Competition & Antitrust

European and local enforcement authorities are increasing their scrutiny of companies in many sectors, particularly in matters involving competition law. Your business needs comprehensive advice to prevent unwelcome surprises down the road. Our Competition & Antitrust team helps businesses assess and improve the compliance of their operations so they can focus on what is important for them: staying competitive.

We advise on EU and national competition law matters with an eye to your success. This means providing reliable results, fast. For years, we have advised and represented on all aspects of competition law, including cartel investigations, merger control, co-operation and distribution agreements, abusive practices and state aid. Organising competition law audits and representing clients before national competition authorities, the EU Commission and other courts are among our specialties – no small matter, when you consider that Wolf Theiss has offices in 13 countries throughout CEE/SEE.

What else do we do? We advise clients in antitrust litigation, including cartels, abuse of a dominant market position as well as private enforcement of competition law. Our local teams are on hand day-in, day-out to help with the details: we don't shy from tricky matters like distribution systems, co-operation agreements, rebate schemes and pricing policies.

Our track record of success in CEE/SEE means that we can make our relationships with competition authorities work for you so that even complex mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures get wrapped up smoothly. The same goes for EU merger regulation cases and notifications to national competition authorities across the region. Clients look to us for effective structuring solutions for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and to propose, negotiate and implement remedial actions to obtain the necessary regulatory clearances.


Contact
Guenter
Bauer
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5600
F. +43 1 51510 665600
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Areas of Specialisation

Abuse of Dominance

Our lawyers act on a variety of allegations of abusive practices, including excessive, discriminatory and predatory pricing, discount and rebate strategies, margin squeezing, exclusive agreements, tying and bundling practices and access to essential facilities. We also regularly advise dominant firms on compliance of their commercial policies and business strategies with the special obligations they have under EU and national competition law.

Cartels

We handle the entire lifecycle of cartel investigations before the European Commission and national competition authorities – from the launch of an investigation by dawn raids, development of coordinated and efficient response strategies, leniency applications and settlements, to appeal and follow-on damages claims.

Competition compliance

Trust us to develop, implement and monitor tailor-made competition compliance programs; to conduct audits to identify and minimise legal risk early on; to prepare clear guidelines and training programmes on achieving competition compliance and the proper response to dawn raids and other investigations by the authorities.

Competition litigation

We provide representation before EU and national courts in litigation cases involving alleged abuse of a dominant position, cartels, restrictive practices and state aid. Our team has a strong track record in handling large-scale or complex litigation cases in several jurisdictions across the CEE/SEE region.

Vertical & cooperation Agreements

Covering the full spectrum of competition law issues ensuing from various commercial arrangements with suppliers, distributors, customers and other parties, our team can help you structure effective distribution systems, including franchise, agency and licensing agreements. We also regularly advise on and ensure competition compliance of cooperation agreements, including research and development, production and joint purchasing agreements.

Merger control

Our team is regularly involved in EU merger regulation cases as well as notifications to the national competition authorities across the CEE/SEE region. We devise effective structuring solutions for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and propose, negotiate and implement remedial actions, when needed, to obtain regulatory clearances and help our clients achieve their business goals.

Private Enforcement

We have substantial experience in assisting clients on damage claims relating to EU and national competition law infringements and on other claims relating to competition law before the national courts in the CEE/SEE region.

State aid

We provide effective state aid support both at the EU and national level, helping clients successfully navigate through complex acquisitions and disposals of state-owned assets, large-scale restructurings in the course of financial and economic turmoil, investigations by the authorities and challenging court cases, repayment of state aid and recovery procedures.

 

Press Releases

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES REWE IN SALE OF BILLA CROATIA TO SPAR

Vienna/Zagreb, 22 December 2016 – REWE International AG is divesting itself from its Croatian supermarkets. Its 62 franchises under the BILLA brand...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss has New Partner for Competition Law

This year, the Romanian office of Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss expands its competition and state aid practice by adding new Partner Adrian Șter to...

Newssquare PFISTERER HOLDING AG. ACQUISITION OF THE SHARES

The Warsaw and Bucharest offices of Wolf Theiss have recently advised Pfisterer Holding AG in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the shares in...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS PROMOTIONS IN WARSAW / AWANS W WARSZAWSKIM BIURZE WOLF THEISS

Warsaw, 26 October 2015 – Wolf Theiss announced today two new promotions: Anna Dobosz and Andrzej Słowiński are newly appointed Senior Associates of...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss has advised Deutsche Bahn Group and its Slovenian subsidiary, Arriva Dolenjska in Primorska, in the acquisition of a majority of shares in the Slovenian bus operating company Alpetour - Potovalna agencija d.d.

VIENNA - 16 September 2015 – Wolf Theiss has advised Deutsche Bahn Group and its Slovenian subsidiary, Arriva Dolenjska in Primorska, in the...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES PRIVATE EQUITY FUND ADVENT ON THE ACQUISITION OF HYPO ALPE ADRIA`S SEE NETWORK

One Austrian banking holding, six SEE banks and three leasing companies in the region with total assets of EUR 8.4 billion: The SEE network of...

Client Alerts / Newsletters

Newssquare The Serbian Commission for the protection of competition publicises its aftermarkets study

The Serbian Commission for the Protection of Competition recently published a market study in which it assessed the state of competition in...

Newssquare Proposed new rules relating to actions for damages for breach of competition rules in Slovenia

The Ministry for Economic Development and Technology has recently published a legislative proposal for an amendment of the Competition Act (Zakon o...

Newssquare Damages Directive

By 27 December 2016, the Croatian Parliament needs to implement the Directive 2014/104/EU on antitrust damages actions ("Damages Directive"), which is...

Newssquare UKRAINIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITY ADOPTS NEW MERGER CLEARANCE REGULATION

The new Merger Clearance Regulation that entered into force on 19 August 2016, can be considered as another step towards harmonizing Ukrainian...

Newssquare Changes to the Polish Act on Competition and Consumer Protection

On 17 April 2016 another amendments to competition and consumers' law regime will come into force. The changes introduce new mechanisms and powers to...

Newssquare Significant Changes to the Ukrainian and Serbian Competition Regimes

Ukraine / Serbia: On 26 January 2016, the Ukrainian Parliament took a long-awaited and significant step to improve merger control in Ukraine. The...

Newssquare THE COMMISSION ON PROTECTION OF COMPETITION LAUNCHES A SECTOR INQUIRY IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SECTOR

On Friday, May 29th 2015, the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition ("CPC", "Commission") announced that it is about to review in details...

Newssquare SERBIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITY CLEARS ETIHAD-ALITALIA AND HOLCIM-LAFARGE MERGERS SUBJECT TO COMMITMENTS

The Serbian competition authority has recently reviewed two international mergers in close cooperation with the European Commission. At the end it...

Newssquare A NEW TURN IN CROATIAN ANTITRUST LAW?

On Monday, 20 April 2015, the High Administrative Court overturned and declared the

decision of the Croatian Competition Agency (“CCA”) as unlawful...

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