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Our lawyers are qualified in numerous key EU member states and in the Confederation of Independent States (CIS). We have in-depth experience and knowledge of national laws and procedures. Not only do we speak the local language, we are well-acquainted with specific national practices and customs. Count on us to work as a team and easily coordinate complex cross-border projects.
We have experience in complex matters at the intersection of regulatory rules and other substantive areas, including international trade and government affairs. Discover our multidisciplinary approach to combining in-depth knowledge of EU law and other specialists’ fields, particularly:
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With offices across the EU’s member states, we cooperate closely with each other to provide comprehensive advice on cross-border issues, which often evolve from member states’ national level to the supranational level and involve the EU’s institutions as well.
- Authorities of a sovereign country: Advising on EU competition law enforcement practice in the commercial airlines sector. This is a unique instruction from this Authority in its first steps of building its administrative capacity and acquiring antitrust enforcement powers. The advice allows the Authority to benefit from the EU experience in the airline sector whilst retaining relevant antitrust powers in the administrative reform process in the country.
- Plumbing fittings cartel: Advising a party to the cartel in the European Commission proceeding and subsequent appeal to the EU Courts.
- World leading energy company: Assisting the company and a number of its related entities located in the European Union (EU), in the EU anti-trust investigation on alleged abuse of dominance that included dawn raids in twelve EU Member States. This is by far the most high-profile and far-reaching EU antitrust investigation affecting both the EU natural gas markets and the Russian state-owned gas integrated company. It involves the first ever dawn raids on the company, a foreign public undertaking’s EU subsidiaries, and has obvious connections with the implementation of the EU Third Energy Liberalisation Package and EU external energy policy.
- World-leading industrial group: Assisting in pursuing an ambitious suspension of the EU import tariffs on a strategic material. The assistance was confirmed in communication with various services of the European Commission (Directorate General [DG] Taxation and Customs, DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Trade and DG Competition), as well as with stakeholders in the entire industry and independent experts. This is one of the most high-profile and complex projects at the intersection of EU trade law, competition, customs, economic policy and government affairs.
Renewable EnergyDecember 10, 2013
On 5 December 2013 the Council of the European Union published the Regulations (EC) No 1238/2013 and 1239/2013, imposing the definitive anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of solar panels from China, thereby confirming the European Commission’s stance on the case expressed earlier this year. Read moreCompetition and AntitrustNovember 6, 2013
An ever-increasing proportion of documents and communications are created and stored electronically. To keep pace with this change and ensure that its procedures are appropriate and relevant in this changing landscape, the European Commission has introduced new working practices with an increased focus on electronic data and the use of forensic IT software. Read moreEnergyAugust 13, 2013
Months after the launch of the controversial EU investigation into the imports of solar panels from China, an amicable solution has been reached between the European Commission (the Commission) and the Chinese exporting producers of solar panels. The offer of a price undertaking, submitted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce on behalf of China’s solar panel exporters, was finally accepted on 2 August 2013 and came into effect on 6 August 2013. This settlement of the largest ever EU anti-dumping case awards 70 per cent of the EU solar panel market to Chinese exporters at a set price. Read more
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Competition and AntitrustNovember 1, 2013
On 29th October the Warsaw Competition Practice Group and the Polish Competition Law Association organized a workshop titled: “State aid in liberalized sectors” held at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Warsaw. Over 70 people turned up, including clients and representatives of the Polish competition authority and other Polish government agencies. Delegates were drawn by the high-profile panelists and the attractive, up-to-the-minute subject matter. Read moreCompetition and AntitrustOctober 17, 2013
Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Baranska, Chairperson of the Polish Competition Law Association, partner and head of the Competition, Regulatory and Trade Group in Dentonsʼ Warsaw office, took part as a panelist in a conference organized by the Polish competition authority (the UOKiK) and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. The event titled: "More effective ways of competition protection – proposals of changes to the law" was held on 10th October in the Polish city of Lublin. Read more