlinde Burez
Publication

Selective distribution and e-commerce: state of play after the Coty case

Authors: Sébastien Engelen
Publication

Selective distribution and e-commerce: the state of play after the Coty case

Authors: Sébastien Engelen
Publication

Ten challenges for 2010 a practitioner's perspective on the revision of regulation 2790/99


Publication

That's it for active sales prohibitions

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
Publication

The EC Commission's draft regulation on motor vehicle distrubtion: alea iacta est.

Authors: Alain Vanderelst
Publication

Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms - Chapter 1 - European Union

Authors: Emmelie Wijckmans
Vertical Agreements in EC Competition Law
Publication

Vertical Agreements in EC Competition Law

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever, Alain Vanderelst
Publication

Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law (2de edition)

Authors: Filip Tuytschaever
Vertical agreements: a European facelift
Publication

Vertical agreements: a European facelift


Vertical restraints - Time for no change?
Publication

Vertical restraints - Time for no change?


Publication

Vertical restraints in EC Competion law: a radical turnaround


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SBGK

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SRS

Estonia

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