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For example, a consumer electronics manufacturer could have a vertical agreement with a retailer under which the retailer would sell and advertise the former`s products, possibly in exchange for lower prices. Such agreements could lead to the partitioning of markets and/or the creation and maintenance of territorial restrictions. Similar vertical restraints may be covered by the prohibition referred to in Article 4, unless they fall under a block exemption or an individual exemption. Only where a contextual assessment has a `sufficiently harmful` effect on competition (or the absence of a credible impact) can an agreement be considered `for purposes` within the meaning of Article 101(1) TFEU.  What prompted you to check vertical compliance? Please let us know where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible). Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union prohibits agreements between undertakings which have the aim or effect of restricting, preventing or distorting competition within the EU and which concern trade between EU Member States. This prohibition applies to all agreements concluded between two or more undertakings, whether they are competitors. A vertical agreement is a term used in competition law to refer to agreements between companies at different levels of the supply chain. For example, a consumer electronics manufacturer could enter into a vertical agreement with a retailer under which the retailer would advertise its products against a price drop. Franchising is a form of vertical agreement that falls within the scope of Article 101 under EU competition law.  Vertical agreements are widely accepted, as they raise fewer competition concerns than horizontal agreements.
Horizontal agreements are concluded between two current or potential competitors. © European Commission Provided they do not contain essential restrictions (as defined in the Block Exemption Regulations), a number of vertical agreements may benefit from block exemptions, thus circumventing the prohibition in Article 4. Below is a list of block exemption regulations that may apply, inter alia, to vertical agreements. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, some of the following provisions may or may not apply to vertical agreements: Article 4 of Law No 4054 on the Protection of Competition (the `Competition Law`) prohibits all agreements between undertakings whol purpose (or effect) of preventing, restricting or distorting competition. Of the aforementioned types of chords, vertical chords are the most frequently tested….