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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03 Apr 20
State aid avail­able to busi­nesses in Ger­many dur­ing the Coronavir­us...
Dur­ing the coronavir­us crisis, State aid is a way for busi­nesses to ob­tain li­quid­ity. State aid can be gran­ted by all na­tion­al pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies, in­clud­ing loc­al au­thor­it­ies. There is no dir­ect aid...
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30 Mar 20
EU Com­mis­sion calls for closer scru­tiny of for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment
Non-EU in­vestors may be con­fron­ted with more ri­gid clear­ance pro­cesses when at­tempt­ing to ac­quire EU com­pan­ies as a res­ult of an un­pre­ced­en­ted call for ac­tion by the European Com­mis­sion. In a policy pa­per...
26 Jul 19
EU tax­onomy: Steer­ing cap­it­al flows to­wards a sus­tain­able fu­ture for...
Last month a group of ex­perts rep­res­ent­ing a range of European fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tors, in­ter­na­tion­al or­gan­isa­tions and civil so­ci­ety pub­lished their re­com­mend­a­tions for an EU tax­onomy for sus­tain­able...