4 October 2021

Distribution & Retail Conference - 2nd edition

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Monday 4 October 2021 from 09:30 to 16:30 CEST

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Grégory BESSON-MOREAU | Deputy, Assemblée nationale, Paris



To deal with the disparity in case law solutions, the ordinance of 24 April 2019 was taken in application of the EGalim law of 30 October 2018. With this reform, the legislator attempted to adapt the conditions for the implementation of the brutal rupture to the requirements of practice. Two years after this ordinance, and in the context of the health crisis, has the legal framework proved itself?
Since the new version of the text of C. com. art. L 442-1, I-1° and 2° resulting from the ordinance of 24 April 2019, the liability of distributors has continued to be widely sought on this basis (see, for example, Cass. com. 11-9-2012 No. 11-14.620) - in February 2021, it was on this basis that Intermarché was summoned by the Ministry of the Economy to pay a fine of 150 million euros. In addition, under the new version, the judge can control compliance with these provisions at all stages of contractual life and in all sectors of activity. What are the practical consequences for the sector?

Guillaume DAIEFF | Deputy Director - Competition, Consumer and Legal affairs, DGCCRF, Paris (bio)
Grégory BESSON-MOREAU | Deputy, Assemblée nationale, Paris (bio)
Olivier SAUTEL | Partner, Economic Advisory, Deloitte, Paris (bio)
Richard PANQUIAULT | Director General, Liaison institut of consumer industries (ILEC), Paris (bio)
Philippe VANNI | Director of the distribution/competition department - Partner, Fidal, Paris (bio)
Moderator: Muriel CHAGNY | Professor, Director of "Laboratoire DANTE", UVSQ University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris (bio)

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While many suppliers use distribution networks, cartel law imposes important limits on their ability to implement a selective network (see, for example, Déc. Autorité conc. n° 19-D-14 of 1 July 2019 and Déc. Autorité conc. n° 18-D-23 of 24 Oct. 2018). Cartel law ensures that the pricing freedom of distributors is protected. What precautions should be taken to avoid infringement?

Erwann KERGUELEN | Deputy General Rapporteur, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris (bio)
Jean-Louis FOURGOUX | Partner, Fidal, Paris (bio)
Emmanuel FROT | Vice President, Analysis Group, Paris (bio)
Alain GAUVIN | General Counsel, Kingfisher, Paris (bio)
Agnès PARENT | Responsable juridique, Fédération française de la franchise, Paris (bio)
Moderator: Anne-Sophie CHONÉ-GRIMALDI | Professor, Paris Nanterre University (bio)



Concurrences is pleased to present its new book "Les pratiques commerciales déloyales" in the company of the authors:

Erwann KERGUELEN | Deputy General Rapporteur, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris (bio)
Jean-Louis FOURGOUX | Partner, Fidal, Paris (bio)
Leyla DJAVADI | Partner, Fidal, Paris (bio)





Following the Egalim law of 30 October 2018, and the wave of joint purchasing agreement between groups (Horizon on the one hand and Carrefour, Système U, Provera and Tesco on the other), the Authorité de la concurrence reacted with a decision 20-D-13 of 22 October 2020 "on practices implemented in the food retail sector by the groups Auchan, Casino, Metro and Schiever". It has also received proposals for commitments from Carrefour and Tesco. At the same time, the composition of alliances is being renegotiated - Intermarché, for example, has left Agecore and may move closer to Casino by the end of the year. In light of recent decisions and market developments, what developments can be expected for purchasing groups?

Esther BITTON | General Counsel, Casino, Paris (bio)
Antón GARCIA | Senior Vice President, Compass Lexecon, Madrid (bio)
Joël TOZZI | Ancien rapporteur général adjoint, Autorité de la concurrence | Chef du bureau - Energie et environnement, DGCCRF, Paris (bio)
Modérateur: Guillaume PEZZALI | Director - Distribution, Consommation et en réglementation des produits, Fidal, Paris (bio)

Languages: French and English; no simultaneous translation will be provided.

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The growth of online distribution is a significant phenomenon of recent years with legal and economic impact. After ten years of applying the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints, the Commission intends to evolve its rules, in particular by integrating recent case law, such as restrictions on the use of price comparison sites, restrictions on online advertising, and by dealing with online platforms in certain areas such as agency agreements or dual distribution situations. What are the changes to come?

Philippe CHAUVE | Head of the Task-Force Food - Markets and cases IV: Basic industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG COMP, Brussels (bio)
Jérôme VIDAL | Head of the Competition and State Aids Unit, SGAE, Paris (bio)
Christian BOURGEON | Lawyer, Paris (bio)
Laurent FLOCHEL | Vice President, CRA, Paris (bio)
Matthieu ADAM | Counsel, McDermott Will & Emery, Paris (bio)
Modérateur: Daniel FASQUELLE | Professor, Université du Littoral-Côte-d’Opale, Senior Counsel, Squadra Avocats, Former Deputy, Assemblée nationale, Le Touquet (bio)


You can attend this conference in person (Paris) or remotely (via Zoom).
Please choose one of the two options below. Any double registration will cause a cancellation for the in-person format (registration for the webinar format will be maintained).




You can register by using the Zoom links provided below. Please note that the program is divided into half-day sessions (you can join them at any time following the timing indicated above).

> Opening speech, Panels 1 & 2:
#1 Restrictive Trade Practices: The Counterpart in the Supplier-Retailer Relationship
#2 Anticompetitive Practices in Distribution Networks

> Panels 3 & 4:
#3 Joint Purchasing Agreement, New Developments
#4 Vertical Restrictions and Online Distribution: VBER Adoption and Hot Topics


A health passport (pass sanitaire) will be requested at the entry. We invite you to acknowledge the protection measures decided and to be respected before D-Day. The protocol is accessible here.

If you would like to read about this event’s topic, you can access the following Concurrences documents. If you do not have an access, please inquire for Subscription here.


Webinar #1 - Restrictive Trade Practices: the Counterpart in the Supplier-Retailer Relationship

1- [Frédéric Jenny, Le régime juridique des pratiques restrictives de concurrence en question, février 2019, Concurrences N° 1-2019, Art. N° 89449

2- Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Contrepartie disproportionnée : La Cour d’appel de Paris, après avoir déclaré que l’interdiction des pratiques restrictives de concurrence était applicable aux contrats de sous-traitance, refuse de contrôler le prix négocié entre les parties en application de l’article L.442-6 I 1° C. com. (O.C. Residences / Le ministre de l’Économie et des finances), 4 novembre 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 100441, pp. 108-110

3- [Nicolas Éréséo, Réforme : Le Gouvernement refond par ordonnance le titre IV du livre IV du C. com. relatif à la transparence et aux pratiques restrictives de concurrence (Loi Egalim), 24 avril 2019, Concurrences N° 3-2019, Art. N° 91042

Webinar #2 - Anticompetitive Practices in Distribution Networks

1- Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Vertical agreement: The Paris Court of Appeal dismisses the appeal brought by members of a car repair and distribution network against the decision of the French Competition Authority rejecting their complaint for lack of conclusive evidence (Garage Richard Drevet), 4 June 2020, Concurrences N° 3-2020, Art. N° 96145, pp. 91-93

2- Anne-Cécile Martin, Distribution agreement: The French Competition Authority sanctions the promoter of a distribution network for imposing online resale prices on its distributors and rules out, however, the continuation of the cartel complaint regarding the prohibition of distributors from reselling on third party platforms (Dammann Frères), 3 December 2020, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 99145, pp. 143-144

3- Anne Witt, Selective Distribution in the Age of E-Commerce : An overview of EU and national developments, 24 mars 2021, e-Competitions Selective Distribution, Art. N° 99224

4- Anne-Cécile Martin, Franchise : La Commission d’examen des pratiques commerciales rend un avis sur l’alignement des prix des produits annoncés sur le site internet du réseau exclusivement géré par le franchiseur, 31 mai 2021, Concurrences N° 3-2021, Art. N° 101624, pp. 110-111

Webinaire #3 - Joint Purchasing Agreement, New Developments

1- Marie-Laure Allain, Ombline Ancelin, Joël Tozzi, Central purchasing agencies and competition issues (Nasse Seminar - Jan 29th, 2021), May 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 99811

2- Anouk Bories, Listing agreement: The Paris Court of Appeal convicts a central purchasing body of early termination (Florendi / Arena), 12 December 2019, Concurrences N° 1-2020, Art. N° 93587

3- Alain Ronzano, Significant imbalance: The Paris Court of Appeal sanctions a major central purchasing group but refuses to impose a civil fine higher than 2 million euro (GALEC/Ministre de l’économie), 1 July 2015, Concurrences N° 4-2015, Art. N° 76648

4- Alain Ronzano, Cooperation agreement: The French Competition Authority, in its first decision on the control of purchasing groups after the Egalim law, accepts and makes binding commitments - modified at the margin - to reduce the scope of a cooperation agreement (Casino, Auchan, Metro, Schiever), 22 October 2020, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 97578

Webinar #4 - Vertical Restrictions and Online Distribution: VBER Adoption and Hot Topics

1- Emmanuelle Claudel, Nicolas Ferrier, Patrice Bougette, Frédéric Marty, Florence Ninane, Noemie Bomble, Irène Luc, Andreas Mundt, Olivier Guersent, Marion Carbo, Charlotte Colin-Dubuisson, Sima Ostrovsky, David-Julien dos Santos Goncalves, Regards croisés sur le projet de réforme du règlement sur les restrictions verticales et de ses lignes directrices , septembre 2021, Concurrences N° 3-2021, Art. N° 101642)

2- Mário Marques Mendes, Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, Luc Gyselen, Avantika Chowdhury, Mario Siragusa, Alice Setari, Iñigo Igartua Arregui, Miguel Troncoso Ferrer, Nathalie Pétrignet, Vincent Lorieul, The VBER and Vertical Guidelines : Revision or Reform ? Reflection on critical issues , février 2021, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 98100

3- Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Florian Huerkamp, Kristien Geeurickx, Marcel Nuys, Daniel Vowden, Susan Black, The EU Commission publishes drafts of revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines, 9 juillet 2021, e-Competitions July 2021, Art. N° 101507

Last Year Attendees

Enforcers: AGCM, Autorité Belge de la Concurrence, Autorité de la Concurrence, Bangladesh Competition Commission, Commission Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Competition Commission Mauritius, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania, Cour de Cassation, CJUE, DG COMP, DGCCRF, Commission Européenne, Ministère de l’économie, Tribunal de Commerce de Paris, UK Competition & Markets Authority, World Bank, etc ...

Corporations: Affiches Parisiennes, AIM European Brands Association, Altius, Amazon, AMC, ANIA, ARCUM, Arkema, Auchan, Avril, Bayer, Beiersdorf, Bloomberg News, Bouygues Telecom, British Telecom, Carrefour, Casino, Castel, CFPR, Chanel, Coca-Cola European Partners, Concurrences, Conseil National des Professions de l’Automobile, Cooperative U Enseigne, Coty, Danone, EK France, Engie, Erkim Pharmaceuticals, Essilor, Essity, Faurecia, FBD International, Fédération du Commerce Coopératif et associé, Fédération du Commerce et de la Distribution, Fleury Michon, Flinn, FMC Automobiles, FNSEA, Française des Jeux, Galeries Lafayette, Glaxosmithkline, Groupe ADP, Heineken, Henkel, Hermes, Intesa Sanpaolo, ITM Entreprises, L’Oréal, La Banque Postale, La Coopération Agricole, Lesaffre, LG Electronics, M6, MACIF, Martin Belaysoud, Mondelez International, Mutti, Nestlé, Orange, Pepsico, Pernod Ricard, Picart, Rolls Royce, Saint Hubert, Saint-Gobain, Samsung, Sanofi, SNCF, Thales, Thyssenkrupp steel, Total, Ursa Insulation, etc ...

Lawyers: A&L Goodbody, AARPI, Alerion, Alinea, Allen & Overy, Altana, Ambos Law, Arnold & Porter, Ashurst, Ayache Salama, Baker McKenzie, Ballas Pelecanos & Associates, BBLM Avocats, BCTG Avocats, BDGS Associés, BDK Advokati, Bensimhon, Bignon Lebray, BMGB et Associés, Bonelli Erede, Borrel, Bowmans, Bredin Prat, Brodies, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Cahn Wilson, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, CMS, Collette, Courtois Lebel, Crowell & Moring, D&B David si Baias, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, DDCT Avocats, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dechert, Delade Avocats & Solicitors, Deloitte, Dentons, Deprez Guignot Associés, Dickson Minto, DJ Ireland & Associates, DLA Piper, ECR Legal, EFB, Ernst & Young, Eujus, Eversheds Sutherland, Fidal, Fieldfisher, Franklin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Geradin Partners, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Gouache, Harbour, Henry & Bricogne, Henry Xavier, Herbert Smith Freehills, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Hogan Lovells, HWH Avocats, Jean-Claude Coulon & Associés, Jeantet, Jones Day, Jouvensal, JP Karsenty & Associés, K&L Gates, KLYB Avocats, KPMG, Kramer Levin, L.A. Solution Avocats, LDEIS, Linklaters, Mamo TCV Advocates, Marchini Botelho Caselta, Mauricio Velandia, Medjnah, MPH, Nicolas Genty, Niddam-Drouas, Norton Rose Fulbright, Panetta, Pinheiro Neto, Proreus, Quevedo, Racine, Redcliffe, Reed Smith, Renaudier, Roschier, Selinsky Cholet, Sheppard Mullin, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Simmons & Simmons, Spy Avocat, Squire Patton Boggs, SRS Advogados, Stibbe, TGS France Avocats, Trilegal, UGGC, Uria Menendez, Vallette Viallard, Van Bael & Bellis, Vertut, Viginti, Viguie Schmidt, Vogel & Vogel, White & Case, Wilhelm & Associés, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, etc ...

Economists: Actecon, College of Europe, Compass Lexecon, E.CA Economics, FTI Consulting, IPA Arcturus, RBB Economics, etc ...

Academics: AFEC, AFS, Université Aix Marseille University, HEC, INRAE, Max Planck Institute, Northwestern University, Sciences Po, Seoul National University, University of Amsterdam, Université de Bayonne, Université de Caen, University of Carabobo, University of Groningen, Université de La Rochelle, Université de Liège, Université de Lille, University of Medellin, Université de Montpellier, Université de Nantes, Université de Perpignan, University of Potsdam, Université de Rennes, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, University of Warsaw, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Université Paris Nanterre, Université Paris-Dauphine, Université Paris-Est Creteil, Université Paris-Saclay, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, etc ...


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