Covington & Burling (Brussels)

Sophie Bertin

Covington & Burling (Brussels)
Senior Advisor

Sophie Bertin is a senior advisor to Covington in their Financial Services and Antitrust practice. Her current focus is on financial services topics, ranging from State aid, implementation of regulations, interplay between various regulations, including the new data protection rules; as well as the impact of new technologies (like Blockchain) on the financial services business models and resulting competition challenges.

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Articles

2328 Bulletin

Peter D. Camesasca, Carole Maczkovics, Sophie Bertin The EU Parliament signs the Commission’s proposal which would allow the Commission to examine whether foreign subsidies have a potential negative impact on the internal market

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On 4 May 2022, the European Parliament (the “Parliament”) adopted its position on the proposal of the European Commission (the “Commission”) for a Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market (the “Foreign Subsidies Regulation”) (see our alert on the proposal). It confirms the (...)

James Marshall, Sophie Bertin, Carole Maczkovics, Grace Kim, Antoine Espinasse The UK Government’s Subsidy Control Bill receives Royal Assent and passes into law transitioning the UK to a regime where potential aid is self-assessed by the relevant public body, as opposed to being approved by the EU Commission or UK Competition Authority

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On 28 April 2022, the Subsidy Control Bill (the “Bill”) received Royal Assent, becoming the Subsidy Control Act 2022 (the “Act”). The Act lays the basic framework for the new UK-wide subsidy control regime, which is now expected to come into force in Autumn 2022. Although the Act primarily (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Sophie Bertin, Carole Maczkovics The EU Commission adopts a temporary crisis framework for state aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia

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On 23 March 2022, the European Commission (the “Commission”) adopted a Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia (the “Framework”). In a similar fashion to the temporary framework that the Commission has adopted to (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Carole Maczkovics, Sophie Bertin The EU Commission adopts its revised communication on the criteria for the analysis of the compatibility with the internal market of State aid to promote the execution of important projects of common European interest “IPCEI”

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On 25 November 2021, the Commission adopted its revised Communication on the Criteria for the analysis of the compatibility with the internal market of State aid to promote the execution of important projects of common European interest (“IPCEI”). This is particularly relevant for companies who (...)

Peter D. Camesasca, Laurie-Anne Grelier, Sophie Bertin, Johan Ysewyn, Horst Henschen, Katherine Kingsbury, Sebastian Vos The EU Commission proposes a regulation that introduces more scrutiny for companies receiving foreign subsidies

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Companies that benefit from non-EU state support or subsidies will soon face heightened scrutiny in the European Union (EU) as the European Commission unveiled on May 5 its proposed Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market. As its name suggests, the proposed Regulation (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Sophie Bertin, Aidan Forde The EU General Court dismisses the first two challenges to State aid awarded to national airlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair)

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On 17 February 2021, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) in Cases T-259/20 and T-238/20 dismissed Ryanair’s challenges to pandemic aid packages introduced in France and Sweden in order to support the domestic airline sector. The judgments are the first ones where the General (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Sophie Bertin The EU Commission publishes an extension of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The Commission’s Temporary Framework for State aid measures supporting the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic (the “Temporary Framework”) is proving to be a success. More than 200 Member State schemes and individual measures have been cleared under the Temporary Framework since its adoption in (...)

Johan Ysewyn, Geoffrey Kalantari, Sophie Bertin The EU Commission includes recapitalisation measures in the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak

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On 8 May 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a second amendment (the “New Amendment”) to the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak (the “Temporary Framework”) (see our previous post on the Temporary Framework here and on the (...)

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