THIS COURSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MAY
EU State Aid Law: Fundamentals, Fiscal State Aid, Commission Investigations and Recovery
6-hour CPD on Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th April 2016, from 5 - 8pm
About this Course
EU Law prohibits any unapproved aid granted by a Member State or through State resources in any form whatsoever which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or the production of certain goods, in so far as it affects trade between Member States. This so-called “State aid prohibition” is an essential part of the EU’s internal market and competition rules. This is why the EU Treaties grant the European Commission a monopoly over approved state aid and strong investigative tools. This two-day course will cover
- the notion of State aid, in order to enable participants to identify which State interventions may fall within the ambit of the State aid prohibition, including a practical assessment of associated risks and mitigation strategies.
- the peculiarities of fiscal State aid, on which the Commission is currently focusing in several high profile investigations into multinationals’ tax arrangements; in this context, both basic ECJ case law (e.g. Adria Wien, Azores, Gibraltar, Paint Graphos, EDF) and recent Commission Decisions (e.g. Apple, Fiat, Starbucks, Amazon) will be analysed.
- the outline of a typical State aid investigation
- certain interesting issues in relation to the interaction of Member States’ national law with their EU obligation to recover State aid.
Please note that this course will focus mainly on IP-related topics. Practitioners who require training in all aspects of contracts (eg work and payment terms, limitation of liability, law and jurisdiction, confidentiality, duration and termination, etc) should consider combining this course with a more general contracts course or ask us to put together a tailored, in-house course for their organisation.
The course will essentially consist of four segments:
Day 1: State Aid Fundamentals
Day 2: Fiscal State Aid, Outline of a State Aid investigation, Recovery Issues
Who should attend
This course is an introductory course and is designed for everyone with a genuine practical or academic interest in EU State aid law, in particular practitioners, academics and students. There are no pre-requisites for attending this course.
Date & Time:
Monday 11 April 2016
16:30 Registration and coffee
17.00 Course begins
18.45 Course resumes
20.00 End of Day 1
Tuesday 12 April 2016
17.00 Day 2 begins
18.45 Course resumes
20.00 End of Course
6 CPD Points are available for this course from SRA and BSB
Course Convenor and Presenters
Dimitrios Kyriazis is a tutor and doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, a Clarendon and Onassis scholar, and a convenor of Oxford’s EU Law Discussion Group. Dimitrios obtained his LL.B. (Distinction) at the University of Athens, graduating top of his class. He also holds an MJur (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, graduating top of his class (Clifford Chance Prize), with the support of an Onassis Foundation scholarship. He completed his MPhil in Law (Distinction) as a Light Senior Scholar at St Catherine's College. He has previously practiced law in Brussels and Athens, primarily working on state aid, M&A, competition and banking law.
Alex Stratakis, Baker & McKenzie LLP
For almost ten years Alex Stratakis has been assisting businesses navigating complex State aid issues in a variety of industries including broadcasting, telecoms, basic industries, mining, oil & gas and transportation. Alex frequently represents clients before the European Commission and the European Courts in state aid investigations. Alex practices both EU and UK competition law focusing especially on merger control and unilateral conduct issues. He holds an LL.B (Athens Law School); MJur (LL.M) (University of Oxford); LL.M (James Ken Scholar) from Columbia Law School, New York and a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from Kings College London.
If you have any queries about this course please contact Lisa Penfold at the UCL Faculty of Laws by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When & Where
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)
The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law was established in 2007, by the late Sir Hugh Laddie, to reflect UCL’s strategy of expanding its activity in the field of intellectual property law. IBIL is based in the UCL Faculty of Laws. IBIL's Director, from April 2011, will be The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob who has been appointed to the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in IP Law.
IBIL is sponsored by: Taylor Wessing LLP; 8 New Square and GlaxoSmithKline; Arnold & Porter, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, Powell Gilbert , Rouse, Simmons & Simmons, WilmerHale, and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.
For information about the Institute please see their website at: