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Competition Law

Our Competition Law courses cover the fundamental principles of competition law (or antitrust law, as it is sometimes called), which aims to prevent predatory business practices by promoting fair competition and economic efficiency. The courses also highlights 'red flags' — situations that present a risk of violations and legal liability, enforcement, and civil and criminal penalties associated with violations of competition law.

Geography Covered: Global | Duration: 25 minutes

Summary

Many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada and the European Union, have enacted competition laws that make it illegal for firms to reduce competition by unfair means — for example, price fixing, bid rigging, group boycotts and agreements to allocate markets or customers. The purpose of these laws is to protect consumers from unfair business practices by ensuring the marketplace remains competitive. The presence of free and fair competition provides consumers with the highest quality goods and services at the lowest prices. If firms were allowed to use anti-competitive tactics, healthy competition would cease to exist and the market would become distorted.

A failure to comply with competition laws can result in severe financial penalties and damage to the firm’s reputation, as well as criminal and civil sanctions against the individuals involved. Firms can avoid these costly enforcement efforts by making sure all employees understand how competition laws affect their day-to-day work and how to recognize and deal with situations that present a risk of competition violations.

  • UK & Europe courses

    Competition Law (European Union)
    This course explains the fundamental principles of the EU’s competition law and offers essential training for employees of organisations that are located or do business in Europe.

    Americas courses

    Antitrust Essentials (US)
    Explains the fundamental principles of US antitrust laws and offers essential training for employees of organizations that are located in or do business in the US

    Competition Act (Canada)
    Explains the fundamental principles of Canada’s Competition Act and offers essential training for employees of organisations that are located in or do business in Canada.

    APAC courses

    Competition Law (APAC)
    Explains the fundamental principles of Asia-Pacific competition law (sometimes known as “antitrust" or “anti-monopoly” law), which encourages vigorous competition between firms by prohibiting predatory and anti-competitive agreements and practices. The course highlights "red flags" — situations that may indicate a competition law violation and result in substantial civil and criminal penalties. The course also contains additional detail about the competition laws of Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore.

    Competition Law (Australia)
    This course explains the fundamental principles of the Australia’s competition laws and offers essential training for employees of organisations that are located or do business in Australia.

  • Content for the Thomson Reuters MicroLearning Suite is powered by world-leading regulatory intelligence, which tracks over 500 regulators and exchanges globally.

    Intended as a supplemental solution to our 800+ customizable compliance training course library, this learning suite changes the approach to online Competition Law compliance training, from a ‘once-a-year’ event to a steady flow of interesting and informative trainings that reinforce both the ‘tone from the top’ and an organization’s core values.

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