SGH Martineau have a strong background in public sector work and this coupled with our leading corporate and commercial practices makes the firm ideally placed to advise when the public sector engages in commercial activity.
State aid advice can be crucial when dealing with issues at the interface between the public and private sectors. Funds or resources flowing from the public purse to the private sector may amount to prohibited state aid and these issues must be dealt with by notification to the European Commission for approval or structuring to bring the aid within an exemption.
Areas of our work
- Identification of potential state aid issues.
- Structuring aid to fit within the European Commission’s block exemption, de minimis rules and sector specific frameworks.
- Notifications to the European Commission for approval.
- Application of the state aid rules to disposals of interests in land.