Competition and Antitrust

Cooperation with competitors in joint projects or in business associations is often reasonable and advantageous for all market participants. However, the fine line between permitted information exchange and prohibited coordination of competitive conduct is often crossed too easily. In such a case, a company may be subject to substantial fines imposed by the competition authorities and significant damage claims from their competitors and/or the consumer.
Having acquired his expertise in many areas of industry, Mr. Kiehl can provide you with tested solutions to minimize your antitrust exposure. If a proceeding has already been initiated, he can represent you in negotiations with the competition authorities or in Court. Among others, his advice covers the following areas:
  • Drafting and assessment of cooperation agreements (e.g. concerning R&D, specialization and standardization) and information exchange systems between competitors
  • Representation in legal proceedings before the Austrian and EU competition authorities
  • Drafting of leniency applications
  • Advising companies with a dominant market position
  • Representing clients in merger control proceedings and offering pertinent guidance
  • Representation in proceedings on damages for antitrust infringements
  • Assisting in the event of a dawn raid