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State Aid

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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 issue in any public intervention that involves State resources. State aid issues are usually quite complex, requiring a high level of expertise, in-depth knowledge.

The CMS State Aid Practice Area Group has 40 State aid law specialists practicing State aid law in 17 jurisdictions being located in 20 cities in Europe and beyond – all committed to assist you. 

CMS' State Aid experience covers all aspects of State aid: fiscal incentives, rescue and restructuring aid, aid for infrastructures, services of general economic interest, regional aid, RDI aid, aid for environmental, aid for energy

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May 2020
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 view to de­liv­er the best res­ults.Our ex­per­i­ence cov­ers all as­pects of State aid: fisc­al in­cent­ives, res­cue and re­struc­tur­ing aid, aid for in­fra­struc­tures, ser­vices of gen­er­al eco­nom­ic in­terest, re­gion­al aid, RDI aid, aid for en­vir­on­ment­al, aid for en­ergy, and the like.In the con­text of the COV­ID-19 out­break, we as­sist pub­lic au­thor­it­ies in set­ting up aid schemes and no­ti­fy­ing them to the European Com­mis­sion and we ad­vise pub­lic and private com­pan­ies on ob­tain­ing pub­lic sup­port and re­struc­tur­ing their activ­it­ies.
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State Aid in the en­ergy sec­tor
Cur­rent is­sues - Sum­mer 2014
08 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to State Aid Dur­ing Coronavir­us Crisis
Any busi­ness in the world could be af­fected by the coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) pan­dem­ic. For many, ur­gent meas­ures need to be taken to avoid ser­i­ous fin­an­cial con­sequences as a res­ult of these chal­len­ging and un­pre­ced­en­ted times. Against this back­drop, gov­ern­ments are in­tro­du­cing new meas­ures to provide dir­ect fin­an­cial and non-fin­an­cial sup­port to busi­nesses of all sizes. Any such meas­ures need to com­ply with EU State Aid law and many will re­quire ap­prov­al by the EU Com­mis­sion.