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          State Aid

          State Aid is at the forefront of any country's industrial strategy. With Brexit on the horizon, and possible changes to State aid law in the UK as a result, this has never been a more important topic.

          We’re well known for our in-depth experience of all aspects of State Aid, from funding applications and projects, through to public-private collaborations and partnerships, including major regeneration, infrastructure and inward investment projects.

          We’re trusted by clients to find the right solutions to make projects happen. Our approach is grounded in experience, deep knowledge of this complex area of law, economic and financial awareness and a practical, ‘can do’ style.

          Our public sector clients include over 100 local authorities, education and healthcare providers, Local Enterprise Partnerships and many central government agencies. We also act for private businesses from multi-nationals to SMEs and charities seeking public financial assistance, and businesses concerned that competitors may have received illegal State Aid.

          We have advised on numerous European Commission State Aid investigations and actions before the EU and national courts, and other investigations with national authorities. Many of these matters involve large, high-profile projects with considerable public investment, resulting in a high risk of challenge. What sets us apart is our genuine niche expertise in this area which enables us to support our clients in structuring state intervention with minimal distortion and a strong success rate in finding the right solution to complete the project.


          State Aid 2018 – Know How GCR Insight

          The state aid Unit within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) is currently responsible for state aid coordination in the UK, including acting as the principal point of contact with the European Commission in respect of handling notifications, responding to investigations, the submission of annual reports and making representations on matters of state aid policy. However, all central government departments and the devolved administrations (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) have power to award state aid, set up schemes under GBER, deal with enforcement and support the monitoring of state aid by the European Commission.

          An extract from GCR's State Aid Know-how 2018. Full publication available at www.globalcompetitionview.com

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          Jonathan Branton

          • Partner // Head of Public Sector // Head of EU Competition

          Vassilis Akritidis

          • Partner // Head of WTO & International Trade

          Jay Mehta

          • Senior Associate

          Dr. Daisy Walzel

          • Partner // Head of Competition (Germany)
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