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Distribution pitfalls in the EU (April 2015)

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Dealings with suppliers or customers may give rise to competition law concerns. Although in recent years these “vertical” relationships have not been a focus of the European Commission, this seems to have changed recently. At the national level, the application of competition law to distribution activities remains a major focus of several courts and authorities – the German Federal Cartel Office in particular – and has become a focus of others, such as the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. There are a number of resulting potential pitfalls for suppliers and distributors, including the possibility of different authorities taking different approaches to enforcement.

Marc Besen, Antitrust Partner in Düsseldorf/Brussels, discusses what are the major pitfalls clients should be aware of in vertical relationships.

Chris Bates describes the broad principles behind the new EU regulations on short selling

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