LIDC / CLA Lunchtime Webinar:  – Foreign Subsidy Regime – Tuesday 11 July, 1:00 pm (CET) / midday (UK)

The LIDC will be holding a joint lunchtime webinar with the CLA on Tuesday 11 July 2023 at 1:00 pm (CET) / midday (UK).

Martin Farley, a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, Natura Gràcia and Jacques Derenne have kindly agreed to speak on the subject of the Foreign Subsidy Control Regime: reflections from the UK and Europe. 

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.

The session will be moderated by Christophe Rapin (LIDC President).

LIDC members/non-members: Please register via the LIDC website:


Registration will close midday Monday 10 July.


Kind regards,


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.

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).

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.