European State Aid

Antitrust and Competition

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Providing advice to France Telecom in the context of the commission's investigation into state aid allegedly constituted by press statements by the French government.
  • Advising Deutsche Post as co-counsel, including preparation of several legal opinions, in various proceedings before the European Commission and the European courts in relation to alleged state aid granted by Germany in form of allegedly excessive public service compensation.
  • Advising Landesbank, a leading German public bank, in relation to the financing of an acquisition of a regional energy supplier by a public special purpose organization formed by a number of local authorities benefiting from an unlimited guarantee provided by German municipality laws, and thereby favorable credit conditions.
  • Providing state aid expert advice, and representing the Czech government in annulment procedures before a national court against an arbitration award obtained by one of the leading Czech banks for payment under a guarantee issued by the Czech government during the Czech banking crisis.
  • Successfully advising a German Federal State in three subsequent notification procedures before the European Commission relating to the financing of the construction of the newest German regional airport (one of the few airport infrastructure state aids approved by the European Commission).
  • Representing the European Gaming and Betting Association before the General Court as intervener in support of the Commission in the first EU court case regarding state aid by way of different taxation of online gaming as compared to terrestrial gaming.