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    • 13/11/2019
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    Andreas Reindl chairs panel on selective distribution at the Marques Luxury Brand Symposium in Milan

    On 7 November 2019, Van Bael & Bellis partner Andreas Reindl chaired and spoke on a panel on selective distribution at the Marques Luxury Brand Symposium in Milan. The panel discussed a range of EU competition law issues affecting distribution strategies for luxury and well-known brands, including the relationship between trademark law and competition law, online sales restrictions, restrictions on sales over third party platforms, restrictions on the use of trade names in search engines, and hot topics in the ongoing review of the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption. Other panel members included Manuel Kleinemenke, Porsche, Benjamin Neyt, LVMH, and Bernd Weichhaus, Lubberger Lehment. More information on the event can be found here.

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    • 04/11/2019
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    Jean-François Bellis speaks on exploitative abuses in the pharma and digital markets at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy

    On 25 October 2019, Van Bael & Bellis founding partner Jean-François Bellis participated in a panel on exploitative abuses in the pharma and digital markets at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. The panel was part of the Fourth Annual Conference of the Florence Competition Programme entitled ‘Hipster Antitrust, the European Way?”. The panel in which Jean-François participated was chaired by Marco Botta, European University Institute. Other panel members were Pedro Caro de Sousa , OECD Secretariat, Maria Teresa Maggiolino, Bocconi University and Avantika Chowdhury, Oxera. For more information on the conference, please click here.

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    • 24/10/2019
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    Gábor Báthory speaks at the European Federation of Pharmacy Chains’ 1st International Conference on the future of pharmacy care

    On 17 October 2019, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Gábor Báthory spoke at the 1st International Conference on the future of pharmacy care organized by the European Federation of Pharmacy Chains in Prague. Topics covered at the conference included current issues and challenges of the European pharmacy sector such as ownership, quality, education of pharmaceutical professionals and innovation. Gábor's presentation discussed pharmacy ownership, with a focus on remedies available under EU Law against national restrictions on pharmacy ownership. Other speakers included Johan Wallér, CEO of the Swedish Pharmacy Association, Max Müller, Member of the Board at DocMorris, Europe’s largest internet pharmacy, Daniel Horák, CEO of Dr.Max, the largest pharmacy network in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Peter Pažitný, Executive Director of the “CEE Health Policy Network” and former health policy advisor to various Ministers of Health of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and Tomas Sebek, Co-founder and Partner of uLékaře.cz, the Czech Republic’s leading virtual hospital. The Panel was moderated by Martin Dočkal, the founder and owner of APATYKÁŘ, the largest pharmacy website in the Czech Republic.

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    • 30/10/2019
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    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 10

    The October 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.    Click below to view and download the issue

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    • 08/10/2019
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    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2019, No. 09

    The September 2019 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law.

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    • 01/10/2019
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    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 09

    The September 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.  Click below to view and download the issue

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