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Competition and regulatory authorities now possess far-reaching powers to investigate companies and commercial arrangements, prohibit M&A deals, force divestment of merged businesses, review markets and impose penalties. There is the additional risk of private enforcement such as substantial (follow-on) antitrust damages claims. 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 difficult paths so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets.

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. The lawyers spread across the CMS offices are supported by the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. The CMS Competition Group has hands-on experience in dealing with the European Commission and all national competition authorities as well as European and national courts.

We act for clients in all areas of competition law: cartels, distribution agreements and other agreements comprising horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, private enforcement, state aid, investigations and compliance. Our sector approach helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

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    State Aid

    State aid is a highly technical area of EU law and has generated a wide range of evolving case law. Compliance with State aid rules is therefore an issue in any public intervention that involves State resources. State aid issues are usually quite complex, requiring a high level of expertise, in-depth knowledge and pragmatism.

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    July 2019
    CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
    13 Nov 19
    CMS Guide to Pass­port­ing: Rules on Mar­ket­ing Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment...
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe
    13 Nov 19
    CMS Guide to Pass­port­ing : Rules on Mar­ket­ing Un­der­tak­ings for Col­lect­ive...
    01/01/2018
    Fair Play
    Bro­chure Com­pet­i­tion Law
    13 Nov 19
    CMS Guide to Private Place­ment of Funds : Ac­cess­ing European In­vestors...
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Third Party Costs
    05 Nov 19
    Whis­tleblow­ing Dir­ect­ive ad­op­ted by the EU Coun­cil
    On 7 Oc­to­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil ap­proved the word­ing of the "Dir­ect­ive of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the pro­tec­tion of per­sons who re­port breaches of Uni­on law", also known as the...
    16/07/2014
    CMS Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe 2014: for the...
    02 Aug 19
    Con­sulta­tion on EC Com­mu­nic­a­tion on the pro­tec­tion of con­fid­en­tial...
    Na­tion­al courts are in­creas­ingly deal­ing with com­pet­i­tion law pro­ceed­ings brought by con­sumers and com­pet­it­ors, so-called private en­force­ment pro­ceed­ings. Un­like com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies, these private...
    09/07/2014
    CMS Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe 2014
    27 May 19
    AB In­Bev hit with a EUR 200 m fine for re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales
    On 13 May 2019, the European Com­mis­sion fined AB In­Bev EUR 200 mil­lion for ab­us­ing its dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion on the beer mar­ket by re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales of its products. As an ex­ample of the Com­mis­sion's...