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Antitrust, Competition and Trade Law Firm in Slovakia


The CMS Antitrust, Competition and Trade (ACT) group is one of the largest specialist competition and trade teams in the world. More than 225 CMS professionals advise clients in over 40 countries on all ACT matters. 

Due to our size and wide reach, we are able to deal with all ACT matters regardless of their location. Where appropriate, we work with long-standing contacts from our wider network of law firms anywhere in the world.

We are specialists in the full range of antitrust, competition and trade matters. In the last three years alone, we have advised clients in more than 750 competition and trade-related proceedings. We have specialist sub-groups that specializing in particular areas within the broader competition and trade area, e.g. state aid and foreign direct investment/foreign investment control. We are also known as experts in various sectors of the economy. Our renowned sector specialisation encompasses automotive, consumer products/FMCG, construction, digital economy, energy/oil & gas, life sciences, telecommunications/media and transport to name but a few.

Our clients include many very large multinational companies that often use our team as their ACT law firm for the entire region (e.g. in Europe) as well as public authorities at all levels and a large number of medium-sized companies. 
We use the most up-to-date technical and AI tools to support our business.  

Every year we organise a renowned conference on EU competition law, which has become part of the Brussels calendar.  We regularly publish updates on European and international competition and trade case law as part of our Law Now service. Our monthly webinars on EU law feature our in-house lawyers from around the world. Our group is governed not only by a steering committee of partners, but also by an active group of attorneys who serve our clients through innovation.

We cover all areas and matters of antitrust, competition and commercial law, in particular, we advise on: 

  • concentrations, notification of concentrations to the Slovak Antimonopoly Office
  • competition aspects of commercial contracts
  • protection against unfair competition practices 
  • internal checks on compliance with EU and Slovak competition rules
  • state aid 

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Abuse of dominant position and economic dependence
The competitive behaviour of companies with strong market positions is increasingly subject to scrutiny and can lead to unwanted regulatory interventi
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Commercial law and sanctions
Our multi-jur­is­dic­tion­al team helps clients navigate the rapidly changing complex export control re­quire­ments, trade sanctions and embargo rules at EU
We provide day-to-day advice on all competition law issues to help clients avoid any competition law conflicts. We work closely with our CMS Complianc
Control of foreign subsidies
The EU intends to extend state aid control to business support provided by non-EU governments. This new area of law is expected to enter into force so
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Digital markets
CMS is widely recognised as a leader in providing legal advice to clients in the digital and technology marketplace. We help companies avoid regulator
Foreign investment screening
Our extensive presence with CMS offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, combined with a very broad network of long-stand­ing contacts in all
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General EU law, free movement of goods, services and capital
With our highly specialised expertise in general European law, based mainly in Brussels, we help companies protect their commercial interests in all E
Horizontal agreements
Our spe­cial­ists’ expertise covers the whole range of horizontal cooperation or coordination between companies (joint ventures, spe­cial­isa­tion, j
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Merger Control
We advise clients on merger control requirements and represent them in merger control proceedings. In the M&A process, we notify transactions to t
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Private enforcement
The CMS team represents plaintiffs and defendants in all private competition law cases. Our extensive experience in many cases gives clients the confi
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With our in-depth expertise in sec­tor-spe­cif­ic competition law, we help clients verify that conduct and market behaviour is fully compliant with the l
Competition and Cartel Investigation
Slovakia: Competition and cartel in­vest­ig­a­tions
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State aid and EU subsidies
We advise public authorities as well as private and public companies on all aspects of state aid rules within the EU and in all countries that have al
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Unfair Trade Practices (UTP)
We are at the forefront of advising clients on unfair trading practices. Whether assessing contracts and commercial practices or dealing with complain
Vertical agreements
We provide clients with confidence in their re­la­tion­ships with suppliers, vendors and customers, both online and offline. By reviewing their distribut


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