EU, EEA & State Aid

We assist in identifying opportunities provided by EEA law

We provide legal and strategic assistance to Norwegian and international clients within all aspects of EU/EEA and state aid law. As far as EEA law (the four freedoms) is concerned, we have clients that experience restrictions on their access to their respective markets, whom 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). State aid rules can play a role in very complex structures (offshore wind, financing of public services, liberalization of services markets and public guarantees, etc.), where we assist all parties in projects with joint quality assurance to ensure that the parties’ commercial goals are met.

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.

Grette’s partner, Odd Stemsrud, is the only lawyer from Norway that is ranked in the only lawyer ranking related to strictly to state aid (Who’s Who Legal Global, 2023).

We are recognised by leading ranking agencies:

The ‘knowledgeable‘ and ‘highly skilled‘ team at Advokatfirmaet Grette AS has ‘an outstanding reputation for work across all aspects of Norwegian and EU competition law‘. Practice head Odd Stemsrud attracts praise for his ‘incredible wealth of knowledge of all levels of competition law, be it in relation to the global approach, the EU or Norway‘ and is well known for his expertise in antitrust litigation, state aid work and merger control matters.
– Legal 500 (2023)

The quality of advice is consistently excellent. They are out-of-the-box thinkers who go the extra mile and explore every possible argument.
– Legal 500 (2023)

Odd Stemsrud is one of the best competition lawyers in Norway. He is an amazing practitioner and his work and advice have been gold standard.
– Legal 500 (2023)

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