EU, Competition & Trade law

EU, Competition & Trade law

The EU, Competition & Trade law team of EY Law advises on all aspects of EU law, with a particular focus on state aid, international trade and competition. The team has extensive experience in European Commission investigations, litigation before EU and domestic courts and advisory work on a wide range of EU law issues. The team handles complex cases of national and international clients in various industries, while at the same time benefitting from the vast business network of EY with in-depth tax, accounting and financial expertise. The EU, Competition & Trade law team of EY Law works closely with the other offices of the EY Law global network of firms, comprising over 2,300 lawyers in 84 jurisdictions of which over 60 are dedicated competition lawyers.

State aid

State aid has become one of the main areas of competition law enforcement in the EU. The European Commission actively enforces state aid rules in a wide range of sectors, such as banking, aviation, manufacturing, (air)ports and public services, touching upon different types of measures, such as tax rulings, restructuring aid, environmental schemes, R&D incentives and State guarantees.

EY Law has a leading state aid practice with a strong track record in complex European Commission investigations and court proceedings. A clear focus of our practice is tax-related state aid and we are involved some of the current high-profile state aid cases concerning tax rulings. Our close collaboration with EY’s international tax consultants enables us to offer our combined expertise to clients.


In today’s dynamic business environment antitrust compliance is becoming increasingly complex. Our EU Competition & Trade law team helps our clients build a successful cross-border compliance strategy. Our lawyers have acted in many cartel investigations before the European Commission and national competition authorities as well as the subsequent litigation before EU and domestic courts. We also have extensive experience in advising on cross-border/international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, licensing and distribution arrangements.


The EU Competition & Trade law team advises on a wide range of trade law matters, such as trade remedies, economic sanctions and bilateral investment treaties. Our close collaboration with EY’s Global Trade and Customs team enables us to provide an integrated service offering to meet clients’ needs. Our team has offered legal and practical advice on several trade defense cases. We have represented exporters and their EU importers in trade proceedings before the European Commission and have advised regularly on potential effects of EU trade regulations on their exporting or importing business.