The behavioural rules of competition law prohibit and lay down heavy sanctions for market behaviour that restricts competition: both collusion between firms and a dominant player’s exploitation of its market position. The merger control regulations limit the transfers of operations that are permissible, and contain procedures for obtaining the necessary regulatory permits.
BA-HR’s competition team is among the largest and most experienced in Norway and is a market leader on legal advice on competition law and in handling complex merger control processes. We work closely with our clients and put great emphasis on understanding their business. We have assisted a number of national and international players in getting transactions approved by the Norwegian Competition Authority, the European Commission and other relevant competition authorities. The team often achieves its best results when it is called in at an early stage to advise on how a transaction ought to be structured.
We also have considerable experience with advising clients on the prohibitions of competition law and in assisting clients under investigation for possible violations of the competition rules. Our expertise also extends to “follow-on” compensation cases, which often occur subsequent to sanctions, and we have helped a number of clients to create compliance programmes adapted to their individual needs.