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Competition law risk is increasingly a board level issue. All businesses need to focus on its impact on their activities.

Mergers require strategic thought up front, as to structuring and substantive competition risk. Pricing and distribution strategies need to be attuned to potential allegations of dominance. Cartel risk needs to be identified and assessed quickly, but accurately. Practical, and sometimes innovative, solutions need to be found in a fast-moving commercial context.

Our first class team of competition lawyers (awarded Competition Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards in 2020) has extensive experience in helping clients navigate these difficult paths. We have in-depth knowledge of how the competition rules apply in practice across different markets. Our sector focus helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues. 

We can help you devise your business strategies to address these challenges and take advantage of the opportunities they offer. We also have hands-on experience of dealing with the competition authorities and courts, and we work with our CMS network of specialist competition lawyers across the EU and beyond. We're experienced in acting on high-profile competition and dawn raid investigations before the UK and EU competition authorities, and we also deal with sector regulators including ORR, Ofgem, and Ofcom. We regularly advise on day-to-day competition issues including commercial agreements and practices, compliance programmes and provide competition law training and audits.

The CMS Competition Practice Group has more than 225 competition lawyers, making it one of the largest competition teams globally. Our experts provide you with tailor-made advice on competition issues at both the European Union (EU) and national levels, within Europe and across the world.

"I was hugely impressed by the quality of thought, commitment, passion and work ethic with which CMS navigated us through this challenging CMA process. Simply put, they were outstanding. It really does feel like we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and it feels good."

Martin Forbes, President of Cox Automotive International

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Competition Investigations & Raids
With the increase in businesses operating across borders, we understand the need to spot potential competition law issues at an early stage. Increasin
Merger Control
Merger control is a vitally important element of many transactions. The early identification of where a transaction needs to be notified, and the inco
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Sanctions & Export Controls
Sanctions and export controls are now a key risk for companies engaged in international trade. The risk of corporate fines and personal criminal liabi
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State Aid
State aid is a highly technical area of EU law and has generated a wide range of evolving case law. Compliance with State aid rules is therefore an is
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