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Competition

Competition

Competition law pervades all aspects of our clients’ businesses.

We assist and advise our clients in relation to a range of issues, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Trading and licensing agreements
  • Property agreements

We help our clients to identify the potential legal risks of their practices and agreements and advise them how best to minimise and avoid these risks within the relevant regulatory framework, be it EU or UK.

Our Dispute Resolution team has handled dawn raids and investigations by the European Commission, as well as proceedings before the Court of First Instance and European Court of Justice. We advise on complaints to, and investigations by, the OFT, OFGEN, and ORR as well as providing competition compliance programmes.

Our Commercial team regularly advises clients in connection with:

  • Horizontal agreements (i.e. agreements between competitors or potential competitors)
  • Vertical agreements (i.e. agreements between entities and different levels of the supply chain e.g. distribution agreements)
  • Technology licensing agreements (i.e. patent and know-how licences and software copyright licences)

Increasingly, we are also helping our clients challenge alleged anti-competitive practices and decisions of their suppliers, customers and competitors to ensure that they are not disadvantaged