Failure to comply with competition law regulation can have very serious consequences for both firms and individuals. As global markets become more intertwined, regulatory framework and capacities of both local and international competition authorities are increasing and enforcement is becoming more cohesive and ever so aggressive. Subsequently, increased number of market participants is facing competition concerns in various jurisdictions and violations of competition laws are subject to progressively harsher fines. Even a “mere” investigation can result in momentous damages to a company’s reputation and its bottom line.

Firms involved in anti-competitive behavior, according to EU competition law, may find their agreements to be unenforceable and expose themselves to possible damages actions. More so, individuals could also face director disqualification orders or even criminal sanctions for breaches of competition law.

As such, any business (regardless of its legal status, size and sector) needs to address the obligations under the competition law. In doing so, businesses can not only avoid possible penalties, but also assert their rights and protect their position in the marketplace.

Gecić Law competition practice is at the forefront of providing a unique service as members of our team took the lead on some of the largest global mergers and landmark cases before the competition and state aid authorities in the region and EU. Our multi-disciplinary approach to competition law and developed international network enable us to provide our clients with integrated assistance in pre-merger filings; analysing and defending mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; advising and providing training on business conduct and compliance; and representing companies under investigation.

Furthermore, Gecić Law advises clients in structuring transactions so as to minimize exposure to state-aid-related risks and achieve prosperous cooperation with the public sector, while our close cooperation with eminent Brussels law firms enables us to represent clients in proceedings regarding state aid both before domestic regulatory authorities and the European Commission.

One way to promote an understanding of competition law among employees is for a company to devise and actively implement a competition law compliance policy that is specifically tailored to that company. This is where our team can also help you cope and navigate through this intricate web of regulations.

Our competition law / state aid services include:

• Pre-merger filings
• Vertical and horizontal agreements
• State Aid
• Regulatory compliance
• Dominant position and market behavior
• Control of concentrations
• Due diligence estimates
• Employee training on competition law
• Trade associations
• Risk assessment of violation of competition
• Competition protection methods
• Administrative proceedings & litigation
• Market and sector analysis
• Public procurement
• Trusts
• Rescue and restructuring aid
• Environmental aid
• Assistance in drafting restructuring plans
• Representation before both domestic and foreign regulatory bodies
• Structuring M&A transactions so as to minimize risks of exposure to state aid liabilities
• Executing full due diligence reports with regard to exposure to state aid-related risks
• Conducting in-depth analyses of compliance with state aid legislation

For further information on competition law and state aid practice, please contact us and we devise a plan best suited to your needs.

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