European legislation now has a major impact on virtually every aspect of German law, with the result that the two systems are becoming increasingly intertwined.

We provide advice on all aspects of European law and represent companies in cases involving the European Commission and other EU institutions, as well as in the full range of cases brought before the European Court of Justice. We also advise on trade law issues, e.g. anti-dumping.

Our office in Brussels plays a key role in handling matters involving EU legislation. The CMS EU Law Office is operated jointly with our partner firms in the CMS organisation. Our Brussels lawyers have established excellent working relationships – some of them over a number of years – with the decision-makers of the European Commission, the European Parliament and other European institutions.

Our core activities in the area of EU law are:

  • General European law (e.g. free trade)
  • EU state aid law
  • EU subsidy law
  • EU merger control
  • EU competition law
  • EU product law
  • EU tax law
  • EU trade law (e.g. anti-dumping)
  • Legal lobbying
  • WTO law
  • VAT law
  • Cases before the European Commission
  • Cases before the European Court of Justice
  • Tariff law (customs)
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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 spe­cial­ists, en­sur­ing your mer­ger or car­tel case

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10/07/2020
State aid op­tions for un­der­tak­ings dur­ing the Coronavir­us crisis in Ger­many...
Dur­ing the coronavir­us crisis, State aid is a way for un­der­tak­ings to ob­tain li­quid­ity. State aid can be gran­ted by all na­tion­al pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies, in­clud­ing loc­al au­thor­it­ies. There is no dir­ect aid avail­able from the EU Com­mis­sion...
04 September 2020
Ger­many: Min­istry's draft bill for Pat­ent Law Mod­ern­isa­tion Act in­cludes...
Is this the end of "auto­mat­ic in­junc­tions" for pat­ent in­fringe­ment in Ger­many? On 1 Septem­ber 2020, the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Justice and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion presen­ted the min­istry's draft bill (Ref­er­enten­ent­wurf)...
04/06/2020
John­son & John­son ad­vised by CMS in suc­cess­ful ap­peal against Schleck­er’s...
Frank­furt High­er Re­gion­al Court has re­jec­ted the ap­peal brought by the Schleck­er in­solv­ency ad­min­is­trat­or against the dis­missal of the claim for dam­ages handed down by Frank­furt Re­gion­al Court...
16 July 2020
Do earn-out clauses help with M&A trans­ac­tions in­flu­enced by COV­ID-19?
In times of COV­ID-19, many trans­ac­tions are dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the pur­chase price. Can earn-out clauses be of any help? This is a ques­tion that needs to be answered...
30/01/2020
Brexit - the count­down to cus­toms and bor­der con­trols
The date has been post­poned on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions but now the day is here. The United King­dom will leave the EU on mid­night (CET) on 31 Janu­ary 2020. The trans­ition peri­od be­gins there­after. This fixed peri­od agreed in the With­draw­al Agree­ment will last un
14 July 2020
More con­flict­ing judg­ments from Eng­land and France: un­cer­tainty for users...
In­tro­duc­tion In a sig­ni­fic­ant case for in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial ar­bit­ra­tion, on 23 June 2020, the Par­is Court of Ap­peal re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion to an­nul an ICC award, find­ing that the ar­bit­ral tribunal...
September 2019
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
02 July 2020
EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
May 2019
AB In­Bev hit with a EUR 200 mil­lion fine for re­stric­tion of cross-bor­der...
On 13 May 2019 the European Com­mis­sion fined AB In­Bev EUR 200 mil­lion for ab­us­ing its dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion in the beer mar­ket by re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales of its products...
22 May 2020
For­eign in­vest­ments in Ger­man life sci­ence com­pan­ies be­come sub­ject to...
In re­sponse to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, Ger­many has widened the scope of its in­vest­ment con­trol to in­clude nu­mer­ous life sci­ence com­pan­ies. The amend­ments to the For­eign Trade and Pay­ments Or­din­ance ("AWV")...
05/09/2018
CMS ad­vises At­las Copco on ac­quis­i­tion of cryo­gen­ic busi­ness of Brooks...
At­las Copco AB has agreed to ac­quire the cryo­gen­ic busi­ness of Brooks Auto­ma­tion, Inc., for a total value of USD 675 mil­lion.
04 May 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...