Our team is able to assist our clients with Competition Law and European Union matters, providing a broad range of services:
Prior notification of concentrations and follow-up of the ensuing proceedings, including negotiation of commitments;
Assessment of cooperation agreements, distribution agreements (price restrictions, exclusive or selective distribution, online sales, etc.), decisions by trade or professional associations and assessment of practices implemented by dominant companies;
Development of compliance programmes to avoid risks of anticompetitive conduct;
Representing clients before the Portuguese Competition Authority, the European Commission or other overseas regulators;
Assisting clients in proceedings related to concentrations or restrictive practices - agreements, concerted practices and decisions by associations of undertakings, as well as abuses of dominant position and abuses of economic dependence;
Leniency programmes - leniency applications to avoid or reduce a fine applicable to companies that breach competition rules;
Representing clients before the Competition Court, the courts of appeal or the European courts, namely in annulment proceedings challenging decisions taken by regulators or private enforcement proceedings;
Assisting clients with European Union law matters, such as European structural and investment funds, sectoral regulation and consumer rights.
In an era when new competition law regimes have increasingly been implemented and when commercial ties have been more interlinked than ever before, companies should develop sound practices while running their businesses, taking by reference competition rules and cross-sectoral European Union rules. Having regulators and other public authorities intervening is a reality that companies, including SMEs, should consider. They should, therefore, benefit from the best professional assistance and representation before the competent public authorities.