Competition law issues can arise in many kinds of commercial arrangements – and not just agreements between competitors. While vertical agreements are tinged with greater risk than horizontal arrangements, commercial advisors must always remain alive to the risks.

This webinar will provide guidance to lawyers who draft commercial contracts, in particular distribution agreements and will deal with:

  • Key concerns and how to deal with them
  • Justifications for selective distribution
  • Restrictions on selling competing brands
  • Exclusivity
  • Pricing issues (including the use of most favoured nation clauses and selling below RRP)
  • Online sales
  • Non-compete clauses
  • The consequences of breach


Stephen Smith, partner, RPC and Munesh Mahtani, senior competition counsel, Google Inc

Stephen Smith is a partner and head of competition at RPC. Stephen has extensive experience advising on all aspects of EU and competition lawyer, including mergers, market investigations and cartels, follow-on damages litigation and general advisory and compliance issues. Stephen has also spent timeat UK media regulator Ofcom, where he advised on numerous competition and regulatory matters.

Munesh Mahtani is the senior competition counsel at Google Inc.

Recorded 27 June 2014