Ensuring competition law compliance means that a company has introduced and implemented a clear program of what is and is not permitted by the competition laws. Companies may be liable under the competition laws because of an employee’s actions that were not communicated or agreed with management and that are contrary to the company’s business principles and rules. Pursuant to the announcements and decisions of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (“UOKiK”), a company is not released from liability simply because its management was unaware of the anticompetitive conduct by others in the company.
The risk of a lack of legal compliance can be minimised by competition law workshops and trainings that are created specifically for a company. Effective trainings are those dedicated to management, in-house lawyers, and employees whose work may be in areas that are sensitive to competition compliance risks. For example, for company representatives who are involved in the supervision or operations of a company’s distribution system, it is particularly important to respect the legal restrictions concerning vertical agreements, and persons representing the company in trade associations must know the types of information that cannot be shared with competitors.
The Firm offers clients comprehensive trainings on competition law as well as focused trainings devoted to specific aspects of the competition law for employees at various levels, including those who work in the management board, as well as in the departments of finance, law, procurement, sales and marketing.
Hansberry Tomkiel’s workshops and training sessions are tailored to each client. We take into consideration a client’s business profile, main objectives, and past issues, if any, concerning compliance with competition laws, as well as the specific nature of its relationships with vendors and other partners, customers, and competitors.