State Aid and Antitrust Law

In their complexity, European state aid rules are a special matter that is becoming increasingly difficult to manage for both private and public aid recipients. On the other hand, EU antitrust law, including merger control, is gaining in importance in comparison to national antitrust regulations. LUTZ | ABEL represents merging parties in complex merger control law registration procedures, defends companies against antitrust accusations by the European Commission and national competition authorities, and provides extensive consultation on any EU antitrust matters.

State Aid and Antitrust Law

Violations against state aid or antitrust law can lead to existence threatening reclaims or fines.

Our Services

Representation of Fund Bodies and Recipients

  • Preparation for and support with complex notification procedures
  • Negotiation of tailored state aid solutions with European Commission bodies
  • Defense and protection against complaints by competitors
  • Development of long-term strategies for public funding
  • Financing compatible with state aid law for municipal enterprises (e.g., hospitals, sports infrastructure, such as hall or outdoor pools, local infrastructure, such as convention centers or stadiums, public transportation, city marketing and tourism promotion, etc.)

Representation of Companies During Antitrust Proceedings

  • Defense of companies against antitrust accusations by the European Commission or national competition authorities
  • Development of extensive leniency strategies as defense against impending antitrust authority fines
  • Consultation on antitrust law matters

Representation During Antitrust Compensation Proceedings

  • Assertion of and defense against damage claims due to antitrust violations
  • Consultation on out-of-court settlements

Representation During Antitrust Authority Abuse Proceedings

  • Defense of companies during abuse proceedings before antitrust authorities
  • Consultation on how to prevent abusive behavior
  • Support with antitrust law compliant contract preparation

State aid law

  • Registration of funding projects at the EU Commission (notification)
  • Defence against complaints and reclamations
  • Structuring of financing municipal enterprises compatible with state aid law (e.g. municipal utilities, hospitals, public baths, convention centres, corporations of city marketing and tourism development, theatres, youth hostels)

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