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The centre of gravity in antitrust law has shifted with the globalisation of regulation and enforcement.

In this environment, many of the world's leading companies are turning to Allen & Overy as their preferred competition counsel on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies. Our clients include many of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions.

We have over 100 specialists working collaboratively across four global regions – Asia, Australia, Europe and North America – one of the largest Competition teams among the major international law firms. As such we combine the efficiency of a global footprint with local depth of expertise.

A single team with an international focus and creative thinking, we provide an expansive range of services and regularly represent our clients on merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance/monopolisation, antitrust disputes including judicial review and private damages, compliance and counselling, sector regulation and market investigations, public procurement and competitive tendering, and state aid. 

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: global application of antitrust rules

Adverse economic or social conditions have not historically tended to affect the general application and enforcement of antitrust rules. 

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: global merger review update

Merger review processes are being impacted worldwide as merger control authorities adapt to take account of the consequences of Covid-19 coronavirus.

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Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus and the EU State aid response

The European Commission (Commission) has adopted a temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak (the Temporary Framework).

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Apple fined heavily by the French Competition Authority for infringing antitrust law

Publications: 23 MARCH 2020

Apple fined heavily by the French Competition Authority for infringing antitrust law

On 16 March 2020, the French Competition Authority imposed a record EUR1.1. billion fine on Apple, alongside substantial fines on two of its wholesalers, for antitrust infringements involving restriction of intra-brand competition, resale price maintenance and the rarely-used French law concept of abuse of economic dependency.  See our alert on the decision and its implications for the antitrust-compliant structuring of distribution networks.

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