Central purchasing agencies and competition issues (Nasse Seminar - Jan 29th, 2021)

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During the seminar organized on January 29, 2021, Marie-Laure Allain - Director of Research at the CNRS, Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique and member of CREST and Ombline Ancelin - Partner in charge of the Competition practice at Simmons & Simmons, discussed the articulation between trade policy and competition policy The session was moderated by Joël Tozzi - Deputy Reporter General at the French Competition Authority.

Part 1: Legal analysis - competition issues raised by central purchasing bodies Introduction by Joël Tozzi Buy-side mergers are national and international phenomena of retail organization. Buy-side reconciliations are not new but are the subject of recent news as illustrated by the two successive waves of buy-side reconciliations in 2014 and 2018. Speech by Ombline Ancelin Introduction Most of the central purchasing bodies in the news do not fall within the scope of merger control because they do not perform all the functions of an autonomous economic entity on a lasting basis, since purchasing activities continue to be carried out individually and autonomously by each distributor. Similarly, central purchasing bodies cannot currently fall within the scope of abuse of a dominant

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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

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