EU/EEA, competition and state aid

Insight to capitalise on the opportunities posed by the EEA regulations

We provide legal and strategic assistance to Norwegian and international clients within all aspects of EU/EEA and competition law. As far as competition law is concerned, this includes merger control, compliance, assistance to enterprises in the spotlight of the competition authorities and assistance to enterprises wishing to file a complaint with the competition authorities or to bring legal action against a supplier or competitor they believe to be acting unlawfully. As far as EEA law (the four freedoms) is concerned, we have clients that experience restrictions on their access to their respective markets, which we assist with market access issues. We also assist clients that have been endowed with special or exclusive rights by the public sector, which require robust business models from an EEA law perspective. Within state aid law, our assistance includes assessments of the room for manoeuvre for aid recipients and the public sector under the state aid regulations, as well as complaint or notification cases before the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). We provide both general advice and assistance with proceedings before the Norwegian courts, the Norwegian Competition Authority, the European Commission, the ESA, the EFTA Court and the European Courts in Luxembourg.

We are recognised by leading ranking agencies:

Strong reputation for public procurement acting for several Norwegian county councils and other public authorities on procurement relating to education facilities, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare. Frequently advises on PPP projects. State aid is a further area of experience.
– Chambers Europe

Odd Stemsrud is active on a wide range of competition matters including compliance, distribution systems and cartel litigation. A client notes: “I found him wonderful to work with: he was organised, fully knowledgeable about the facts and always ready to assist with a difficult and time-consuming case.”
– Chambers Europe

The ‘very knowledgeable and service-minded’ practice at Advokatfirmaet Grette AS ‘has a practical approach’, which it leverages across competition disputes, cartel work, state aid matters, EU and EEA law, and antitrust issues. Odd Stemsrud leads the group and is praised as ‘a truly passionate lawyer who has a unique ability to understand the client’s needs’.
– Legal 500

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