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Competition and regulatory authorities now possess far-reaching powers to investigate companies and commercial arrangements, prohibit M&A deals, force divestment of merged businesses, review markets and impose penalties. There is the additional risk of private enforcement such as substantial (follow-on) antitrust damages claims. 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 difficult paths so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets.

The CMS Competition & EU Group has more than 225 competition lawyers in 48 cities in 35 countries, making it one of the largest competition teams in Europe. Our widespread local presence - complemented by the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels is unique in Europe.

Our team has hands-on experience in dealing with the European Commission and all national competition authorities as well as European and national courts.  We act for clients in all areas of competition law: cartels, distribution agreements and other agreements comprising horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, private enforcement, state aid, investigations and compliance. Our sector approach helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

The group has recently launched the CMS Dawn Raid Assistant, ensuring that clients can benefit from real-time dawn raid assistance via their smartphone in 27 countries where CMS operates.

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July 2019
CMS Com­pet­i­tion & EU Glob­al Bro­chure
The CMS Com­pet­i­tion & EU Group is one of the largest com­pet­i­tion teams in Europe and of­fers you the most wide­spread pan-European cov­er­age. With more than 225 com­pet­i­tion law­yers based in 35 coun­tries., our com­pet­i­tion prac­tice is a one-stop solu­tion
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31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
02 October 2020
EU Com­pet­i­tion Law Brief­ings
The EU Com­pet­i­tion Law Brief­ings have been cre­ated to provide a plat­form for our cli­ents and oth­er com­pet­i­tion law ex­perts to stay up to date on the de­vel­op­ments of EU Com­pet­i­tion Law. 
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...
17/07/2020
Shift­ing Land­scapes in For­eign In­vest­ment Con­trols
The grow­ing ten­sion: glob­al­isa­tion versus pro­tec­tion­ism. Read on if you would like to learn more!
19 May 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion’s over­view of State rules and pub­lic ser­vice...
On 14 May 2020, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a work­ing pa­per on the in­ter­pret­a­tion of State aid and pub­lic ser­vice ob­lig­a­tions in the avi­ation sec­tor in the con­text of the COV­ID-19 crisis This...
May 2020
CMS State Aid Group
Con­tact Card
18 May 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 550 mil­lion Ger­man state-guar­an­teed...
At the end of April 2020, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a pub­lic loan guar­an­teed by the Ger­man State for an amount of EUR 550 mil­lion in fa­vour of Condor, a Ger­man charter com­pany, un­der the European...
04/05/2020
Work­ing re­gimes of com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies in west­ern Balkan coun­tries...
To en­able busi­nesses to bet­ter pre­pare and or­gan­ise around on-go­ing com­pet­i­tion mat­ters we have pre­pared a quick over­view of the cur­rent work­ing re­gimes of the west­ern Balkan coun­tries.
13 May 2020
Coronavir­us crisis: European Com­mis­sion ex­tends its State aid Tem­por­ary...
The European Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted on 11 May 2020 a second amend­ment to ex­tend the scope of the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work ad­op­ted on 19 March 2020. It aims at provid­ing Mem­ber States with new in­stru­ments...
24 March 2020
Joint activ­it­ies with oth­er FM­CG sup­pli­ers dur­ing Coronavir­us
05 May 2020
Coronavir­us crisis: More flex­ib­il­ity for European struc­tur­al and in­vest­ment...
On 23 April 2020, the European Uni­on ad­op­ted Reg­u­la­tion (EU) N° 2020/558 on spe­cif­ic meas­ures to provide ex­cep­tion­al flex­ib­il­ity in the use of European Struc­tur­al and In­vest­ment Funds in re­sponse to...
06/03/2020
Coronavir­us – Pro­tect­ing against sup­ply chain dis­rup­tion when ship­ping...