Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.
Companies are often unaware that certain anti-competitive decisions and actions on the market violate the Law on Protection of Competition. For example, they deal with direct competitors on the division of markets or prices, impose to customers the price at which they have to sell their product, along with other producers boycott a common supplier, they demand from their buyers to sell only their products in a given category. These are but a few examples of anti-competitive moves by companies, and because of such practices they could be fined up to 10% of annual revenue, thereby significantly undermining their reputation. Given the low level of knowledge in this area and a significant risk of punishment by the Commission, we see a large area of possibilities how we can help our customers through education and continuous consulting.
We have been dealing with these issues since the foundation of our company. We were engaged in major cases of abuse of dominant position, restrictive agreements of both horizontal and vertical nature, as well as in the application of restrictive agreements and concentrations. Our team, driven by knowledge and expertise, can create and implement an integrated Antitrust Compliance program for your company, but can provide answers to many questions through continuous consulting.
Some of the most common questions are: Do I even need to notify the Commission of the concentration, what is a relevant market for me, is my rebate policy transparent and whether it complies with the sales contracts, am I the dominant player in the relevant market, are certain specific contractual clauses anticompetitive, should the Commission be notified of this agreement regarding the exemption from the ban, and many other issues. We have cooperated for several years in continuity with a few major clients who are dominant players in their markets.
What type of services do we offer in this segment?
- Consulting with the aim of eliminating abuse of dominant position
- Development of economic studies for the needs of clients against whom the Commission has initiated proceedings
- How to repot concentration to the Commission
- How to repot restrictive agreements to the Commission
- Analysis of sensitive contracts
- Harmonization of sales / discount policies with the law and practice of the Commission
- Introduction of corporate antitrust programs (manual, training, continuous consultancy)