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The New European Vertical Block Exemption: Unanswered Questions for Online Distributors and Platforms

BY | September 30, 2022

On June 1, 2022, the European Commission’s new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and its accompanying guidelines (the “Guidelines”) came into force.  The VBER provides a safe harbor for vertical…

On June 1, 2022, the European Commission’s new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and its accompanying guidelines (the “Guidelines”) came into force.  The VBER provides a safe harbor for vertical agreements where the parties’ market shares are below 30 percent and certain conditions are met.  Since the previous rules were drafted, the importance and prevalence of e-commerce has increased significantly.  The new rules are designed to pr

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