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State Aid Lawyers

We have a great deal of experience in advising both providers and receivers of state aid, including provinces, municipalities, water authorities, housing corporations, project developers and other enterprises that receive support. State aid involves not only subsidies, but also loans, tax exemptions, guarantees, property transactions, land allocation, PPP, government participation in enterprises, support for sustainable projects or other financial arrangements with enterprises.
 
Due to the complex character of this branch of law, which is regulated entirely by the EU, practical tailor-made advice is vital. Acting contrary to regulations with regard to state aid involves considerable risks, including the likelihood of an enterprise having to repay financial support (with interest) and all agreements made within a project having to be reversed. What’s more, supervision of compliance with state aid law by the authorities in Brussels is becoming very strict. And competitors of enterprises receiving support are increasingly turning to the courts. 
 
Our services include:

  • advising on the structuring of projects or government measures in such a way that they are in line with state aid law;  
  • assisting in the case of legal disputes regarding state aid;
  • support when notifying the European Commission of state aid;
  • assisting in the case of a European Commission investigation into possible prohibited state aid.
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Edmon Oude Elferink
Edmon Oude Elferink
Part­ner
Advocaat
Belgium, Brussels
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Edmon Oude Elferink heads the EU & Competition team in the Netherlands. He is based out of the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels and advises clients on general EU law, competition law, state aid and data...
Vassilis Karantounias
Vassilis Karantounias
Of Coun­sel
Advocaat
Belgium, Brussels
Vassilis Karantounias serves as an advocaat in the Data Protection & Privacy and Competition & EU practices at the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels.​Vassilis has broad expertise in EU law as well as in...
Annemieke Hazelhoff
Annemieke Hazelhoff
Advocaat
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Annemieke Hazelhoff is an advocaat in our Competition & EU Practice Area Group. She shares her time between the CMS EU Law office in Brussels and the CMS office in Amsterdam. The Brussels office...
Roderick Nieuwmeyer
Roderick Nieuwmeyer
Advocaat
Belgium, Brussels
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Roderick Nieuwmeyer works as an advocaat in our Competition & EU Practice Area Group. He is based in the CMS EU Law office in Brussels and the CMS office in Amsterdam.​Roderick has extensive...
Merle Temme
Merle Temme
Advocaat
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Merle Temme is an advocaat in our Competition & EU Practice Area Group. Merle is also a member of the Data Protection & Privacy Group of CMS. ​She has been with CMS since November 2018 and previously...