Competition law enforcement is one of the strictest areas, which the business tends to know the least. This law protects business and economic progress, makes sure that new practices do not restrict competition.
Our team is constantly expanding its knowledge of business development and management, is involved in implementing innovations that meet the legal requirements, and therefore knows how to find a balance between progress and prudence.
We help our clients to implement projects of strategic importance in the Lithuanian, EU and CIS markets. We advise international companies on complex violations of competition law or contractual issues.
Specialized team. Three lawyers who deepen their expertise exclusively in the field of competition law. Thus, we manage to achieve the most efficient result and find non-standard solutions. The competition law experts work together with our other teams of lawyers: together with the Litigation Team, they have been resolving competition disputes, and, together with the Corporate Law Team, – advising on corporate and transaction structures, contract terms and obtaining merger clearances from the Competition Council for many years.
The most complex matters. The most significant projects that our team has worked on:
- We have represented the client’s interests in the Competition Council’s investigation on the largest competition fine in the history of Lithuania;
- We were the legal advisers in one of the largest concentrations of the last decade – Linas Agro acquiring Kauno grūdai group;
- We have represented a client in the largest private enforcement case in Lithuania.
We represent clients in the Court of Justice of the European Union, Latvian and Russian courts, international arbitrations, inspections conducted by the European Commission and the Competition Council.
We have received merger clearances from the competition authorities for clients‘ transactions not only in Lithuania but also in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Iceland and other countries of the world.
Consistent improvement. Our team upgrades its skills in specialised study programmes at international universities, including Oxford, King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London.
We are involved in the development of case law. We have been representing clients for many years in cases where competition law is the most important aspect, we are creative and flexible, and find innovative solutions in various situations. We constantly follow not only Lithuanian, EU, but also global competition law issues and trends, regulatory changes, know the causes and goals of their emergence. We maintain links with public authorities and are able to strike up a dialogue with officials, which helps prevent further legal problems.
Internationally recognized experts. The international law directories Chambers Europe and Legal 500 have recognized our practice group as one of the leaders in competition law issues in Lithuania.
We educate on competition law. We explain the problem of competition and the ways to deal with it in a language the business representatives understand. We strive for the business to avoid violations and fines thereto, so we regularly provide training for our clients and their employees.
After delving into the problem and doing the initial research, we talk openly with the client and explain whether a template solution could be fit or a creative and unique solution needs to be found, or even if it is best not to do anything at all.
One of our advantages is the understanding of the business, the ability to hear the client’s interests and look in one direction towards the goal.
Knowledge of psychology and behavioral patterns that prevail in the public sector is another distinctive feature of our team. It helps us find solutions that others tend not to notice.
Our range of services:
- Representation in competition law disputes.
- Representation in investigations by the Competition Council and in cases concerning its rulings.
- Representation in competition law procedures and disputes with state agencies.
- Assistance in obtaining merger clearances for transactions from the Competition Council and competition authorities of other countries.
- Help to ensure compliance with competition law.
- Review of agreements and assess their compliance with competition law regulations.
- Assessment of the prospects of the transaction and the terms of the transaction from the perspective of competition law.
- Teaching businesses and business representatives compliance with competition law.