SMi presents its 15th annual Parallel Trade virtual conference and workshop, taking place on the 24th March 2021. As the only parallel trade conference in Europe, this event provides the perfect platform for industry experts from both sides of the coin to come together and share perspectives on the practice of parallel trade.

Parallel trade within the EEC, EC, EU and EEA has been driven by the law on the free movement of goods and the single market imperative as applied under competition law. Disputes over pharmaceuticals have been a primary focus of the case-law, which has developed into a specialist area which can seem impenetrably complex. This workshop will demystify the law and provide some key touchpoints both for the current law and how it is likely to develop in reaction to new challenges.

• Clear overview of the legal framework, whether as an introduction or refresher
• Practical and applied sessions using case studies
• Interactive workshop led by well-established practitioners
• Key takeaways of the Covid-19 and Brexit impact on the field

Vice President/ Heads of/General Managers:
• International Trade and Relations
• Supply Chain Development – Brexit
• Brexit Implementation
• Market Access
• Supply Chain Manager
• Parallel trade reporting
• Regulatory Affairs
• IP
• Purchasing
• Policy Patent Operations
• European Affairs
• Supply and Demand
• Attorney
• Distribution 


AbbVie; AIFA - Agenzia Italiana Del Farmaco; Amgen Europe BV; Arnold & Porter; Baker & Mckenzie; bij CyTuVax b.v. ; Bristows LLC; Covington & Burling; Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH; Department of Health and Social Care; EAEPC; Erasmus University Rotterdam; Europe Economics; European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines; European Association of Euro-Pharmaceutical Companies ; Ferring Pharmaceuticals; FERRING SA; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Gilead Sciences Ltd; Hollister Europe Ltd; Intellectual Property Office; IQVIA; IQVIA Commercial GmbH & Co. OHG; Key Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Kopinke; LEO Pharma; Lisman Legal Life sciences B.V.; Medac GmbH; MHRA; MSD Animal Health ; Mundipharma; Novartis Pharma AG; Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd; Novo Nordisk Bioindustrie Sa; Novo Nordisk Ltd; SoftGroupáLtd.; UEA, University of East Anglia; White & Case LLP; Wiggin LLP; Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh;

Workshop programme

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:10 Intellectual Property and Free Movement

• Exhaustion of rights
• Repackaging of pharmaceuticals: the BMS conditions
• Recent case law and case study

Christopher Stothers

Christopher Stothers, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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Sharon Malhi

Sharon Malhi, Antiturst, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

9:50 Competition Law

• Anti-competitive agreements and dominant positions
• Quotas and direct-to-pharmacy models
• Recent case law and case study

Christopher Stothers

Christopher Stothers, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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Sharon Malhi

Sharon Malhi, Antiturst, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Regulatory Law

• Marketing authorisations
• Parallel import licences
• Recent case law and case study

Christopher Stothers

Christopher Stothers, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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Sharon Malhi

Sharon Malhi, Antiturst, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

11:40 Covid-19 and Brexit

• How did Covid-19 affect the rules?
• How has Brexit affected the rules?
• Case study

Christopher Stothers

Christopher Stothers, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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Sharon Malhi

Sharon Malhi, Antiturst, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

12:20 Closing Remarks



Christopher Stothers

Christopher Stothers

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Christopher Stothers

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Christopher Stothers

Christopher is a recognized expert in parallel trade, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical sector - his 2007 textbook, “Parallel Trade in Europe: Intellectual Property, Competition and Regulatory Law,” has been cited by the UK Supreme Court. Christopher is also an experienced litigator on cross-border patent disputes, other types of intellectual property, antitrust, pharmaceutical regulation, EU law and commercial disputes. He has taken cases before the First Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal, the Patents County Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the European Patent Office, and the European Court of Justice.


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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

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