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For decades our Competition Law experts have been providing all-embracing advice on all facets of EU and German competition law and representing clients in all types of proceedings before EU and German authorities and courts. With competition lawyers in more than 20 European jurisdictions within the CMS organisation we offer a unique truly European perspective.

We also provide businesses with advice on all aspects of EU Law and represent clients before the European Commission and other EU institutions as well as in all proceedings before the courts of the European Union or of Germany. Our expertise includes EU State Aid Law and Trade Law, e.g. Anti-Dumping.

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    Competition

    Our competition law expertise stretches back almost 40 years. With some 140 competition lawyers, thereof more than 35 in Germany, the competition practice group of the CMS organisation is present in more than 20 European jurisdictions and in China.

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    EU

    European legislation now has a major impact on virtually every aspect of German law, with the result that the two systems are becoming increasingly intertwined.

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    July 2019
    CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
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    July 2019
    CMS Dawn Raid Re­sponse Team
    30 Oct 19
    Shar­ing is (S)caring
    An­nu­al Tech­no­logy, Me­dia and Com­mu­nic­a­tions Con­fer­ence
    02/08/2019
    Con­sulta­tion on EC Com­mu­nic­a­tion on the pro­tec­tion of con­fid­en­tial...
    Na­tion­al courts are in­creas­ingly deal­ing with com­pet­i­tion law pro­ceed­ings brought by con­sumers and com­pet­it­ors, so-called private en­force­ment pro­ceed­ings. Un­like com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies, these private claimants do not have in­vest­ig­at­ive powers to ob­tain evid­ence.
    July 2019
    CMS Com­pet­i­tion & EU Glob­al Bro­chure
    26/07/2019
    EU tax­onomy: Steer­ing cap­it­al flows to­wards a sus­tain­able fu­ture for...
    Last month a group of ex­perts rep­res­ent­ing a range of European fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tors, in­ter­na­tion­al or­gan­isa­tions and civil so­ci­ety pub­lished their re­com­mend­a­tions for an EU tax­onomy for sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic activ­it­ies.
    July 2019
    CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
    27/05/2019
    AB In­Bev hit with a EUR 200 m fine for re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales
    On 13 May 2019, the European Com­mis­sion fined AB In­Bev EUR 200 mil­lion for ab­us­ing its dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion on the beer mar­ket by re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales of its products. As an ex­ample of the Com­mis­sion's new policy of le­ni­ency in ver­tic­al non-car­tel cases,.
    13/05/2019
    The Ver­dict Risk & In­vest­ig­a­tions
    We are pleased to send our new is­sue of The Ver­dict, an at-a-glance round-up of re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to cor­por­ate crime. In this is­sue, the spot­light is on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes to anti-cor­rup­tion laws in Chile, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion.
    22/03/2019
    European Com­mis­sion launches on­line "eL­e­ni­ency" tool
    On 19 March 2019, the European Com­mis­sion an­nounced the launch of its new on­line tool to sub­mit state­ments and doc­u­ments in le­ni­ency and set­tle­ment pro­ceed­ings in car­tel and non-car­tel co­oper­a­tion cases.
    15/03/2019
    EU law trumps na­tion­al law when de­term­in­ing the en­tity li­able for...
    On 14 March 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) pub­lished a ground-break­ing pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing in the case Skanska In­dus­tri­al Solu­tions and Oth­ers (Case C‑724/17), find­ing that the de­term­in­a­tion of who is li­able for dam­ages for an in­fringe­ment.
    20/02/2019
    European Par­lia­ment backs EU wide frame­work for screen­ing for­eign...
    On 14 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the European Par­lia­ment voted to en­dorse the first ever EU-wide tool for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) on the grounds of se­cur­ity and pub­lic or­der. The vote brings the EU one step closer to put­ting in place a frame­work al­low­ing.
    15/01/2019
    Guess what? Block­ing cross-bor­der sales can be ex­pens­ive – Com­mis­sion...
    On 17 Decem­ber 2018, the European Com­mis­sion ("Com­mis­sion") fined US-cloth­ing com­pany GUESS? Inc. and its vari­ous sub­si­di­ar­ies ("Guess") EUR 39,821,000 for an­ti­com­pet­it­ive prac­tices in its se­lect­ive dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem (Case AT.