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Financial and reputational challenges and managing inherently changeable regulations

National and/or European competition authorities have extensive powers to control mergers and acquisitions, to sanction anti-competitive agreements and practices and to ensure that any state aid is compatible with European rules. These regulations can have serious consequences, particularly financial and reputational, for any type of organisation, such as companies as well as professional associations.

Any breach of competition law may also increasingly frequently give rise to stand-alone or follow-on actions for damages, particularly in relation to compensation for loss arising from anti-competitive practices.

Competition law is also an area subject to fluctuations in market supply and demand, as shown by legislative and policy developments aimed at further regulating the expansion of certain players in the digital economy and currently supporting the energy transition and the circular economy.

Complete support from our teams at all times

Our practice is run by three specialist partners and supported by a dozen lawyers. We are organised to cover the entire field of competition law, at national and European level. Our experts are therefore able to offer you personalised support, for specific questions or broader assignments.

We offer you services tailored to your needs, particularly in the following areas: merger control, law concerning cartels and abuse of dominant position in the private and public sector, opening up monopolies to competition (regulated sectors), vertical agreements including distribution agreements, economic law and restrictive competition practices (particularly significant imbalance, absence of counterparties, invoicing, payment deadlines, sudden termination of commercial relations), State aid, European law and principles governing the single market.

Our assistance takes the form of advice, support in the life of your compliance programmes, audits and assistance in the event of a competition investigation or in the framework of any dispute before a competition authority, economic authorities (DGCCRF) or competent courts. We also assist you with notifying your merger operations or filing complaints relating to implementation of competition law or compatibility between domestic law and European law.

We work for both public and private operators and our activity covers various sectors, including life sciences, consumer products, engineering technologies and services, electronic media and communications, the digital economy, energy, industrial sectors and infrastructure projects.

Legal 500 EMEA 2021- Tier 3

“Based in offices in Paris and Lyon, CMS has a broad practice covering merger control, competition litigation, state aid, distribution law and EU regulatory matters. Its specialist areas of expertise include foreign investment control proceedings and merger control and competition litigation in Africa. Operating out of Paris, Nathalie Pétrignet advises on distribution matters; Claire Vannini is a specialist in EU law and state aid. Denis Redon is another key Paris contact. (…) “

Testimonials
‘The CMS European law and competition team has a very wide and original range of talents compared to a traditional competition law team, in particular a very great experience in state aid law and in litigation under European law. – which is quite rare at this level.’
‘Claire Vannini is a partner who knows her subjects perfectly; she is able to make very creative proposals thanks to her multidisciplinary approach. Brilliant, she knows her files inside out, does not allow details to escape her. She is able to adapt to the needs of her clients.’
‘Team that has served our company for a very long time who knows perfectly our needs, particularly in commercial law and the marketing of our products (regulated or not). Quick pragmatic responses for everyday subjects and also carrying out well-argued studies and analyses for discussion with customers Appropriate regulatory watch’
‘Nathalie Pétrignet quickly responds to questions relating to commercial relations (particularly large-scale distribution) providing solutions for entering into or concluding negotiations with clients or reacting to possible pre-litigation. Great knowledge in this area. Important external contacts with appropriate feedback and communication to us. Easy contact.’

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National and European competition law directly concerns any business set up in France, whatever its legal form, size, sector of activity or area of in
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European law has now become an integral part of business life. It takes precedence over national law and can be enforced in European Union jurisdictio
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24/06/2022
Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
Since 5 May 2022, EU tri­logue ne­go­ti­ations have been un­der­way on the first Reg­u­la­tion to lim­it the ef­fect of sub­sidies from third coun­tries to com­pan­ies act­ive in the EU. That an agree­ment will be reached...
23/05/2022
Ten key takeaways of the draft re­vi­sion for the EU mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ure
Fol­low­ing its eval­u­ation of pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al as­pects of EU mer­ger con­trol, on 6 May 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished drafts for a re­vised Mer­ger Im­ple­ment­ing Reg­u­la­tion (in­clud­ing Form...
12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
11/05/2022
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the leg­al­ity of the res­cue aid to...
On 4 May 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the Com­mis­sion's de­cision ap­prov­ing res­cue aid of 36.66 mil­lion EUR from Ro­mania to the air­line TAR­OM. It found that the aid was in­deed...
13/04/2022
LEG­AL 500 EMEA 2022
The 2022 edi­tion of the Leg­al 500 EMEA guide is out. We would par­tic­u­larly like to thank our cli­ents for put­ting their trust in us! Our law firm’s rank­ings in France, Al­ger­ia and Mo­rocco France...
29/03/2022
Ap­plic­a­tion of State aid law to tax meas­ures: 2021 re­view and 2022 out­look
By sev­er­al rul­ings is­sued in 2021, the Court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has spe­cified its case-law on the veri­fic­a­tion of two re­quire­ments for tax meas­ures to fall with­in the scope of State aid: the...
24/02/2022
Pro­pos­al for EU Data Act ad­op­ted – Com­mis­sion Aims at Boost­ing Europe’s...
Fol­low­ing con­sulta­tion and in­tens­ive in­tern­al dis­cus­sions in 2021, the European Com­mis­sion on 23 Feb­ru­ary re­leased its pro­pos­al for a “Data Act”. If ad­op­ted by EU law­makers, this reg­u­la­tion will in­tro­duce...
24/02/2022
The European Com­mis­sion has en­dorsed its new Cli­mate, En­ergy and En­vir­on­ment­al...
The European Com­mis­sion’s re­vised Guidelines on state aid for cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and en­ergy (« CEEAG ») have been en­dorsed on 27 Janu­ary 2022. The CEEAG re­place the Guidelines on...
26/01/2022
Res­ults of IoT Sec­tor In­quiry out: Com­mis­sion con­firms con­cerns, con­siders...
1. In­tro­duc­tion On 20 Janu­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its Fi­nal Re­port on the con­sumer In­ter­net of Things (the “IoT”) Sec­tor In­quiry, which it launched in 2020 (see press re­lease...
24/11/2021
The European Com­mis­sion pro­longs the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work un­til...
The European Com­mis­sion has de­cided to pro­long the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work un­til 30 June 2022. The amend­ment, aside from the tem­por­al ex­ten­sion, aims to in­crease the thresholds of cer­tain cat­egor­ies...
2021
CMS State Aid Group
CMS has a ded­ic­ated team of leg­al spe­cial­ists to ad­vise on State aid-re­lated mat­ters. Our State aid spe­cial­ist law­yers take a thor­ough ap­proach to leg­al de­tail and can also stand back and take a wider...
07/10/2021
State aid: Court of Justice of the EU par­tially an­nuls European Com­mis­sion’s...
On 2 Septem­ber 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) an­nulled the judg­ments of the Gen­er­al Court of 19 June 2019 de­clar­ing the plaintiffs’ ac­tions in­ad­miss­ible and con­firm­ing the leg­al­ity...