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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.

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.

Our experts at CMS Bratislava keep in close contact with the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels and provide advice on all aspects of competition and EU law. Naturally, different sectors pose different questions and our team’s many years of experience in the telecommunications, energy, automotive, life sciences and consumer products sectors are one of the key reasons why they come recommended in the area of competition law by independent market observers.


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22/09/2021
Un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain in Slov­akia
1. How are un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food chain reg­u­lated in this jur­is­dic­tion? When the ap­plic­able reg­u­la­tions were in­tro­duced and when they were last amended? Un­fair trad­ing...
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22/09/2021
EU Green Deal, sus­tain­ab­il­ity and com­pet­i­tion law: European Com­mis­sion’s...
In Decem­ber 2019, the European Com­mis­sion presen­ted the “European Green Deal”, which com­mits to cli­mate neut­ral­ity by 2050. EU Mem­ber States prom­ised to re­duce emis­sions by at least 55% by 2030, com­pared...
22/09/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” part 2 – France, Ger­many...
In May 2021, France, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands pub­lished a non-pa­per with pro­pos­als to im­prove the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). In this pa­per, the three mem­ber states, which refer to them­selves as “Friends...
09/09/2021
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2021
Cross bor­der M&A trans­ac­tions that re­quire mer­ger con­trol ap­provals in sev­er­al jur­is­dic­tions have be­come com­mon­place. To re­duce time delays and keep costs down, it is es­sen­tial to identi­fy at the early...
31/08/2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion clears 800 mil­lion EUR Itali­an com­pens­a­tion...
On 26 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a dam­age com­pens­a­tion scheme for Itali­an air­ports and ground­hand­lers in the con­text of the COV­ID-19 out­break. The scheme of dir­ect grants has an es­tim­ate...
26/07/2021
European Com­mis­sion ap­proves amend­ments to Flem­ish aid schemes for start-ups,...
On 5 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion cleared new amend­ments to two ex­ist­ing Flem­ish aid schemes that were ap­proved in 2020 un­der sec­tions 3.1 and 3.3 of the Tem­por­ary Frame­work for State aid meas­ures...
15/07/2021
European Com­mis­sion pub­lished drafts of the re­vised Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion...
On 9 Ju­ly, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its draft re­vised Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the cor­res­pond­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines. The VBER con­cerns ver­tic­al agree­ments, which are agree­ments...
15/07/2021
COV­ID-19: The European Com­mis­sion ap­proves a fifth aid to Al­it­alia
On 2 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised Itali­an aid of EUR 39.7 mil­lion for Al­it­alia. This aid meas­ure is in­ten­ded to com­pensate Al­it­alia for the dam­age suffered on cer­tain routes caused by...
13/07/2021
Pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa by IAG: Com­mis­sion opens in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion
On 29 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion opened Phase II mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings on IAG's pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa be­cause of its po­ten­tial im­pact on the Span­ish air ser­vices mar­ket. In May...
06/07/2021
What to ex­pect from the European Com­mis­sion’s re­vised Cli­mate, En­ergy and...
On 7 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion has launched a pub­lic con­sulta­tion in­vit­ing in­ter­ested parties to com­ment on the draft Guidelines on state aid for cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and en­ergy...
30/06/2021
EU Na­tion­al Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­it­ies pub­lish joint pa­per on Di­git­al Mar­kets...
The de­bate about the draft Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) – the European Com­mis­sion's flag­ship pro­ject in the di­git­al sec­tor – is in­tensi­fy­ing. In May, the self-pro­claimed "Friends of an Ef­fect­ive DMA"...
23/06/2021
Slov­akia en­acts new Com­pet­i­tion Act
In re­sponse to the im­ple­ment­a­tion of EU Dir­ect­ive 2019/1 (ECN+), Slov­akia has ad­op­ted a com­pletely new Slov­ak Com­pet­i­tion Act (the Act) ef­fect­ive from June 2021. Al­though at first glance the Act is merely...