Compliance personnel in EU companies will usually be well be aware of the fact that the European and national competition authorities can raid both company premises and their employees’ private homes, subject to certain conditions.
The EU Commission's anti-trust officials accompanied by their national counterparts carried out simultaneous dawn raids on Tuesday morning (27/09/2011) across the EU. The number of locations reported to have been raided makes this one of DG COMP's largest dawn raid operations to date.
There has been a clear upsurge of antitrust dawn raid activity in the EU since a couple of weeks (map below) in a wide range of sectors. With the summer break over for antitrust officials throughout the EU, now would be a good time to dig up and revise those antitrust dawn raid manuals, in particular the emergency contact details of your company’s listed dawn raid team members.