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Antitrust, Competition & State Aid

Who to trust in Antitrust law? Expertise and experience are the best companions when markets get rough.

Digitisation poses new challenges for competition law legislation and enforcement. Does the possession of large amounts of data convey market power? Can the use of pricing algorithms establish a cartel? Is there a need for platforms to be regulated? Another obvious trend is that the line between competition law and other areas of law including data privacy, consumer protection and intellectual property is becoming increasingly blurred. Against this background, a multidisciplinary focus is more important than ever.

We assist companies in organizing corporate projects and contracts based on European and Austrian antitrust law. We provide advice on a broad range of corporate matters, stretching from implementing strategic cooperation arrangements between competitors in due compliance with antitrust law and establishing joint ventures, all the way to designing distribution structures and drafting the related contracts.

We represent clients in their dealings with European and national competition authorities, particularly in the event of administrative fine proceedings for breach of antitrust law and in abuse of dominant market position proceedings, as well as in private-law disputes that involve antitrust law issues (as in the event of damage claims on grounds of involvement in a cartel). Our team lectures on antitrust law and assists clients with internal antitrust investigations.

We notify mergers to the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and the European Commission as well as national competition authorities (multiple filings).

Our range of services also includes advice on state-aid concerns in contracts and government-funded projects.

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