European and national competition regulations aim to prevent unfair or restricted competition caused by agreements between businesses, takeovers and mergers or the abuse of a dominant position by powerful businesses. These regulations provide opportunities.
Compliance as a challenge
It is not just the big multinationals that are subject to these regulations, so are businesses with an international focus. We identify what real competition law risks our clients face. We then provide our clients with the tools to avoid those risks. We offer tailor-made compliance programmes, including e-learning modules, and we provide training if necessary. We also simulate unannounced visits of the supervisory authorities, to actually check the level of compliance of our clients.
Agreements and opportunities
We offer advice on which agreements are permitted and when, enabling our clients to make the right commercial decisions. We ensure that collaboration and distribution agreements can withstand any competition law audit. We do this in a way which provides the best possible negotiation result to our clients.
We ensure that compulsory concentration notifications reach the competition authority or authorities in an efficient manner in case of mergers and acquisitions. We also identify potential competition law-related risks that ensue from the past activities of the other parties and how to deal with them.
Assessment of market conduct/competition
We have a lot of sector-specific knowledge. This expertise is needed to be able to assess how agreements or transactions or other market behaviour affect the competition. We also work with competition economists to carry out a competition law analysis and give corresponding advice when desirable and necessary. In-depth sector and market-specific knowledge can be a determining factor for a smooth merger notification or the design of a commercial strategy that is compliant under competition law.
Do you have any questions, or do you want to receive more information on our approach in this field? Please contact Sarah Beeston.