Competition

Competition law governs a wide range of business practices from interaction with competitors, suppliers and customers, through participation in trade associations, to the structuring and implementation of corporate mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Understanding how competition law impacts on a business has never been more important given the risks of non-compliance, but also because, used strategically, competition law can be a very important tool in keeping one’s trading partners honest through litigation.

Regulatory authorities around the world are working ever more closely to co-ordinate their competition law enforcement powers. Companies need legal advisers who can provide a global perspective and advise on international best practice.

Our lawyers use their broad experience and knowledge of the competition law landscape to get the deal done, solve business challenges or resolve disputes. We can assist you on the full range of competition law matters, including:

  • transactional support and merger control advice;
  • devising and implementing commercial agreements that are compliant with all applicable competition and consumer law rules;
  • defending companies under investigation by the competition law authorities, including in relation to “dawn raids” and on-site inspections;
  • drafting and filing complaints to the authorities to seek appropriate redress for those affected by anti-competitive behaviour;
  • competition law litigation – advising companies how to protect their interests through the national and international courts and tribunals;
  • devising and instituting compliance programmes;
  • advising on consumer protection, marketing and advertising matters related to competition.

If you have any questions or queries please call Alex on +44 (0)20 3036 7381 or email ahaffner@fladgate.com

Alex Haffner is “always willing to go the extra mile”

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  • English Premier League (EPL) – investigation by the European Commission of EPL’s media rights sales arrangements, including the negotiation of commitments to enable the Commission to close its file.
  • Racecourse Association – successful appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal of the Competition and Markets Authority’s infringement decision concerning the collective sale of rights by 49 racecourses to Attheraces Plc.
  • Alcantrol UK Limited – competition law complaint to OFWAT against a competition for abuse of a dominant position.
  • British Horseracing Authority – successful appeal against a decision by the High Court that it abused its dominant position in the supply of UK pre-race data to bookmakers. This was the first case on Article 102 to be considered by the Court of Appeal.
  • Hasbro – major cartel investigation concerning price fixing activities in the UK toys market and on obtaining total immunity from fines by the UK competition authorities.
  • Major insurance company – issues relating to market dominance and potential market abuse issues.
  • Various companies including Ambassador Theatre Group, General Mills, Flextronics, World Fuel Services, Nokia, Total and Sumitomo – successfully obtaining merger control clearance decisions from the EU, UK, COMESA and other international competition authorities.
  • Many public and private authorities – state aid issues, including the directors of Northern Rock, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and TfL.
  • Compliance programmes – devising and implementing competition law compliance programmes for a number of companies.