Dealing with dawn raids by the Competition and Markets Authority
Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners
Dealing with dawn raids by the Competition and Markets Authority

The following Risk & Compliance guidance note Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with dawn raids by the Competition and Markets Authority
  • What is the CMA?
  • Main reasons for a CMA raid
  • Powers
  • Execution of a warrant
  • Penalties
  • Further information

What is the CMA?

From 1 April 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading. The CMA investigates mergers and anti-competitive practices in markets and can enforce a range of consumer protection legislation. In particular, the CMA is responsible for:

  1. investigating mergers which could restrict competition

  2. conducting market studies and investigations in markets where there may be competition and consumer problems

  3. investigating where there may be breaches of UK or EU prohibitions against anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions

  4. bringing criminal proceedings against individuals who commit the cartel offence

  5. enforcing consumer protection legislation to tackle practices and market conditions that make it difficult for consumers to exercise choice

  6. co-operating with sector regulators and encouraging them to use their competition powers

  7. considering regulatory references and appeals

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