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Competition Disputes

Competition law is a complex but important area of law. The fines that can be levied by competition authorities can be extremely high and private litigation relating to infringements of competition law are becoming increasingly common.

We advise on a wide range of commercial disputes and regulatory investigations relating to EU and UK competition law. This includes advising on:

  • commercial disputes involving alleged infringements of Article 101 (prohibition on anti-competitive agreements) and Article 102 (abuse of a dominant position) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, and the equivalent provisions under UK law
  • mergers and working with the CMA
  • ‘follow-on’ and ‘standalone’ damages actions in respect of infringement decisions
  • regulatory investigations by the Competition & Markets Authority and European Commission, including cartel investigations and investigations in relation to alleged anticompetitive agreements in distribution agreements and alleged resale price maintenance

 We are also able to attend dawn raids held by competition authorities. If you are subject to a dawn raid and need assistance, please contact one of the key contacts listed.

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