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Competition & EU

Germany

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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    Dr. Martin Kolbinger
    12/11/2018
    Filling and pack­aging equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Krones...
    15/10/2018
    European Com­mis­sion charges Slov­ak rail com­pany with dawn raid ob­struc­tion
    On 25 Septem­ber 2018, the European Com­mis­sion sent a State­ment of Ob­jec­tions to ZSSK, a Slov­ak rail com­pany, al­leging that it had ob­struc­ted a dawn raid by giv­ing in­cor­rect in­form­a­tion and de­let­ing data from a laptop.
    07/11/2018
    CMS ad­vises lead in­vestor Ponooc on series B round...
    03/09/2018
    The Com­mis­sion de­cides that tax on ad­mis­sion fees in Greek casi­nos...
    The European Com­mis­sion has con­cluded that a sys­tem of levies on State-set ad­mis­sion fees at Greek casi­nos does not con­sti­tute EU State aid. The Com­mis­sion had ini­tially taken is­sue with the meas­ures and de­cided, after an in-depth State aid in­vest­ig­a­tion con­cluded.
    Dr. Oliver Thurn, LL.M. (Univ. London)
    30/10/2018
    CMS ad­vises tado° on new fin­an­cing round worth USD...
    30/07/2018
    EC: Ef­fects of pri­cing al­gorithms in the con­text of re­sale price main­ten­ance
    On 24 Ju­ly 2018, the European Com­mis­sion ("Com­mis­sion") im­posed fines on four elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers for fix­ing the prices of their on­line re­tail­ers. In as­sess­ing the im­pact of re­sale price main­ten­ance, the Com­mis­sion also fo­cused on the use of pri­cing al­gorithms.
    29/10/2018
    CMS ad­vises Bel­gian Fluxys and Rus­si­an NOVATEK on es­tab­lish­ment...
    19/07/2018
    Se­lect­ive dis­tri­bu­tion: Frank­furt court con­firms the leg­al­ity of third-party...
    On 12 Ju­ly 2018, the High­er Re­gion­al Court of Frank­furt ruled on the ap­peal pro­ced­ure in the Coty case (No. 11 U 96/14 Kart) and de­cided that the third-party plat­form ban agreed by the lux­ury cos­met­ics man­u­fac­turer Coty in its se­lect­ive dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment.
    19/10/2018
    CMS ad­vises Chart In­dus­tries on di­vestit­ure of its...
    12/06/2018
    Ham­burg court ex­tends ECJ's rul­ing on third-party plat­form ban to...
    On 22 March 2018, the Hanseat­ic High­er Re­gion­al Court in Ham­burg ruled that a sup­pli­er of food sup­ple­ments and vari­ous toi­letries may pro­hib­it dis­trib­ut­ors from selling its goods over cer­tain on­line sales sites known as third-party plat­forms.
    10/10/2018
    CMS ad­vises Wir­con on mer­ging op­er­a­tions and main­ten­ance...
    01/06/2018
    No gun jump­ing in EY case says ECJ
    The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that Ernst & Young (“EY”) did not jump the gun in the takeover of KP­MG’s Dan­ish unit. In its May 31 rul­ing, the Court of Justice re­af­firmed an earli­er Opin­ion by Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Nils Wahl, which could im­pact how “gun.