European Law and Competition

European Law and Competition

TELLLES' European Law and Competition team is integrated by highly qualified lawyers who have extensive experience in providing specialised legal advice to national and international companies in all areas of European Union Law and Competition Law, either independently or together with teams such as of Digital, Finance, Tax, Public and Corporate and Labour.
We represent our clients before administrative bodies, such as the Competition Authority and sector regulators, the European Commission; and judicial bodies, such as the Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court and the courts of the European Union (“EU”).

In European Union law we advise on, for example:

  • The application of fundamental economic freedoms (freedom to provide services, free movement of workers and of capital, as well as freedom of establishment) and the analysis of Foreign Subsidies and Foreign Direct Investment;
  • The scope of various policies that are shared competences between the EU and national (and regional) authorities;
  • The application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and public policies;
  • Various matters with cross-border implications, from Finance to Labour law;
  • EU legislation on trade restrictions for embargoed third countries (such as Russia).

Our team provides legal services based on a twofold perspective:

  • Preventive - in a variety of situations as wide-ranging as participating in the early stages of the legislative process regarding a piece of legislation that has an impact on undertakings (or associations of undertakings) and which can include advising public bodies on its future application;
  • Reactive - in administrative or judicial proceedings by advising and representing clients before the competent authorities.

In Competition Law, we advise primarily on:

  • Merger control and all advice relating to a transaction from the outset, such as the format of the transaction and, if applicable, the fulfilment of the condition precedent, the admissibility of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses and admissibility of certain competition restrictions raised in the context of due diligences;
  • Agreements and concerted practices between undertakings susceptible of unduly restricting competition, with emphasis on analysing horizontal and vertical agreements;
  • Decisions by associations of undertakings (including in the form of "recommendations" to members) and the functioning of associations, particularly in terms of collecting and disseminating information from members;
  • Abuses of dominant position and of economic dependence;
  • Distortions of competition caused by the State (including certain state aid);
  • Individual practices restrictive of trade.
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