As competition law increasingly influences critical aspects of corporate and commercial strategy, first-class competition advice is vital for doing business globally.
Our dedicated competition lawyers work across Europe, the US, China and the developing competition regimes of Asia. We also have alliances with leading law firms in Australia (Allens) and South Africa (Webber Wentzel). Clients come to us for expert, commercial advice on their most complex national, EU and global antitrust matters.
The multi-national and multi-lingual nature of our team allows us to understand the national policy concerns that shape global competition policy and to maintain strong relationships with authorities and enforcement agencies across the globe. We regard a deep understanding of our clients’ business and strategy as essential to successfully defending their interests. Our ability to quickly get to grips with new businesses is a key strength.
Linklaters’ unrivalled competition law expertise covers merger control, market and sector investigations, abuse of dominance, State aid, public procurement and utilities regulation; as well as the full cartel investigation lifecycle, from internal investigations and compliance to dawn raids, optimising tactics in the administrative cartel investigation, appeal and follow on claims.
We have developed an eLearning tool, which is available in a number of languages (including Mandarin), and offers an economic and effective way of achieving global training on competition law issues. We provide ‘train the trainer’ sessions so in-house legal and compliance teams are able to provide ongoing specialist support with confidence.
Our experience includes advising:
- Novartis on the global antitrust strategy and multiple merger control clearances in relation to its three way, inter-conditional asset swap with GSK, involving the acquisition by Novartis of GSK’s oncology business, the sale to GSK of Novartis’ vaccines business and the creation of a JV in consumer health products with GSK;
- defendants from Europe, Asia and the U.S. in the major global cartel investigations, for example FOREX, automotive parts, CDS, EURIBOR/LIBOR, power cables, TV tubes, bananas, flat glass and car glass, vitamins, hydrogen peroxide, air cargo and marine hoses;
- actual and potential defendants in relation to damages actions following the major cartel/anti-trust investigations at EU level (synthetic rubber, paraffin wax, air cargo, copper fittings, industrial bags, TV tubes as well as multilateral interchange fees);
- leading industry players on all of the major European Commission sector inquiries to date (healthcare, energy, telecoms and financial services) and other national investigations including in the energy, groceries, banking and fuel sectors;
- twenty major financial institutions across Europe on State aid issues arising from the financial crisis including bank rescues, restructuring and recapitalisation.