Baker McKenzie has launched a global version of its Dawn Raid App, a mobile application that, across 44 countries, provides clients experiencing a raid with real-time step-by-step guidance on their rights and obligations, as well as instant access to Baker McKenzie antitrust lawyers.
Antitrust agencies often coordinate their investigations, so a company can find itself being raided in several countries on the same day. The App is a cutting-edge platform that provides practical assistance and peace of mind for individuals on the ground handling unannounced inspections. It answers a whole range of practical questions on a country by country basis under local law such as “Can inspectors demand passwords to allow IT access?” “Can employees leave the building with their laptops?”
Key features of the App include:
- Coverage of 44 key jurisdictions covering both local administrative and criminal laws
- Automatic click-through to the correct country checklist with step-by-step practical guidance on what to do and what not to do for civil and criminal antitrust raids
- Ability to contact a local Baker McKenzie antitrust specialist directly through the App
- Camera accessibility so users can take and send photos of the dawn raid warrant and other key documents so Baker McKenzie can provide immediate legal support
Speaking on the App's launch, head of the Competition Group of Baker McKenzie’s London office Samantha Mobley said, "It is stressful when government officials turn up without warning and demand access to people and information. Our Global Antitrust Dawn Raid App is designed to provide instant practical and comprehensive information to ensure that employees know what do in a calm and professional manner so as to protect the company’s rights as much as possible. It allows our clients to navigate the complexities of potentially simultaneous dawn raids in an organized and systematic way".
Global head of Baker McKenzie's Antitrust and Competition group Fiona Carlin said,
Innovation is critical to our clients' success, and they look for that same commitment to innovation in their law firms.
"Harnessing technology to deliver novel practical global solutions allows us to better serve our clients in a fast changing world. The Global Antitrust Dawn Raid App is a very tangible example of innovation in action, and is leading the way in the legal industry in terms of its scope and user friendliness."
Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust Dawn Raid App was launched in Asia Pacific late in 2016. Due to its success and the positive feedback from clients, the decision was made to roll it out globally. The Firm will launch local language versions for employees in China and Japan in the coming weeks to ensure maximum functionality as a working business tool.