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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.

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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
Brussels - EU Law Office
Portrait of Małgorzata Urbańska
Małgorzata Urbańska
Portrait of Dirk Van Liedekerke
Dirk Van Liedekerke
Portrait of Marquard Christen
Marquard Christen, LL.M., MAS
Portrait of Brian Sher
Brian Sher
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