Our investigations experience is market leading and diverse. Our lawyers have represented companies in a full range of competition investigations and enforcement actions conducted by, for example, the US DOJ, US FTC, the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading, UK Competition Commission, the Australian ACCC, the French Autorité de la Concurrence, the German Bundeskartellamt, the Austrian Kartellgericht, the Dutch ACM, the Spanish Competition Authority, and the Korean FTC.
We counsel our clients on national and international competition and antitrust laws, unfair trade practices, prospective acquisitions, price discrimination issues, abuse of dominance and intellectual property issues.
Mergers and Acquisitions
We have a strong multi-jurisdictional merger practice that can seamlessly coordinate filings in jurisdictions worldwide.
We are able to help clients analyse any potential competition issues, coordinate multijurisdictional merger clearances, represent clients before regulatory agencies, analyse and negotiate potential remedies, deal with in-depth investigations and advise on merger litigation.
Compliance Audits and Programs
Our experience is diverse and includes representing companies in a full range of competition matters. This diversity in expertise allows us to provide advice to our clients on all areas of competition compliance including auditing existing policies and procedures and enables us to provide clients with commercial and practical solutions. This includes with regards to the implementation of a compliance programme, the provision of training including on raids, or any changes to existing policies and procedures.
Cartel Enforcement Defence
Criminal cartel enforcement is a top priority of competition Regulatory Authorities and cartel investigations, in particular those with international aspects, are on the rise.
Our team acts regularly for multinational clients and provides a globally coordinated approach in representing client before the regulators and in negotiating resolutions. The team has much experience in assisting client with leniency and amnesty applications and where necessary defends clients through litigation.
Civil Litigation / Class Actions
Private litigation is fast becoming as important as public regulation as a means of enforcing competition law.
We have considerable experience in advising claimants and defendants in competition based litigation in a number of jurisdictions, and representing clients appealing regulator decisions to the European and domestic Courts.
Criminal Antitrust Defence
Our team provides criminal defence to clients including in response to raids, managing disclosure, leniency negotiations with Regulators, defence of Criminal Litigation and in relation to Trials and Appeals.
We have a strong track record in State aid work, acting for funding bodies, recipients of aid and those who feel that their interests have been damaged by unlawful aid awarded to their competitors.