Guide to the EC Block Exemption for Vertical Agreements

Guide to the EC Block Exemption for Vertical Agreements

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The revised EC policy on the application of competition law to vertical agreements is one of the most important developments in EC anti-trust for many years. The block exemption regulation, which came into effect on 1 June 2000, and the accompanying policy changes are crucially important for companies doing business in the European Union. Whichever route a business chooses to get its products to market, it needs to understand the impact of the EC rules. This guide provides a comprehensive and practical commentary on the new rules. The work contains the full text of the block exemption regulation, accompanying guidelines and other relevant Commission notices. Issues covered include: background to EC competition law and its application to vertical agreements; in-depth analysis of the provisions of the block exemption regulation; examination of how the rules apply to exclusive distribution; and selective distribution, franchising and agency agreements. The authoritative and in-depth analysis of the guide will be invaluable to in-house counsel, business people and practitioners involved in or advising on the distribution of goods or services in the EU.The franchisor is obliged not to appoint another franchisee nor operate a retail outlet himself in a given contract territory. ... develop its products, the business outlook and the operating manual and make these improvements available to all retail franchisees. ... The non-compete clause excluding other brands of sweets from the shops for the full duration of the agreements does allow the franchisor to keepanbsp;...

Title:Guide to the EC Block Exemption for Vertical Agreements
Author: Martin Mendelsohn, Stephen Rose
Publisher:Kluwer Law International - 2002-01

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