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LIDC Webinar: Foreign Subsidy Regime

07.11.2023 | 1 PM (CET) / midday (UK)

The Implementing Regulation will have been adopted shortly before the webinar (the ex-officio investigation powers of the European Commission will be applicable as of 12 July 2023) and it will be the best opportunity for Martin Farley, having contributed to the legal review of this new EU Foreign Subsidy Control regime, to describe the rules and comment on them. Natura Gràcia and Jacques Derenne will share then their reflections on the new subsidy control regime, including the theories of harm underpinning the regime, the significance of this policy development, its interaction with other legal areas and its practical implications for businesses.


  • Jacques Derenne is a Partner at Sheppard Mullin, a member of the Brussels and Paris bars and the head of the EU Competition & Regulatory practice. Jacques has 35 years of EU competition law experience across all areas, including mergers, cartels, abuses of dominance and State aid. Jacques has developed his leading State aid experience acting for beneficiaries, competitors, many Member States and investors before the European Commission, EU courts and national courts. He is professor at the University of Liège, where he has been teaching State aid law since 2006 (as well as at the Brussels School of Competition since 2011).
  • Martin Farley has been a member of the competition law and State aid teams of the European Commission Legal Service since 2014. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in private practice at an international law firm. Martin holds an LLB in Law with European Legal Studies from King’s College London and an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe. Martin is a Fellow of the Centre of European Law at King’s College London, and was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Competition Law and Policy (JECLAP) between 2016 and 2022.
  • Natura Gràcia is a Partner at Linklaters LLP, qualified in Spain and England and Wales. Natura has extensive experience in multinational transactions and matters and regularly advises clients in diverse industry sectors including private equity/financial sponsors, healthcare, energy and transport, on the application of EU competition, merger control, state aid and public procurement rules. She acts on behalf of international clients to obtain regulatory approvals for mergers in various jurisdictions and heads the Linklaters State aid practice.


  • Christophe Rapin, LIDC President

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