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Competition

Poland

Competition authorities have increasingly far-reaching powers to investigate mergers, markets, sectors, cartels, market conduct and commercial arrangements. You face an ever increasing risk of regulatory intervention, significant penalties, damages litigation and criminal liability. Our dedicated competition and regulatory experts in CEE, including former regulators, can advise you on the entire range of contentious and non-contentious competition law issues. We regularly advise clients on competition matters across multiple jurisdictions in CEE, working closely together, to deliver consistent and joined-up advice. We have a successful track record in representing clients before national authorities and courts, as well as the European Commission and courts.

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest teams in the market and works closely with the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. We support clients on all their competition law needs: cartels, horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, state aid, investigations and compliance, regulatory appeals, criminal liability, damages litigation, public procurement and consumer protection. Being compliant and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies is key. We focus not only on problem solving but also on how you can avoid problems in the first place. Our large team of competition lawyers has extensive experience in helping navigate these challenges so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets and use our sector approach to help us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

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Chambers, 2016

Our Competition Team in Poland is one of the largest on the market. Our practice is not limited to antitrust law and merger control, but we also advise on state aid issues, public procurement, consumer law and unfair competition - in this capacity, we provide comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of competition law. We work with multi-national companies and leading brand owners, but also Polish firms and local governmental entities on both “one-off” complex legal matters as well as on compliance related issues associated with day to day commercial activities.

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Iain Batty
08/05/2018
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
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.
16/02/2018
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
10/05/2019
Po­land: the Pres­id­ent of the OC­CP on mys­tery shop­ping
Re­cently, Pol­ish Pres­id­ent of the Of­fice of Com­pet­i­tion and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion (“OC­CP”) has pub­lished a com­mu­niqué re­gard­ing the mys­tery shop­ping re­view that the Pres­id­ent un­der­take at the end of 2018.
16/03/2015
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Group
16/04/2019
The new EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign in­vest­ment is now in force
On 10 April 2019, the EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) came in­to force, al­low­ing the European Com­mis­sion and Mem­ber States un­til 11 Oc­to­ber 2020 to put in place mech­an­isms and re­sources to com­ply.
23/06/2014
CMS Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe 2014
10/04/2019
A mixed bill of health for EU loan syn­dic­a­tion
The much an­ti­cip­ated EU re­port on loan syn­dic­a­tion was pub­lished on 5 April 2019. It was po­si­tioned as a fact-find­ing ex­er­cise, com­mis­sioned by the European Com­mis­sion in 2017 and car­ried out by a third party con­sultancy, to study the func­tion­ing of the syn­dic­ated.
05/04/2019
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes re­port on com­pet­i­tion policy for the...
In­vest­ig­a­tions of ma­jor tech com­pan­ies have fuelled the de­bate re­gard­ing the fit­ness of com­pet­i­tion rules to ad­dress ques­tions about the di­git­al eco­nomy. On 4 April 2019, a spe­cial re­port on com­pet­i­tion policy, com­mis­sioned by EU an­ti­trust chief Mar­grethe Vestager,.
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.
26/02/2019
Stricter court con­trol of dawn raids con­duc­ted by the Com­pet­i­tion...
The Con­sti­tu­tion­al Tribunal has re­viewed the reg­u­la­tions on court ap­prov­al of un­an­nounced in­spec­tions (dawn raids) con­duc­ted by the Of­fice of Com­pet­i­tion and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion (“UOKiK”). At the re­quest of a busi­ness en­tity at which the UOKiK car­ried out a.