State Aid Law

The purpose of the EU state aid provisions is to prevent restrictions of competition resulting from financial benefits granted by Member States to certain undertakings. EU state aid law considerations have formed an important element of our legal advice for more than a decade - long before the introduction of the various aid packages designed to tackle the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has also led to a greater awareness of this area of law. Our experts have extensive experience that allows them to evaluate any state aid law risks and develop practical solutions in order to avoid claims to repayment and damages.

Designing financing measures that comply with state aid regulations

Advising municipalities and municipal undertakings on the avoidance of state aid risks when providing guarantees, relief payments, loan financing and subsidies

Evaluating funding programmes and subsidies in terms of state aid regulations

Preparing legal opinions for ministries, administrative districts and cities concerning the classification under state aid regulations of funding programmes

Drafting of funding guidelines in compliance with state aid law requirements

Training courses on EU state aid law

Basic training and in-depth, sector-specific seminars for those involved in applying state aid regulations in administration or industry

Notification of state aid to the European Commission

Notifying new state aid measures to the European Commission in pre-notification and notification procedures

Representation of municipalities and companies in judicial and extrajudicial state aid disputes

Providing representation in state aid law disputes in the civil and administrative courts

Overseeing negotiations for out-of-court settlements to avoid claims for repayment and compensation