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State Aid

We have in-depth knowledge and significant experience in relation to State aid, including advising clients on financial structuring and sensitive State aid investigations, as well as litigation.

State aid is an EU-specific and little understood area of law that has come to fore, yet again, in the wake of the recent financial and banking crisis. We view State aid as an area of growing relevance for the future because of the European Commission’s increasing pressure towards obtaining the reimbursement of subsidies. The resulting legal uncertainty also affects the possible acquisition of companies that have received advantages of any kind from the State.

Although still a young law firm, Oswell & Vahida has carved out a leading role in State aid complaints and related litigation before the European Courts, be it in defense cases against alleged State aid or in complaints and appeals against the grant of such aid. The firm is currently lead counsel in more than a dozen pending State aid proceedings before European and national courts.