Antitrust & competition law

Our specialists guarantee top-level legal advice. This means home-field advantage in tackling every challenge, thanks to the persistence and absolute commitment of our powerful team.

The Challenge

Implementing business concepts envisaged by entrepreneurs calls for efficient solutions that are in compliance with antitrust law. This absolutely requires expertise in Austrian and EU antitrust law, state aid law and distribution law. Companies face major challenges when faced with the wide-ranging standards imposed by national and European antitrust legislation, its ongoing amendment and reform, the changes to the general distribution-law framework as well as the introduction of extended intervention and sanctioning powers of antitrust authorities. More and stricter compliance requirements, the massive increase of activity on the part of the authorities and last, but not least, strengthened private enforcement continually confront entrepreneurs with new antitrust issues and increasingly require legal advice to be focused on implementing the business clients’ wishes in a manner conforming to the law. We contribute our expertise and competence with the aim of making our clients’ business activities antitrust-proof and representing them successfully before antitrust authorities and against claims by third parties.

Our Expertise

We have extensive experience in advising national and international companies in merger control, antitrust and market abuse proceedings, both before Austrian antitrust authorities and courts as well as the European Commission. Among other areas, we specialise in developing and designing compliance programmes, distribution systems, licensing and cooperation agreements, contingency procedures in case of a dawn-raid, and we provide advice to companies undergoing antitrust investigations. We also advise on the assessment of state aid issues in the course of privatisations as well as in corporate restructuring scenarios.

Our Team

Partners Lukas Flener and Florian Kranebitter as well as Attorney at Law Stefan Adametz and Michael Froner have a wealth of expertise and years of experience in antitrust, merger control, distribution and state aid law. They regularly advise leading international and Austrian companies from all industry sectors; they are the authors of numerous specific publications and regularly give lectures on relevant legal subjects.

The partners are assisted by their team members who have been successfully providing antitrust counselling in numerous cases for years and are continually intensifying the firm’s legal and entrepreneurial expertise.