State Aid and Subsidies

We provide comprehensive advice on state aid law and subsidies to private and public companies across a wide range of industries as well as to governmental bodies. We represent our clients in state aid proceedings before national courts and public authorities as well as before the EU courts and the European Commission. Our state aid team works closely together with our experts from our commercial and public law pratices (particularly in the fields of M&A, restructuring, procurement law, tax law, IP/intellectual property rights, foreign trade law and public commercial law), and our team benefits from the good contacts our Brussels office has to the European institutions, especially to the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition. Our lawyers regularly hold lectures/seminars and publish on topics relating to subsidies law.

Our key areas:

Notification and application proceedings for grants/approval of state aid/subsidies

Recovery proceedings

State aid law compliance and state aid law training

Advising and representing clients in competitor complaint proceedings

State aid due diligence and developing strategies to avoid risks of recovery claims or any other state-aid related exposure in the context of corporate transactions

Representation before national authorities and the European Commission

Litigating before national courts and the courts of the European Union in Luxembourg

State aid law advice in connection with infrastructure and transport projects

Research and development state aid, research cooperation and contract research

Structuring privatizations in line with state aid law, PPP and returning businesses to local community ownership 

Advice to distressed companies 

Devising aid schemes

Legal opinions on state aid law issues

WTO anti-subsidy law