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Competition authorities have increasingly far-reaching powers to investigate mergers, markets, sectors, cartels, market conduct and commercial arrangements. You face an ever increasing risk of regulatory intervention, significant penalties, damages litigation and criminal liability. Our dedicated competition and regulatory experts in CEE, including former regulators, can advise you on the entire range of contentious and non-contentious competition law issues.

We regularly advise clients on competition matters across multiple jurisdictions in CEE, working closely together, to deliver consistent and joined-up advice. We have a successful track record in representing clients before national authorities and courts, as well as the European Commission and courts.

The firm has a pro-client attitude and top-notch service quality

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest teams in the market and works closely with the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. We support clients on all their competition law needs: cartels, horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, state aid, investigations and compliance, regulatory appeals, criminal liability, damages litigation, public procurement and consumer protection. 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 challenges so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets and use our sector approach to help us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Com­pet­i­tion in Czech Re­pub­lic
Pa­pyr­us on Czech mer­ger clear­ance in re­la­tion to the ac­quis­i­tion of Os­pap.Glob­al Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions Group on two com­pet­i­tion dis­putes with the Czech in­cum­bent: (i) a mar­gin squeeze in re­spect to provid­ing...

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19/12/2022
Cor­por­ate crim­in­al li­ab­il­ity in the Czech Re­pub­lic
The Czech Act on Crim­in­al Li­ab­il­ity of Leg­al En­tit­ies and Pro­ceed­ings Against Them cov­ers crim­in­al li­ab­il­ity of leg­al en­tit­ies in their own spe­cif­ic way. Cor­por­ate crim­in­al li­ab­il­ity ap­plies to nearly...
12/12/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Fa­cing the op­por­tun­it­ies...
Di­git­al ad­vances and in­nov­at­ive ther­apies are push­ing the bound­ar­ies of health and the leg­al world has to keep pace Life sci­ences are fizz­ing with in­genu­ity and in­nov­a­tion with re­volu­tion­ary gene and...
21/11/2022
State aid: The Court of Justice of the EU an­nuls the Com­mis­sion’s de­cision...
On 8 Novem­ber 2022, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) an­nulled the judg­ment of the Gen­er­al Court held on 24 Septem­ber 2019, which re­jec­ted the ac­tion brought by the Grand Duchy of Lux­em­bourg and Fi­at...
01/11/2022
Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) comes in­to force on 1 Novem­ber 2022
The Di­git­al Mar­ket Act (DMA) was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on on 12 Oc­to­ber, and it will enter in­to force on 1 Novem­ber. Large di­git­al plat­forms that of­fer core plat­form ser­vices...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
02/08/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial...
Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Reg­u­la­tion, the meta­verse as a work­place In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. The emer­gence...
01/08/2022
State aid: Amend­ments to the European Com­mis­sion's Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work...
On 20 Ju­ly 2022, the European Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted an amend­ment to the Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work for State aid meas­ures to sup­port the eco­nomy fol­low­ing Rus­si­a's ag­gres­sion against Ukraine. The amend­ments...
29/07/2022
Air­line slots: The European Com­mis­sion presents to the Coun­cil and the...
On 12 Ju­ly 2022, the European Com­mis­sion is­sued a pro­pos­al for a reg­u­la­tion sub­mit­ted for ap­prov­al to the Coun­cil and the EU Par­lia­ment to al­low the air­line slot re­gime to re­spond in a more flex­ible man­ner...
27/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the...
Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the im­port­ance of cy­ber­se­cur­ity, ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world...
20/07/2022
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the Com­mis­sion de­cision on the Finnish...
On 22 June 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the European Com­mis­sion de­cision of 9 June 2020 ap­prov­ing the pub­lic re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Fin­nair for an amount of around EUR 500 mil­lion...
19/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs...
Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs and civil law prin­ciples in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. In the meta­verse, trade in vir­tu­al...
15/07/2022
EU­'s Gen­er­al Court con­firms Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral policy in...
Un­der Art­icle 22 of the EU Mer­ger Reg­u­la­tion (EU­MR), na­tion­al com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies have the pos­sib­il­ity to re­quest re­fer­ral to the Com­mis­sion of any mer­ger, which does not meet the thresholds of the...