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Successful companies don’t just wait for antitrust and competition regulations to impact them. They anticipate what’s coming and act now, to reduce the risk of cartel investigations, penalties, litigation and forced divestments – and to keep M&A deals, joint ventures and alliances alive. 

Through our worldwide reach, deep sector knowledge and broad antitrust and competition experience, we help clients navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment, and defend against alleged anti-competitive behaviour, to face the future with confidence.

With more than 220 Competition & EU lawyers, in 48 cities across 36 countries, we have one of the largest global teams, with a growing presence in China, Latin America and Africa. We’re especially strong in Europe, dealing with both the European Commission and the national competition authorities and sector regulators, as well as European and national courts. We have a dedicated CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. 

Our renowned sector specialisation encompasses consumer products, construction,  energy, oil & gas, life sciences, automotive, telecommunications and transport, to name but a few. When clients choose CMS Competition & EU lawyers, they receive practical, innovative advice and solutions from approachable professionals, working together across borders and sharing their expertise. 

We also pioneer the use of technology, harnessing the power of AI to dramatically speed up email and document trails to unearth key evidence. Our CMS Dawn Raid App offers clients real-time dawn raid assistance via their smartphone in 27 countries where CMS operates.

Staying competitive is hard enough as it is, without the additional challenge of antitrust investigations and defences. CMS’ Competition & EU lawyers can help clients keep one step ahead of emerging risks, remain compliant, and focus on growing their business.  

We cover every area of Competition & EU law

  • Vertical agreements    
  • Horizontal agreements    
  • Abuse of dominance and economic dependence    
  • Cartel and competition investigations    
  • Compliance    
  • Private enforcement    
  • Merger control    
  • State aid   
  • Foreign investment    
  • Foreign subsidies control    
  • Rules of free movement   
  • Regulated industries    
  • Digital markets    
  • EU Trade Law and Sanctions    
  • Unfair trading practises  

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Please reach out to any of our Competition & EU lawyers to find out how we can help you.

See our most recent CMS Expert Guides on Competition & EU, and other related content.

31/01/2022
CMS Com­pet­i­tion As­so­ci­ates
Our CMS Com­pet­i­tion As­so­ci­ate group (CMS-CA) is a key ini­ti­at­ive to provide our ju­ni­or and seni­or as­so­ci­ates with a plat­form for the young­er gen­er­a­tion, boost col­lab­or­a­tion and foster in­nov­a­tion at all levels with­in the CMS Com­pet­i­tion & EU Group, both in­tern­ally and ex­tern­ally. We have cur­rently 25 mem­bers from 23 of­fices, work­ing on a vari­ety of ini­ti­at­ives and 4 key pro­jects. One of them you can see down be­low and the rest will fol­low soon.  Pod­cast pro­ject: DiGi POD  Our pod­cast series on trend­ing com­pet­i­tion law de­vel­op­ments. More in­form­a­tion here.  Meet our CMS Com­pet­i­tion As­so­ci­ates  

Competition & EU Group | Steering Committee

Portrait of Michael Bauer
Dr. Michael Bauer
Partner
Brussels - EU Law Office
Portrait of Małgorzata Urbańska
Małgorzata Urbańska
Partner
Warsaw
Portrait of Dirk Van Liedekerke
Dirk Van Liedekerke
Partner
Brussels
Portrait of Marquard Christen
Marquard Christen, LL.M., MAS
Partner
Zurich
Portrait of Brian Sher
Brian Sher
Partner
London
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28/10/2021
EU Com­pet­i­tion Con­fer­ence 2021
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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. Every month CMS com­pet­i­tion ex­perts will present a re­cent case by

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Ten key takeaways of the draft re­vi­sion for the EU mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ure
Fol­low­ing its eval­u­ation of pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al as­pects of EU mer­ger con­trol, on 6 May 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished drafts for a re­vised Mer­ger Im­ple­ment­ing Reg­u­la­tion (in­clud­ing Form...
20/05/2022
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17/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law: Part 2 - Sim­pli­fy­ing the designs sys­tem
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12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
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12/05/2022
Ab­use of eco­nom­ic de­pend­ency in Bel­gi­um – cur­rent state of af­fairs
The pro­hib­i­tion on ab­us­ing an un­der­tak­ing’s eco­nom­ic de­pend­ency, which came in­to force on 22 Au­gust 2020, tar­gets a situ­ation where an un­der­tak­ing ab­uses the eco­nom­ic­ally de­pend­ent po­s­i­tion of an­oth­er...
11/05/2022
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the leg­al­ity of the res­cue aid to...
On 4 May 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the Com­mis­sion's de­cision ap­prov­ing res­cue aid of 36.66 mil­lion EUR from Ro­mania to the air­line TAR­OM. It found that the aid was in­deed...
09/05/2022
UKIPO Call for Views on designs re­gime
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22/05/2022
ACC Europe An­nu­al Con­fer­ence 2022
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UK Sub­sidy Con­trol re­gime: Roy­al As­sent
On 28 April 2022, the Sub­sidy Con­trol Bill re­ceived Roy­al As­sent, form­ally mak­ing the Bill in­to an Act of Par­lia­ment – the Sub­sidy Con­trol Act 2022.  However, as high­lighted in our ho­ri­zon scan­ning...
27/04/2022
Ro­mania trans­poses EU Dir­ect­ive on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in ag­ri­cul­ture...
Ro­mania re­cently ad­op­ted Law no. 81/2021 on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices between un­der­tak­ings in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain, which trans­poses the EU­'s Un­fair Trad­ing Prac­tices Dir­ect­ive. This...
22/04/2022
Do Chinese sub­si­di­ar­ies of EU share­hold­ers and EU na­tion­als in China have...
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20/04/2022
New con­sumer pro­tec­tion law an­nounced
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