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Competition

Poland

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 regularly advise clients on competition matters across multiple jurisdictions in CEE, working closely together, to deliver consistent and joined-up advice. We have a successful track record in representing clients before national authorities and courts, as well as the European Commission and courts.

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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Chambers, 2016

Our Competition Team in Poland is one of the largest on the market. Our practice is not limited to antitrust law and merger control, but we also advise on state aid issues, public procurement, consumer law and unfair competition - in this capacity, we provide comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of competition law. We work with multi-national companies and leading brand owners, but also Polish firms and local governmental entities on both “one-off” complex legal matters as well as on compliance related issues associated with day to day commercial activities.

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13 October 2016
CMS Poland launches law competition for students
10/05/2017
CMS Public Procurement Forum
We are pleased to invite you to the CMS Public Procurement Forum that will be held at the Business Centre Club in Warsaw, on 24 May 2017. The event will discuss recent trends and developments in the public procurement market both in Poland and across Europe.
13 October 2016
CMS Poland launches law competition for students
02/05/2017
Poland: UOKiK introduces special programme to obtain information...
The Polish Competition Authority (“UOKiK”) is introducing a special programme to encourage anonymous informants (“whistleblowers”) to provide information on competition law infringements. Anyone who has information on a prohibited agreement (e.
12 October 2016
CEE Merger Clearance Matrix
18/04/2017
Poland: New rules on confiscation of proceeds of crime will come...
In our Law-now alerts of 24. 06. 2016 and 01. 03. 2017, we described the most important changes related to a new draft bill concerning new rules pertaining to the confiscation of criminal proceeds. The wording of the draft bill, after minor amendments (by the Senate).
16/08/2016
Greenfield Investments in CEE
10/02/2017
India Budget 2017 - 2018
On 1 February, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented India’s annual Union Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fiscal year beginning 1 April 2017. The central aim in this year’s Budget appears to focus on the most vulnerable with increased spending.
12/02/2016
CMS recognised in the Polityka Insight Ranking of...
01/12/2016
BEPS Update: Multilateral Instrument Published
The OECD has now published the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) that will implement certain of the treaty-related proposals from its project on tackling base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”).
12/05/2015
CMS number one in Polish arbitration competition
28/10/2016
European Commission publishes Corporate Tax Reform Package, relau...
As part of a Corporate Tax Reform Package, the EC has published four proposals for Council Directives. 1. Proposals to relaunch the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base First, the European Commission (“EC”) has announced that it is relaunching its proposal.
19/03/2015
Summer internships at CMS Poland
20/09/2016
When the Dust Settles: Cross-border restructuring and insolvency...
As the dust begins to settle after the EU referendum and the potential ramifications of Brexit continue to be digested, we examine the potential impact of Brexit on the UK cross-border restructuring and insolvency regime and its consequences for the UK’s reputation.
16/03/2015
CMS Competition Group
16/09/2016
Poland: Changes concerning criminal corporate liability – part I
All clients, in particular clients that cooperate with public sector entities, should take a closer look at the existing and newly introduced changes to the regulation on liability of collective entities.
16/03/2015
CMS Competition Contact Card
01/09/2016
Poland’s General Prosecutor casts spotlight on unit-linked activi...
The people who designed and launched a unit-linked insurance product onto the market could be accountable under criminal law along with the individuals who distributed the policies – according to the Guidelines on conducting criminal investigations into financial.