State Aid Law
European subvention law forbids very generally subventions of any kind whatsoever from states or state funds which distort or threaten to distort competition by favouring certain companies or production areas if trade between the Member States is thereby adversely affected. Subventions in that sense may be subsidies, grants, financing of public sector companies or other preferment of companies. We advise both state and local subvention sources as well as private subvention recipients on the structure of measures in conformity with subvention law. By appropriate structuring, a solution can often be found which renders notification to the Commission avoidable, for example by the de facto exclusion of subvention, by recourse to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBReg) or by allocating communal obligations. Such allocation of obligations has special significance not only in the transport sector but has also been availed of by us in hospitals or other areas of public service. We also have the capacity to defend subvention objections, for example in the area of nursing homes. We act for our clients both in subvention proceedings of the Commission and also before the European Courts (e.g., in nullity proceedings). We also support and advise on the notification of subventions to the Commission (Notification).
Weitere Schwerpunkte aus der Expertise "Public Law"
Our constitutional law work for companies, associations, politicians and the public sector is known nationwide.
We support production and distribution companies in environmental law relating to plants and products including raw material extraction and energy generation.
We have systematically built-up public law know-how for dealing with important regulated industries – transport, energy, health, media, water supply and the financial market.
Construction & Planning Law
We have special experience in representing companies and public bodies in connection with major retail projects and the location or expansion of businesses. We represent the participants in planning approval proceedings.
The Public Sector and its Companies
We advise the public sector and its companies comprehensively. Most frequent are restructuring, cooperation, merger, privatisation and reinstatement projects.
Law of Politics
Because of our long and successful work for parliaments, governments, ministers, members of parliament, parliamentary parties (Fraktionen) and political parties, we are well-informed about legal issues in politics.
Freedom of Information Law
We have conducted many proceedings on general freedom of information law and specifically the right of access to environmental information up to the European Court of Justice and our know-how is appreciated both by the public sector and private companies.
We represent our clients before the European Commission and in European law proceedings before the European Court of Justice.