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Competition & Antitrust Law

There are many situations where competition and antitrust law comes into play, starting from exclusivity agreements in supply contracts, voluntary restraint agreements in development contracts, establishment of new distribution structures, all the way up to participation in association meetings or bidder’s discussions relating to tenders. In addition, antitrust law prohibits certain vertical agreements, i.e. between manufacturer and distributers. Other special circumstances arise where a company exercises a dominant position in the marketplace. In all of these situations, there is a risk of falling foul of competition law and facing large fines. Owing to their experience in antitrust issues, and also having represented many clients in antitrust matters, including claims for damages arising out of breaches of antitrust law, Maiwald’s attorneys-at-law have accumulated a high degree of expertise in this area.