Germany has implemented measures to support businesses struggling from the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. This includes a protective financial shield as well as changes to German civil and insolvency law.
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Our team understands all aspects of competition law and related regulation. This expertise and experience enables us to help our clients avoid activities that might put their business at risk, especially when such advice is taken at an early stage.
In our core markets of energy and transport, complex statutory regulation is interwoven with competition law, which creates further compliance challenges. Our work covers international merger control, behavioural anti-trust work, competition investigations, both at EU and national level, commercial agreements (including set up of distribution networks, agency arrangements, vertical pricing issues and horizontal co-operation), State Aid, EU and competition law litigation (both regulatory litigation and damages actions) and compliance programmes and training.
We represent clients before national authorities and the EU Commission in competition and regulatory investigations, as well as in litigation before national and EU courts.
Covid-19 has created massive levels of activity by key competition authorities with contradictory effects – a huge opening up of State Aid, and a widening of potentially lawful cooperation between competitors, yet a stern warning about price-gouging and excessive pricing. This article provides a guide for business to current trends, and key compliance questions.
London Partner Jeremy Robinson looks into state aid and the level of support that can be offered to airlines in Europe.