Understanding competition law can help businesses to break down barriers, enter markets, grow their presence, compete effectively, collaborate legitimately, and drive an ethos of compliance within their organisation.
Competition law, in its many guises, can touch on multiple areas of commercial activity. If you are buying or selling a company you may need to assess the effects of that deal on competition in the market and obtain clearance in advance of completion from one or more merger control authorities. Your supply chain and distribution arrangements need to be designed to manage competition law risks associated with exclusivity, controls overpricing, trading restrictions, and other controls. If you collaborate with competitors, engage in R&D, own and exploit intellectual property there are specific rules to take into account.
Companies in regulated industries, such as water or energy, must comply with sector-specific rules in addition to general competition law principles. In some instances, this includes managing the periodic setting of prices by the sector regulators and, where necessary, challenging those price control settlements.
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