Competition, EU and International Trade Law
Competition, EU and international trade law affects all businesses and organisations. Whether you are a business entering into supply or distribution agreements, or involved in a merger or acquisition with a competitor in the market; whether you are a business or an authority involved in the public procurement of contracts; or whether you are involved in international trade and investment, competition and international trade law issues will come to the fore. You need experienced legal counsel who are familiar with how to navigate these complex issues, maximise opportunities, mitigate risks and successfully structure your business and contracts to enter new markets. Otherwise, your organisation could be exposed to substantial fines and damages awards and its reputation could be at risk.
Our Competition, EU and Trade lawyers have many years’ experience derived from working with clients doing cross-borders business and sometimes for the relevant regulatory bodies, and provide strategic and practical advice to ensure compatibility with competition, EU and international trade law issues. This includes issues of free movements and internal market, public procurement, state aid, export controls, import relief, sanctions, anti-money-laundering and anti-corruption compliance. With lawyers based across Europe and other international markets and in Brussels, we deliver a seamless legal service.
In addition, our Competition, EU and International Trade lawyers interact with other legal practices (such as corporate, M&A, IP and dispute resolution) and have longstanding expertise in specific sectors and form part of our sector focused groups, including in relation to:
- Technology, Media, Telecoms
- Commercial, especially in relation to agency and distribution
- Financial Services
- competition and anti-trust advisory work including preparing cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings, compliance programmes, handling investigations and disputes before national and EU Courts
- merger control filings
- anti-trust issues in commercial and services agreements
- state aid procedures
- anti-money-laundering and anti-corruption compliance and advisory work
UK Competition Law – Exemption Possibilities for Commercial Agreements