Vertical restraints are restrictions in agreements between undertakings at different levels of the production/distribution/supply chain. They are common features of agreements used by many businesses in getting their goods and services to market and they are no less relevant in the digital economy.

This webinar will provide:

  • A reminder of how anti-trust law treats vertical restraints
  • An overview of recent cases covering vertical restraints, including Resale Price Maintenance, Minimum Advertised Pricing Restrictions, Online Sales Bans, Platform Bans and Selective Distribution models
  • The pros and cons of enforcement against vertical restraints
  • Opportunities for change

Why attend?

  • Hear from senior CMA officials on the UK approach to vertical restraints, including in recent cases
  • Contrast international enforcement on issues of relevance to the digital economy such as online sales bans and resale price maintenance
  • Consider opportunities for convergence and divergence, in the light of Brexit


  • Ann Pope, senior director, Antitrust Enforcement, CMA
  • Claudia Berg,  senior legal director, Antitrust Enforcement, CMA
  • Steve Smith, partner, Competition, Bristows

Ann Pope , senior director, Antitrust Enforcement (UK Competition and Markets Authority)

ann pope

Ann is the senior director of Antitrust Enforcement at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. She was previously a senior director at the CMA’s predecessor organisation, the Office of Fair Trading.  Ann is an economist by background,  and started her career at the Department of Trade and Industry, as a member of the Government Economic Service, before joining the OFT as an economic adviser. Ann has worked on a wide range of CMA and OFT cases including several in the pharmaceutical sector and numerous vertical cases involving RPM, IMAP, MFNs and online sales bans.  

Claudia Berg, senior legal director, Antitrust Enforcement (UK Competition and Markets Authority)

claudia berg

Claudia is the senior legal director of Antitrust Enforcement at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Her previous role was at the CMA’s predecessor organisation, the Office of Fair Trading, as a director of Competition Enforcement and head of the OFT’s Enforcement Academy. Prior to that, Claudia spent eight years in the competition practice of Linklaters, London. Claudia is a dual qualified solicitor (England & Wales and Germany), and holds Master of Law degrees from King’s College, London, the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the University of Cologne, Germany.  During her early legal training, Claudia spent time in Brussels as a stagiaire at the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Stephen Smith, partner, Competition, Bristows LLP

Stephen Smith

Stephen advises clients across the full range of EU and UK competition law matters, including merger control, cartels and anti-trust investigations.

Noted for being “practical, efficient, always willing to take a view and come to a workable solution ” (Chambers 2017), Stephen recently advised the SCOP SeaFrance on the first jurisdictional challenge under the Enterprise Act to reach the Supreme Court.

Stephen is the current chair of the Competition Section.  Fluent in French, Stephen has an MA (Hons) from Churchill College, Cambridge University and holds dual qualification in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Recorded 16 October 2016