Whenever a public body provides financial support to a commercial organisation, it is necessary to consider whether such support constitutes state aid under EU and EFTA law. State aid rules may apply in a wide range of scenarios, including where a public body intends to invest in new infrastructure, provide incentives to companies, set up a scheme to stimulate growth in a target sector or region and many other similar situations.
More than just a legal adviser, we focus on using the EU state aid rules as a tool to help our clients achieve their commercial objectives. When faced with state aid risks and issues, we work collaboratively with our clients to develop tailored solutions.
We have a wealth of experience advising both private organisations and public bodies on the investment of public funding in compliance with state aid rules. We understand the EU regime and excel at translating this into practical solutions. We have particular experience of projects involving interlinking state aid, competition and public procurement issues.