Antitrust and competition law

Our competition law specialists advise domestic and foreign clients in contentious matters before the Swiss Competition Commission and before civil courts. Many of our clients are market leaders in the Swiss markets (or a relevant submarket). We regularly advise on merger control filings before the Swiss Competition Commission. Furthermore, our team is experienced in advising clients in proceedings related to sector-specific regulations in the energy and telecommunications markets.

For recent developments in the field of competition and antitrust law, please refer to the blog of our Partner Dr. Daniel Emch at www.wettbewerbspolitik.org

Competences

Investigations before competition authorities and appeal

Representation of clients in administrative proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and in appeal proceedings (Federal Administrative Court, Supreme Court)

  • Cartels, horizontal and vertical agreements
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Appeal proceedings against decisions of the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) before the Federal Administrative Court and the Supreme Court
  • Representation of clients in proceedings before the price supervision authority (Preisüberwacher)
Merger control (national and international)
  • Evaluation of notification obligations (in Switzerland and internationally)
  • Representation of firms in merger control proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission
  • Coordination of international notifications
Consultation on compliance programs
  • Analysis of company structures and processes for compliance gaps;
  • Planning and implementation of compliance programs;
  • Drafting, analysis and revision of rules and regulations;
  • Workshops on various topics related to antitrust law;
  • Prevention and minimizing of risks related to competition regulation.

                     

Experience

Our recent experience includes:

  • Representation of clients in sanctioning proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission (including investigations relating to recommended retail prices for off-list medication, bid rigging in road construction and civil engineering in the Canton of Aargau, publication of pharmaceutical information, RPM for book pricing in French-speaking Switzerland etc.)
  • Implementation of compliance programs, training for sales representatives
  • Clearance of interim measures against a sports association
  • Representation of complaints before the Swiss Competition Commission
  • Execution and coordination of merger control proceedings (national and international)

Appeal procedures against decisions of the Swiss Competition Commission before the Federal Administrative Court and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court