State Aid

European Union Regulatory Group

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Represented a German Bundesland in the context of an inquiry by the European Commission into state support for the restructuring of General Motor’s European Opel operations.
  • Represented several air rescue service providers before the European Commission in a complaint procedure against the Austrian federal states.
  • Provided comprehensive support to a leading German retail group, and to its mail order subsidiary, in regard to restructuring support, including representation before the European Commission and in negotiations with the German government.
  • Represented an intervener in proceedings before the European Court of First Instance concerning the European Commission’s decision prohibiting preferential landing charges for Ryanair at Charleroi airport as illegal state aid.
  • Represented a major component supplier to the automotive industry in clearance proceedings before the European Commission concerning investment aid for a new production facility. Among others, we helped our clients navigate the complex requirements of the Multisectoral Framework for Large Investment Projects.
  • Provided state aid advice to a leading German energy supplier in the context of the proposed acquisition of a major lignite producer and represented the company before the European Court of First Instance in connection with Germany’s emission trading scheme.
  • Represented an Italian retail distribution association in a complaint against the preferential tax regime enjoyed by major Italian supermarket cooperatives.
  • Advised a leading French telecommunications operator during a Commission investigation into the French State’s interventions at the time of the operator’s restructuring and provided litigation support before the Court of First Instance.
  • Represented a leading German office products supplier before the European Commission with regard to alleged aid received in the context of successful restructuring.
  • Represented a German Bundesland in the context of the notification of measures related to financing the expansion of the airport Kassel-Calden.
  • Represented a German Bundesland in the context of the notification of restructuring measures for the benefit of Hessische Staatsweingüter, the biggest vineyard in Germany.
  • Represented the European subsidiary of Nomura, the leading Japanese financial services group, in a series of (now settled) state aid complaints and litigations before the Court of First Instance against Czech aid granted to the banking sector.
  • Represented a leading hardwood supplier in a complaint against State aid granted to a competitor before the European Commission, the European Court of First Instance and a German administrative court.