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Investigations & Raids lawyers

With the increase in businesses operating across borders, we understand the need to spot potential competition law issues at an early stage. Increasing media prominence is given to competition law infringements, and the level of financial penalties is rising. An unexpected visit from the European Commission or the Competition and Markets Authority, or the launch of a market review or investigation, can be a difficult and time-consuming experience.

We can help you manage your businesses risk. With a well-considered policy on dealing with dawn raids, you can protect your legal interests and manage the immediate burdens of dawn raids. And in the unlikely event that a raid or investigation occurs, we can provide you with an instant response team. We can also help you if you are involved in a broader market review or investigation. We have significant experience of assisting clients in responding to information requests, attending hearings, developing arguments to deploy during the investigation and working with economists and other consultants.

Our multi-disciplinary Risk & Investigations Group of more than 150 specialist contentious and non-contentious competition lawyers in 25 jurisdictions can provide an instant response in the event of a dawn raid and deal with any ensuing investigation - including follow up submissions, handling leniency applications and liaising with the competition authority.

Our practice combines regulatory lawyers and forensic specialists. We have extensive experience of providing client audit and compliance (including mock dawn raids) services which mirror the techniques used by competition and other regulatory authorities. These forensic tools give an understanding of what data a business holds and where, as well as who can access that data and what uses they make of it. Knowing what your company knows and being able to improve systems, combined with the application of first-class substantive competition law skills, can be a very powerful compliance tool.

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Caroline Hobson
Part­ner
Co-head of Competition
United Kingdom, London
Caroline Hobson is a partner in CMS London specialising in competition, procurement and sanctions matters.She advises clients on the application of EU and UK sanctions rules, helping to identify risks...
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Jan Burgess
Part­ner
Head of Health & Safety
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
United Kingdom, London
Jan Burgess heads the Health and Safety team covering the whole of the UK, is a solicitor-advocate, and has practised as a litigator for over 20 years – the vast majority of that has been dedicated...
Kabir Garyali
Kabir Garyali
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Kabir is Of Counsel in the CMS Competition Team in London. He has practised in the field of EU and UK competition law and merger control for over 7 years.His experience includes conduct of merger control...
Jacqueline Vallat
Jacqueline Vallat
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jackie Vallat is a Senior Associate in the Competition & Trade Team in London and advises on a range of antitrust and merger control issues, including obtaining EU and UK merger control clearances, EU...
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Russell Hoare
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Russell regularly advises on merger control, behavioural cases, compliance, market investigations, abuse of dominance, public procurement, State aid and consumer protection law, both at EU and UK level.He...
Lisa Fox
Lisa Fox
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Solicitor Advocate
United Kingdom, London
Lisa is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate in the Litigation and Arbitration team.
Tim Sales
Tim Sales
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Tim’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international, together with regulatory and public law disputes. He advises on all aspect of commercial disputes and...
Jacqueline Redares
Jacqueline Rédarès
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Jacqueline is a Senior Associate in the Health and Safety team.With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the...
Ruth Derruau
Ruth Derruau
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Ruth is an Associate in the Competition & Trade Team in London. She has advised on a range of antitrust, merger control, regulatory and procurement matters for over seven years. Ruth advises clients across...
Jonathan Carter-Lewis
Jonathan Carter-Lewis
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jonathan is an associate in our Competition & Trade team in London. He advises on a number of areas including matters relating to merger control, antitrust investigations and market investigations.The...