Restrictive practices and commercial arrangements
We advise on the full range of possible antitrust/competition issues arising from commercial agreements between competitors, suppliers, distributors, customers and others.
Whether in Asia, Europe or the US, we have extensive experience of the antitrust/competition rules applied to horizontal and vertical agreements.
We advise clients on competition compliance of joint ventures, research and development, strategic alliances, supply, purchasing, distribution, agency and licensing agreements, and help clients structure new commercial arrangements.
We regularly advise clients on these issues in sectors as diverse as energy, financial services, media, transport, consumer goods and retail, luxury goods and traditional manufacturing industries.
We also have substantial experience in advising on the implications of the revised horizontal and vertical EU rules introduced in 2010, and on the complex issues that these raise before EU and national authorities and courts, including information exchange, exclusive and selective distribution, resale price maintenance (RPM), recommended resale prices and restrictions on internet sales.
We have represented clients in cases in these areas before competition authorities, courts and in civil conduct investigations worldwide.