Competition Law

Competition rules are the fundamental rules governing the corporate sector, which apply to all types of economic activity in Estonia and the EU. Complying with the competition rules is becoming ever more relevant due to the strengthening of supervision. We assist clients in all aspects of national and EU competition law to ensure commercially beneficial solutions without breaching the rules. Our attorneys have good insight and understanding of the competition authorities’ work thanks to their previous employment with the Estonian Competition Authority.
Our attorneys help clients with compliance programs, competition law training, and monitoring. We advise on receiving all relevant clearances from respective authorities, e.g. those related to merger control. We also assist in connection with abuse of dominant position cases, cartel cases, drafting and assessing agreements, dawn raids, state aid, actions for damages, and leniency applications.

Examples

  • Successfully advising Eesti Post/Omniva (Estonian state-owned postal service and logistics company) against a civil claim relating to alleged pricing abuses (i.e. margin squeeze) in the direct mail market.
  • Defending Estonia’s oldest alcohol producer Liviko against cartel charges.
  • Defending Selver, one of the largest supermarket chains in Estonia, against criminal charges of price fixing.
  • Assisting N.R. Energy in relations with the competition authority regarding producing and selling thermal energy.

Services

We advise and represent clients in the following areas:

  • prevention of infringements of competition law and risk management
  • competition law trainings
  • investigations related to prohibited agreements and dominant position in the market
  • merger control
  • drafting and assessing commercial transactions
  • regulatory issues (liberalization, licensing, network access, price control)
  • intellectual property and technology license antitrust compliance
  • market investigations
  • pricing strategies
  • public procurement
  • state aid
  • dawn raids
  • leniency applications
  • actions for damages
  • other competition related matters