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Competition authorities have increasingly far-reaching powers to investigate mergers, markets, sectors, cartels, market conduct and commercial arrangements. You face an ever increasing risk of regulatory intervention, significant penalties, damages litigation and criminal liability. Our dedicated competition and regulatory experts in CEE, including former regulators, can advise you on the entire range of contentious and non-contentious competition law issues.

We have a successful track record in representing clients before national authorities and courts, as well as the European Commission and courts. The CMS Romania competition team has valuable hands-on experience of dealing with the Romanian Competition Council, as well as representing clients before the Romanian courts. We regularly advise clients on competition matters across multiple jurisdictions in CEE, working closely together, to deliver consistent and joined-up advice.

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest teams in the market and works closely with the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. We support clients on all their competition law needs: cartels, horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, state aid, investigations and compliance, regulatory appeals, criminal liability, damages litigation, public procurement and consumer protection. Being compliant and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies is key.

We focus not only on problem solving but also on how you can avoid problems in the first place. Our large team of competition lawyers has extensive experience in helping navigate these challenges so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets and use our sector approach to help us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

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21 May 2020
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2020
Cross bor­der M&A trans­ac­tions that re­quire mer­ger con­trol ap­provals in sev­er­al jur­is­dic­tions have be­come com­mon­place. To re­duce time delays and keep costs down, it is es­sen­tial to identi­fy at the early stages where and when to no­ti­fy the loc­al com­pet­i­tion
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.
02 July 2020
EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
20 April 2020
CEE Green­field Guide
This guide to in­vest­ment in the Cent­ral and East­ern European (“CEE”) re­gion is in­ten­ded to help po­ten­tial in­vestors un­der­stand what in­cent­ives are avail­able when in­vest­ing in the lead­ing coun­tries in CEE. It also sets out in­form­a­tion about the pro­cess for
27 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Com­pet­i­tion Law Dur­ing Coronavir­us Crisis
18 June 2020
Ro­mani­an Com­pet­i­tion Coun­cil seeks to tight­en un­fair com­pet­i­tion rules
Ac­cord­ing to the Ro­mani­an Com­pet­i­tion Coun­cil (RCC), the changes in the draft le­gis­la­tion have been de­signed to ad­dress vari­ous new forms of un­fair com­pet­i­tion, which are not covered by the cur­rent word­ing...
September 2019
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
26 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Sta­bil­isa­tion and Re­struc­tur­ing Ini­ti­at­ive
10 June 2020
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes sup­port stud­ies for the eval­u­ation of the...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished sup­port stud­ies for the eval­u­ation of the Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion. The key find­ings in­clude that al­though the VBER and Ver­tic­al Guidelines re­main rel­ev­ant...
08 March 2019
In­form­a­tion shar­ing con­cerns in trans­ac­tions with­in CEE
In­form­a­tion shar­ing con­cerns in trans­ac­tions with­in CEE looks at guidelines and le­gis­la­tion cov­er­ing ten Cent­ral and East­ern European coun­tries. Find out more.
25 April 2018
CMS Ex­pert Guide to mer­ger con­trol law and reg­u­la­tion in the EU
Are you look­ing for leg­al in­form­a­tion on mer­ger con­trol? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
02 June 2020
Mer­gers: European Com­mis­sion opens in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to Air Canada's...
On 25 May 2020, the European Com­mis­sion de­cided to open an in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion un­der the EU Mer­ger Reg­u­la­tion in­to the ac­quis­i­tion of Transat by Air Canada. The Com­mis­sion is con­cerned that the ac­quis­i­tion...