septembre 15 2022

Competition investigations & Dawn raids: an overview of EU and national case law


Dans cet article, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, associée, résume les évolutions récentes en matière d’inspections et de perquisitions et notamment les perquisitions à domicile, les nouveaux outils pour les inspections dites « à distance » et enfin la jurisprudence en matière de protection des données et de la vie privée. 

Extrait :
For many months, competition inspections have been impossible, at a time Competition Authorities were concerned about potential practices on scarce products and medical supplies and more largely about the impact of crisis on coordination risks. In addition, and for quite some time now, Competition Authorities have seen a sharp decrease in leniency applications almost everywhere, calling for additional detection tools. The inability to perform dawn raids therefore was immediately seen as a threat to efficient competition enforcement.

As Authorities had to wait, new techniques have been developed in order to investigate remotely as much as possible, IT investigation methodologies and tools have also been refined and Covid protocols have been adopted. Eventually, cases have also been listed for future investigative actions. And, since inspections are possible again, many authorities are back within companies with still an impressive backlog of potential investigations to be started.

This is the right time for legal departments to consider updating existing response procedures to reflect the most recent developments and verifying that they are still efficient after months without occurrence of a raid and knowing many companies have completely changed the way work is organized during the pandemic.

Compétences et Secteurs liés

Stay Up To Date With Our Insights

See how we use a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to meet our clients' needs.