Competition compliance

Competition investigations in the EU routinely lead to large fines. They may be carried out by the European Commission or by national authorities using EU or national competition laws. Breach of competition laws may also make important parts of commercial agreements unenforceable and will often give rise to claims against you for damages.

Competition risk can and should be reduced by appropriate compliance measures to ensure that all employees and directors are aware of competition law and how it might affect their jobs on a day–to-day basis. The best competition compliance is integrated into your company’s overall risk assessment and compliance structure and is well understood and implemented by all. We have advised clients in a wide range of industry sectors, for example the software and on-line and broadcast services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, branded luxury goods, industrial chemicals and electronic hardware on compliance strategy and how best to comply with competition law throughout the EU.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • advising on compliance of business agreements and conduct, as well as ongoing monitoring of key trading agreements and practices to check compliance and reduce risk at an early stage
  • conducting competition audits of sensitive parts of your business
  • helping to minimise exposure to competition law liability which have already arisen
  • providing guidance and training.

Latest news

  • Sheppard│Co wins Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year 2015 UK by Finance Monthly (January 2015)
  • Sheppard│Co wins Regulatory Law Firm of the Year 2015 by Corporate LiveWire (May 2015)
  • Sheppard│Co sets up the Competition Damages Unit (CDU) and Competition Damages Fund (CDF) with finance from DCLG and in collaboration with CIPFA to bring competition damages claims on behalf of the public sector (February 2015)