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Competition and State Aid Law

The competition rules set the framework for agreements and other forms of cooperation between businesses, as well as for the use of market power. Violation of these rules can result in severe sanctions in form of fines and personal liability, as well as invalidity of contract and damages.

Merger control means that all mergers and acquisitions over specified turnover thresholds must be notified to the Competition Authority or the European Commission for approval before they can be implemented.

The state aid rules restrict financial support from the government to entitiesy engaged in an economic activity, and have further procedural requirements for approval of such support.

Arntzen de Besche has one of Norway’s most experienced team of specialist within the field, with their background from the Norwegian Competition Authority and the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA).

Arntzen de Besche is ranked as one of Norway’s foremost law firms for EU and competition law by, among others, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

What we may assist with?

We have extensive experience advising clients in contract negotiations, including cooperative agreements, delivery and distribution agreements and joint ventures, to ensure that it is conducted within the framework of the competition rules.

We assist Norwegian and foreign enterprises operating in the Norwegian market to assure compliance with the national competition rules. Such advice may regard the legal scope for cooperating with a competitor, supplier or customer, or what discount an enterprise with a dominant position may offer.

In matter of mergers and acquisitions, we work closely with the parties and with our transactional network of lawyers to contribute to the effective implementation of the transaction. We have been involved in a number of major mergers that has been considered by the competition authorities in recent years.

We offer seminars and training that are adjusted for you business, and we have established a task force that assists if the competition authorities have a dawn raid at the company’s offices and employees' homes. We have also litigated several competition cases before the courts, including cases where it has been claimed invalidity of contract and damages for breach of competition rules.

We have in the past advised a number of public authorities and private enterprises on the scope of state aid law. We assess regulatory measures, and we advise both enterprises and public authorities on the most appropriate implementation of such measures. We give advice to national and foreign companies on the implications of illegal state aid provided by EU/EEA member states or the EU, including assistance in connection with the handling of such cases by the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the European Commission, as well as national and international courts.

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