As part of the European control of state aid programme, Gide provides its clients with lawyers who are highly specialised in the field and who have first-hand practical experience of this type of case.
The various financial aids (subsidies, public guarantees, public loans, tax concessions, etc.) afforded to businesses by states or public bodies may disrupt competition and must, under certain conditions, be notified to and authorised by the European Commission.
Throughout the years, Gide has acquired in-depth knowledge of the various public aid schemes, with its lawyers acting upstream to ensure the legality of the aids its clients (or their competitors) may receive. Our lawyers assist clients in preparing the notification to the European Commission of aid received, or in filing complaints to the European Commission against unlawful aids. Gide also acts when the European Commission initiates investigations on a state aid, and regularly represents its clients before European and national courts when the illegality of public aid is invoked.
Our firm has also become a recognised actor in monitoring subsidies on an international level, in assisting public and private companies, financial institutions and governments alike in their administrative procedures or disputes brought before government authorities or the WTO.
Representing the EIB in the WTO subsidy dispute concerning civil aircraft financing (Airbus/Boeing).
European procedure against US, Argentinian and Indonesian subsidies made to the bio-fuels industry.