Based in our Brussels office, McDermott’s EU Competition team provides end-to-end antitrust and competition representation before the European Commission, other EU institutions and the various national competition authorities.
Our multilingual, multinational team of competition lawyers counsels clients on the entire spectrum of competition issues, including:
Merger clearance, including structuring and presenting transactions, managing notification processes for multinational transactions, and developing timely, cost-effective strategies for obtaining regulatory clearance
Cartels, including providing coordinated advice in the EU, United States and elsewhere to defend international cartel investigations and prosecutions
Horizontal and vertical agreements, including advising on joint research and development, standardization, and supply and distribution agreements
Abuse of dominance, including defense of companies against regulatory allegations and private complaints of infringement, and pursuing redress on behalf of clients victimized by dominant competitors and suppliers
State aid, including analyzing the legal situation and drafting documents
Compliance, including performing competition law compliance audits and helping clients address related regulations involving commercial bribery, data protection, privacy, trade and intellectual property
Competition litigation, including providing sophisticated defense of clients in national and EU courts in class actions and multi-jurisdictional proceedings.
Our clients include many of the premier international enterprises whose products are major household names, as well as many of the world’s top manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and service providers. We have firsthand experience and a deep understanding of the industries in which our clients operate, including life sciences, chemicals, energy, food and beverages, manufacturing, technology and networks.
Mars Inc. in its $2.9 billion acquisition of the pet food business of Procter & Gamble
Fila Korea Ltd and Mirae Asset in connection with the $1.2 billion acquisition of Acushnet Company
Orica Ltd on its $1.7 billion acquisition of Dyno Nobel’s explosives business
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems in relation to the merger between General Electric and Alstom
An international credit card company in defending a statement of objections addressed to it by the European Commission’s Competition Directorate
A Japanese auto parts manufacturer in connection with a global DOJ-led white-collar criminal investigation
The leading Italian biopharmaceutical player and its joint controllers on all antitrust compliance matters, including complex merger control, and strategic commercial cooperation agreements and joint ventures in Italy
To meet these multi-front challenges, clients need legal counsel with experience, international reach and familiarity with all major national and international regulatory regimes and dispute-resolution forums. With a talented team and depth across our offices, McDermott provides effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition laws worldwide.