Cartel activity can cause enormous damage to the companies involved. We have helped clients implicated in complex international cartel agreements to avoid fines or achieve very large reductions in fines, by means of successful immunity and leniency applications. If you suspect that your company is involved in cartel activity, involving us at the earliest possible stage will significantly increase the chances of limiting damage to your company.
Our extensive experience of advising clients implicated in cartel agreements, and excellent contacts with EU and national competition authorities, enables us to develop a strategy suited to your company’s circumstances, and to guide you through the investigation process. We can assist you through all stages of a cartel investigation, from the first unexpected “dawn raid” through internal investigations, contacts with the competition authorities, preparation of the defence, possible settlement, third party damages claims and appeals.
We understand the time-critical nature of the company’s response when a cartel investigation is launched. We are used to coordinating the response of companies across multiple jurisdictions, and to carrying out leniency/immunity applications across numerous jurisdictions, using our global network of preferred firms and other specialised legal advisors. We can advise you in relation to the potential criminal liability of your employees, working alongside leading criminal lawyers in the UK, US and elsewhere, and dealing with issues such as extradition. Where required, we also work with experts including forensic accountants and IT experts, and economists.
We have in-depth experience of structuring and implementing communications strategies, enabling our clients successfully to communicate their messages to regulators and beyond. We have an extensive network of contacts amongst the EU and national authorities, specialised communications consultancies and the Brussels and UK media corps.
If you suspect anti-competitive activity between other companies, we can help you to make a complaint to the competition authorities.
If your company has been harmed by a cartel, you may wish to bring a claim for damages or join a class action. If a claim is made against your company, we can assist you with measures to limit your exposure. Either way, we have the expertise, together with our specialised Litigation & Corporate Risk department, to represent you.