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Antitrust, Competition and Trade


The CMS Antitrust, Competition and Trade (ACT) group in Austria is part of the fully integrated global CMS group, one of the largest specialist competition and trade teams in the world. More than 225 CMS experts advise clients in over 40 countries worldwide on all ACT matters. The Austrian team is based in Vienna.

Global network and expertise

Due to our size and wide footprint, we are able to deal with all ACT matters irrespective of their geographical dimension. Where necessary we cooperate with long established contacts from our wider network of law firms everywhere in the world.

Comprehensive expertise in ACT matters

We are specialists across the full range of Antitrust, Competition and Trade matters. In the last three years alone, our group has advised clients in more than 750 competition and trade related proceedings. We have expert sub-groups specialising in specific areas within the wider competition and trade field, e.g. for State aid and FDI/Foreign investment screening

We are also renowned experts in various sectors of the economy, including automotive, consumer products/FMCG, construction, digital economy, energy & climate change, life sciences, telecommunications/media and transport. 

Diverse client portfolio

Our clients range from many large multinationals who frequently use our team as their ACT law firm of choice for the entire region (e.g., in Europe or CEE), to governments at all levels and also a high number of medium-sized companies. We also advise Austrian brand owners and leading market players, as well as supranational organizations, federal and local governmental entities (including in competition law training programmes for jurisdictions with nascent competition laws). 

Advocacy and representation

We represent our clients before Austrian authorities, including the Federal Competition Authority, the Federal Cartel Prosecutor, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy (for FDI screening matters), the Austrian courts (in particular the Cartel Court) and in proceedings before the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. Furthermore, we assist our clients on ACT matters worldwide.

Innovative tools and events

We use the most up-to-date technical and AI tools to support our business. We hold a renowned biannual EU competition law conference which has become a feature in the Brussels calendar. We put out regular case law updates on Austrian, EU and international competition and trade developments on our Law Now service. Our monthly EU law webinars are attended by in house counsel from around the world.  

We cover every area of Antitrust, Competition and Trade law:

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Competition and Cartel Investigation
Competition and cartel investigations
The risk of investigations and fines for anti-competitive behaviour is on the rise. . We defend our clients in cartel and other regulatory invest
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Merger Control
We have a long and extensive track record of advising clients on merger control requirements and representing them in merger control proceedings befor
Foreign investment screening
We frequently represent our clients in foreign investment screening matters in Austria. Additionally, our broad footprint with CMS offices in Europe,
Vertical agreements
We give clients confidence in their relationships with suppliers, resellers, franchisees, and customers, online and offline. By reviewing their distri
Horizontal agreements
The line between admissible conduct and infringement can be thin. Our specialists’ expertise covers the full range of horizontal cooperation or
abuse of dominance
Abuse of dominance and economic dependence
The competitive conduct of companies with a strong market position is subject to increasing scrutiny and may lead to unwanted regulatory intervention,
Unfair trading
Unfair trading practices (UTP)
We are at the forefront of advising clients in the field of unfair trading practices, which is a relatively new field of law in many countries.. Wheth
We provide day-to-day advice in all antitrust and competition law matters to help clients avoid any conflicts with antitrust and competition laws.. Co
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Private enforcement
The CMS team acts for claimants, defendants, and interveners in all competition-related private enforcement matters, including proceedings for the dis
State aid
State aid law is a complex and evolving field, particularly in light of recent global events such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ukraine crisis, and th
Foreign subsidies control
The EU has extended state aid control to the support of businesses provided by non-EU governments. We help companies to adapt to the new regulations a
Trade law and sanctions
In an increasingly challenging international business world, we help companies to remain compliant and keep supply chains moving. With export con
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General EU law, free movement of goods, services and capital
With our highly specialised expertise in general European law, we help companies defend their commercial interests in all matters of general EU law.&n
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Digital markets
CMS is widely recognised as a leader in providing legal advice to clients from the digital and technology markets.. Legal advice for digital and techn
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Companies in regulated industries are under constant scrutiny over anti-competitive behaviour. With our in-depth sector-specific competition law exper

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