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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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27 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to an­ti­trust law and le­gis­la­tion dur­ing Cov­id-19
 Any busi­ness in the world could be af­fected by the coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) pan­dem­ic. For many, ur­gent meas­ures need to be taken to avoid ser­i­ous fin­an­cial con­sequences as a res­ult of these chal­len­ging and un­pre­ced­en­ted times.Busi­ness mod­els will like
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September 2019
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
The CMS Com­pet­i­tion Group has more than 180 com­pet­i­tion law­yers in 48 cit­ies in 34 coun­tries, mak­ing it one of the largest com­pet­i­tion teams in Europe. We can read­ily bol­ster our teams with com­pet­i­tion...
4 Feb 2019
CMS Dawn Raid As­sist­ant app
CMS has launched a free mo­bile ap­plic­a­tion that provides guid­ance for com­pet­i­tion-law dawn raids in 27 coun­tries.Dawn raids are be­com­ing more com­mon these days, with au­thor­it­ies im­pos­ing huge fines, in­spect­ors...

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10 May 2021
Vi­ol­a­tion of mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ur­al rules: European Com­mis­sion fines...
On 3 May 2021, the European Com­mis­sion fined chem­ic­al maker Sigma-Ald­rich EUR 7.5 mil­lion for provid­ing mis­lead­ing in­form­a­tion dur­ing mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings for Sigma-Ald­rich’s takeover by rival...
04 May 2021
With Il­lu­mina ac­tion, court to test EU Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral...
On 29 April 2021, the US life sci­ences com­pany Il­lu­mina con­firmed that it filed an ac­tion be­fore the EU courts ask­ing for an an­nul­ment of the European Com­mis­sion’s de­cision of 19 April 2021 to ac­cept...
29 April 2021
CMS in 27 areas of law one of the "Top Law Firms" in Switzer­land
CMS once again one of the lead­ing law firms in Switzer­land For the fifth time, the lead­ing Swiss busi­ness magazine BIL­ANZ and news­pa­per Le Temps have pub­lished their rank­ing of the best law firms...
28 April 2021
ECJ to is­sue pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on Ger­man FCO-Face­book case
In 2019, the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion watch­dog Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice (FCO) is­sued a re­mark­able de­cision against Face­book, which has been sub­ject to on-go­ing leg­al pro­ceed­ings that have kept an­ti­trust and data...
27 April 2021
The Fed­er­al Su­preme Court's judg­ment in the mat­ter "Hors-Liste Medika­mente...
On 21 April 2021, the Fed­er­al Su­preme Court pub­lished a judg­ment against Pf­izer re­gard­ing the sanc­tion or­der of the Com­pet­i­tion Com­mis­sion (COMCO) in the mat­ter Hors-Liste Medika­mente (Pre­isem­p­fehlun­gen)...
14 April 2021
CMS Switzer­land ranked by The Leg­al 500
Rank­ings of CMS Switzer­land in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2021 edi­tion CMS Switzer­land is re­com­men­ded in 18 cat­egor­ies in this year's Europe, Middle East and Africa edi­tion of The Leg­al 500, pub­lished in April...
12 April 2021
CMS ad­vises ISS on the sale of ISS Kanal Ser­vices AG
ISS, a glob­al lead­ing fa­cil­ity ser­vices pro­vider, has agreed to sell its Swiss sub­si­di­ary ISS Kanal Ser­vices AG to KLAR Part­ners, a pan-European in­vest­ment firm with a fo­cus on in­vest­ments in busi­ness...
12 April 2021
EU Di­git­al Ser­vices Act gives new leg­al frame­work for plat­form eco­nomy
The European Com­mis­sion has is­sued the draft pro­pos­al for the Reg­u­la­tion on a Single Mar­ket for Di­git­al Ser­vices (Di­git­al Ser­vices Act or DSA), which cre­ates a new leg­al frame­work for di­git­al ser­vices...
06 April 2021
EU is­sues draft of Di­git­al Mar­kets Act aimed at cre­at­ing a new and fair...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a draft pro­pos­al for a new com­pet­i­tion law frame­work for large on­line plat­forms, called the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). The Com­mis­sion pro­posed the DMA due to the...
22 March 2021
Switzer­land in­tro­duces the concept of re­l­at­ive mar­ket power and re­stricts...
On Fri­day, 19 March 2021, the Swiss par­lia­ment ad­op­ted in its fi­nal vote the amended par­lia­ment­ary counter-pro­pos­al to the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive "Stop the high price is­land - for fair prices". This counter-pro­pos­al...
18 March 2021
CMS Switzer­land ranked in Cham­bers and Part­ners Europe Guide 2021
We are de­lighted to an­nounce that 13 of our law­yers across 9 prac­tice areas are re­com­men­ded in the Cham­bers and Part­ners Europe Guide 2021. The fol­low­ing law­yers from our of­fices in Zurich and Geneva...
26 January 2021
European Com­mis­sion ap­proves an aid of 73 mil­lion EUR in fa­vour of Al­it­alia
On 29 Decem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised an Itali­an aid of 73.02 mil­lion EUR in fa­vour of Al­it­alia. The ob­ject­ive of this meas­ure is to com­pensate for the dam­age suffered by the Itali­an...