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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 & insights

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Publications: 26 January 2022

HSR filing thresholds increase – size-of-transaction threshold to be USD101.0 million

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced increases to the notification thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act, which requires pre-merger notification of…

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News: 25 January 2022

Allen & Overy advises Riverside on the sale of REPA

Allen & Overy has advised global investor The Riverside Company (Riverside) on the sale of its portfolio company REPA to PT Holdings.

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Publications: 13 January 2022

Global trends in private M&A 2022

We have recently produced our annual client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Our findings draw on an in-depth analysis of more than 1,500 private M&A deals that A&O has advised on…

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Publications: 13 February 2020

China’s antitrust law under review – increased clarity, but more uncertainty

China offered a glimpse of what its antitrust regime may look like in the future by issuing few proposed amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Law for consultation in January 2020.

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