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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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Iain Batty
22 August 2017
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2017
21/06/2017
The Ver­dict - Round-up of cor­por­ate crime de­vel­op­ments across CMS
We are pleased to send our new is­sue of The Ver­dict, an at-a-glance round-up of re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to cor­por­ate crime. In this is­sue, the spot­light is on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes to anti-cor­rup­tion laws in the Czech Re­pub­lic, in­clud­ing.
2 August 2017
The Auto­mot­ive In­dustry Re­port 2017/18
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 from...
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.
13 October 2016
CMS Po­land launches law com­pet­i­tion for stu­dents
18/04/2017
Po­land: New rules on con­fis­ca­tion of pro­ceeds of crime will come in­to...
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).
12 October 2016
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix
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 Reg­u­lat­ory...
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, re­launch­ing...
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 after...
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.