Within Reff & Associates, we have a strong competition practice, increasing significantly every year due to the contribution of our dedicated team of attorneys. Benefiting from industry specialization and working closely with our colleagues from tax department and other law practice areas, we have developed an increased area of expertise in major sectors, such as IT, real estate, pharmaceuticals or FMCG.

The members of our team are also frequent speakers in competition related events and they are involved within AmCham competition committee in amendment of specific competition legislation.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring full services on competition law mandates.

Compliance & regulatory

  • drafting distribution agreements, sale-purchase agreements or other commercial agreements or business policies, whereby parties’ commercial interests are reconciled with the competition legal provisions;
  • analyzing practices and behavior of the economic agents on the relevant market with respect to competition law, including cartel or abuse of dominance practices;
  • application of leniency regulations. 

Economic concentrations

  • analysis of specific operations that might trigger the obligation to notify the Competition Council or the European Commission;
  • drafting the notification form and handling of procedure in front of competition authority for obtaining the non-objection decision;
  • auxiliary restrictions necessary for implementing an economic concentration;
  • obtaining derogations from interdiction to put into effect an economic concentration before clearance.

Assistance during investigations

  • assistance during investigations initiated by the Romanian Competition Council/European Commission  by offering explanations, submitting supplementary documents as well as, offering a bigger picture and a better understanding of the analyzed case in a given economic and legal context;
  • court representation in challenging the sanctioning decision issued by the competition authority.

Competition Law Compliance Program

The most practical way of dealing with competition law issues is by putting in place compliance programs. Our team has the knowledge and practical experience in order to:

  • identify the risks attached to specific case of business;
  • assess the various levels of risks within the company and, if possible, seek remedies;
  • putting in place a customized competition compliance manual;
  • training the key employees in the field.

State aid

  • general compliance requirements;
  • legal assistance to state owned companies in the review of management delegation contracts from the perspective of state aid rules.
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