Distribution law in Europe: Recent developments and current issues

Law & Economics breakfast organized by Concurrences in partnership with McDermott Will & Emery and Compass Lexecon.


Muriel Chagny (Professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Member of the Trade Practices Review Commission)

Distribution puts different branches of the law "in competition" with each other: contract law (which is about to be reformed), but also competition law in all its diversity (law on anti-competitive practices of course, but also merger control, unfair competition, law on practices restricting competition - which could evolve in the future if the European Union were to adopt a law on unfair commercial practices between professionals, as envisaged), intellectual property law (trademark law in particular) or legislation specific to particular contracts (such as the commercial agent’s contract) or clauses (exclusivity for example).

Questions relating to the relationship between these different legal standards are bound to arise, including between similar standards (between national and European rules or in the event of succession over time). The future law on consumption and the proposal for a directive on damages actions will raise new questions, and will lead to a close interest in the articulation between competition law and civil liability or civil procedure law.

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  • Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
  • Franklin (Paris)
  • Compass Lexecon (Brussels)