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Antitrust, Competition & State Aid

Market, power, abuse. Only those who see through the game can use the system to their own advantage – all the more so in the digital age

Competition law also new challenges in the digital age: Can a company gain market power by possessing large amounts of data (“big data”)? Does the use of pricing algorithms lead to an illegal cartel operation? Do platforms need to be regulated? The  boundaries between different legal disciplines – such as data protection, consumer protection or intellectual property l- and competition law are becoming increasingly blurred. Against this background, an interdisciplinary approach is more important than ever.

We assist companies in drafting their cooperation agreements and contracts in accordance with European and Austrian competition and antitrust law. In addition, we provide guidance to companies in the event of inspections and searches by the competition authorities, but are also available in advance to provide compliance training and to prepare for inspections and searches. Of course, our range of services also includes representing clients before European and national competition authorities, in particular in cartel fines and abuse of market power proceedings.

We also represent our clients in private law disputes related to antitrust law (e.g. damages action for cartel participation).

In addition, we carry out merger notifications to the European Commission as well as to national competition authorities.

In the area of state aid law, we provide supportive advice on the drafting of projects and contracts, on notifications and, if necessary, on private law disputes.

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