Competition is considered to be a guiding principle of a free economic system. However there are limits on how market participants can gain an advantage over the competition and on decisions to merge with competitors. In terms of criminal law, important provisions include corruption-related offences of taking and giving bribes in commercial practice (section 299 of the Criminal Code), the ban on restricting competition through agreements in the context of public bids (section 298) and the fines and criminal offences covered by anti-trust law. In recent years we have also seen an increasing significance accorded to betraying trade or industrial secrets (section 17 (1) of the Act Against Unfair Competition), industrial espionage (section 17 (2) 1) and selling secrets (section 17 (2) 2). We have particular expertise in this field in advising and representing affected companies.