EU & competition law

Luxembourg being at the heart of the European Union and home to multiple EU institutions, including the Court of Justice of the European Union, applying EU law to cross-border economic contexts and questions is at the heart of our practice.

Our experts have an in-depth understanding of the impact of EU and national competition law on business operations, whether in the context of mergers and acquisitions, in competition law investigations and litigation as well as with respect to competition law compliance. Geopolitical and technological developments continue to shape this area of the law and require up to date expertise. 

Our clients

Our firm advises EU institutions, national authorities and international and local private sector clients on all aspects of EU law and in particular EU and national competition law. Multinationals doing business in Luxembourg as well as local players seek our expert advice.

Applying competition law requires a thorough understanding of business needs. Our experience across a wide range of sectors allows us to rapidly grasp the client’s competitive environment to shape our advice, tailor compliance guidance and devise adequate litigation strategies.

Our firm has represented clients in landmark cases in Luxembourg competition law, including the first merger control case examined under the abuse of dominance prohibition and the annulment of the first decision for alleged vertical price-fixing practices. Our firm was also involved in preliminary ruling cases of the CJEU on key questions of EU fundamental freedoms and fundamental rights protection.

Our services

We deliver a full range of services including:

Merger and foreign investment control

  • Advising on EU and national merger control and handling notifications or complaints
  • Advising on foreign direct investment control legislation and handling notification procedures

Antitrust investigations and litigation

  • Assisting in investigative procedures before the Luxembourg Competition Authority
  • Assisting in dawn raids and audits
  • Handling leniency applications
  • Representing clients in follow-on litigation

Competition law compliance

  • Reviewing horizontal and vertical cooperation agreements
  • Drafting tailor-made competition law compliance programmes and policies
  • Providing in-house competition law training, including with respect to dawn raids

State aid and foreign subsidies regulation

  • Advising on the impact of EU state aid law and the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation on business transactions
  • Interaction with public authorities
  • Notification procedures
  • Litigation

Litigation before the EU courts

  • Advising on litigation strategies before the EU courts
  • Representing clients in direct actions and preliminary ruling procedures

International sanctions

  • Advising on the impact of economic sanctions
  • Handling notification and exemption procedures
  • Representing clients before public authorities and in court proceedings 

Elvinger has experts with significant experience as well as many resources to handle and assist on complex and sophisticated matters.”

“The team at Elvinger are capable and have the knowledge and expertise to handle complex matters. There is always a specialist available for any matter.”

“Elvinger are responsive, have good cooperation, are very detailed and knowledgeable, and are specialists in Luxembourg law.

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