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State Aid

We are considered one of the strongest European practices and provide a complete range of EU state aid advice and support, both at national and EU level.

The law governing the aid that governments in the 27 EU Member States provide to the private sector is an increasingly important specialist area within EU competition law. Few can match our breadth and depth of experience. In fact, we helped to set the legal framework for state aid in the EU.

The recent spate of bank mergers and rescues has highlighted the importance of this area of law and has raised challenging issues around the interaction of state aid, merger control and government action to protect financial stability. Our international antitrust team has been at the heart of these issues.

Our understanding of the Commission's position in this area is reflected in our selection to update the Directorate General for Competition's report on the Application of the EC state aid law by the Member State courts, having drafted the original report in 1999.

The text book, EU State Aids, widely regarded as the leading authority in this area, is co-edited by two of our antitrust specialists, Tom Ottervanger and Leigh Hancher, and has now gone into its fourth Edition.

We advise clients throughout the complaint or approval process, and where required provide representation before the national and European courts.

We have wide experience of acting for governments and other public sector bodies, as well for aid beneficiaries and lenders on a variety of complex financial transactions giving rise to state aid issues.

Recognition for our work

"Depth of expertise and skill, particularly for international companies operating in multiple jurisdictions." Chambers Global 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

Has a solid network, so their approach to cross-border matters is very strong." Chambers Global 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

"The lawyers work with colleagues across Europe to keep us compliant with competition regulations." Chambers Europe 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

"The team handles cross-border matters well, knowing that they need to manage different approaches in different jurisdictions." Chambers Europe 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)


"The network is something we appreciate; they work well as one team across borders." Chambers Europe 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)​ 

"This firm is widely regarded as an important player for domestic Belgian matters, and is also well versed in EU and international competition work" Chambers and Partners Belgium 2012

"This firm has a highly regarded pan-European practice" Chambers and Partners Europe 2012

"…recommended for its excellent knowledge and response times’ " Legal 500 Poland 2012

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