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Competition and regulatory authorities now possess far-reaching powers to investigate companies and commercial arrangements, prohibit M&A deals, force divestment of merged businesses, review markets and impose penalties. There is the additional risk of private enforcement such as substantial (follow-on) antitrust damages claims. 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 difficult paths so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets.

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest competition teams in Europe and at the same time one of the most widespread. We offer a one-stop-shop solution to clients for all their competition law needs across Europe and beyond. The lawyers spread across the CMS offices are supported by the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. The CMS Competition Group has hands-on experience in dealing with the European Commission and all national competition authorities as well as European and national courts.

We act for clients in all areas of competition law: cartels, distribution agreements and other agreements comprising horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, private enforcement, state aid, investigations and compliance. Our sector approach helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

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    State Aid

    State aid is a highly technical area of EU law and has generated a wide range of evolving case law. Compliance with State aid rules is therefore an issue in any public intervention that involves State resources. State aid issues are usually quite complex, requiring a high level of expertise, in-depth knowledge and pragmatism.

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    Se­cur­ing your com­pany's li­quid­ity
    26 Mar 20
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    The Corona crisis does not stop at an­ti­trust law. In a joint state­ment dated 23 March 2020, the European Com­pet­i­tion Net­work (“ECN”), which en­com­passes the na­tion­al com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies in the...
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    20 Mar 20
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    Ex­ec­ut­ive Vice-Pres­id­ent Vestager had an­nounced on 17 March 2020 a pub­lic con­sulta­tion on the European Com­mis­sion’s draft pro­pos­al for a State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work to sup­port the eco­nomy in the con­text...
    28/1172019
    State aid ex­pert Mar­lene Wim­mer-Nistel­ber­ger is now...
    17 Mar 20
    While doc­tors fight COV­ID-19 au­thor­it­ies battle fraud, price hikes...
    In every coun­try hit by COV­ID-19, the dis­ease linked to the Coronavir­us, com­pet­i­tion and con­sumer pro­tec­tion au­thor­it­ies have been con­fron­ted with the vir­us's im­plic­a­tions. Gov­ern­ments, au­thor­it­ies and...
    22/08/2019
    The Dom­in­ance and Mono­pol­ies Re­view I Sev­enth Edi­tion
    10 Mar 20
    Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal rules on bind­ing nature of European Com­mis­sion...
    The UK’s Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal (CAT) has handed down an im­port­ant rul­ing on the ex­tent to which re­cit­als of a Com­mis­sion de­cision are bind­ing for the pur­poses of do­mest­ic dam­ages claims. The...
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    09 Mar 20
    €400 mil­lion pub­lic loan to ail­ing air­line Al­it­alia un­der EU in­vest­ig­a­tion:...
    On 28 Feb­ru­ary 2020, the European Com­mis­sion of­fi­cially triggered an in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to a €400 mil­lion pub­lic loan to Al­it­alia – gran­ted to the strug­gling air­line by the Itali­an gov­ern­ment...
    September 2019
    CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
    06 Mar 20
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    De­vel­op­ing a sup­ply chain re­sponse to the coronavir­us out­break in­volves be­ing ready be­fore such a crisis hits. Al­though the long-term con­sequences are yet to play out, the coronavir­us out­break already...