Areas of Practice

EU & Competition

Competition law is an increasingly important element in the corporate agenda, given the growing tendency for stricter enforcement by competition authorities and the severe fines and sanctions non-compliance with EU and Greek competition law entails along with exposure to private damages litigation and significant reputational damage.

We understand these needs and provide practical, commercially driven advice to help our clients pursue their commercial objectives and defend their commercial interests while establishing a culture of compliance with competition law. We form strong, long-term relationships to provide tailor-made solutions that fit their business.

Our competition practice covers a broad range of subject matters, encompassing agreements and concerted practices, market dominance and merger control issues. Our lawyers regularly review commercial policies, rebate schemes and other commercial practices especially by companies with market power in accordance with the restrictions applying to unilateral practices as well as in the context of vertical and horizontal relationships. We assist our clients in designating and implementing internal compliance programs and training sessions for their personnel. We regularly represent market leaders in investigation cases before the competition authority and offer both contentious and non-contentious competition law service.

Stavropoulos and Partners has a ‘high level of expertise, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the market’. Evanthia Tsiri has a ‘practical understanding of business needs’.

LEGAL 500 2017

Work Highlights

Abuse of dominance case in the beer market

We co-defended Athenian Brewery before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Athens Administrative Court of Appeal against allegations of abuse of dominance in the beer market; the case is currently under appeal before the Council of State

Legal support in the handling of dawn raids and ex officio investigations

Over the years we have continuously supported our corporate clients in the training of their employees and the handling of dawn raids and investigations by the competition authority. We assisted our clients in addressing inquiries by the competition authority on many occasions

Private actions based on competition law

We successfully defended a multinational in the food and beverage sector in several actions for damages before the civil courts based on competition law

Legal advice on compliance with competition law

We are regularly advising our clients on the compliance of their commercial policies and practices with competition law and assist in designating and implementing compliance programs

Representation in notification proceedings before the HCC

We represented a leader multinational in the cosmetics sector in a notification of a concentration in the Greek market before the HCC; we had previously co-assisted the same company in notification proceedings before the European Commission

Concentration notification

We handled the notification of a collective packaging waste recovery system before the HCC

Abuse of economic dependence

We provided legal assistance to a Greek client in a case involving abuse of economic dependence