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What is 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.

CMS Lawyers: World-class State aid specialists

CMS has a dedicated team of legal specialists to advise on State aid-related matters. Our State aid specialist lawyers take a thorough approach to legal detail and can also stand back and take a wider view to deliver the best results.
Our experience covers all aspects of State aid:
•    fiscal incentives
•    rescue and restructuring aid
•    aid for infrastructures
•    services of general economic interest
•    regional aid
•    RDI aid
•    aid for environmental
•    aid for energy
•    de-minimis etc. 

State aid Law: Our Services

CMS lawyers represent both public authorities and private companies on all aspects of the State aid rules. This includes: 

•    Legal assessment of the existence of an aid and its compatibility 
•    Privatisations 
•    Carrying out bidding procedures in line with the Notice on the Notion of Aid
•    Set up of aid schemes 
•    Assistance to public authorities in the notification of State aid 
•    Assistance to public authorities or beneficiaries in State aid investigations by the European Commission drafting and lodging complaints before the European Commission 
•    Litigation before national and EU Courts 

The CMS State aid team in Austria has particular expertise in following industry sectors: 

•    Rail transport sector 
•    Energy 
•    Financial Services 
•    Postal sector 
•    Telecoms 
•    Infrastructure & Projects
•    Life Sciences & Healthcare
•    Culture

Well advised with CMS - nationally and internationally

The CMS State aid Group comprises 40 State aid law specialists practicing State aid law in 17 jurisdictions being located in 20 cities in Europe and beyond – all committed to assist you. 

Find your local contact person in our brochure CMS State aid Group.

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