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Market and sector inquiries

With lawyers throughout Asia, Europe and the US, Eversheds Sutherland provides your business with a seamless, one-stop legal service. Combining extensive legal experience with in-depth local and international knowledge, our lawyers are on hand to help, wherever you operate.

Understanding market and sector inquiries

When authorities announce a market investigation, sector inquiry or international trade investigation, it will place your entire industry under the spotlight. Such actions also frequently call into question long-established business practices. The way you conduct your business is likely to receive intense media scrutiny, your share price may be adversely affected and you may experience negative publicity. The scope of a given authority’s questions and the powers they possess to compel you to provide information are significant and often surprising.

Some investigations are time-limited by law and can require rapid responses. Others may last for years and involve lengthy questionnaires, economic analysis and hearings. You will have to address difficult issues regarding the transparency of the inquiry and the potential disclosure of commercially confidential information. In order to have advance knowledge of any potentially anticompetitive practices in which your company may have been involved, you may also need to undertake your own internal investigations in parallel with the inquiry.

Experienced market and sector inquiry lawyers

Our team has extensive experience of working on investigations across a wide range of sectors and will help you to achieve the best possible results. We can help inform your responses, so that your views are presented in a way that will influence the thinking of investigators and shape the outcome of an inquiry.

We are experienced advocates before the European Commission, the US Federal Trade Commission, the US International Trade Commission, the US Department of Commerce, the UK Competition and Markets Authority and other regulatory bodies around the globe. Our lawyers can represent you or help you to represent yourself. If you become involved in a market investigation, our aim is to ensure that you control the process and put forward your best case.

Contact our market and sector inquiry team

If you would like any further information or need advice on a market or sector inquiry, please contact our legal team.

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