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Antitrust/Competition

A globally integrated practice

Our German Competition group is integral to Allen & Overy’s U.S.-European Antitrust group and offers German and international clients expert advice in European and German antitrust law, plus representation before the EU Commission and the German Bundeskartellamt. 

We act in some of the most high profile antitrust cases and have developed a sound and practical understanding of how the European Commission works. We have good relationships with officials at all levels in Brussels, Germany and in all the jurisdictions where we practise antitrust law. You benefit from our experience of working at the cutting edge of antitrust policy.

Our focus

We regularly represent clients in antitrust proceedings and investigations, judiciary review of agency decisions and civil damage claims in Germany, all other European jurisdictions, the U.S. and worldwide, including:

  • German and EU merger control proceedings; multiple filings in cross-border transactions with the relevant merger control authorities; judiciary review of agency decisions;
    behavioural matters, including German and European cartel and other investigations as well as abuse of dominance cases;
  • private enforcement litigation (Germany being one of two preferred jurisdictions in Europe, next to the UK);
  • EU state aid and EU and German public procurement matters.

We advise clients on the antitrust compliance of their business

  • structuring co-operation agreements and joint ventures, distribution systems, license and other agreements
  • designing and conducting tailor-made compliance training and audits, setting up and reviewing full compliance management programs. 

Strategy advice

The right antitrust strategy can have a major impact on commercial negotiations and in some cases, is critical to the success of a deal. In view of the now typical follow-on damage suits, choosing the right strategy in behavioural investigations will determine the company's risk exposure and for publicly quoted stock corporations, the board's liability. A proactive antitrust strategy via third-party complaints and court actions may allow a company to stop competitors, suppliers or customers infringing its market position. In some cases this may even be required under corporate law (capital protection measures).

Clients often ask us to oversee an antitrust strategy internationally. 

Noticias e Insights

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Publications: 10 MAY 2021

Modificada la normativa española de defensa de la competencia (transposición de la Directiva ECN+)

El pasado 27 de abril el Consejo de Ministros aprobó el Real Decreto Ley 7/2021  (el RDL Ómnibus) por el que se transponen al ordenamiento jurídico español varias directivas de la Unión Europea, entre…

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Publications: 20 APRIL 2020

Sentencia Budapest Bank: se eleva el listón para declarar una práctica restrictiva de la competencia “por objeto”

El pasado 2 de abril de 2020, el Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea (TJUE) dictó su esperada sentencia en relación con las cuestiones prejudiciales en el asunto C-228/18, Budapest Bank (la…

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Publications: 25 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 Coronavirus: el Derecho de la Competencia también ayuda

Las circunstancias excepcionales creadas por la pandemia del Covid-19 coronavirus han impactado de lleno en todos los aspectos de la vida diaria en España y en otros muchos países. En este boletín…

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Publications: 22 JANUARY 2020

El Derecho de la competencia en España en 2019 y retos para el año 2020

Una vez finalizado el año 2019, a continuación se resumen las novedades más significativas en la aplicación del Derecho de la competencia en España y se indican algunos de los retos que se presentan…

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Global cartel enforcement report 2020

Antitrust authorities around the world continued to focus on tackling national and international cartels in 2019, with many jurisdictions showing an appreciable upturn in the level of fines compared to those imposed in 2018.

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