Competition & EU Law

Overview

Our market leading Competition & EU team works with clients to help them ensure that they comply with competition law whilst achieving their business objectives.

Our clients benefit from advice from the acknowledged leaders in the field of competition law, who offer practical, commercial advice to support their strategic objectives. We are among the select group of firms with in-depth knowledge and experience of State aid rules, and our expertise in EU litigation is second to none – we have litigated more than 100 cases before the Courts of Justice of the EU representing private litigants, EU Agencies such as Eurojust, the Community Plant Variety Office and the European Commission itself.  

Indeed, our highly regarded dispute resolution skills, coupled with our leading-edge competition law expertise, enable us to handle complex competition litigation matters, including breaking government sanctioned restrictive practices; defending companies implicated in cartels; and assisting clients who have been impacted by anti-competitive conduct to recover multi-million euros in damages.  Our partners have conducted competition damages actions before the UK and national courts (including Madrid and Düsseldorf amongst many others), the European Courts of Justice, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and in mediations.

We regularly handle multi-jurisdiction merger control filings and advise clients on a wide range of issues, including on- and off-line distribution, licensing and co-operation arrangements. In addition, we regularly represent clients in antitrust investigations and train their employees so that they can avoid unlawful practices.

While we cover all sectors, our particular focus lies in the media, communications, electronics, energy, automotive, information technology, life sciences, sport, banking & financial services, postal services and aviation & aerospace sectors. Combining our broad legal expertise with our deep knowledge of these industries, we pride ourselves on delivering innovative legal solutions at the cutting edge of industry developments.

Competition law issues in the Asian region is a rapidly growing area of practice at Bird & Bird. In fact, our Competition law team has recently been involved in the first ever two Competition law cases in Malaysia.

We pride ourselves on being easy to work with, but will always act robustly to defend and promote the interests of our clients. 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.

For more information about how we can help you, contact a member of our group or e-mail us.

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