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Competition & EU

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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 com­pet­i­tion law dur­ing coronavir­us crisis
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 lik
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 spe­cial­ists, en­sur­ing your mer­ger or car­tel case
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 ap­pear­ing sim­ul­tan­eously at dif­fer­ent lo

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11 September 2020
CMS ad­vised the own­er of Ak­tiengesell­schaft Ernst Hablützel + Co. on the...
A team of CMS led by Dr Patrick Som­mer ad­vised the own­er of Ak­tiengesell­schaft Ernst Hablützel + Co. on all leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tion.
27 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to com­pet­i­tion law dur­ing coronavir­us crisis
17 September 2020
EU Com­mis­sion launches in­quiry in­to IoT sec­tor, dawn raids ex­pec­ted
On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the European Com­mis­sion launched an an­ti­trust in­quiry in­to the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) sec­tor, look­ing at con­sumer-ori­ented products and ser­vices with a spe­cial fo­cus on wear­able devices...
20 August 2020
CMS ad­vised the ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers on the com­ple­tion of the sale of...
A team from CMS Switzer­land, CMS France and the CMS EU Law Of­fice in Brus­sels ad­vised the ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers on the sale of agta re­cord to ASSA ABLOY.
26 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to sta­bil­isa­tion and re­struc­tur­ing ini­ti­at­ive
15 September 2020
Cru­cial changes ex­pec­ted in EU Mer­ger Con­trol
'There will be no ma­jor over­haul of EU mer­ger con­trols, but more fine-tun­ing to con­cen­trate on the things that mat­ter' – This was the bot­tom-line of a speech by EU Com­mis­sion­er Mar­grethe Vestager at...
24 April 2020
CMS again achieves top po­s­i­tions in BIL­ANZ / Le Temps rank­ing 2020
The best law­yers in Switzer­land 2020 were se­lec­ted by the busi­ness magazine BIL­ANZ.
25 April 2018
CMS Ex­pert Guide to mer­ger con­trol law and reg­u­la­tion in the EU
Are you look­ing for leg­al in­form­a­tion on mer­ger con­trol? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
15 September 2020
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment on Ver­tic­al Block...
The Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment (SWD 2020 173 fi­nal) is the next step on the road to an up­dated VBER and cor­res­pond­ing guidelines. With the cur­rent VBER due to ex­pire on 31 May 2022, the Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment...
15 April 2020
New rank­ings from "The Leg­al 500" for CMS Switzer­land
08 September 2020
European Com­mis­sion form­ally opens in-depth state aid in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to...
On 2 Septem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) form­ally opened an in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to wheth­er Bel­gi­um’s grant of a li­cence to Lad­brokes to op­er­ate vir­tu­al bet­ting in Bel­gi­um...
12 March 2020
Top-Rank­ings for CMS Switzer­land by Cham­bers and Part­ners
Wir freuen uns mit­teilen zu können, dass 14 un­ser­er An­wäl­tinnen und An­wälte in 10 Rechts­ge­bi­eten in der im März 2020 ver­öf­fent­licht­en Aus­gabe von Cham­bers and Part­ners Europe em­pfohlen wer­den.