Competition & EU Law


Our clients benefit from the experience of acknowledged leaders in the field of competition law across Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Our team offers practical, commercial advice to support your strategic objectives. Our global reach means that we are able to offer in-depth local knowledge in a global context.

Our European practice places us among a select group of firms with in-depth knowledge and experience of state aid rules. We also have strong experience in EU litigation: we have litigated more than 100 cases before the Courts of Justice of the EU, representing private litigants, the European Commission and various EU agencies.

Our Asia Pacific practice comprises dedicated competition specialists in Australia, China and Singapore and access to specialists in countries across the region. We have significant experience in merger clearances in the region and globally as well as extensive expertise in competition litigation, including cartel investigations and immunity applications. Our expertise in countries with mature competition laws such as Australia means that we are well placed to assist those doing business in countries across the region where competition laws are new or emerging. We were recently involved in the first two competition law cases in Malaysia. Our dedicated China practice means we are at the forefront of competition law in this increasingly important jurisdiction.

Globally our clients draw on our highly regarded dispute resolution skills together with our market-leading competition law expertise. We advise on complex competition litigation matters, including breaking government-sanctioned restrictive practices; defending against implications of involvement in cartels; applying for immunity from prosecution for cartel conduct and assisting those impacted by anti-competitive conduct to recover significant damages.

Our European lawyers have conducted competition damages actions before national courts, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and in mediations as well as general damages actions before the Courts of Justice of the EU. Our Asia Pacific partners have represented clients in high profile cartel conduct cases and in cases involving allegations of misuse of market power. This, combined with our deep experience of multi-jurisdictional merger control filings and our in-depth understanding of local competition laws, means that we are well placed to advise on a wide range of issues, including on- and off-line distribution, licensing and co-operation arrangements, whether domestic or cross-border. In addition, we regularly represent clients in antitrust investigations and develop compliance programs and conduct training for employees so that they can avoid unlawful practices.

Our particular focus lies in the information technology, communications, electronics, food and beverage, energy, automotive, banking and financial services, media, sport, and aviation and aerospace sectors. Our sector-based focus means that we can apply our up-to-date industry knowledge quickly to competition issues in what are frequently dynamic and rapidly changing circumstances. We work with our colleagues in other groups such as our Intellectual Property group to ensure we can deliver solutions to competition issues which represent a whole of business approach.

We pride ourselves on being easy to work with, but will always act robustly to defend and promote our clients' interests. Our ability to understand our clients' underlying business concerns and issues means that we can offer pragmatic, practical legal analysis based on our deep understanding of the challenges they face.

If you would like more information please contact the heads of the group: José Rivas and Peter Willis.


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