Compliance with the State aid rules is an issue in any transaction that involves the State or State-controlled companies. The State aid rules apply not only to subsidies, but also to public procurement, public capital and debt transactions, tax rulings, etc.
We counsel and represent clients in connection with the review by the European Commission of subsidies, tax rulings, recapitalisations and other rescue and restructuring aid, loan guarantees, etc. This includes notification of new aid measures to the Commission, assistance in formal investigations and recovery of aid.
We help clients to structure their transactions with any government entity in compliance with the State aid rules. We also argue State aid matters before the European and Belgian courts.