Matheson


Practice Areas

Commercial Agreements and Competition Compliance

Commercial Agreements and Competition Compliance

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We review commercial agreements for compliance with EU and Irish competition law including advising on devising and operating supply and distribution arrangements including restrictions such as minimum purchase obligations, exclusive territories and criteria for a selection of authorised distributors.  In particular, we have significant experience of advising on joint ventures, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, technology transfer agreements, and selective and exclusive distribution systems. 
We also assist clients in the design and implementation of bespoke competition compliance programmes, which minimise the risk of competition law breaches and penalties.  The solutions we offer include: tailored training and policies on competition compliance; and competition compliance audits.

Experience Highlights

We have advised;

  •  On complaints and disputes between contracting parties regarding the enforceability of restrictive agreements
  •  On competition regulatory investigations of the compliance of commercial agreements, including advising INM plc on a CCPC investigation of resale price maintenance allegations
  •  Global market leaders on joint ventures and other co-operation agreements
  •  Global manufacturers on the compliance of their selective distribution systems.

We review commercial agreements for compliance with EU and Irish competition law including advising on devising and operating supply and distribution arrangements including restrictions such as minimum purchase obligations, exclusive territories and criteria for a selection of authorised distributors.  In particular, we have significant experience of advising on joint ventures, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, technology transfer agreements, and selective and exclusive distribution systems. 
We also assist clients in the design and implementation of bespoke competition compliance programmes, which minimise the risk of competition law breaches and penalties.  The solutions we offer include: tailored training and policies on competition compliance; and competition compliance audits.


We have advised;

  •  On complaints and disputes between contracting parties regarding the enforceability of restrictive agreements
  •  On competition regulatory investigations of the compliance of commercial agreements, including advising INM plc on a CCPC investigation of resale price maintenance allegations
  •  Global market leaders on joint ventures and other co-operation agreements
  •  Global manufacturers on the compliance of their selective distribution systems.


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