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Compliance and Counselling

There has been a dramatic shift in antitrust and competition law in recent years. Antitrust law is becoming more contentious and the penalties are becoming potentially huge.

Having an successful compliance policy is vital to the prevention of anti-competitive conduct by employees. Implementing such a policy goes beyond the publication of a list of do's and don'ts. It also includes education of staff, regular updating and communication of applicable standards and procedures, periodic compliance trainings and certifications, dawn raid simulations and internal audits. 

We help companies to develop sound risk management strategies and to adopt and implement effective compliance policies. This includes formulating and updating guidelines, giving staff presentations and training and performing simulations. We also assist our clients in conducting in-depth audits if anti-competitive conduct is suspected or as part of a due diligence process.

Given the continuing proliferation of national antitrust regimes, the increasing number of authorities actively pursuing antitrust cases and the growing magnitude of antitrust penalties, internationally operating companies should ensure that their compliance efforts meet the highest standards. Our global presence and local expertise enable us to offer clients first rate assistance in developing local and cross-border compliance programmes. 

News and insights

Cyber security

News: 05 July 2022

Allen & Overy advises Infinigate Group on the acquisition of Nuvias Group

Allen & Overy is advising Infinigate Group AG (Infinigate), a pan-European value-added distributor (VAD) of Cyber Security solutions and a portfolio company of Bridgepoint, on its acquisition of the…

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Great wall of China

Publications: 30 June 2022

The beginning of a new era: China amends its antitrust code for the first time

Amendments to China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, together with proposed revisions to various implementing regulations, are set to make substantial changes to both SAMR’s antitrust procedures and its…

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Microscopic image of cell

Blog Post: 22 March 2022

New EU guidance on agreements sharing health data

On 1 March 2022, the European Commission (EC) published for consultation its draft revised Guidelines on Horizontal Cooperation Agreements (Horizontal Guidelines) and draft revised Horizontal Block…

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curved glass building

Publications: 14 March 2022

European Commission consults on new rules for horizontal cooperation agreements featuring sustainability agreements and data sharing

On 1 March 2022, the European Commission published for consultation draft revised Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations on research & development and specialisation agreements as well as draft…

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