By clicking on the link in the underlined title of each session, you will be directed to its presentation. Please be advised that not all speakers have foreseen a PowerPoint presentation - so keep pen and paper at the ready! If you want to compare notes: the BDC Book which gathers the contributions of the speakers of the BDC will be published in 2016. 


09h15-09h45: Toward better balanced distribution relationships (Kris PEETERS, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Employment)

09h45-10h30: What future for the Commercial Agents Directive? (Claire BURY, Director responsible for the Modernisation of the Single Market, DG Growth, European Commission) 

17h20-17h50: Changing the game: the success story of a famous brand (Caro VAN EEKELEN, COO Accor Hotels Benelux)


NATIONAL STREAM (in the morning)

11h00-11h40: The new Code on Economic Law: Agency contracts

Assessing compensation for termination of the commercial agent (Paul CRAHAY, Partner MOSAL)

Bank agency agreements: the agent’s rights and obligations (Didier MATRAY, Partner Matray Matray & Hallet)

11h50-12h30: The new Code on Economic Law: Book IV, the protection of competition (Jacques STEENBERGEN, President of the Belgian Competition Authority)



11h00-11h40: Establishing and maintaining an international brand: goodwill and discrimination. Issues arising between members of the same network (Robert W. EMERSON, Huber Hurst Professor of Business Law at the University of Florida)

11h50-12h30: Establishing and maintaining and international brand: Bricks and mortar or internet sales, a false dilemma? (Rainer BECKER, Acting head of Unit A1 Antitrust case support and policy, DG Competition, European Commission & José RIVAS, Partner Bird & Bird)

14h00-14h40: Trading practices in the business-to-business food supply chain (Philippe CHAUVE, Head of the Food Task Force, DG Competition, European Commission)

14h50-15h30: Resale Price Maintenance: latest cases and developments (Axel SCHULZ, Partner White & Case & Christian BAHR, Partner Fieldfisher)


Protecting innovation: the [proposed] EU Directive on Trade Secrets (Gunther MEYER, Partner Eversheds)

Trade Secrets (Jorge NOVAIS, Legal officer, Unit F5 Intellectual Property Enforcement, Counterfeiting and Piracy, DG Internal Market, European Commission)

16h40-17h10: EU Vertical Guidelines on Agency Agreements: How much risk is allowed (Karsten METZLAFF, Partner Noerr & Carel MASKE, Senior Attorney, Antitrust Legal and Corporate Affairs Microsoft EMEA)



14h00-14h40: Your business plan: what assessments will a bank make when authorizing funding? (Bart EEKHAUT, Head of Business Lending ING Belgium & Gilbert LARDINOIS, Company Counselor, department Franchise and Commerce at Fiduciaire Pardoen)

14h50-15h30: First steps to internationalization: round table on taking your distribution network abroad (Edwin DEDONCKER, Director General at NV Bières de Chimay and CVBA Chimay Fromages & Iain COOK, Managing Director ERA Belgium & Michael ROSIN, Secretary General IXINA Belgium)

16h00-16h30: Where to establish your distribution network? Geolocalisation and its legal consequences (François-Luc SIMON, Partner Simon & Associates & Laurent KRUCH, CEO Territoires & Marketing)

16h40-17h10: Practical considerations when transferring a supermarket – How align the expectation pattern between parties? (Marc DE HAUW, General Counsel Carrefour & Katrien VORLAT, Partner Stibbe)


NATIONAL WORKSHOPS 2 – LEGAL (in the afternoon)

14h00-14h40: Outlets in difficulty: is judicial reorganization a workable solution – or – is it inappropriate? (Bart DE MOOR, Partner Strelia & Eddy VAN CAMP, Partner EVC Advocaten)

14h50-15h30: The profitability of distribution contracts (Laurent DU JARDIN, Partner Janson Baugniet and lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain)

16h00-16h30: Dispute resolution (part 1): Solving distribution network conflicts in an efficient, cost effective and confidential manner.

Update on the different Belgian legislative initiatives on mediation (Ivan VEROUGSTRAETE, Honorary President of the Cour de Cassation)

Why mediation and what techniques to apply: equity and mediation (Patrick KILESTE, Partner Buyle Legal)

16h40-17h10: Dispute resolution (part 2): Solving distribution network conflicts in an efficient, cost effective and confidential manner. The commercial and financial benefits of using mediation in a distribution network (Philippe BILLIET, Partner Billiet & Co. & Dominique BUYSSCHAERT, Attorney at law Célès)