Competition, Public Funding and Regulatory

Square One Law offers a full-service competition law and international trade capability, covering all aspects of UK, EU and international trade law, merger control, antitrust (including cartels), sectoral regulation, and State aid and subsidy control.

We have advised a wide range of clients, from SMEs to FTSE 100 listed companies, achieving excellent outcomes in what are often very challenging cases. We have also supported clients with EU Structural and Investment Funding matters, which are of particular importance to supporting economic development in the North-East. This includes a growing specialism in advising asset and investment fund managers on achieving State aid compliance for project funding.

Whether you are concerned that your actions might be anti-competitive, wish to put in place a programme to achieve compliance or wish to challenge the unfair actions of a third party, our team of experts will be able to provide you with advice which is appropriate for your business. Our team has experience of practising competition law both in the UK and Brussels, and so is able to assist you with matters across the full spectrum of trade and competition law.

We also have extensive experience of assisting state bodies with State aid and competition law issues and have acted for central and local Government and numerous third sector and not-for-profit organisations. As of 1 January 2021, we have also been advising organisations on the changes to UK subsidy control arising from the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the forthcoming design and implementation of a new domestic UK subsidy control regime.

Our experienced international trade and competition law lawyers can assist you with:

  • Brexit implications
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Merger clearance
  • Competition compliance
  • Anti-trust defence
  • State aid and subsidy control
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Dawn raid support
  • Public sector
  • Grant funding and EU structural funding
  • Litigation and contentious issues
  • Inward investment
  • Sectoral regulation
  • International and EU trade compliance

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