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18:00 - 18:45, Raum: Paris

DR. ANNA BLUME HUTTENLAUCH, LL.M. (NYU), Rechtsanwältin / Attorney at Law (NY) bei BLOMSTEIN

Vertical - Atonal - Polytonal: Does the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) provide more freedom in sales & distribution?

DescriptionAntitrust law has drawn increased attention in our industry in recent years, sometimes in quite unpleasant ways. We have therefore already dealt with this topic at our conference in Cologne in 2019 and would like to take it up again today. The occasion this year is, in principle, pleasant, namely the publication of a new VBER by the European Commission in spring 2022. SOMM has been involved in the public consultation in the run-up to this new regulation and has followed the process closely. Anna Huttenlauch, a competition law expert and founding partner of the Berlin based competition law boutique BLOMSTEIN, will now give us some insights into why the new rules are relevant to our industry and where they may provide more freedom than before.  

Vita: Anna Blume Huttenlauch specialises in German and European competition and antitrust law. She advises international clients in proceedings before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and in parallel investigations by several antitrust authorities worldwide. Her advice covers all areas of antitrust law, in particular merger control, cartel proceedings, internal investigations, antitrust compliance issues, distribution cartel law, abuse of market power issues and antitrust damages proceedings. She has particular industry experience in media, telecommunications, consumer goods and retail, and energy technology.

Anna Blume Huttenlauch is regularly listed as "one of the world's leading competition experts" by Who's Who Legal: Competition and as a Thought Leader "Germany" and "Competition".
She is admitted to practice law in Germany and as an Attorney at Law in New York. Anna Blume Huttenlauch regularly publishes on topics of German and European antitrust law as well as on art law and teaches as a lecturer in a Master's programme at the University of Zurich as well as at universities in Germany.

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