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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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23/05/2022
Ten key takeaways of the draft re­vi­sion for the EU mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ure
Fol­low­ing its eval­u­ation of pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al as­pects of EU mer­ger con­trol, on 6 May 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished drafts for a re­vised Mer­ger Im­ple­ment­ing Reg­u­la­tion (in­clud­ing Form...
12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
11/05/2022
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the leg­al­ity of the res­cue aid to...
On 4 May 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the Com­mis­sion's de­cision ap­prov­ing res­cue aid of 36.66 mil­lion EUR from Ro­mania to the air­line TAR­OM. It found that the aid was in­deed...
24/02/2022
The European Com­mis­sion has en­dorsed its new Cli­mate, En­ergy and En­vir­on­ment­al...
The European Com­mis­sion’s re­vised Guidelines on state aid for cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and en­ergy (« CEEAG ») have been en­dorsed on 27 Janu­ary 2022. The CEEAG re­place the Guidelines on...
24/02/2022
Pro­pos­al for EU Data Act ad­op­ted – Com­mis­sion Aims at Boost­ing Europe’s...
Fol­low­ing con­sulta­tion and in­tens­ive in­tern­al dis­cus­sions in 2021, the European Com­mis­sion on 23 Feb­ru­ary re­leased its pro­pos­al for a “Data Act”. If ad­op­ted by EU law­makers, this reg­u­la­tion will in­tro­duce...
26/01/2022
Res­ults of IoT Sec­tor In­quiry out: Com­mis­sion con­firms con­cerns, con­siders...
1. In­tro­duc­tion On 20 Janu­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its Fi­nal Re­port on the con­sumer In­ter­net of Things (the “IoT”) Sec­tor In­quiry, which it launched in 2020 (see press re­lease...
28/09/2021
Gen­er­al Court backs European Com­mis­sion in Altice gun jump­ing case – con­firm­ing...
On 22 Septem­ber 2021, the Gen­er­al Court dis­missed Altice's ac­tion against the European Com­mis­sion's 2018 de­cision im­pos­ing two fines totalling EUR 124.5 mil­lion for "gun jump­ing" in con­nec­tion with Altice's...
22/09/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” part 2 – France, Ger­many...
In May 2021, France, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands pub­lished a non-pa­per with pro­pos­als to im­prove the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). In this pa­per, the three mem­ber states, which refer to them­selves as “Friends...
22/09/2021
EU Green Deal, sus­tain­ab­il­ity and com­pet­i­tion law: European Com­mis­sion’s...
In Decem­ber 2019, the European Com­mis­sion presen­ted the “European Green Deal”, which com­mits to cli­mate neut­ral­ity by 2050. EU Mem­ber States prom­ised to re­duce emis­sions by at least 55% by 2030, com­pared...
15/07/2021
European Com­mis­sion pub­lished drafts of the re­vised Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion...
On 9 Ju­ly, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its draft re­vised Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the cor­res­pond­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines. The VBER con­cerns ver­tic­al agree­ments, which are agree­ments...
15/07/2021
COV­ID-19: The European Com­mis­sion ap­proves a fifth aid to Al­it­alia
On 2 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised Itali­an aid of EUR 39.7 mil­lion for Al­it­alia. This aid meas­ure is in­ten­ded to com­pensate Al­it­alia for the dam­age suffered on cer­tain routes caused by...
13/07/2021
Pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa by IAG: Com­mis­sion opens in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion
On 29 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion opened Phase II mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings on IAG's pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa be­cause of its po­ten­tial im­pact on the Span­ish air ser­vices mar­ket. In May...