Pros and Cons 2019

We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.

The seminars, which are open for competition authority employees, researchers, lawyers and competition consultants, have been appreciated for the open discussion among the participants and we hope that this year’s seminar will be no exception.

Webcast

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More Pros & Cons of Vertical Restraints

This year’s theme is More Pros & Cons of Vertical Restraints. The contributors will present a variety of views on current topics concerning vertical restraints. Leading officials from competition authorities will act as discussants. The conference takes place in Stockholm on Friday November 8th, 2019.

The use of vertical restraints in business relations and current practice has sparked significant debate about the merits of such restraints, market power and abuse. E-commerce and the use of algorthims have put new light on vertical restraints.

In this year’s Pros & Cons conference Joanna Goyder will present her views on the development since 2008, when the topic was last visited by Pros & Cons. Thomas K. Cheng will give an interesting presentation on vertical restraints from the consumer perspective. Bjørn Olav Johansen will talk about resale price maintenance. David Evans will conclude the conference with a presentation on vertical restraints in the digital world.

Seminar Program

8.30

Registration and Coffee

9.00

Welcome address by Rikard Jermsten Director General at the Swedish Competition Authority

9.15

Introduction by the conference Chair:
Helene Andersson
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stockholm University

 

9.30

Joanna Goyder
Senior Knowledge Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Vertical restraints 10 years on: the e-commerce earthquake

 

Discussant: Max Engels, deputy head of chief economist unit, German Competition Authority

 

10.45

Coffee break

11.15

Thomas K. Cheng
Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong
The consumer in vertical restraints

 

Discussant: Anton Hartl, economist, Austrian Federal Competition Authority

 

12.30

Lunch

13.45

Bjørn Olav Johansen
Associate Professor, University of Bergen
Current ideas on resale price maintenance

 

Discussant: Andrea Amelio, economist, DG-comp, European Commission

 

15.00 Coffee break
15.30

David Evans

Chairman, Global Economics Group
Vertical restraints in a digital world


Discussant: Csaba Kovács, deputy head of the Chief Economist Section, Hungarian Competition Authority

 

16.45

Conclusion

17.00

Closing of conference

Venue

The seminar venue is Spårvagnshallarna (Lecture hall: Spårvagnen), Birger Jarlsgatan 57A. See map

Webcast

See the webcast from the conference

Questions

If you have any question regarding the conference or the papers, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser Björn Axelsson (bjorn.axelsson@kkv.se). Administrative assistance can be provided by Saba Zarrani (saba.zarrani@kkv.se).

The information on this website will continuously be updated.

Registration

The registration is closed.

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