|Practice Note: Overview|
|1||Investigations and dawn raids by the European Commission ...|
A quick guide to the European Commission's powers to investigate breaches of EU competition law by a company and the practical issues for a company to consider when faced with such an investigation. This is one of a series of quick guides, see Quick guides.
|Practice Note: Overview||Maintained|
|2||Investigations and dawn raids by the OFT: a quick guide|
A quick guide to the powers that the Office of Fair Trading has to investigate breaches of competition law by a company and the practical issues for a company to consider when faced with such an investigation.This is one of a series of quick guides, see Quick guides.
|Practice Note: Overview||Maintained|
|1||Precedent company guidelines for Office of Fair Trading ...|
A detailed precedent document setting out company guidelines for OFT investigations.
|2||UK Compliance manual|
A specimen UK competition compliance manual
|1||Checklist: Competition audit (UK)|
A checklist of items to consider when reviewing a company's competition compliance as part of a legal audit
|2||Checklist: Notifying an agreement to the OFT|
A checklist of issues to consider when deciding whether to notifiy an agreement to the Office of Fair Trading for clearance or exemption from the Chapter I prohibition. See also the Practice Note, Chapter I prohibition. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CHECKLIST IS FOR HISTORIC INTEREST ONLY AS NOTIFICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION ARE NO LONGER POSSIBLE.
|3||Checklist: OFT or sectoral regulator investigations|
A checklist of practical considerations when a company is subject to an investigation at its premises by the OFT or UK sectoral regulators. Note that following the entry into force of the Enterprise Act 2002, due to take place in summer 2003, investigations may also cover the new criminal offence in relation to hardcore cartels. This checklist is not intended to deal with the issues that may arise in the context of such an investigation.
|1||Freight forwarders: Commission fines|
The European Commission has fined 14 groups of companies a total of €169 million for price fixing in the international air freight forwarding sector.
|2||Obstruction during inspection: Commission fines|
The European Commission has imposed fines totalling €2.5 million on Energetický a průmyslový holding and EP Investment Advisors for obstructing an inspection carried out at their premises in Prague by Commission officials.
|3||Natural gas sector: dawn raids|
The European Commission has conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the supply, transmission and storage of natural gas in several EU member states.
|4||Competition law compliance: OFT guidance|
The Office of Fair Trading has launched new guidance to help businesses comply with competition law.
|5||E-book publishing sector: unannounced inspections|
The European Commission has conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the e-book publishing sector in several EU member states.
|6||Global investigations: managing the risks|
Recent trends towards increased co-operation and exchange of information between regulators and prosecutors mean that multinational companies frequently have to deal with the same regulatory issues across many jurisdictions. This article sets out the key issues that a company must consider when facing a multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigation.
|7||General Court upholds E.ON fine|
The General Court of the EU has upheld a fine imposed by the European Commission on E.ON Energie AG for breach of a seal during an inspection.
|8||Paper envelope industry: Commission inspections|
The European Commission has carried out dawn raids at the premises of several European manufacturers of paper envelopes in France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden.
|9||Competition compliance programmes: OFT report|
The Office of Fair Trading has published a report on competition law compliance programmes, containing suggestions and guidance on best practices in the formulation and implementation of an effective compliance programme.
|10||Dawn raids: alleged obstructions|
The European Commission has opened proceedings against French group Suez Environnement and Czech companies J&T Finance Group, J&T Investment Advisors and Energetický a průmyslový holding, relating to alleged obstructions during dawn raid inspections.
|11||Legal privilege for in-house counsel: AG opinion|
The Advocate General has delivered an opinion supporting the right of the European Commission to seize and use in evidence legal advice given by in-house lawyers.
|12||Legal professional privilege: in-house lawyers still out in the ...|
The Advocate General has given an opinion that legal professional privilege should not be extended to communications with qualified lawyers employed by companies.
|13||Your information: controlling external disclosure|
In the first of a two-part series, an examination of the challenges companies face in managing and protecting their information when dealing with external disclosures.
|14||Cartels: the practical considerations|
An examination of the types of activity that could give rise to cartel membership and what businesses should do when faced with a cartel situation.
|15||Dawn raids: coping with an uninvited visitor|
An explanation of how a company should deal with an unexpected visit from the competition authorities.
|16||EC competition law: The new regime|
A consideration of the impact of the new regime for enforcement of EC competition law.
|17||Challenging the cartels: Private enforcement of competition ...|
The recent judgment in Provimi v Aventis has established that where there is an English element to a cartel, a claimant may now bring an action in London in respect of all its European losses, instead of having to pursue separate claims in multiple jurisdictions.
|18||Enterprise Act: Competition aspects|
A consideration of the competition provisions in the Enterprise Act 2002.
|19||Dawn raids, investigation and enforcement: The OFT on your ...|
The last article in the series on the Competition Act 1998 looks at the investigative and enforcement powers of the Office of Fair Trading.
|20||Competition law compliance programmes: Drawing on Esso's ...|
The implementation of Esso's competition compliance programme.
|21||Competition law compliance programmes|
Why and how competition law compliance programmes should be established.
|1||Statements following Commission's announcement of dawn ...|
On 15 May 2013, Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, made a statement to Parliament, following the announcement by the European Commission of dawn raids at the premises of several companies active in the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels sectors. The OFT has also issued a statement.
|Legal Update: archive||15-May-2013|
|2||PLC UK Competition Law: review of 2012 and predictions for ...|
An update summarising key developments in UK competition law and policy in 2012 and predicting possible developments during 2013.
|Legal Update: archive||08-Jan-2013|
|3||Competition Commission working paper on market definition ...|
On 1 November 2012, the Competition Commission published a working paper on market definition as part of its developing thinking on the aggregates, cement and ready-mix concrete market investigation.
|Legal Update: archive||02-Nov-2012|
|4||OFT publishes report on impact of competition interventions ...|
On 7 December 2011, the OFT published a report setting out the results of research on the impact of competition interventions on compliance and deterrence.
|Legal Update: archive||07-Dec-2011|
|5||OFT publishes report on drivers of compliance and non ...|
On 19 May 2010, the OFT published a report on drivers of compliance and non-compliance with competition law.
|Legal Update: archive||19-May-2010|
|6||Tesco applies for review of Competition Commission ...|
On 2 July 2008, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) published a summary of an application made by Tesco PLC under section 179 of the Enterprise Act 2002. Tesco is challenging the recommendation made by the Competition Commission in its final report on the market investigation into the supply of groceries that a competition test be included in the planning system in order to address an adverse effect on competition resulting from local market concentration and barriers to entry resulting from the planning system.
|Legal Update: archive||02-Jul-2008|
|7||Press reports of OFT investigations at Royal Bank of Scotland ...|
It has been widely reported in the press that, during May 2008, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) conducted inspections at the premises of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Barclays as part of an investigation into the alleged price-fixing of loans to professional services providers (see for example, FT.com and news.bbc.co.uk). The inspections are said to follow an application for leniency by Barclays. Press reports note the OFT's confirmation of the investigations, but no official statement in relation to the reported investigations has yet been issued by the OFT.This apparently new investigation follows the OFT's ongoing investigations into the pricing behaviour of the supermarkets and certain manufacturers in connection with dairy products, tobacco products and, also reportedly, groceries, health and beauty products and detergents.
|Legal Update: archive||02-Jun-2008|
|8||ECMR dawn raids|
The European Commission has announced that it has carried out dawn raids at the premises of two suspension PVC manufacturers for allegedly implementing a notifiable merger prior to clearance.
|Legal Update: archive||25-Jan-2008|
|9||OFT publishes report and discussion document on deterrent ...|
On 5 November 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published a research report on the extent to which the enforcement work of the OFT and Competition Commission in the area of merger control and that of the OFT in the area of competition law deter other potential mergers and possible competition law infringements. The report suggests that the deterrent effect is significantly greater than the direct effect of enforcement and the OFT considers that it confirms that the OFT's merger control and competition law enforcement work plays an important role in preventing other anti-competitive behaviour from taking place. The OFT also published a discussion document, which forms the basis of a consultation on the impact of the research report's findings on the OFT's policy and prioritisation decisions.
|Legal Update: archive||05-Nov-2007|
|10||RWE/ENI: European Commission initiates proceedings|
The European Commission has initiated proceedings against RWE Group and ENI Group concerning suspected foreclosure of the German and Italian gas supply markets.
|Legal Update: archive||21-Jun-2007|
|11||Dawn raids: calcium carbide suppliers|
The European Commission has carried out dawn raids at the premises of several calcium carbide suppliers in Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia as part of an investigation into a suspected price-fixing cartel.
|Legal Update: archive||23-Feb-2007|
|12||Abertis/Autostrade: Italy removes protectionist measures|
Italy has removed national measures creating an obstacle to the merger between Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. and Autostrade S.p.A.
|Legal Update: archive||27-Nov-2006|
The European Commission has carried out unannounced inspections of various gas and electricity companies.
|Legal Update: archive||23-Jun-2006|
|14||Microsoft monitoring trustee|
The European Commission has appointed a monitoring trustee to provide technical advice on compliance with its Microsoft decision.
|Legal Update: archive||28-Nov-2005|
|15||Amended railways guidelines published|
On 6 October 2005, the Office of Fair Trading published, as part of its series of Competition Act 1998 guidelines, a revised version of the guidelines on the application of competition law to services relating to services (OFT 430). The Office of Rail Regulation consulted on a draft version of these revised guidelines earlier this year and finalised them in August (see Legal update, ORR publishes final Competition Act guidelines and consults on guidelines on reviewing markets). The revised guidelines take account of the changes to UK competition law resulting from the implementation of Regulation 1/2003 and the market investigation provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002.
|Legal Update: archive||06-Oct-2005|
|16||ORR publishes decision rejecting competition complaint ...|
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published a decision, dated 12 August 2005, rejecting a complaint by NTM Sales and Marketing Limited which alleged that Portec Rail Products (UK) Limited had infringed the Chapter I and Chapter prohibitions of the Competition Act 1998 and Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty in relation to the supply of grease for use in electric trackside lubricators.
|Legal Update: archive||19-Aug-2005|
|17||OFT launches campaign to promote competition to small and ...|
On 24 May 2005, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched its 'Championing Competition' campaign to promote the benefits of competition to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to help them avoid anti-competitive practices.
|Legal Update: archive||24-May-2005|
|18||Supermarkets Code of Practice|
The Office of Fair Trading has published a report on the findings of an audit of supermarkets' compliance with the Supermarkets Code of Practice.
|Legal Update: archive||21-Apr-2005|
|19||Eurotunnel/P&O Ferries: raids|
The European Commission has conducted co-ordinated raids of shipping companies as part of an investigation into suspected price-fixing and market sharing.
|Legal Update: archive||23-Oct-2003|
The European Commission has conducted dawn raids on copper concentrate producers in the UK and Portugal.
|Legal Update: archive||01-Jul-2003|
|21||UK pharmaceutical firms: dawn raids|
The Serious Fraud Office has carried out a series of dawn raids on six pharmaceutical companies that are suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to defraud the National Health Service.
|Legal Update: archive||27-May-2002|
|22||OFT loses first appeal under Competition Act 1998||Legal Update: archive||11-Dec-2001|
|23||Scottish dairies: dawn raids|
The Office of Fair Trading has raided four Scottish dairies over allegations that they have abused their dominant position under the Competition Act 1998.
|Legal Update: archive||29-Jun-2001|
|24||Portugal: suspected beer cartel|
The European Commission has carried out dawn raids at the premises of two major Portuguese brewers.
|Legal Update: archive||01-Mar-2001|
|25||The Competition Act 1998: OFT raids two companies|
The Office of Fair Trading has conducted the first dawn raids under the Competition Act 1998 which came into force in March this year.
|Legal Update: archive||18-Oct-2000|
The European Commission has carried out a number of raids on banks across Europe as part of an investigation into the possible fixing of exchange rate fees.
|Legal Update: archive||01-Apr-1999|
|27||Competition: EC fines shipping consortium for disrupting dawn ...|
The European Commission has fined a UK based shipping consortium for disrupting an anti-trust raid by Commission officials.
|Legal Update: archive||01-Jun-1992|
|1||IDEXX - veterinary diagnostics||CaseTracker||17-Nov-2011|
|2||Newspaper Code of Practice|
A summary of an OFT investigation into the workings of a market.
|3||OFT guideline - How your business can achieve compliance||Policy Guidance and Consultations||--|