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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 emerging Europe, 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 emerging Europe, including Turkey, 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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28/09/2021
Gen­er­al Court backs European Com­mis­sion in Altice gun jump­ing case – con­firm­ing...
On 22 Septem­ber 2021, the Gen­er­al Court dis­missed Altice's ac­tion against the European Com­mis­sion's 2018 de­cision im­pos­ing two fines totalling EUR 124.5 mil­lion for "gun jump­ing" in con­nec­tion with Altice's...
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...
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...
16/09/2021
Tur­key's ad­op­tion of com­pet­i­tion law Com­mit­ment Pro­ced­ure ex­pec­ted to bring...
On 24 June 2020, Law No. 7246 on the Amend­ment of the Law on Pro­tec­tion of Com­pet­i­tion (“Amend­ment Law”) was pub­lished on the Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette No. 31165 and entered in­to force on the same day. Most...
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...
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...
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...
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"...
08/06/2021
European Par­lia­ment's 'Schwab Re­port' pro­poses sig­ni­fic­ant changes to DMA
On 15 Decem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion sub­mit­ted its pro­pos­al for a Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) to es­tab­lish dos and don’ts for "gate­keep­ers" in di­git­al mar­kets and en­sure that gate­keep­ers con­duct...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
28/05/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” – France, Ger­many and Neth­er­lands...
On 27-28 May 2021, EU pres­id­ency in­formed mem­ber states at the EU Com­pet­it­ive­ness Coun­cil on pro­gress achieved so far on the Com­mis­sion’s pro­pos­als for a Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA) and a Di­git­al Mar­kets...
20/05/2021
New Sec­tion 19a ARC pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated by the Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice...
On 20 Janu­ary 2021, ex­tens­ive amend­ments to Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to force, tight­en­ing in par­tic­u­lar pro­vi­sions deal­ing with the ab­use res­ult­ing from a dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion in the di­git­al eco­nomy...