McGuireWoods London advises on European
competition and antitrust issues including merger control, cartels,
abuse of dominance/market power, market/sectoral investigations, EU
State aid, private competition litigation, and reviews and appeals of
regulatory decisions. We also coordinate and advise on
multijurisdictional competition matters across the world, liaising as
necessary with trusted local counsel.
We work with clients ranging from large worldwide players to start-ups to
design innovative solutions to deal with competition law concerns. Our
relationships with and knowledge of the European Commission and other
regulators allow us to efficiently guide clients through the maze of rules
that apply in Europe and elsewhere.
We act for transacting parties and third-party interveners on numerous
high-profile, first- and second-phase merger control investigations at the
EU and national level, including cases settled by remedies. Our lawyers
coordinate regulatory clearances in multiple jurisdictions for cross-border
mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions.
Our lawyers represent complainants and defendants in investigations before
the European Commission and other regulators, including making leniency
applications, defending and settling multijurisdictional cartel
investigations, and advising on abuse of dominance investigations and
complaints. We also carry out internal investigations for clients,
including attending “dawn raids.”
We advise on competition law issues that affect businesses, large or small,
on a day-to-day basis. This includes reviewing commercial agreements and
practices in the areas of franchising, distribution, R&D, agency,
licensing, supply, parallel imports, pricing/rebates, refusal to
supply/access to facilities, and discrimination, and cooperation agreements
between competitors. We also interface between intellectual property and
We analyze clients’ specific needs to establish and maintain tailored
competition law compliance procedures. Our team advises on internal audits,
provides training and creates written compliance programs and manuals for
clients. We also provide stand-alone training/CLE/CPD sessions.
Private competition litigation and appeals:
Our competition lawyers work closely with our litigators in London and the
firm’s other offices to bring, defend and settle private claims for damages
or other measures in national courts. We have cutting-edge experience
defending “follow-on” claims for damages in the UK courts. We also bring
actions before the EU courts and national courts, appealing decisions in
all areas of competition law and acting for individuals defending their
personal interests arising out of competition law violations in the EU.
Market and sectoral investigations:
Market-specific investigations in the EU can dramatically alter the
competitive landscape in an industry. Clients look to us for assistance
monitoring, influencing and making submissions to investigations as they
EU State Aid:
Clients turn to our team for support navigating EU-specific State aid
rules. They may seek state support, may wish to complain about state
support to a competitor, or need to defend themselves against alleged
receipt of illegal aid.
Our lawyers also deal with EU internal market and regulatory law, including
free movement of goods, personal data protection, environmental regulation,
public procurement, anti-dumping, sanctions and trade.