Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

THE RAID: An antitrust movie

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In Chilling Competition we have devoted a number of posts to antitrust-related movies (see our previous posts on: “First ever Hollywood competition law movie?”; “OFT goes to Hollywood”, and, very specially, our nominations to the “Antitrust Oscars”). Given that all of those posts received a crazy amount of visits, we can reasonably presume that you too like this sort of videos.

Today Chilling Competition is proud to release a true gem, a “classic” on its own right that we have digitalized for our readers: The Raid.

In our opinion, The Raid is the best and funniest antitrust movie of all times. It has everything: it is a comedy with action, romance, and an educational purpose (it was filmed -a few years ago- as part of a compliance program for Neste).

If you think we’re not objective, then you’re absolutely right:

The Raid is directed and starred by very special actors to whom we profess great admiration: General Court’s Judge Marc van der Woude (who plays the character of Luc Desmet, a Commission inspector); Toni Huopalainen (who, in addition to being the scriptwriter, plays the role of European Commission official Tom Jenssen); and our friend and favorite competition lawyer Luis Ortiz Blanco (to see a moustached Luis in his role as a priest confessing a cartelist jump to minute 20.33).

A million thanks go to all three of them for granting us the permission to digitalize their movie and for their great sense of humor.

Enough for introductions…

Click here to watch THE RAID  

(Only accessible on Chilling Competition’s youtube channel via this link).

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

22 July 2011 at 12:01 am

Posted in Jokes, Uncategorized

11 Responses

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  1. Hi, the link is not working. It links to a MS Exchange account.


    22 July 2011 at 12:11 am

  2. Hi, thanks for reporting it. I’ve checked it again and it worked for me. In any case I’ve replaced the link; it should work fine now. Please let us know in case anyone can’t see it.

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    22 July 2011 at 12:32 am

  3. The office is relatively quiet today, a “pont” for most Belgians, all of which gave me a few minutes to watch this little gem. Great post !!

    Paul, Brussels

    22 July 2011 at 11:53 am

  4. THE RAID is a real classic masterpiece. To compare antitrust violations with falling into sin also hits the target. This brings me to think of today´s Europe:

    As in competition law, the Catholic Church also recognizes the concept of leniency but, as you probably know, Lutherans do not. As a Lutheran I will have to believe in abstract in something very diffuse and ultimately, in the end, I may only hope that it was sufficient. In the 16th century the Catholic Church (which still then was also the prevailing religion in Finland) already issued a leniency notice, and I am referring to the alleged abuses in selling and granting indulgence. These,in turn, were a major point of contention when Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation. Even in today´s secularized Europe, a similar border-line is visible in the Euro–crises. In essence, catholics and the protestants are again arguing with one and other. Not to mention the Orthodox, which still go a bit further (in recognition of a a particular mindset, which in the Raid is embodied by Ms. Christine Cartella).

    If Eurobonds and centralized Papal surveillance are introduced, in Finland we would go back to what prevailed before the 1530s. I have nothing against that, I like the leniency notice. However many people are protestants in their minds over here in the sense that they are protesting against this. In fact, we have a political party -the Pure Finns- which in the parliamentary elections obtained 39 seats out of 200 in the Finnish parliament, where they used to have 4.

    Toni Huopalainen

    13 September 2011 at 4:26 pm

  5. Perhaps there is a cultural disconnect here, but I did not find THE RAID nearly as amusing as THE INFORMANT. Is the latter available in Europe?

    john connor

    26 December 2011 at 6:11 am

    • The informant is indeed available here in Europe.

      The thing is: the RAID is a compliance movie addressed primarily to in house counsels and employees. It thus cannot compare to a classic 90′ entertainment movie.

      What we find funny about it is that most actors in the RAID are well-known AT scholars/practitioners + the spirit is quite “old school”.

      Nicolas Petit

      26 December 2011 at 1:15 pm

      • Hi everybody! I very much enjoyed the movie and was keen to show it to some colleagues, but the link is apparently broken (or the video has become private on Youtube). Would it be possible to check this? 🙂

        Tanguy Laurioz

        18 October 2021 at 11:59 am

      • This Toni the scripwriter and actor in the role of Tom Jenssen (The other EU inspector). What can I do for you and how can I help. I am glad that this “oldie” from 1997 still attrackts the attention of the very best competition lawyers.

        Toni Huopalainen

        18 October 2021 at 12:55 pm

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  7. […] the category best compliance film, this one is poised to earn our Oscar this […]

  8. Hi everybody! I very much enjoyed the movie and was keen to show it to some colleagues, but the link is apparently broken (or the video has become private on Youtube). Would it be possible to check this? 🙂

    Tanguy Laurioz

    28 October 2021 at 3:22 pm

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