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"We began working with Oswell & Vahida several years ago when one of our U.S.-based clients needed representation on a European merger.  Dennis and his team handled that matter masterfully and have since become our preferred local counsel in Brussels."

(Top 25 U.S. law firm)

"Oswell Vahida is our "go to" law firm for competition law in Europe.  They are great lawyers and easy to work with.  I highly recommend them."

(European low-cost airline)

Antitrust & Competition
M&A and Joint Ventures

Our European Union merger practice covers representing merging parties or third parties in merger control proceedings. This includes advising on tactical issues, negotiating commitments to enable a transaction to proceed, handling second stage investigations by the European Commission or opposing a merger on behalf of interested third parties. In addition, we are often called upon to lead and co-ordinate the antitrust strategy and process in cases involving merger filings in many different national jurisdictions. Oswell & Vahida has notable breadth and depth of experience in working with the competition authorities in various countries throughout the world in order to provide a “seamless one-stop-shop” service to its clients. Our experience before the European Commission and other European Institutions extends to the representation of our clients before the European Courts, in appeals and other proceedings relating to merger clearance.

Antitrust Compliance and Defense

Competition law is a key element in developing business strategies and conduct, particularly in relation to concentrated markets or arrangements with actual or potential competitors. The sanctions for overlooking the rules can be truly crushing, as illustrated by recent European Commission decisions.

We are regularly involved in structuring or reviewing business relationships (joint production, sub-contracting or distribution agreements for instance) and assessing their conformity with antitrust rules, with a view to preventing antitrust enforcement action. We also assist our clients in their efforts towards preventing antitrust infringements, including through the production and implementation of antitrust compliance programs and training.

Finally, we assist clients in the event of enforcement by EU or national authorities and have extensive experience in defending alleged cartel participants as well as negotiating leniency arrangements and fine reductions.

Merger Arbitrage - Deal Reports

Antitrust review is a significant risk factor in major M&A transactions. Extended regulatory procedures, uncertain outcomes and heavy conditions for clearance can strongly affect return on merger arbitrage and event-driven investments. Our expert antitrust analysis, drawing from decades of practical involvement in European merger review work, helps our clients overcome the biased, speculative or simply incorrect reports and industry views commonly available. We provide regularly expert support to major hedge funds and other event-driven investors from the global financial community.

As experienced practitioners, we can contribute and add colour to our clients’ risk assessment on critical issues such as: 

  • jurisdiction and timing
  • case-law on similar deals
  • the authorities’ definition of the relevant markets, their typical response to antitrust issues and their assessment process 
  • the likely range of remedies required for approval 
  • the role of policy considerations, third-party submissions and any parallel antitrust proceedings.

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