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Competition & EU

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Competition and regulatory authorities and local governments are increasing the number and the scale of their investigations. In order to meet these growing challenges, clients need a strong legal counsel with experience, international reach and a thorough knowledge of major national and international competition law regulations. Based in Milan and in Rome our team offers this assistance. The team operates in all business areas with particular reference to: proceedings before both EU and Italian authorities (such as those related to cartels and abuse of dominant position), assistance before civil and administrative courts, domestic multi-national merger filings, state aids and for general consulting.

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest competition teams in Europe and at the same time one of the most widespread. We offer a one-stop-shop solution to clients for all their competition law needs across Europe and beyond.
Giving the fact that competition and regulatory authorities now possess far-reaching powers, we also implement effective risk mitigation systems.
Our Italian team of competition lawyers has developed a deep expertise in consumer protection. In this field we provide problem solving solutions if requested to appear before the competent authorities, and, in addition, the team also offers the necessary assistance to avoid issues and regularly advise in the drafting of the T&C for on-line sales to consumers.
Our sector approach helps us understand your business and get to grips with the issues which may arise from your day to day work.

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10 May 2021
Vi­ol­a­tion of mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ur­al rules: European Com­mis­sion fines...
On 3 May 2021, the European Com­mis­sion fined chem­ic­al maker Sigma-Ald­rich EUR 7.5 mil­lion for provid­ing mis­lead­ing in­form­a­tion dur­ing mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings for Sigma-Ald­rich’s takeover by rival...
10 May 2021
The Court of Justice of the EU cla­ri­fies the dur­a­tion of an in­fringe­ment...
In its pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing of 14 Janu­ary 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU cla­ri­fied the dur­a­tion of an in­fringe­ment in the event of col­lu­sion in a pub­lic tender. De­term­in­ing the end date of the in­fringe­ment...
05 May 2021
COV­ID-19: The Gen­er­al Court of the EU dis­misses Ry­anair's ap­peals against...
On 14 April 2021, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU, seized by sev­er­al an­nul­ment ac­tions brought by Ry­anair, con­sidered that the guar­an­tees giv­en by Fin­land to Fin­nair (Case T-388/20) and the guar­an­tees giv­en...
04 May 2021
With Il­lu­mina ac­tion, court to test EU Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral...
On 29 April 2021, the US life sci­ences com­pany Il­lu­mina con­firmed that it filed an ac­tion be­fore the EU courts ask­ing for an an­nul­ment of the European Com­mis­sion’s de­cision of 19 April 2021 to ac­cept...
28 April 2021
ECJ to is­sue pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on Ger­man FCO-Face­book case
In 2019, the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion watch­dog Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice (FCO) is­sued a re­mark­able de­cision against Face­book, which has been sub­ject to on-go­ing leg­al pro­ceed­ings that have kept an­ti­trust and data...
28 April 2021
The European Com­mis­sion ad­opts its re­vised Re­gion­al State Aid Guidelines
The European Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted on 19 April 2021 its re­vised EU Guidelines on re­gion­al State aid for the peri­od 2022–2027, to be fol­lowed by Mem­ber States when grant­ing State aid to com­pan­ies in or­der...
22 April 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­izes the third Itali­an aid to Al­it­alia...
On 26 March 2021, the Com­mis­sion au­thor­ized a third Itali­an aid of 24.7 mil­lion EUR in fa­vour of Al­it­alia as com­pens­a­tion for the dam­age suffered as a res­ult of the pan­dem­ic due to the re­stric­tions im­posed...
12 April 2021
EU Di­git­al Ser­vices Act gives new leg­al frame­work for plat­form eco­nomy
The European Com­mis­sion has is­sued the draft pro­pos­al for the Reg­u­la­tion on a Single Mar­ket for Di­git­al Ser­vices (Di­git­al Ser­vices Act or DSA), which cre­ates a new leg­al frame­work for di­git­al ser­vices...
09 April 2021
Im­ple­ment­a­tion of EU Dir­ect­ive on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in B2B re­la­tion­ships...
Draft Law no. 1721-B (European del­eg­a­tion law) which Art­icle 7 con­tains the prin­ciples and guidelines for the im­ple­ment­a­tion of European Dir­ect­ive 2019/633 on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in B2B re­la­tion­ships...
06 April 2021
EU is­sues draft of Di­git­al Mar­kets Act aimed at cre­at­ing a new and fair...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a draft pro­pos­al for a new com­pet­i­tion law frame­work for large on­line plat­forms, called the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). The Com­mis­sion pro­posed the DMA due to the...
09 March 2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...
19 February 2021
EU Gen­er­al Court dis­misses Ry­anair's ac­tions against French and Swedish...
On 17 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Gen­er­al Court con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the European Com­mis­sion's de­cisions ap­prov­ing the French and Swedish aid schemes in fa­vour of their air­lines. These two schemes, in­tro­duced...