Competition

Technical, commercial and strategic, our competition team understand clients’ business objectives and we help clients successfully navigate through the most complex of antitrust issues. We recognise that straightforward, practical, focused, timely and business-friendly advice is all that counts. We aim to deliver exactly that on a broad range of local and multi-jurisdictional antitrust matters.
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Competition law compliance is a high priority for businesses worldwide. Competition authorities are increasingly cracking down on cartels, abusive and other anti-competitive practices as well as strictly enforcing their merger control rules. In the present day, no company or employee can afford to ignore the civil and criminal sanctions that may be applied under the competition rules.  Nor can companies consider themselves immune from the possibility of third party private damages actions.

Based in London and Paris, our competition team have expertise across the full spectrum of competition law and advise an international client base across a range of industry sectors.

In particular, we have extensive experience of:

  • Cartels – including dawn raids, investigations, whistleblowing, leniency and settlement agreements.
  • Abuse of market power – including the negotiation of commitments.
  • Merger control – including national and multi-jurisdictional filings worldwide.
  • Compliance – including advising on compliance programmes as well as conducting audits/mock dawn raids.
  • Commercial agreements – including assisting with the review and drafting of distribution, selective distribution, franchising, agency and other arrangements to ensure compliance.
  • Complaints – including advising on third party interventions.
  • Market investigations – including advising on consumer and industry wide transparency issues and solutions.
  • Private actions and litigation – pursuing or defending against complaints and actions.
  • Public procurement and state aid.

“The competition team provides excellent, commercial advice – not only do they know the law, they do a terrific job of applying it in a pragmatic manner”
The Legal 500 UK 2020

Cartel investigations (including leniency & appeals)

Acting for a defendant in the European Commission's freight forwarding cartel investigation and gaining one of the best leniency deals granted by the European Commission; acting in the subsequent appeal to the EU Courts.

Criminal investigations

Advising in relation to the investigation by the UK's Office of Fair Trading (predecessor to the Competition & Markets Authority) into criminal offences associated with price-fixing in the airline industry.

Dawn raids (including mock-dawn raids and audits)

Providing on-site dawn raid and audit assistance to clients in various industries (including oil, gas, chemicals, construction, leisure and shipping) alleged to be involved in cartel behaviour.

Abuse of market power

Defending a global financial information services provider on a high profile European Commission investigation involving exclusionary abuse of dominance allegations and agreeing commitments.

Unconditional merger control clearances

Securing for a large UK bank Phase I clearances from the European Commission, Brazil, USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan on the sale of its wealth management and exchange traded funds business to a global asset management company.

Conditional merger control clearances

Advising one of the largest global financial information services provider on the sale of its business to a major competitor securing a conditional and simultaneous Phase II clearance from the European Commission and US Department of Justice, as well as clearances in various other jurisdictions worldwide (including Brazil, Canada, Singapore, Turkey and others).

Competition compliance

Preparing, rolling out and delivering competition compliance policies, guidelines and training to organisations in various sectors (e.g. shipping, pharmaceuticals, rail, energy, retail/consumer) across different regions worldwide (e.g. Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa).

Commercial agreements

Regularly advising clients on various restrictions arising in distribution, selective distribution, franchising, agency, strategic alliances, R&D and specialisation agreements (e.g. exclusivity, resale price maintenance, active/passive sales, territorial restrictions, parallel imports, grant backs, no-challenge & termination clauses).

Complaints

Advising clients in various sectors (in particular, health, financial information services and consumer) on how to bring complaints and preparing submissions to antitrust authorities against competitors, customers and suppliers engaged in anti-competitive/abusive practices.

Private actions and litigation

Advising a leading Indian real estate developer in one of the first test UK civil cases about alleged manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark.
Lawyer

Marta Isabel Garcia Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2141
M:  +44 7985 716 668 Email Marta Isabel | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Jean-Julien Lemonnier Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 78
M:  +33 6 61 76 74 57 Email Jean-Julien | Vcard Office:  Paris

Latest news & insights

30 Mar 2021

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Competition law update - Q1 2021

Welcome to the Q1 2021 edition of our competition law newsletter. This is our quarterly update covering key developments in UK and EU competition law.

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29 Mar 2021

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Jean-Julien Lemonnier joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

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26 Mar 2021

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26 Mar 2021

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16 Mar 2021

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UK Government provides more clarity on the scope of the National Security and Investment Bill (“NSIB”)

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22 Dec 2020

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Competition law update - Q4 2020

Welcome to the Q4 2020 edition of our competition law newsletter. This is our quarterly update covering key developments in EU and UK competition law.

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17 Dec 2020

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Supreme Court judgment in Merricks opens the door for other collective actions such as Gutmann

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14 Dec 2020

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The UK introduces audacious new National Security and Investment Bill

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11 Nov 2020

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Competition law update - Q3 2020

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30 Sep 2020

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The UK Internal Market Bill: the clash over State aid

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14 Aug 2020

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Competition law update - Q2 2020

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12 May 2020

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Railway collective action: Ticketing, zonal fares and large claims

We consider the implications of “Merricks” and “Gutmann” on the rail industry.

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07 May 2020

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Antitrust: Impact of COVID-19 on life sciences

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30 Apr 2020

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Competition law update - Q1 2020

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16 Apr 2020

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The impact of COVID-19 on merger control

We are pleased to share with you our briefing on the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both EU and UK merger control.

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08 Apr 2020

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The European Commission's Temporary Framework for State aid - impact on certain industries

We are pleased to share with you our report on the European Commission’s recently-published Temporary Framework for State aid, which aims to make it easier for Member ..

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