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The competition authorities now possess greater powers to investigate, prohibit and severely punish corporate antitrust practice, force disinvestments and inhibit transactions. Moreover, there is an additional risk of private damages claims through the courts as a result of antitrust practice. Thus, complying with regulation and mitigating risks is key. Our team advises companies in view of domestic and European competition authorities, using its vast experience to ensure that clients are able to operate within a secure environment.

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, with our sector-focused approach enabling us to obtain a greater understanding of each client’s business environment.

The CMS international competition group is one of the largest competition teams in Europe. We offer a global one-stop-shop solution to clients across all their competition law needs and boast a specialist competition law office located in Brussels. 

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08 June 2021
European Par­lia­ment's 'Schwab Re­port' pro­poses sig­ni­fic­ant changes to DMA
On 15 Decem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion sub­mit­ted its pro­pos­al for a Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) to es­tab­lish dos and don’ts for "gate­keep­ers" in di­git­al mar­kets and en­sure that gate­keep­ers con­duct...
08 June 2021
European Com­mis­sion moves ahead with pro­posed 'Data Act' reg­u­lat­ing ac­cess...
On 28 May, the European Com­mis­sion launched an ini­tial con­sulta­tion on its plans for a ‘Data Act’, which would – if ad­op­ted – in­tro­duce rules for ac­cess to and use of data, both in busi­ness-to...
01 June 2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
28 May 2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” – France, Ger­many and Neth­er­lands...
On 27-28 May 2021, EU pres­id­ency in­formed mem­ber states at the EU Com­pet­it­ive­ness Coun­cil on pro­gress achieved so far on the Com­mis­sion’s pro­pos­als for a Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA) and a Di­git­al Mar­kets...
27 May 2021
Gate­keep­er reg­u­la­tion in the EU: Ger­many ini­ti­ates fur­ther pro­ceed­ings...
On 25 May 2021, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion watch­dog, the Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice, ini­ti­ated pro­ceed­ings against Google and Al­pha­bet based on the new com­pet­i­tion law rules in the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act (Act...
20 May 2021
New Sec­tion 19a ARC pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated by the Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice...
On 20 Janu­ary 2021, ex­tens­ive amend­ments to Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to force, tight­en­ing in par­tic­u­lar pro­vi­sions deal­ing with the ab­use res­ult­ing from a dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion in the di­git­al eco­nomy...
19 May 2021
UK Gov­ern­ment look­ing to ex­empt Premi­er League broad­cast­ing deal from com­pet­i­tion...
In­tro­duc­tion On 12 May 2021, the UK De­part­ment for Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport (“DCMS”) wrote to the Premi­er League, Sky, BT, Amazon, and the BBC – the cur­rent hold­ers of broad­cast­ing rights...
13 May 2021
EU state aid law and rules in Spain dur­ing Cov­id-19
In­tro­duc­tion The Span­ish Gov­ern­ment has ap­proved a pleth­ora of sup­port-re­lated eco­nom­ic meas­ures in the form of State aid in or­der to help com­pan­ies and the self-em­ployed to mit­ig­ate the im­pact of the...
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...
10 May 2021
The Court of Justice of the EU cla­ri­fies the dur­a­tion of an in­fringe­ment...
In its pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing of 14 Janu­ary 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU cla­ri­fied the dur­a­tion of an in­fringe­ment in the event of col­lu­sion in a pub­lic tender. De­term­in­ing the end date of the in­fringe­ment...
05 May 2021
CMS ad­vises Macquar­ie Cap­it­al on the ac­quis­i­tion of rur­al fibre op­tic as­sets...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS ad­vised in­vest­ment fund Macquar­ie Cap­it­al as main in­vestor, to­geth­er with Daiwa En­ergy & In­fra­struc­ture and Ab­er­deen Stand­ard In­vest­ments, on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity...
05 May 2021
COV­ID-19: The Gen­er­al Court of the EU dis­misses Ry­anair's ap­peals against...
On 14 April 2021, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU, seized by sev­er­al an­nul­ment ac­tions brought by Ry­anair, con­sidered that the guar­an­tees giv­en by Fin­land to Fin­nair (Case T-388/20) and the guar­an­tees giv­en...