Business practices in the financial services sector are regularly under scrutiny by competition authorities. This matters at a time when firms are forging a range of new relationships – with suppliers and clients up and down the chain, as well as with other similar providers. How these relationships are structured and funded has never been under greater scrutiny.
This training course will focus on how to assess business practices from a competition law perspective. It will provide valuable insights into the competition authorities’ frameworks and toolkits, and how firms can use these to evaluate practices and identify potentially anti-competitive agreements.
The course will cover:
- Agreements between firms across the distribution chain (Vertical agreements) eg, commission arrangements,
- Agreements between competitors (Horizontal agreements), eg, covering information exchange, and
- Recent FCA regulatory developments.
This very practical course will include case studies to illustrate the different concepts discussed and is aimed at staff members from legal, compliance, conduct risk, pricing and product design departments.