Advice from our lawyers
Regulations in competition law are dynamic and complex, and thorough knowledge of the regulations is a prerequisite for competing efficiently. The need for advice in this area has grown as the competition authorities have taken on an increasingly active role, and adopted stricter measures with regard to breach of the regulations. We assist our clients with everything from ongoing advice, processes against competition authorities and any disputes. We provide assistance with the following:
- all types of contract negotiations such as collaboration agreements, purchase agreements, annual agreements, delivery and distribution agreements, joint venture agreements, franchise agreements, etc.
- drafting of instruments and follow-up of agreements
- compliance with competition rules (own or competitor’s)
- acquisitions, mergers and establishment of joint ventures
- emergency response team to assist when the competition authorities search the company’s premises
- investigations (internal and external), audit
- dispute resolution
- courses and training
Advice on State Aid
The state aid regulations regulate aid provided by the state, municipalities or other public bodies. We assist several of the key aid providers in Norway, including Enova, as well as research institutions, trade associations and national and foreign companies, in respect of the scope and consequences of the prohibition in the EEA Agreement. We help you with the following:
- strategy and design to get into position to receive aid
- challenging illegal aid to competitors
- receiving and following up aid
- drafting of aid schemes and aid decisions
- investigation assignments
- dispute resolution
We assist our clients in handling these types of cases before the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the European Commission. We also have experience in representing clients before national courts and the EFTA Court in cases concerning illegal public aid and repayment claims.
What you can expect from us
We are a team with a broad range of skills and experience from industry, from foreign law firms and from the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). We invest a considerable amount of time to get acquainted with the client’s business and activities in the market.
We have a large international network to draw on in cases involving other countries’ authorities. Moreover, we work closely with specialist communities in competition economics as well as internal specialists in order to put together the most optimum resources for each individual case.