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European State Aid 2010 - How State aid is applied and interpreted

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European State Aid 2010
- How State aid is applied and interpreted

Friday 7 May 2010, The Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London W1




Katherine Holmes
Consultant, Reed Smith LLP
Member, Competition Commission


Failure to comply with the State aid rules might result in significant financial risk for businesses, and complex legal proceedings, as well as action against the Member State. Grants of aid, or proposals to grant aid, are often challenged by competitors.

GCR has brought together a highly experienced and talented team to guide you through what you need to know about the EU's State aid rules - whether your role is in government, in a business seeking or receiving governmental support, or for a competitor of a recipient of government support.


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Distinguished speakers from the European Commission; the Competition Commission; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as leading lawyers and economists include:


Kelyn Bacon
Brick Court Chambers

Christian Ahlborn
Partner, Linklaters LLP

Barbara Brandtner
Head of Unit, DG Competition
European Commission

James Robinson
Partner, Eversheds LLP

Edith Templeton
State Aid Branch
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Luis Correia da Silva
Managing Director, Oxera


Christopher Vajda QC
Monckton Chambers

Cyrus Mehta
Partner, Nabarro

Antonio Bavasso
Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Andrea Coscelli
Director of Economic Analysis
Competition Group, Ofcom

Marjorie Holmes
Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Vincent Power
A&L Goodbody Solicitors




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Practical advice and expert comment on:

• When is State finance not aid? Definition of State aid, services of general economic interest (SGEIs), the market economy investor principle (MEIP)
• Criteria for approval of State aid and an overview of the block exemption regime
• The EU Commission's current practice and policy - experience of the past year
• The UK's current practice and policy - the Temporary Framework - pros and cons
• Restructuring aid - should aid be granted to firms in difficulty?
• Remedies
• Closing the funding gap - State aid in public-private projects
• Focus on special sectors
- Communications and broadcasting
- State aid in Transport - what the transport sector needs to know and what other sectors can learn




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Standard early bird fee: £500 + 17.5% VAT = £587.50
In-house lawyers and government agencies early bird fee: £400 + 17.5% VAT = £470.00




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