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.
Solid experience in contentious matters, often advising clients on litigation and investigations before the French Competition Authority, national courts and European institutions, including private enforcement actions. Covers cartels, abuse of dominant position and merger control mandates, as well as distribution issues. Solid client base includes household names spanning a range of industry sectors such as transport, cosmetics and retail. Clients enthuse: 'Gide has an impressive team with top lawyers in each field: antitrust, merger control and state aid, both in Paris and Brussels.' Another impressed source highlights the firm's business-oriented approach to competition matters, praising in particular its 'pragmatism and responsiveness.'
Chambers Europe 2019
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I's team is 'well connected, experienced and versatile when it comes to advising on a broad range of EU competition law issues'. It is involved in a number of matters that are at the top of the European agenda.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019