Scottish Competition Forum Event – Unfair competition from the public sector in commercial markets: crowding out and state aid after Brexit

Upcoming Scottish Competition Forum Event – Unfair competition from the public sector in commercial markets: crowding out and state aid after Brexit

On Thursday 7 September 2017, the Scottish Competition Forum is holding an event to discuss unfair competition from the public sector in commercial markets.

You can register to attend this event here.

Governments of all political stripes, and at all levels, intervene in various markets from time to time. Sometimes these interventions are deliberate – investing in certain geographic areas or technologies for example – and sometimes they are incidental, such as where the state funds “community” activities that crowd out small businesses, or where it subsidises public venues (like gyms and libraries) for social purposes which compete with private enterprises.

In this seminar we will consider the extent to which business both large and small is affected by this in Scotland and whether Scotland (or the UK as a whole) needs laws, such as those in place in some other countries, to draw a line on when public funding is appropriate and when it is not. We will also consider in this context whether, if the UK is not subject to EU state aid law after Brexit, it will need its own state aid laws to stop central, devolved and local government from inappropriate allocation of money to private and community enterprises.

Our keynote speaker will be Anna Palmerus, a leading Swedish competition lawyer with experience of Swedish laws regulating when the state is unfairly competing with private business. Further speakers will be announced closer to the event.

The event will held at the Glasgow offices of Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (1 George Square, Glasgow G2 1AL). Registration will be from 5.30pm and the event will start at 6.00pm and conclude at 7.30pm with drinks.