Investigations and Dawn Raids

EXPERTISE

Regulatory enforcement is on the rise in Ireland and our team is at the forefront in guiding clients through complex and challenging competition/antitrust investigations.  We have unrivalled experience in assisting with cartel and abuse of dominance investigations in a large number of sectors, including attending dawn raids by competition authorities, challenging investigation procedures before national and European courts and adv­ising on immunity/leniency and settlement programmes.

We have been involved in all of the most high-profile competition law investigations in Ireland in recent years, both by the CCPC and the European Commission.

The Group has achieved big wins for clients in successfully challenging actions by regulators to ensure clients’ rights of defence are protected, including in CRH and others v. CCPC, which resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision on the scope of the CCPC’s powers of search and seizure during dawn raids.

Arthur Cox Dawn Raid Response Unit

Dawn Raid icon-06 The Dawn Raid Response Unit has been established by Arthur Cox as a first-to-market offering in Ireland that provides a one-stop-shop crisis management solution for clients that are subject to dawn raids across all regulators. It consists of a team of lawyers drawn from all of the relevant practice areas across the Firm who are trained in how to handle dawn raids by all regulators. No matter which regulator turns up at your premises, we have the team with the relevant expertise and experience to handle the inspection. Learn more about the Dawn Raid Response Unit here.

EXPERIENCE

Our experience includes:

  • Advising Irish Cement Limited on a CCPC investigation into bagged cement in Ireland, including advising on a dawn raid.
  • Advising CRH plc on its successful challenge to the scope of documents seized by the CCPC during a dawn raid at Irish Cement Limited, which resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision on dawn raid powers.
  • Advising clients in the insurance sector on investigations by the CCPC and the European Commission into motor insurance in Ireland, including advising on dawn raids.
  • Advising a client on a CCPC investigation into ticketing for events in Ireland.
  • Advising a client on a European Commission investigation into bananas, including advising on a dawn raid.