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Andrea Cicala is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Milan office.

This alert provides a snapshot on how authorities have adjusted their dawn raid practice and procedures to handle unannounced inspections during lockdowns, and what you need to do to adjust your internal dawn raid procedures to a “hybrid” work environment in which staff split their time between the office and home.

The coronavirus outbreak, which hit Italy at the end of February 2020, recorded an exponential increase in the demand for some “essential” goods to cope with the emergency (e.g., protective masks, disinfectant gels, sanitizing products and so on), as well as a simultaneous proliferation of commercial initiatives, especially implemented by online operators, concerning the sale and marketing of these products, not always promoted correctly or under “fair market conditions.”

The Italian Antitrust Authority (Authority) recently published its Guidelines on calculating fines for serious breaches of national or EU competition law. In line with the decisional practice of the Authority, the Guidelines indicate that the fine will be determined by calculating a starting amount (based on the affected sales) which…

On October 31, 2014 the Italian Antitrust Authority (“Authority”) published its Guidelines on the criteria to be followed in order to quantify the administrative fines in cases of serious violation of national or EU regulations governing anti-competitive agreements and abuse of a dominant position. The adoption of the guidelines is…