Wolf Theiss

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. We can help you assess and improve the compliance of your operations so you can focus on what is important for you: staying competitive.

We advise on EU and national competition law matters with an eye to your success. This means providing reliable results, fast. We can support you 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 you can rely on our experts in 13 countries throughout CEE/SEE.

How else can we support you? We advise you 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 you 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. We advise on effective structuring solutions for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and propose, negotiate and implement remedial actions to obtain the necessary regulatory clearances.

Contact
Guenter Bauer
Guenter
Bauer
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5600
F. +43 1 51510 665600
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
János Tóth
János
Tóth
Partner
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Robert Pelikán
Robert
Pelikán
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Areas of Specialisation

Abuse of Dominance

We can support you 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. As a dominant firm we advise you on the compliance of your commercial policies and business strategies with the special obligations you have under EU and national competition law.


Cartels

We handle the entire lifecycle of cartel investigations before the European Commission and national competition authorities for you – 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 programmes; 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. Learn more about our Compliance practice.


Competition litigation

We represent you before EU and national courts in litigation cases involving alleged abuse of a dominant position, cartels, restrictive practices and state aid. You benefit from our team's 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 can also advise on and ensure competition compliance of your 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. This means we can devise effective structuring solutions for your mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and propose, negotiate and implement remedial actions, when needed, to obtain regulatory clearances and help you achieve your business goals.


Private Enforcement

You benefit from our 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 you with effective state aid support both at the EU and national level. We help you 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 names new Partners in Austria and Croatia

Vienna, 1 July 2020 – As of 1 July 2020, Clara Gordon, Matthias Schimka and Robert Wagner (Vienna) as well as Dora Gaži Kovačević and Saša Jovičić...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss expands in Slovakia: Bruno Štefánik and Marko Ernek join Bratislava Office

Bratislava, 22 June 2020 – Bruno Štefánik and Marko Ernek will join the Bratislava office of Wolf Theiss as Counsel and Senior Associate respectively...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises Royal DSM on Acquisition of ERBER Group

Vienna, 15 June 2020 – Wolf Theiss as lead counsel is advising Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises MSD on the Acquisition of the Austrian Biotech Company Themis Bioscience

Vienna, 27 May 2020 – Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, counts on the expertise of Wolf Theiss in the acquisition of Themis...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss strengthens its Bucharest Office Team with new Hires

Bucharest, 11 February 2020 – The Romania office of CEE law firm Wolf Theiss extends its team of lawyers. Thus, Wolf Theiss Bucharest announces and...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss strengthens its Competition Practice with Anca Jurcovan joining as Partner

Bucharest, 15 January 2020 – Wolf Theiss has expanded its Competition practice by adding new Partner Anca Jurcovan to its Bucharest team. Anca will...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät ÖBB bei Verkauf des Unternehmens der Q Logistics

Wien, 30. Oktober 2019 – Wolf Theiss berät die Österreichische Bundesbahnen – Holding Aktiengesellschaft (ÖBB) und ihre Logistik-Tochter Q Logistics...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advised Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces on its acquisition of Technistone

Vienna/Prague, 28 August 2019 - Wolf Theiss acted as legal counsel to Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces on its acquisition of Technistone, a world-leading...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät Kühne & Nagel Österreich bei Übernahme des steirischen Logistikers Jöbstl

Wien, 5. August 2019 – Logistik-Konzern Kühne + Nagel Österreich setzt bei der Akquisition des mittelständischen Logistikunternehmens Jöbstl auf die...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises Miba on the Expansion of its eMobility Business

Vienna, 24 July 2019 – Miba relies on Wolf Theiss' expertise on acquiring a stake in VOLTLABOR and establishing a joint venture.

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises Blackstone on the Acquisition of €1.64 billion CRH European Distribution Unit

Vienna, 18 July 2019 – Wolf Theiss advised the US multinational investment firm Blackstone on the acquisition of a €1.64 billion European Distribution...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss completes Asset Deal for Acquisition of ABC Data and ABC Data Marketing by ALSO Holding AG

Warsaw, 5 July 2019 - Wolf Theiss advised ALSO Holding AG, one of the leading providers of ICT distribution, solutions and services in Europe, on the...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss continues to expand its Prague Team

Prague, 27 February 2019 – Robert David will join the firm to lead the Czech banking and finance practice from 1 March 2019. Furthermore, Wolf Theiss...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät bei Verkauf des Weltmarktführers TANN Group an Mayr-Melnhof Packaging

Wien, 23. Oktober 2018 – Wolf Theiss hat die Aktionäre der Eurasia Invest Holding AG beim Verkauf der TANN Gruppe an Mayr-Melnhof Packaging beraten....

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät Borealis bei der Akquisition von Ecoplast

Wien, 20. Juli 2018 – Wolf Theiss hat Borealis, einen führenden Anbieter innovativer Lösungen in den Bereichen Polyolefine, Basischemikalien und...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Advises Chinese Home Appliance Producer Hisense In Takeover Of Gorenje

On 28 June 2018, the China-based producer of home appliances, HISENSE, announced the successful outcome of its takeover offer for the shares in the...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Warsaw Conference Discusses Management Liability in M&A Transactions

Warsaw, 28.03.2018 – Increased volatility on financial markets is putting pressure on company management teams when setting valuations in M&A...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Advises TF Silesia on the Purchase of SEFAKO Stake

Warsaw, 21 March 2018 – Wolf Theiss has advised the Polish state-owned company Towarzystwo Finansowe "Silesia" sp. z o.o. on the acquisition of the...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Supports Young Lawyers’ Career Development

Warsaw, 14 March 2018 – Members of the Wolf Theiss Warsaw team attended the Law Career Fair (Prawnicze Targi Praktyk i Pracy) on March 13, presenting...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Forum Sees Polish Proptech Growth Accelerating

Warsaw, 09 March 2018 – Polish companies providing digital technology for the real estate industry are set for rapid growth, as they benefit from...

Newssquare  WOLF THEISS ADVISES T-MOBILE ON THE ACQUISITION OF UPC AUSTRIA

Vienna, December 22 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised mobile operator T-Mobile on the acquisition of UPC Austria. Liberty Global plc, the largest...

Newssquare  WOLF THEISS ADVISES JAPAN-BASED NIDEC CORPORATION IN ACQUISITION OF SECOP-GROUP

Vienna, 3 May 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised Kyoto-based Nidec, one of the leading manufacturers of electric motors, components and accessories, in...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises on acquisition of Scitec Nutrition

Budapest, 30 August 2016 – Wolf Theiss has advised Ascendis Health, a South African publicly listed health and care brands company, in their...

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  WOLF THEISS HAS ADVISED ROCKAWAY CAPITAL SE ON THE ACQUISITION OF INVIA FROM MCI.TECH VENTURES

Prague, 24 March 2016 - Wolf Theiss has represented and advised Rockaway Capital SE on its acquisition of the Czech Republic-based online travel...

Client Alerts / Newsletters

Newssquare  SLOVENIA ADOPTS FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT SCREENING MECHANISM

On 31 May 2020, a third legislative package to contain the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic ("Act") introduced a screening mechanism for foreign...

Newssquare  SLOVENIA – NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS NEW INTERVENTION ACT PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR POST-EPIDEMIC PERIOD

Simultaneously with the official end of epidemic in Slovenia on 31 May 2020, the second set of intervention measures (ZIUZEOP) ceased to apply. Since...

Newssquare  POLAND SET TO INTRODUCE SPECIALIZED COURTS IN JULY 2020

On 19 February 2020, the Polish President signed an act that amends the Code of Civil Procedure along with other existing acts that impact the...

Newssquare  COVID-19 AND RECAPITALISATION STATE AID: PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR COMPANIES IN THE FORM OF EQUITY OR HYBRID CAPITAL INSTRUMENTS

On 19 March 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") adopted a new Temporary Framework for EU State aid. With the adoption of the Temporary...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 54-59 – 8th May - 12th May

Newssquare  SLOVENIA ADOPTED MUCH AWAITED LIQUIDITY MEASURES FOR BUSINESSES

On 1 May 2020, the Act on Additional Liquidity to the Economy to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Epidemic ("COVID-19...

Newssquare  POLAND: RESCUE PACKAGE 2.0

Poland – In connection with the spread of the COVID-19, further legislative steps were taken at the end of last week: over 60 Polish acts were amended...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 33-37 – 16th-21st April: Employment

For today's newsletter we shall analyze the measures adopted by the following:

• Press release issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 28-32 – 13th-15th April: Employment/Dispute resolution/Healthcare/Corporate/State-Aid

For today's newsletter we shall analyze the measures adopted by the following:

• Presidential Decree no. 240/2020 on extending the emergency status;...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 23-25 – 8th-10th April: State-Aid/Healthcare/Banking & Finance

For today's newsletter we shall analyze the measures adopted by the following:

• Military Ordinance no. 8/2020;

• Government Emergency Ordinance no....

Newssquare  State support measures available for companies in Romania in the context of Covid-19

First, the Romanian Government approved, via GEO 30/2020, a support scheme for technical unemployment (furlough). In an attempt to prevent dismissals...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 22 – 7th April: State-Aid/Healthcare

For today's newsletter we shall analyze the measures adopted by the following:

• Military Ordinance no. 7 ("MO no. 7/2020");

• Government Emergency...

Newssquare  HUNGARY: CHANGES IN RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency as of 11 March 2020 by Government Decree 40/2020 (III.11.). As...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Days 18 - 21 3rd – 6th April: Banking & Finance/Employment

European and national finance authorities are pushing for deadline extensions during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help regulated entities. The...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 17 – 2nd April: Healthcare/Employment

The State measures aimed at limiting the effects of the pandemic continue with a relaxation of the regulatory authorization process of the medical...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Days 12-16 28th March – 1st April: Healthcare/Banking/Employment/Fiscal

As the emergency status continues in Romania a long list of measures have been taken in the last recent days. As such, the Government established a...

Newssquare  COVID-19 AND STATE AID

In situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, governments are pledging to support businesses which suffer from the public health measures aimed...

Newssquare  Changes to Austrian and European Competition rules amid COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus and the effort to slow its spread have affected our lives in various ways: our health of course, our social contacts, the economy, and...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates – Day 10-11 – 26th-27th March: Healthcare/Banking and Finance/Dispute resolution/Competition

As the emergency status continues in Romania: (i) the Judges section of the Supreme Council of Magistrates ("CSM") has decided to step in to unify the...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates - Days 8-9 – 24-25 March: Social/Banking/Employment/Competition

We continue our COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates series and we follow up today with measures taken by the Government to limit the movement of people....

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates - Day 5-7

We continue our COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates series and we follow up today with measures taken by the Government as to boost the business...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Legal update – Czech Republic

As of 12 March 2020, a state of national emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic by a decree of theCzech government (No. 69/2020 Coll.) for...

Newssquare  HUNGARY: NEW LENDING MARKET PROVISIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency as of 11 March 2020. On 18 March 2020, the Hungarian...

Newssquare  COVID-19 LOGBOOK: ROMANIAN LEGAL UPDATES - DAY 3&4 – 18&19 MARCH: SOCIAL/EMPLOYMENT/CORPORATE/TAX

As the next round of our regular coverage on the rapidly changing situation in Romania, we follow up today with updates on the new Military Ordinance...

Newssquare  COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates - Day 1&2

COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates is an initiative undertaken by the Bucharest Office of Wolf Theiss as to keep all clients, partners and the Romanian...

Newssquare  THE COVID-19 LAW - AUSTRIA

Austria has implemented a range of laws and regulations to address and mitigate the adverse consequences of Covid-19 (the "Covid-19 Law"). The...

Newssquare  Cartel damages claims: European Commission Guidelines to estimate the passing-on of Harm caused by Cartels

The number of cartel damages claims before national civil courts in Europe has dramatically increased over recent years. The Damages Directive...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Competition & Antitrust Insider

Welcome to the second edition of the Wolf Theiss Competition and Antitrust Practice Group Newsletter

 

We are pleased to introduce to you the second...

Newssquare  Resale Price Maintenance in the Digital Age

European commission issues its first resale price maintenance decisions in over a decade fining four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing...

Newssquare  Latest Amendment to the National Court Register Act

The latest amendment to the National Court Register Act ("Act") introduces many changes that will significantly affect its functioning and obligations...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Competition & Antitrust Insider

Welcome to the First Edition of the Quarterly Newsletter of the Wolf Theiss Competition and Antitrust Practice Group.

 

We are pleased to introduce...

Newssquare  The Impact of the New Tax Evasion Regulations on Escrow Agreements

To counteract tax evasion, Polish authorities have recently introduced legislation (the Act) and digital systems allowing tax authorities to analyze...

Newssquare  Bulgaria – Competition Protection Commission Recommends Amendments of the Energy Act Concerning the Heating Sector

On 8 February 2018, the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission ("CPC") issued a Decision in a Competition Advocacy proceeding initiated in 2017...

Newssquare  Romanian Law Implementing The GDPR Has Been Submitted To The Senate

On March 14, 2018 the Romanian law for implementing measures on EU Regulation no. 2016/679 on the protection of individual rights with regard to the...

Newssquare  Trading Bitcoins Subject To Taxation In Poland

On 6 March 2018, the Administrative Supreme Court (NSA) issued the first ruling concerning taxation of income made from trading bitcoins by...

Newssquare  Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission Launches A Sector Inquiry Into The Banking Sector

On 7 March 2018 the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission ("CPC") announced a sector inquiry into the banking sector in Bulgaria covering the...

Newssquare  Bulgaria – Amendments To The Energy Act In Relation To REMIT To Be Reviewed By The Competition Protection Commission

On 07 February 2018, the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission ("CPC") initiated Competition Advocacy proceedings in relation to the recently...

Newssquare  Bulgarian Competition Watchdog Launches a Sector Inquiry into Electricity Markets

On 22 January 2018 the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission ("CPC") announced that it opened a sector inquiry into the electricity markets in...

Newssquare  Bulgaria: Private Damages Directive Implemented

On 3 January 2018, a new Law for Amendment and Supplementation ("New Law") of the Competition Protection Act ("CPA") was published in the Bulgarian...

Newssquare  The Polish Personal Data Protection Act Is Closer To Completion

On Monday, January 15th, 2018, in the Column Hall of the Polish Parliament, the Ministry of Digitalization organized a meeting to summarize the public...

Newssquare  Ukraine: Vertical Block Exemption Regulation Came Into Force

On 5 December 2017, the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (the Regulation) came into force in Ukraine. The Regulation applies to vertical...

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