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Antitrust and EU Law, Estonia

The main areas of our expertise include:

  • control of mergers and acquisitions, filings to the antitrust authorities, antitrust litigation and regulatory investigations;
  • fair trade, distribution and pricing, promotion and advertising, protection against unfair competition, protection of branded products, etc;
  • representation in local authorities and courts;
  • abuse of dominant position;
  • prohibited agreements;
  • state aid;
  • consultation on the legality of compatibility of national rules with EU law;
  • drafting of procedural documents;
  • requests for the preliminary ruling;
  • representation of claims before national and European courts.

Key team members:

A selection of work performed:

  • Advising Enterprise Estonia in the field of state aid and evaluated the compliance of the majority of its aid measures to the EU state aid rules.
  • Advising successfully G4S in a complicated competition case in the Estonian Competition Authority related to alleged abuse of dominant position in the cash-in-transit market.
  • Defended successfully several clients in one of Estonia's largest cartel investigation (the dairy cartel). Three persons out of seven, suspected of criminal anti-competitive activities, were defended by Eversheds Ots & Co lawyers and all charges against them were dropped.
  • Represented AS Eesti Keskkonnateenused in a landmark case in administrative dispute where a third person unsuccessfully attempted to dispute a merger clearance decision.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co's Competition Law practice is amongst top tier law firms in Estonia by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

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