State aid encompasses direct and indirect aid from a public body to a business or an economic sector. State aid regulation seeks to ensure that competition between EU businesses is not distorted, and in recent years state aid has increasingly become a focus area. This is primarily because authorities run the risk of being ordered to claim back unlawful state aid and because competitors now can take compensation claims to national courts.
How can we help
Our state aid team employs some of Denmark's leading experts and we advise on all aspects of state aid in a wide range of fields, including transport, broadcasting, energy, financial services, agriculture, infrastructure, media and taxation.
Our clients count public bodies and aid recipients that need to ensure aid is in compliance with state aid law, as well as companies that are affected by aid granted to competitors.
We regularly litigate state aid cases, representing clients before the competition authorities and courts in Denmark and EU.
Our competences include:
• General advice on state aid law - relating to the existence of state aid and the possible justification of state aid
• Notifications to the EU Commission
• Establishment of collaborations between public and private companies
• Establishment, financing, operation, purchase and sale of public and semi-public businesses
• Complaints concerning alleged unlawful state aid
• Public businesses' establishment and operation of activities of a private law character
• Trading with businesses in receipt of state aid