Competition - DAC Beachcroft

Competition

Competition law sets the rules for the market economy. Like the markets it regulates, it is a truly global concern.

What we do

We provide cutting-edge competition advice with a genuine international reach. We are experts at working across borders, key industry sectors and all areas of the law, but we specialise in technically difficult areas where we can make a difference.

What we are known for

We are best known for advising on competition law in heavily regulated or publicly owned sectors of the economy, like healthcare, financial services and postal services. State aid issues recur frequently, given the public nature of many of the firm's clients.

Our advice tends to be behavioural, rather than transactional, with a particular emphasis on unilateral behaviour (dominance) and the interaction of competition law and economic regulation. Our team has a solid academic, economic and international background, which we use to advise our clients on some of the most challenging and difficult competition law issues they face.

Our services are particularly appreciated by those who are seeking high-quality EU/competition law advice that is also, at the same time, commercial and practicable. We can provide such advice through numerous years of specialisation in EU/competition law, many of which have been at an international level. 

Detailed elements of our services

We handle all aspects of competition law:

  • Cartels, compliance and cross-border competition clearance
  • Intellectual property
  • State aid
  • Mergers and acquisitions

We also provide expert advice on submitting competition complaints, technology transfer and franchising agreements, and the Block Exemption Regulations.

What our clients say

The practice enjoys an extremely robust reputation for its capability in complex European competition law matters. "complete mastery of the subject." Chambers UK 2010

The book Competition Law and Financial Services by David Harrison has been endorsed as "outstanding" by Legal Counsel of the European Central Bank

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