"Moves up the rankings in recognition of feedback from peers and clients that reflects the firm's continued investment in building up EU competition capabilities."
Chambers Global 2020
In today’s world where over 90 antitrust authorities around the globe enforce antitrust laws, many companies have realized the benefits of a robust antitrust compliance program. These programs reduce the risk of costly antitrust investigations; the risk of liability for fines and for damages claims by customers or suppliers; the risk of reputational damage and the risk of being excluded from public tenders. Moreover, in some jurisdictions, having a compliance program in place can constitute a mitigating factor when setting fines.
EU Competition Law
However, designing and implementing a credible and cost effective antitrust compliance program that meets international standards is a complex and challenging task. There are many issues that a company must consider:
- Global antitrust laws and enforcement priorities are constantly in flux
- Antitrust compliance must be aligned with compliance efforts in other areas such as anticorruption (notably compliance with the U.S. FCPA or the UK Bribery Act) and trade sanctions
- The compliance program must be tailored to the specific business in order to avoid over-compliance and overly-restrictive measures that hamper legitimate business practices
- Employees must be trained
- Management must create a culture of compliance and proper incentives to ensure effective implementation of the program
Our multilingual and multijurisdictional team draws on decades of experience assisting our clients in identifying antitrust risks and developing and implementing tailor-made antitrust compliance programs, including experience advising in an in-house capacity. Our lawyers have real-world experience that gives them first-hand knowledge of the challenges globally operating companies face in implementing cost effective compliance programs and how to overcome those challenges.
Global Competition Review
Oxford Competition Law
EU Court’s Reversal of O2/Hutchison Prohibition May Lead to Further Consolidation in European Telecom SpaceReorg
POLITICO Pro Fair Play
Competition Policy International
Subsidy Control in the UK: Key Takeaways from the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the Recently Launched UK Government Public ConsultationClient Updates
The Hutchison Judgment: A Rare Judicial Strike Against the European Commission's Approach to Merger AssessmentsExternal Article
The crisis caused by the COVID - 19 pandemic led to a rapid response from the European Commission through changes to its State aid framework.
Avoiding the Pitfalls: What Companies Need to Know About EU State Aid Rules and the Commission's Temporary Framework During the Coronavirus CrisisClient Updates
Competition Policy International - Antitrust Chronicle
Between Speed, Flexibility & Vigilance: European Antitrust Agencies' Nuanced Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis in the Areas of Merger Control, Antitrust and State AidClient Updates
Lessons on "Pay-for-Delay" Agreements: the EU Court of Justice Ruling in the GSK Generics Paroxetine CaseClient Updates
Competition Law Insight
International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG): EU Chapter
GCR Insight Europe, Middle East and Africa Antitrust Review 2020
State Aid, the Criterion of State Resources and Renewable Energy Support Mechanisms: Fresh Wind from Luxembourg in EEG 2012External Article
European Papers - European Forum
What Companies Need to Know About EU Antitrust Liability for their JVs and Minority-Owned Entities - Q&AClient Updates
Competition, State Aid and New Regulatory Initiatives: The EU’s Toolbox for the New Energy Market DesignSpeeches & Presentations
Baker Botts Partner Matthew Levitt and Special Advisor Dr. Leigh Hancher will be speaking at the University of Oslo on Energy Market Design.
The EU General Court Confirms that Successor Liability for EU Competition Law Infringements may only Exceptionally be Based on Economic Continuity (Coveris Rigid France)External Article
Baker Botts in partnership with Concurrences is delighted to host a webinar titled Digital and UK Antitrust on Monday 22 March at 2.30pm (GMT).
Baker Botts is delighted to sponsor the AmCham 37th Annual Competition Policy Conference on 18 November 2020.
Baker Botts is delighted to partner with Oxera on hosting a webinar discussing what the lessons are for State Aid Policy beyond the pandemic.
Baker Botts is sponsoring the 36th Annual AmCham Competition Policy Conference on 12 November in Brussels.
Baker Botts partners Peter Huston, Erik Koons, Matthew Levitt and John Taladay will be hosting a webinar on Everything You Want to Know About Cartels (But Were Too Afraid to Ask) and will be discussing the latest trends and challenges in cartel investigations and enforcement.
Paul Lugard, Partner Baker Botts will be speaking on Day 2, 22 November at 16:40 on Interactions Between IP and Competition Law.