European and German antitrust laws serve to protect free competition. They prevent monopolies and market domination by individual companies. However, only clauses that are unassailable under antitrust law can ensure long-term cooperation and prevent antitrust proceedings.
We advise companies on all contractual concepts relevant under antitrust law such as exclusivity agreements, license restrictions, selective distribution schemes as well as research and development agreements. We also represent your company in civil law disputes concerning the validity of contracts and with regard to supply and discrimination issues.
Moreover, we assist companies in the preparation of official antitrust audits, e.g. by defining and establishing certain processes, workflows and “mock dawn raids”.
If investigations are initiated by the antitrust authorities, we advise and represent companies at all stages of the proceedings including on appeal.