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Competition & EU

France

National and/or European competition authorities have extensive powers for controlling mergers and acquisitions, penalising anti-competitive agreements and practices and ensuring that state aid is compatible with European regulations. Those regulations can have serious consequences, including financial and reputational, for all types of organisation and their employees.

With a department consisting of two teams and approximately ten associates, we can offer you the advice you need, at national and European level, and assist you in your dealings with competition authorities. Our experts will help you verify the legal compliance of your operations and business practices and will assist you with any litigation in these areas.

Our services, tailored to your issues, are necessary for your projects to succeed in the following areas: merger control, antitrust law and abuse of a dominant position in the private and public sector, opening-up of monopolies to competition (regulated sectors), economic law and restrictive competitive practices, state aid, European law and free movement.

Any breach of these regulations is also likely to give rise to action for damages, which is increasingly common in the current economic and regulatory climate. Whether it's advice, the implementation of compliance or operational audit programmes, assistance with any dispute or complaint relating to the implementation of competition law or the compatibility of domestic law with EU law, we can provide our expertise.

We act for a wide variety of public and private operators and our business covers various sectors such as life sciences, consumer products, private equity, technology, media and electronic communications, energy and infrastructure projects.

"CMS' team of approximately ten associates offers a "very high level of service" and "has proven to be very committed to its clients"." - Legal 500 Paris 2015
"CMS provides a "very high level of services" in antitrust law and merger control as well as in distribution and regulation-related issues." - Legal 500 EMEA 2015

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    Competition

    There are 12 lawyers in our team. The diversity of their experience and careers is a guarantee of experience, flexibility and dynamism. In the context of CMS, regular meetings take place between lawyers specialising in the competition law of European countries and the rest of the world, which allows us to offer our clients integrated cross-border services.

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    EU

    We advise our clients on all matters of European law : Free circulation of goods, Free movement of people, Cross-border provision of service, Enforcing "derived" European Union law ... 

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