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James Robinson is an associate partner in Baker Mckenzie's London. Mr. Robinson has extensive experience advising clients in all aspects of cartel investigations, including audits and risk assessments, supporting clients during EU and UK dawn raids, immunity and leniency applications to the European Commission and CMA, engaging in settlements with the European Commission, defending contested cases before the authorities, and undertaking appeals to the General Court and Court of Justice.

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.

Competition authorities around the world continue to sharpen their focus on markets for employee talent. The current push to scrutinize competition issues in labor markets can be traced to guidance issued in October 2016 by federal antitrust enforcers in the United States.

As negotiations between the European Union (EU) and UK enter their final stages, the outcome of Brexit rests on a knife’s edge. The expiry of the transition period on 31 December 2020 (“Transition Period”) is fast approaching and, with that, the risk that the UK will leave with a so-called “Australia-style” relationship, that is to say, a trading relationship based on standard WTO rules.

What is certain, regardless of the negotiations, is that companies will have to navigate a competition landscape that has the UK as a standalone regime in all respects — even if with a heavy EU influence. Dealing with both the EU and UK competition authorities on the same merger or behavioural investigation will be routine, adding costs and complexity.

Our market-leading UK trade and competition team will share their insights from 26 January – 3 February 2021 as we discuss the impact of the new UK-EU arrangements and adapting your business to the global realities post-Brexit. Full information about these sessions can be found here. Customs and Product Regulation…

Competition law remains a priority compliance area for businesses. It impacts upon a wide variety of day to day business practices, from pricing, distribution and managing suppliers and resellers, through to trade association activity, R&D collaboration and M&A activity

Invitation to our webinar series Join us for our webinar series EU & UK Competition Law: Essential Knowledge for In-house Lawyers (e.g. non-specialists). Competition law remains a priority compliance area for businesses. It impacts upon a wide variety of day to day business practices, from pricing, distribution and managing suppliers…