Our global counselling and compliance team includes former in-house lawyers for major corporations, the editors of a leading antitrust treatise, and a former federal judge – a group this is uniquely prepared to understand and assess the implication of business practices and to work with clients to craft alternative approaches that eliminate or reduce potential risk.
Our team has worked with many of the world's largest corporations to design and implement antitrust compliance programmes tailored to their products, technologies, and ways of doing business. Clients have come from manufacturers and sellers across an array of industry sectors – ranging from groceries to computer software, from publishing and recorded music to pharmaceutical products – as well as major retailers, buying groups and trade associations.
Our counselling experience spans the landscape, many times over, of issues concerning the scale and distribution of goods and services - including, among others, horizontal and vertical pricing communications, price discrimination, predatory pricing and other dominant company behaviour, tying and bundling, exclusive dealing, loyalty discounts, slotting allowances, cooperative advertising programmes, category management and refusals to deal. We also have helped clients navigate issues arising out of contacts among competitors, such as properly structuring joint purchasing and selling agreements, and joint ventures generally, and providing guidance on appropriate methods of benchmarking and information exchanges, among others. And when necessary, we have engaged in competition advocacy or sought business review letters from enforcement agencies, often with the advantage of long and respectful relationships.