When can price discrimination cause antitrust problems in distribution networks? London Partner Robert Bell and Washington Partner Jake Kramer review recent developments and provide guidance about how to comply with US antitrust and EU competition law.
Bell is head of the EU & UK Competition Team at Bryan Cave with more than 20 years of experience advising on complex competition and regulatory matters involving some of the leading cases before the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the European Commission and UK and European Courts. He advises clients on a range of competition law issues including merger control, cartels, restrictive practices, competition litigation and public procurement law.
Bell has a special practice focus in advising international technology and media clients on the application of competition law and new media, telecommunications regulation and competition litigation.
Kramer is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Group. He works on all phases of antitrust litigation and provides thoughtful and pragmatic advice to clients on a broad array of antitrust issues. He is committed to helping clients, judges and juries understand and evaluate complex antitrust issues, including issues related to monopolization, monopsony, tying, vertical distribution restrictions, price discrimination, price fixing and group boycotts.
Kramer has particular insight into challenges facing companies that adopt a “razors and razor blades” business model, which sometimes results in disputes between such companies and distributors or independent service organizations that offer competing aftermarket goods or services. Most recently, he served as trial and appellate counsel for a telecommunications and software company in a precedent-setting aftermarket case involving such a dispute.
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