A dawn raid is an inspection by the competition authorities. Often, the authorities will inspect whether the company is involved in a violation of the competition rules and ensure evidence. The inspections are unannounced to ensure that no evidence of violation of the rules is disposed of or destroyed. So the company is not aware of the inspection until the authorities knock on the door.
When the inspection is finished, the authorities will examine the collected evidence, and the case may then have different outcomes. If the authorities assess that there is evidence of a punishable violation of the rules, the case may be handed over to the Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime. In cases where further analysis is required, the authorities will continue its investigations. These investigations may end up in a case concerning violation of the competition rules or in the case being closed if the authorities find that there is no evidence of a violation.
Dawn raids - what to DO?
A dawn raid is often the first step in a case concerning violation of the competition rules. During the dawn raid, the company becomes aware of the existence of the case for the first time. It is therefore important that the company knows its rights and obligations during a dawn raid so that it is prepared and may react quickly when the authorities arrive.