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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.

            DWF's public sector team has written a Know-how update for 'Global Competition Review (GCR)' which answers the key questions about State Aid in the UK and in relation to Brexit.

            Click here to download the UK State Aid Know-how 2019. This is an extract from GCR’s Global State Aid Know-how 2019. The whole publication is available at here

            Legal Insight

            Project Birch: UK Government set to announce rescue deal with Tata Steel

            26 June 2020

            Project Birch is the UK Government's new emergency assistance plan under which public funding shall be made available to strategically important, large companies across all sectors in the UK with the objective of ensuring these survive the financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   It is reported that the UK Government is close to agreeing a deal with Tata Steel to help preserve up to 8,000 jobs.  If confirmed, then this would be Government's first "Project Birch" intervention that has been made public. 

            Legal Insight

            Government seeks list of "shovel ready" projects from LEPs and Mayoral Combined Authorities by Thursday 18 June

            15 June 2020

            The Financial Times reports that the UK Government is planning to unveil a significant economic stimulus package in July 2020.  As part of the preparation process, the country's Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities have been asked to submit lists of "shovel ready" capital projects by Thursday 18th June 2020.   The move comes with only 200 days until the transition period with the EU is scheduled to come to an end, raising questions about the long term replacement for the UK's EU funds, the United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund

            Legal Insight

            COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility: £18.8 billion of public funding provided to over 50 businesses including Tottenham Hotspur, Ryanair and Rolls Royce

            10 June 2020

            On 4th June 2020, the Bank of England published details of the awards it has made using the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility ("CCFF").  Since March 2020, over £18 billion of short term liquidity support has been provided to large, investment grade businesses, many of which are household names. The announcement of the awards is likely to increase the pressure on the UK Government to extend the CCFF to other businesses. 

            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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