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Competition/European Law — Germany


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed department offering cutting-edge expertise in antitrust proceedings. Frequently instructed by parties on abuse of dominance and restrictive agreement disputes, as well as cross-border damages actions and leniency applications. Also in demand for merger control cases, acting for leading multinationals from a range of industries. The Brussels office houses considerable expertise in state aid and international trade.

Strengths One source is especially fond of the firm's "speedy responses" and speaks positively about the lawyers' commitment, adding that "each attorney is doing his or her best to meet the client's needs at any time."

Another client succinctly sums up: "We are very happy with Cleary Gottlieb in competition and cartel matters."

Work highlights Represented Dow Chemical in Phase II proceedings before the EC relating to its planned merger with DuPont.

Defended Google against abuse of dominance claims by VG Media concerning its refusal to remunerate publishers for listing their content in its search results.

Significant clients 3M, Baxter, Coca-Cola, Huawei Technologies, GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners

"Leading competition lawyer" Dirk Schroeder's expertise covers all aspects of competition and EU law, and he often handles complex merger clearances, cartels, abuse of dominance and state aid cases. His recent highlights include representing Masco Corporation in an appeal against a ruling by the EC.

Based in Brussels, Stephan Barthelmess is well regarded in the market for his long-standing experience in merger control matters and cartel investigations. He represented Chemours in an investigation by the EC regarding its collaboration with Honeywell.

Romina Polley primarily advises clients on dawn raids, leniency applications and merger control. She acted for Samsonite International on the antitrust aspects of its USD1.8 billion acquisition of Tumi Holdings.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Martin Klusmann
- 9 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Outstanding competition team that excels in the most complex and high-profile cases. Highly sought after for merger control proceedings and joint ventures on a global scale, profiting from a deep bench and famed international network. Also at the forefront of major cartel investigations, representing household names before the Federal Cartel Office and EC, and in follow-on damages litigation. Attracts market-leading clients from a variety of industries, including energy, automotives and life sciences.

Strengths Clients are quick to point out the firm's reliable and efficient handling of client relationships. Typical comments include: "The quality of advice and responsiveness are very good. As a client, you feel in good hands, and agreeing on strategy is a very uncomplicated process."

Commenting in a similar vein and also referring to the firm's integrated internal setup, another client adds: "I am very satisfied with the team. The lawyers are quick, reliable and reachable, and communicate very well both to the client and externally. As part of a full-service firm, they are also very well connected with other departments."

Work highlights Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the antitrust aspects of the exchange of its consumer healthcare business for the animal health business of Sanofi in 19 jurisdictions.

Represented a transmission network operator in an investigation by the EC into potential anti-competitive behaviour among participants in the electricity transmission market.

Significant clients Axel Springer, Continental, E.ON, Mars, Volkswagen.

Notable practitioners

Gerhard Wiedemann has a wealth of experience covering the gamut of competition matters and has published numerous books and academic articles on the subject.

Martin Klusmann has carved out a stellar reputation as "a clear market leader in Germany for compliance and investigations." He has acted for numerous high-profile clients over the years, and most recently represented ThyssenKrupp in this field. His expertise also includes merger control and cartel proceedings and he is admitted to the Bar in Brussels.

Frank Montag is hailed by interviewees as "in a class of his own" and "the German number one in Brussels." He boasts an excellent track record in global merger control proceedings and cartel investigations, and represented Siemens in the EC's Phase II investigation of its USD7.6 billion merger with Dresser Rand. Clients consider him "very impressive."

Sources praise Helmut Bergmann as a "trusted and reliable partner who gives sharp and reasonable opinions that offer consideration from an EU perspective." He is highly experienced in antitrust matters, and advised Coty on the antitrust aspects of its integration of Procter & Gamble's fine fragrance, colour cosmetics and hair colour businesses.

Tobias Klose is at his most visible on cartel cases, where he mainly acts for clients from the energy, chemicals and automotives industries before both the Federal Cartel Office and the EC. Of late, he has represented various clients from the automotive sector in cartel investigations and subsequent follow-on litigation. Clients describe him as "technically outstanding, with an excellent knowledge of the authorities and an ability to get to grips with the facts of a case."

Thomas Lübbig is recommended for contentious antitrust matters, where he is often present on abuse of dominance and patent licensing disputes. He also advises on merger control, state aid and regulatory issues. Notable mandates include representing Genentech in litigation against a competitor demanding royalties for one of its licensed patents.

Uta Itzen continues to advance in the rankings thanks to consistently impressive feedback from clients and peers. One interviewee states: "She gives precise, concise and well-balanced advice in a timely manner." Her practice centres on merger clearance matters, and she often represents clients in contentious antitrust cases. Itzen assisted Ardagh Group with the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of various assets of Ball Corporation.

Peter Niggemann focuses on merger control cases, as well as cross-border cartel investigations and compliance. He draws clients from a range of sectors, including construction, aviation, retail and IT, and defended Asahi Glass Company in numerous follow-on damages claims by insurers relating to a cartel for car glass.

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Gleiss Lutz - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ingo Brinker
- 10 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Exceptional practice that consistently handles the most complex and high-profile competition matters. Highly in demand for cross-border investigations and subsequent damages claims, while offering proven excellence in merger filings in the context of high-end transactions. Also enjoys a strong reputation in vertical restraints and dominance cases, and works closely with its Brussels office on EU regulatory and state aid issues. Clientele consists of blue-chip companies from numerous sectors, including automotive, energy and construction.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' ability to grasp the core issues and their pragmatic approach, with one saying: "They are very thorough and knowledgeable lawyers who have a good understanding of the problems we face and offer workable solutions."

Another interviewee describes the competition department as a "very experienced team with a good standing among the relevant authorities."

Work highlights Represented BSH Hausgeräte in a follow-on private damages claim against participants in the cold compressor cartel.

Acted for Syngenta on the merger control aspects of its USD43 billion acquisition by China National Chemical Corp, and co-ordinated notifications across 23 jurisdictions worldwide.

Significant clients Daimler, Evonik, Infineon Technologies, ProSiebenSat.1, ZF Friedrichshafen.

Notable practitioners

Ingo Brinker possesses a formidable reputation across a broad scope of competition law matters, with a strong focus on merger control investigations, litigation and compliance programmes. He represented ASICS in appeal proceedings triggered by a judgment by the Federal Cartel Office that declared its distribution system unlawful. One client enthuses: "He manages to grasp the issue in milliseconds and steer us in the right direction. His experience means he knows what you can and can't do."

Wolfgang Bosch is best known for his expertise in merger control, cartel investigations, private antitrust litigation and antitrust infringement proceedings. He advises on both German and European antitrust law, and is regarded by market sources as a "top-quality practitioner."

The "very pragmatic" Ulrich Denzel continues to impress with his expertise in cartel investigations, private damages claims and merger control. He represented HeidelbergCement in a successful appeal before the ECJ following a request for information by the EC relating to suspected cartel arrangements. According to commentators, he "has gained a lot of traction in the market in recent years."

Matthias Karl specialises in merger clearances, distribution law and compliance matters, and is particularly active for clients from the automotive sector. His noteworthy mandates include successfully advising Markant on its appeal against a ministerial authorisation for the planned merger between Edeka and Kaiser's Tengelmann. Clients say: "He has a very good practical approach and can explain things well to business people."

Martin Raible advises on merger control, compliance and private antitrust litigation, and often represents clients in proceedings relating to imposed fines for cartels. He represented Schwenk Zement in appeal proceedings before the ECJ concerning excessive antitrust investigations by the EC.

Clients attest that Christian Steinle "has a very thorough and profound business understanding and impressive expertise in cartel cases derived from many years of experience." He also focuses on private antitrust litigation, compliance and internal investigations, and represented AC Treuhand in a test case before the ECJ regarding the liabilities of cartel supporters.

According to one interviewee, Moritz Holm-Hadulla "drills very deeply into issues and is top of the class in terms of thoroughness, pragmatism and delivering results." His practice centres on cartel investigations, follow-on litigation, antitrust compliance programmes and merger control. He has a strong focus on the media and retail sectors, and advised Groupe SEB on the merger control aspects of its EUR1.6 billion takeover of WMF.

Department profile by Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz has been involved in shaping antitrust law since day one, having played an active role in all major national and international developments and cases for more than 60 years. Our clients benefit not only from our extensive experience but also from our many years of dealing with the relevant authorities. This makes us one of the leading antitrust practices not only in Germany but across Europe.


 A major focus of our practice is the planning and implementation of international merger control procedures. Additionally, we enjoy an outstanding reputation for defending clients in cartel investigations. Especially in Europe, we have been involved in the development of private enforcement. Here, our services include defending against and the out-of-court settlement of damages claims as well as the advising on claims between cartel members. We further advise on compliance issues as well as on vertical and horizontal agreements.



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Gleiss Lutz provides integrated specialist advice anywhere in the world. As an Independent law firm, we are free to choose local advisers based on clients’ specific requirements. Our competition practice boasts an outstanding track record in high-profile international cases – be it on multiple merger filings, international cartel investigations, or damages actions with worldwide implications. Close ties with leading antitrust practices around the world allow us to draw from a flexible and proven international network. Successful and trusted cooperation on countless joint projects continually strengthens our international relationships. This enables us to put together hand-picked, multi-jurisdictional teams tailored to our clients’ needs.


Hengeler Mueller - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Stellar firm covering the ambit of competition matters. Enjoys a superb reputation for merger clearance and filing work, acting on some of the most complex transactions at both Phase I and Phase II. Adeptly handles administrative fine proceedings, high-stakes cartel investigations and subsequent follow-on damages actions on behalf of defendants. Experts on the ground in Brussels advise on international audits and compliance matters. Enviable client roster comprises leading corporations from a range of sectors, including energy, media and e-commerce.

Strengths Clients uniformly trust Hengeler Mueller to work within tight schedules and deliver results. One interviewee notes: "They are very to the point, efficient in time-critical situations and give the client confidence."

Another client finds similar strengths in the team, describing the lawyers as "technically astute and very efficient."

Work highlights Successfully represented MAN in a leniency application granting the exemption of a EUR1.2 billion penalty relating to a cartel among numerous truck producers. Fines imposed by the EC totalled a record EUR2.93 billion.

Advised the ten largest publishers of German regional daily newspapers on the formation of the alliance 'Score Media Group', including the merger control aspects.

Significant clients British Airways, Kabel Deutschland, Nordzucker, RWE, Talanx.

Notable practitioners

Thorsten Mäger maintains a healthy reputation in the market for his work on merger clearances, abuse of dominance matters and cartel investigations. He represented Energetický a Prumyslový Holding in EU merger control proceedings arising from its acquisition of Vattenfall's lignite mining and generation business in Germany.

Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is repeatedly identified by sources as a go-to lawyer for state aid and subsidy law matters affecting Germany. He also handles merger control and cartel proceedings, and latterly represented a Japanese company in investigations arising from a succession of dawn raids.

The "calm and focused" Christoph Stadler rises in the rankings following strong feedback from clients and peers alike. His broad practice encompasses merger control and cartel proceedings, as well as the competition aspects of corporate reorganisations. Highlights include advising funds managed by Onex Corporation on the antitrust elements of the EUR1 billion disposal of KraussMaffei Group to a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation. Clients add that he "remains analytical and result-oriented in high-pressure situations."

Clients praise Alf-Henrik Bischke for his "technical knowledge, commercial awareness and client service" and add: "He is very efficient and helps get the deal through on time." His expertise lies primarily in merger control filings, while he also assists with compliance and antitrust and internal investigations. He represented Vitol in merger control proceedings in the context of its acquisition of a 50% shareholding in Sargeant Marine.

Department profile by Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller provides comprehensive advice on European and German competition law. In M&A projects, we organize and coordinate the merger control approval process at a national, EU and global level.

In cartel cases, we can assist in establishing the facts, depending on your choice and preferences, by deploying our internal forensic and investigation capabilities. We work with you to determine your best available defence strategy, we represent you before the European Commission and Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, and we coordinate your defence in investigations of other antitrust regulators. In international cartel cases, we provide complete process management, building on our strong international network. We can also represent you in cartel and general competition law litigation, including follow-on damage cases. 

We lend support to clients seeking to implement or enhance their compliance organisation.

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Global Approach

Hengeler Mueller covers every jurisdiction worldwide supporting its clients globally with integrated international teams. The law firm works with leading firms throughout the world on cross-border transactions providing seamless service. Together with its distinctive international network drawn from different legal systems, markets and cultures, Hengeler Mueller tailors every international team according to the individual needs of its clients and the specific demands of each project.

Best Friends

Hengeler Mueller is a member of the Best Friends Group, a European network of law firms including BonelliErede (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (the Netherlands), Slaughter and May (UK) and Uría Menéndez (Spain). All members of the Best Friends Group are renowned firms and market leaders in their jurisdictions. 


Clifford Chance - Competition/European Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Joachim Schütze and Marc Besen
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Covers a wide variety of competition matters for both domestic and international blue-chip clients. Sought after for big-ticket merger control proceedings arising from multi-jurisdictional acquisitions. Offers notable expertise in cartel issues, ranging from investigations and dawn raid preparation to damages claims and follow-on litigation.

Strengths A number of sources highlight the team's practical approach to matters, with one saying that "the pragmatism and solution-oriented advice are real positives," while another adds that the team gives "hands-on advice and strongly manages negotiations."

Other clients value the department's business acumen. Typical comments include: "They think strategically, respond quickly and have a strong knowledge of the operative economic and commercial issues."

Work highlights Assisted Pfizer with the co-ordination and filing of merger notifications in over 25 jurisdictions globally as part of its planned USD160 billion merger with Allergan.

Represented KONE as defendant in numerous damages claims arising from the lift cartel.

Significant clients Bayer, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Telekom, GE, BlackBerry.

Notable practitioners

Marc Besen attracts extensive praise for his ability "to offer a concrete solution that fits the situation" and "explain market customs very easily." His practice covers cartel proceedings, compliance programmes and corporate transactions, including merger control filings. He latterly assisted Fosun International with merger control issues arising from its public takeover of BHF Kleinwort Benson Group and acquisition of Hauck & Aufhäuser.

Joachim Schütze mainly advises on merger control, state aid and contentious market dominance matters. He acted for a joint venture between Daimler, BMW and Audi on the global co-ordination of merger notifications as part of its acquisition of HERE. Clients note that "he is great to speak to regarding tactical questions."

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Linklaters - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Daniela Seeliger
- 5 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Robust team with an excellent global reach aided by a strong on-the-ground presence in Brussels. Notable experience in multi-jurisdictional merger filings, cartel proceedings and dawn raids. Additional adeptness at representing defendants in high-profile damages litigation and advising on the avoidance of potential antitrust fines. Client list comprises leading domestic and international corporations.

Strengths Considerable praise is directed at Linklaters' cross-border capabilities, as one client reports: "They have strong resources in all offices and are capable of controlling cases across jurisdictions and working on an international level. Everything is well prepared and the service is consistent across the board."

Convinced by the team's ability to meet expectations and deliver results, another source says that "their particular strength is understanding what the client needs, finding the right language and coming to realistic assessments."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Börse on the merger control and antitrust aspects of its planned merger with the London Stock Exchange.

Represented Nestlé as defendant in five damages claims, and as claimant against participants in the sugar cartel, in which the value of the total damages sought is approximately EUR2 billion.

Significant clients BayWa, China Merchants Group, Delhaize Group, UniCredit.

Notable practitioners

Wolfgang Deselaers splits his time between the firm's Brussels and Düsseldorf offices, and provides a wealth of experience in merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance cases. He successfully represented Deutsche Bahn in an appeal before the ECJ against two prior EC decisions on dawn raids. Clients remark: "It is an uncomplicated co-operation with him and he is very responsive."

Sources say of Daniela Seeliger: "She can reach out to the relevant people and get through to the heart of the matter." She regularly assists with cartel proceedings, merger clearance and compliance, with a particular focus on the industrial, energy, automotives and life sciences sectors. Highlights of late include successfully obtaining clearance at the first phase for Fresenius Medical Care for its acquisition of dialysis centres in Hamburg.

Bernd Meyring is respected for his expertise in cross-border merger control cases, cartel investigations and leniency applications. He acted for SABMiller on the antitrust aspects of the USD108 billion takeover offer by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Carsten Grave focuses on merger control and cartel proceedings, and has a strong following of clients from the postal and energy industries. He advised Allianz Global Investors on the antitrust compliance aspects of the set-up of its CAPVIVA fund.

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Noerr - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexander Birnstiel
- 13 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Broad practice with an impressive reputation for both national and pan-European competition work. Combines expertise in investigations, merger control, compliance and litigation. Represents claimants and defendants in private enforcement cases, and plays host to considerable experience in compliance and state aid issues. Acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including automotives, steel, energy and retail.

Strengths One interviewee describes Noerr as "a top firm with whom we enjoy working" and considers the team to be "at the forefront of private enforcement litigation in Germany."

Another satisfied client likes that "they are very structured, service-oriented and hands-on."

Work highlights Advised Daimler on the establishment of a joint venture with Kamaz.

Defended CEMEX against a claim for damages by Cartel Damage Claims in relation to the cement cartel.

Significant clients BDI, BBC Worldwide, SAS, SKW Stahl-Metallurgie, Volkswagen Financial Services.

Notable practitioners

Described as "exceedingly knowledgeable in competition litigation," Kathrin Westermann is recommended for antitrust damages claims and cartel proceedings. She also assists with merger control, and is especially visible in the media and telecommunications sectors. Among her notable mandates was her advice to Holtzbrinck Ventures and Rocket Internet on the sale of Classmarkets to Scout24.

Karsten Metzlaff has experience of German and EU competition law, and is well known for his expertise in cross-border merger filings, cartel investigations, damages claims and compliance matters. He acted for McDonald's on the completion of a co-operation agreement with Autobahn Tank & Rast for the opening of a chain of McDonald's restaurants at motorway service stations across Germany.

Alexander Birnstiel's practice takes in contentious cartel and abuse of dominance issues, merger clearance, private enforcement and state aid. He advised Bosch on the settlement of antitrust damages claims arising from the European roller bearing cartel. Clients particularly appreciate his responsiveness.

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Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Albrecht Bach
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Stuttgart

What the team is known for Long-standing reputation for private enforcement litigation, representing large plaintiff groups. Additionally well known for merger control and abuse of dominance matters regarding unfair pricing. Expertise spans a wide range of sectors, including energy, cosmetics, life sciences and TMT. Predominantly acts for corporates and industry associations.

Strengths One impressed client reports: "The firm did a great job providing efficient and sound legal advice on a very complicated topic. I highly value the performance of the partners and associates as they are able to explain complex legal estimations in a clear and understandable way."

Another source is "unreservedly satisfied" due to the "excellent quality" on offer at the firm.

Work highlights Represented the Association of German Savings Banks and the Association of German Co-operative Banks in an appeal against a decision by the Federal Cartel Office on anti-competitive clauses of online banking services in general terms and conditions.

Advised GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare on its defence against damage claims by the insolvency receiver of Schlecker relating to alleged cartel agreements.

Significant clients EnBW, Discovery Communications Deutschland, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband, Dr. Falk Pharma.

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked Albrecht Bach receives widespread adulation from market commentators for his "unquestionably outstanding intellectual capabilities." He specialises in merger control and competition litigation, including antitrust damages claims. A highlight of his recent caseload was assisting GETRAG with the merger control aspects of its sale to Magna International.

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Commeo LLP - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Frankfurt

What the team is known for Dedicated competition law boutique that has secured a strong reputation for contract-driven antitrust matters. Mainly advises on distribution, licensing and research and development agreements. Also covers merger control, abuse of dominance cases, follow-on damages claims and compliance. Industry-specific expertise spans the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods and chemical sectors.

Strengths Interviewees repeatedly highlight the availability of the team, which enables a "very enjoyable co-operation with Commeo." Certain sources also remark upon the "precision of the analysis and advice" and add that "they are extremely well connected to the antitrust authorities."

Another client says of the lawyers: "They are very well organised and efficient, and have a real passion for their work."

Work highlights Represented Japan Airlines as defendant in numerous damages claims stemming from its involvement in the air cargo cartel.

Advised Deutscher Säge- und Holzindustrie Bundesverband as third party on an appeal before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court relating to the marketing of round timber by the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, Asklepios Kliniken, Procter & Gamble, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

Jörg-Martin Schultze is at his most visible advising on the antitrust aspects of distribution contracts, merger control and cartel investigations. He has significant experience in the automotive sector, where he regularly advises Magna International on merger control issues.

Dominique Wagener specialises in cartel investigations, antitrust compliance, litigation and distribution law. Of late, she has represented Westfalen in appeal proceedings concerning fines imposed by the Federal Cartel Office.

Market observers say that Stephanie Pautke is "very well known in the field of distribution law." She also handles cartel investigations, investigations into abusive practices and antitrust compliance. Highlights include representing Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels as plaintiff in a claim alleging that Amazon's e-book distribution agreements amounted to abuse of its dominant market position.

Johanna Kübler predominantly advises on merger control, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and antitrust compliance. She represented Trifels in its damages claim against Deutsche Telekom for abuse of dominance and breaches of civil and telecommunications law.

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Glade Michel Wirtz - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Markus Wirtz and Silke Möller
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Visible boutique which is well regarded for its work on domestic and EU-level cartel investigations. Additionally represents clients in subsequent private litigation proceedings relating to anti-competitive clauses and arrangements. Offers further expertise in merger clearance. Client portfolio is made up of key German and international enterprises.

Strengths One interviewee highlights the firm's ability to handle cross-border mandates, saying: "They have a strong emphasis on cartel proceedings and know how to deal with international clients."

It is also pointed out that the lawyers are "very good sparring partners for the exchange of ideas and information," while other sources describe them as "flexible, diligent, easily accessible and great to work with."

Value for money Sources are impressed by the firm's billing practice, as one explains: "The boutique structure is very cost-effective, which makes the firm a very attractive option to clients who are very sensitive to fees, as the rates are reasonable and the quality of advice is very good."

Work highlights Successfully represented Fashion Outlet Grundbesitz before the Supreme Court in a dispute against VR Franconia over anti-competitive clauses in lease agreements prohibiting rival retailers from selling its products within a certain proximity.

Advised Bohai Leading on merger clearance issues in Germany as part of its acquisition of Avalon Holdings.

Significant clients Galderma, Talanx, United Internet, Xerox, ZF Friedrichshafen.

Notable practitioners

Described as a "brilliant mind," Markus Wirtz is widely respected for his expertise in antitrust litigation, cartel proceedings and merger filings. He represented Deutsche Telekom in its challenge of the planned merger between Liberty Global and Kabel BW, which had been approved by the Federal Cartel Office.

Department profile by Glade Michel Wirtz

Düsseldorf based GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ was established in June 2007 as an independent law firm focusing exclusively on corporate and competition work. The lawyers of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ work on complex national and international matters, which require highly specialized skills and experience.

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International: About 50% of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' client base consists of international clients, including large corporations and financial institutions like LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Mettler Toledo, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Total or Xerox. GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' domestic clients include DAX-30 corporations, MDAX corporations, German Mittelstand and industry associations.


Hogan Lovells International LLP - Competition/European Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Martin Sura
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Covers a broad spectrum of competition matters at national and EU level. Has seen an increased caseload in the area of vertical restraints relating to e-commerce and digitalisation. Frequently handles unfair competition disputes, derived from its market-leading intellectual property expertise, while remaining visible in cartel investigations and damages litigation. Exploits its vast international resources to assist with merger control proceedings in big-ticket M&A transactions. Clients come from a range of sectors, including life sciences, TMT, automotive and financial services.

Strengths Several sources speak positively about the team's responsiveness and smooth communication, with one client saying: "They give quick and thorough responses, and are pragmatic, solution-oriented and very good in critical matters." Another adds that they "provide solid advice and help strategise on complicated issues."

Another interviewee is impressed by the lawyers' ability to deal with different parties throughout a mandate, explaining: "They adapt their behaviour and presentation very well to the different situations they find themselves in, and find the right language to speak to the right people at the right time."

Value for money Numerous clients comment favourably upon the fairness of Hogan Lovells' billing practice. One source sums up: "They are flexible, transparent and open to queries."

Work highlights Defended Air Canada in antitrust damages claims made on behalf of hundreds of enterprises regarding the air cargo price-fixing cartel.

Represented eBay as plaintiff before the Federal Cartel Office in separate proceedings against adidas and Asics, both of which centred on the imposition of platform bans which were allegedly not compliant with antitrust law.

Significant clients Autobahn Tank & Rast, Dell, Flixmobility, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik, The LEGO Group.

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According to interviewees, Martin Sura is a "fantastic lawyer and great communicator who listens intensely to the client's needs and is extremely responsive." His focus lies in cartel and merger investigations and contentious antitrust matters. He represented Ford in numerous claims for compensation from automotive suppliers engaging in price fixing.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sven Völcker
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Thriving competition department that has boosted its profile through a prominent lateral hire in 2016. Leverages its extensive international network to handle major abuse of dominance cases and cartel investigations, in addition to follow-on damages litigation. Further recommended for merger control filings. Visible in the financial services, automotive, telecommunications and media industries.

Strengths One client finds the lawyers "very down-to-earth and practical people who give concise, pragmatic advice."

Another recounts that they "respond quickly and can be contacted any time. They also take a commercial approach to giving advice, understanding the needs of clients who work at a fast pace."

Work highlights Advised Facebook on an abuse of dominance investigation by the Federal Cartel Office concerning the interrelationships between privacy regulations and antitrust law.

Acted for Avago Technologies on the merger clearance aspects of its USD37 billion takeover of Broadcom Group in seven jurisdictions globally.

Significant clients Siemens, Daimler, Fresenius, Henkel, Nestlé.

Notable practitioners

Sven Völcker capably advises on all aspects of EU and German competition law. He offers particular strength in behavioural and cartel investigations, merger control and state aid. One impressive mandate of his was successfully advising Sirona Dental Systems on obtaining EU merger clearance for its USD13.3 billion merger with Dentsply International.

Michael Esser joined the practice in May 2016, and adds a wealth of experience in cross-border M&A deals, particularly in Phase II proceedings. He also regularly handles cartel investigations at both national and EU level.

Clients deem Georg Weidenbach "a very bright head, pragmatic, quick and talented in the area of antitrust law." He offers considerable expertise in cartel investigations and subsequent damages claims, as well as merger control, antitrust compliance and abuse of dominance matters. Personal work highlights include representing Exide Technologies in cartel enforcement proceedings.

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WilmerHale - Competition/European Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ulrich Quack
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Solid practice that is frequently mandated on cross-border competition cases, enjoying a high level of co-operation with its Brussels office. Recommended for antitrust litigation, merger filings and significant cartel investigations. Comprehensive sector coverage encompasses energy, financial services, life sciences and consumer products. Has recently grown its client portfolio with the addition of several corporates.

Strengths Clients profit from the team's in-depth regulatory expertise, as one states: "They have a good market knowledge, a comprehensive regulatory background and enormous strength in complex issues."

The lawyers are also praised for their "very anticipatory advice regarding possible snares."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bahn in several damages claims arising from the rail cartel.

Assisted EnBW with the merger control components of its acquisition of a controlling stake in VNG - Verbundnetz Gas from EWE.

Significant clients Baker Hughes, Credit Suisse, Danaher Corporation, Lufthansa, International Paper.

Notable practitioners

Ulrich Quack represents clients in merger control and private antitrust litigation cases. He has a particular focus on the energy sector, a typical example being his advice to Wintershall Holding on the antitrust aspects of the establishment of a joint venture for the operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea. Clients report: "He knows the evolution of the competition authorities and their views really well."

Stefan Ohlhoff has a broad practice spanning private antitrust litigation, merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases in regulated industries. He is especially active in the telecommunications and food sectors, and latterly defended Deutsche Telekom in private follow-on damages claims emerging from alleged prior abuse of dominance.

Hans-Georg Kamann is best known for handling contentious antitrust issues in the life sciences sector. He represented coop as outside third party in merger control proceedings following the proposed merger between Edeka and Kaiser's Tengelmann.

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WilmerHale has an outstanding reputation in all areas of EU competition law, including major mergers, cartel investigations, Article 102 (abuse of monopoly power) investigations, counseling and related litigation. Our competition work encompasses a wide range of EU, national and international competition issues. We regularly work on matters originating from around the globe and in conjunction with lawyers from our Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Boston, Washington DC, New York and Palo Alto offices.

Our German practice focuses on the advice and representation as plaintiff and defendant in civil antitrust follow-on litigation, particularly in damages claims as well as large transatlantic cartel investigations and complex merger control proceedings.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ellen Braun, Börries Ahrens and Jürgen Schindler
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Acts on complex merger control cases at national and EU level, deriving benefit from its excellent Brussels practice. Also receives a regular flow of instructions on cartel investigations, follow-on damages litigation and compliance matters. Particularly strong footprint in the German shipping industry. Has grown its practice with the addition of Börries Ahrens in 2016 and multiple new corporate clients.

Strengths Clients view Allen & Overy as a safe bet for complex matters. A typical client comments: "It is a confident, accomplished practice with experience of dealing with the most sophisticated cases."

Another source takes a similar stance, describing the team as a "very solid practice and perfect for handling difficult cases."

Work highlights Assisted Evonik Industries with the merger control aspects of its USD3.8 billion acquisition of the speciality chemicals unit of Air Products and Chemicals.

Represented CTS Eventim in numerous disputes against claimants alleging abuse of dominance by way of exclusive ticket sales.

Significant clients Google Ireland, OC Oerlikon, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

Ellen Braun mainly handles cartel investigations relating to abuse of dominance, and defends clients in private antitrust enforcement claims. She represented Bell Deutschland Holding in opposition proceedings concerning the legitimacy of fines imposed for participation in the sausage cartel.

Börries Ahrens has a broad competition practice, with extensive experience advising clients on merger control cases and cartel investigations. He is especially active in the retail, automotive and financial services sectors.

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CMS - Competition/European Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Markus Schöner
- 12 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Very well-resourced team advising on all aspects of competition law. Noteworthy expertise assisting with large-scale international merger clearances, where the firm utilises its expansive European network. Also recommended for antitrust damages claims, representing both claimants and defendants, as well as distribution and research agreements. Offers a broad coverage of various industries, including automotive, maritime, consumer products, telecommunications and energy.

Strengths A number of sources point out the team's commercial acumen. One client says that the lawyers "give very practical advice and are supportive and strong in negotiations."

Another interviewee highlights their international capabilities, stating: "We think they do an excellent job. They offer a high level of teamwork and very good co-ordination in cross-border cases."

Work highlights Represented Telefónica in various proceedings arising from its merger with E-Plus.

Advised the European Brands Association on the competition law aspects of its relationships with major European trading companies.

Significant clients Atlas Copco, German Brands Association, Sparkassen-Lager, Westfleisch.

Notable practitioners

Brussels-based Michael Bauer is highly regarded in the market for his merger control expertise, having co-ordinated numerous high-profile notifications globally. He also assists with state aid and compliance programmes under both German and EU competition law. Highlights include advising on the merger control aspects of a joint venture between Akzo Nobel and Evonik Industries.

According to interviewees, Harald Kahlenberg "has a very good understanding of complex businesses and excellently prepares merger filings." He focuses on merger clearance at German and EU level, and also advises on the competition aspects of joint ventures and various commercial contracts, including sales and distribution agreements. Of late, he has represented the majority shareholder of Trost Auto Service Technik in merger control proceedings relating to the takeover of the company by WM.

Tim Reher is best known for his experience in cartel cases, where he regularly represents clients in damages claims, fining cases and leniency applications. He acted for Electrolux Group on its civil claim for antitrust damages against participants in the refrigeration compressors cartel. His expertise also covers vertical and horizontal co-operation agreements.

Markus Schöner specialises in compliance programmes, and assists clients with dawn raid preparations and selective sales and distribution systems. He advised Porsche on the drafting of various antitrust-compliant distribution agreements, as well as on disputes with tuners and third parties.

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Jones Day - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carsten Gromotke and Johannes Zöttl
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Respected US firm with an impressive network of global offices. Regular fixture in cross-border merger control proceedings, advising an impressive collection of clients from the automotive and life sciences sectors. Scope of expertise also covers cartel investigations, antitrust litigation and distribution agreements. Has achieved numerous notable new client wins, among which are Blackstone, Goldman Sachs and Randstad.

Strengths One impressed client highlights the firm's reputation in this field, saying: "They are really well known as good competition and antitrust lawyers."

The lawyers are additionally described as "extremely good to work with."

Work highlights Assisted Baxalta with the EU merger control components of its USD32 billion merger with Shire.

Advised Linear Technology Corporation on the antitrust aspects of its USD14.8 billion takeover by Analog Devices.

Significant clients Boehringer Ingelheim, Electrolux, Intersnack, Koelnmesse, Mahle.

Notable practitioners

Carsten Gromotke predominantly handles merger control matters, on which he regularly advises both European and US-based corporations. He acted as antitrust counsel to Hyster-Yale Group on its EUR108.8 million acquisition of Penta Holding. Clients describe him as "very straight, detail-oriented, business-oriented, service-minded and patient with counterparties."

Johannes Zöttl frequently represents clients in antitrust regulatory matters before the Federal Cartel Office and EC. He has notable experience in merger reviews, antitrust enforcement and cartel investigations, and advised Koch Industries on the antitrust implications of its acquisition of Truck-Lite.

Since publication, Thomas Jestaedt has retired from this practice.

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Baker McKenzie - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Christian Horstkotte
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Broad practice taking in merger control, private enforcement and cartel investigations. Vast experience acting for defendants against infringement claims relating to supply and distribution cartels, but has also seen a growing workload for claimants in follow-on damages litigation. Noteworthy expertise in antitrust compliance, where the team assists with all types of commercial agreements. Uses its renowned international reach to co-ordinate large, cross-border mandates for a strong following of multinationals.

Strengths One client is impressed by the efficient co-operation, explaining: "What we like is how we can just call the firm when we have an issue of any kind and we get a quick and efficient reply."

It is also highly appreciated that "the partners are very well connected to the regulatory authorities."

Work highlights Advised Groupe SEB on merger control aspects of its acquisition of EMSA.

Acted for REWE on merger control filings following its acquisition of Kuoni.

Significant clients ASICS, Deutsche Bahn, J.W. Zander, Kaba, Segafredo Zanetti.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Christian Horstkotte "has the capacity to get along well with business people and establish a good rapport." He advises on merger control, cartel proceedings and antitrust compliance, and defended Ideal Automotive in damages claims arising from fines issued for participation in a cartel for acoustically effective automotive components.

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Bird & Bird - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jörg Witting
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Closely co-operates with its eminent intellectual property practice to act on competition-related cases concerning patents. Also offers notable strength in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, compliance training, merger control and state aid matters. Multinationals from the media, telecommunications and electronics sectors form the bulk of the team's client base.

Strengths Numerous market commentators are quick to recognise the firm's capabilities at the interface between intellectual property and competition. One source describes the team as "very strong in IP-related matters."

Work highlights Represented Bayerischer Rundfunk in proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office relating to exploitation rights for the German Bundesliga.

Acted for the City of Düsseldorf on a claim for antitrust damages against participants in the lift and escalator cartel.

Significant clients Acer, Huawei, Johnson Controls, MasterCard, Nokia.

Notable practitioners

Anne Federle splits her time between Brussels and Düsseldorf, and is at her most visible in merger control proceedings and cartel investigations. She acted for Deere & Company on its filings of merger notifications in multiple European jurisdictions.

Jörg Witting focuses on the competition aspects of intellectual property agreements, and also assists with state aid and private enforcement issues. He represented Auric in a claim for damages against the National Guild of Hearing Care Professionals and subsequent follow-up proceedings.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexander Rinne
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Compact team highlighted for its litigation expertise, with experience acting for both claimants and defendants on cartel and dominance disputes and follow-on damages claims. Also draws on esteemed transactional capabilities to offer merger control advice on complex M&A and private equity deals. At its most visible in the media, telecommunications, consumer goods and financial services sectors.

Strengths One interviewee appreciates that "you can directly speak at partner level and have a discussion about the nuances of the case simply by making a quick call."

Another opines that the team "gives sound advice, and is very pragmatic and flexible."

Work highlights Represented Sky Deutschland in an appeal against the introduction of a 'no single buyer' rule for live rights to German Bundesliga football matches and a related antitrust investigation by the Federal Cartel Office.

Assisted ProSiebenSat.1 with merger control and antitrust compliance matters in the context of its acquisition of a controlling share in leading German online dating agency Parship Elite Group.

Significant clients Alois Dallmayr, Bilfinger, Brugg Kabel, PepsiCo, Telefónica Deutschland.

Notable practitioners

"Good and well-rounded lawyer" Alexander Rinne is highlighted for his expertise in merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. He advised on the antitrust elements of the merger between Deutsches Milchkontor and DOC Kaas. Sources say of him: "He is very pragmatic, flexible and reachable, and has a good understanding of the client's issues."

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SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz - Competition/European Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Hans-Joachim Hellmann
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt, Mannheim

What the team is known for Regularly appears in cartel proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and EC. Represents defendants in follow-on damages claims arising out of cartel investigations, and is involved in abuse of dominance disputes. Further expertise lies in merger control matters, where the team draws on impressive M&A strength. Sector specialisms include automotive, FMCG, transportation and energy.

Strengths One impressed client emphasises the "very good practical experience" of the lawyers, who also "offer workable solutions and respond very quickly."

Another source also comments positively upon the responsiveness of the team, before adding: "It is an excellent set-up overall and the lawyers are very client-oriented."

Work highlights Represented Vossloh Group in a multitude of follow-on damages claims emerging from an investigation by the Federal Cartel Office into an alleged railway cartel.

Assisted Overgas with its EU complaint against Gazprom regarding an unjustified interruption of supplies.

Significant clients Mektec, Allegion, Berding Beton, Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein, Hansa Amaturen.

Notable practitioners

Hans-Joachim Hellmann is well known for his work on cartel proceedings and follow-on litigation. He represented ZG Raiffeisen in numerous cartel cases arising from investigations by the Federal Cartel Office into potential pesticides and agricultural equipment cartels. His expertise also covers merger control and compliance programmes.

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White & Case - Competition/European Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Justus Herrlinger
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg

What the team is known for International firm noted for its expertise in merger control, particularly in the financial services, energy and retail sectors. Also represents clients in cartel investigations and distribution law matters. Remains a popular choice for pan-European competition law cases by virtue of a robust offering in Brussels.

Strengths One client summarises: "I am very happy with the services of White & Case."

Recognition is also given by market commentators, with one describing the competition law department as "a team I come across regularly."

Work highlights Represented EDEKA Zentrale in its appeal against the Federal Cartel Office's decision to block its attempted merger with Kaiser's Tengelmann.

Advised Vattenfall and ENGIE on the merger control aspects of the joint acquisition of GASAG.

Significant clients Equens.

Notable practitioners

Justus Herrlinger regularly handles merger control cases, joint ventures, cartel investigations and antitrust litigation relating to abuse of dominance. He assisted PATRIZIA Immobilien with the competition elements of its acquisition of a portfolio of 18 commercial properties from a real estate fund.

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Gerhard Wiedemann

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerhard Wiedemann has a wealth of experience covering the gamut of competition matters and has published numerous books and academic articles on the subject.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Leading competition lawyer" Dirk Schroeder's expertise covers all aspects of competition and EU law, and he often handles complex merger clearances, cartels, abuse of dominance and state aid cases. His recent highlights include representing Masco Corporation in an appeal against a ruling by the EC.

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Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked Albrecht Bach receives widespread adulation from market commentators for his "unquestionably outstanding intellectual capabilities." He specialises in merger control and competition litigation, including antitrust damages claims. A highlight of his recent caseload was assisting GETRAG with the merger control aspects of its sale to Magna International.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ingo Brinker possesses a formidable reputation across a broad scope of competition law matters, with a strong focus on merger control investigations, litigation and compliance programmes. He represented ASICS in appeal proceedings triggered by a judgment by the Federal Cartel Office that declared its distribution system unlawful. One client enthuses: "He manages to grasp the issue in milliseconds and steer us in the right direction. His experience means he knows what you can and can't do."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Klusmann has carved out a stellar reputation as "a clear market leader in Germany for compliance and investigations." He has acted for numerous high-profile clients over the years, and most recently represented ThyssenKrupp in this field. His expertise also includes merger control and cartel proceedings and he is admitted to the Bar in Brussels.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources praise Helmut Bergmann as a "trusted and reliable partner who gives sharp and reasonable opinions that offer consideration from an EU perspective." He is highly experienced in antitrust matters, and advised Coty on the antitrust aspects of its integration of Procter & Gamble's fine fragrance, colour cosmetics and hair colour businesses.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc Besen attracts extensive praise for his ability "to offer a concrete solution that fits the situation" and "explain market customs very easily." His practice covers cartel proceedings, compliance programmes and corporate transactions, including merger control filings. He latterly assisted Fosun International with merger control issues arising from its public takeover of BHF Kleinwort Benson Group and acquisition of Hauck & Aufhäuser.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Bosch is best known for his expertise in merger control, cartel investigations, private antitrust litigation and antitrust infringement proceedings. He advises on both German and European antitrust law, and is regarded by market sources as a "top-quality practitioner."

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very pragmatic" Ulrich Denzel continues to impress with his expertise in cartel investigations, private damages claims and merger control. He represented HeidelbergCement in a successful appeal before the ECJ following a request for information by the EC relating to suspected cartel arrangements. According to commentators, he "has gained a lot of traction in the market in recent years."

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thorsten Mäger maintains a healthy reputation in the market for his work on merger clearances, abuse of dominance matters and cartel investigations. He represented Energetický a Prumyslový Holding in EU merger control proceedings arising from its acquisition of Vattenfall's lignite mining and generation business in Germany.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Good and well-rounded lawyer" Alexander Rinne is highlighted for his expertise in merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. He advised on the antitrust elements of the merger between Deutsches Milchkontor and DOC Kaas. Sources say of him: "He is very pragmatic, flexible and reachable, and has a good understanding of the client's issues."

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joachim Schütze mainly advises on merger control, state aid and contentious market dominance matters. He acted for a joint venture between Daimler, BMW and Audi on the global co-ordination of merger notifications as part of its acquisition of HERE. Clients note that "he is great to speak to regarding tactical questions."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say of Daniela Seeliger: "She can reach out to the relevant people and get through to the heart of the matter." She regularly assists with cartel proceedings, merger clearance and compliance, with a particular focus on the industrial, energy, automotives and life sciences sectors. Highlights of late include successfully obtaining clearance at the first phase for Fresenius Medical Care for its acquisition of dialysis centres in Hamburg.

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Glade Michel Wirtz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as a "brilliant mind," Markus Wirtz is widely respected for his expertise in antitrust litigation, cartel proceedings and merger filings. He represented Deutsche Telekom in its challenge of the planned merger between Liberty Global and Kabel BW, which had been approved by the Federal Cartel Office.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ellen Braun mainly handles cartel investigations relating to abuse of dominance, and defends clients in private antitrust enforcement claims. She represented Bell Deutschland Holding in opposition proceedings concerning the legitimacy of fines imposed for participation in the sausage cartel.

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Martin Buntscheck

BUNTSCHECK Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Martin Buntscheck of BUNTSCHECK Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is ����a great brain” and “can add good quality to international cases from a German perspective.” He mainly handles merger control, cartel cases and the antitrust aspects of commercial agreements.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jörg Karenfort of Dentons handles a range of antitrust cases, including compliance and regulatory matters, as well as merger control proceedings. He offers particular strength in the financial services, media and energy sectors, and latterly advised paydirekt on the competition aspects of its launch of an online payment system for German private and savings banks. Clients appreciate his “clear strategic approach and excellent expertise.”

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobias Klose is at his most visible on cartel cases, where he mainly acts for clients from the energy, chemicals and automotives industries before both the Federal Cartel Office and the EC. Of late, he has represented various clients from the automotive sector in cartel investigations and subsequent follow-on litigation. Clients describe him as "technically outstanding, with an excellent knowledge of the authorities and an ability to get to grips with the facts of a case."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Lübbig is recommended for contentious antitrust matters, where he is often present on abuse of dominance and patent licensing disputes. He also advises on merger control, state aid and regulatory issues. Notable mandates include representing Genentech in litigation against a competitor demanding royalties for one of its licensed patents.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Romina Polley primarily advises clients on dawn raids, leniency applications and merger control. She acted for Samsonite International on the antitrust aspects of its USD1.8 billion acquisition of Tumi Holdings.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ulrich Quack represents clients in merger control and private antitrust litigation cases. He has a particular focus on the energy sector, a typical example being his advice to Wintershall Holding on the antitrust aspects of the establishment of a joint venture for the operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea. Clients report: "He knows the evolution of the competition authorities and their views really well."

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Christoph Stadler

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "calm and focused" Christoph Stadler rises in the rankings following strong feedback from clients and peers alike. His broad practice encompasses merger control and cartel proceedings, as well as the competition aspects of corporate reorganisations. Highlights include advising funds managed by Onex Corporation on the antitrust elements of the EUR1 billion disposal of KraussMaffei Group to a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation. Clients add that he "remains analytical and result-oriented in high-pressure situations."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Martin Sura is a "fantastic lawyer and great communicator who listens intensely to the client's needs and is extremely responsive." His focus lies in cartel and merger investigations and contentious antitrust matters. He represented Ford in numerous claims for compensation from automotive suppliers engaging in price fixing.

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Kathrin Westermann

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as "exceedingly knowledgeable in competition litigation," Kathrin Westermann is recommended for antitrust damages claims and cartel proceedings. She also assists with merger control, and is especially visible in the media and telecommunications sectors. Among her notable mandates was her advice to Holtzbrinck Ventures and Rocket Internet on the sale of Classmarkets to Scout24.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Börries Ahrens has a broad competition practice, with extensive experience advising clients on merger control cases and cartel investigations. He is especially active in the retail, automotive and financial services sectors.

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Bergmann Rechtsanwaltskanzlei

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Bettina Bergmann of Bergmann Rechtsanwaltskanzlei is an “amazing litigator” with “good knowledge and responsiveness.” She has a wealth of experience in German and European competition matters.

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Alf-Henrik Bischke

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Alf-Henrik Bischke for his "technical knowledge, commercial awareness and client service" and add: "He is very efficient and helps get the deal through on time." His expertise lies primarily in merger control filings, while he also assists with compliance and antitrust and internal investigations. He represented Vitol in merger control proceedings in the context of its acquisition of a 50% shareholding in Sargeant Marine.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Dreyer is co-head of competition at DLA Piper UK LLP and is recognised for his capabilities in antitrust and regulatory matters at German and EU level. He advised Qualcomm on the filing of merger notifications for its USD3 billion joint venture with TDK Corporation. Clients consider him “very skilful in antitrust litigation and experienced in dealing with the authorities,” while others highlight his “swift handling of matters and high flexibility.” 

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Esser joined the practice in May 2016, and adds a wealth of experience in cross-border M&A deals, particularly in Phase II proceedings. He also regularly handles cartel investigations at both national and EU level.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carsten Grave focuses on merger control and cartel proceedings, and has a strong following of clients from the postal and energy industries. He advised Allianz Global Investors on the antitrust compliance aspects of the set-up of its CAPVIVA fund.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carsten Gromotke predominantly handles merger control matters, on which he regularly advises both European and US-based corporations. He acted as antitrust counsel to Hyster-Yale Group on its EUR108.8 million acquisition of Penta Holding. Clients describe him as "very straight, detail-oriented, business-oriented, service-minded and patient with counterparties."

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Hans-Joachim Hellmann

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Joachim Hellmann is well known for his work on cartel proceedings and follow-on litigation. He represented ZG Raiffeisen in numerous cartel cases arising from investigations by the Federal Cartel Office into potential pesticides and agricultural equipment cartels. His expertise also covers merger control and compliance programmes.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Uta Itzen continues to advance in the rankings thanks to consistently impressive feedback from clients and peers. One interviewee states: "She gives precise, concise and well-balanced advice in a timely manner." Her practice centres on merger clearance matters, and she often represents clients in contentious antitrust cases. Itzen assisted Ardagh Group with the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of various assets of Ball Corporation.

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Sebastian Jungermann

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sebastian Jungermann of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP receives extensive client praise for his commercial skills, as one source remarks that he “delivers clear and practical solutions, and is great to work with.” His focus lies in merger control and antitrust investigations at civil and criminal level. He advised Veeva Systems on its USD130 million acquisition of Zinc Ahead.

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Harald Kahlenberg

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Harald Kahlenberg "has a very good understanding of complex businesses and excellently prepares merger filings." He focuses on merger clearance at German and EU level, and also advises on the competition aspects of joint ventures and various commercial contracts, including sales and distribution agreements. Of late, he has represented the majority shareholder of Trost Auto Service Technik in merger control proceedings relating to the takeover of the company by WM.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matthias Karl specialises in merger clearances, distribution law and compliance matters, and is particularly active for clients from the automotive sector. His noteworthy mandates include successfully advising Markant on its appeal against a ministerial authorisation for the planned merger between Edeka and Kaiser's Tengelmann. Clients say: "He has a very good practical approach and can explain things well to business people."

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Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Karsten Metzlaff has experience of German and EU competition law, and is well known for his expertise in cross-border merger filings, cartel investigations, damages claims and compliance matters. He acted for McDonald's on the completion of a co-operation agreement with Autobahn Tank & Rast for the opening of a chain of McDonald's restaurants at motorway service stations across Germany.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Niggemann focuses on merger control cases, as well as cross-border cartel investigations and compliance. He draws clients from a range of sectors, including construction, aviation, retail and IT, and defended Asahi Glass Company in numerous follow-on damages claims by insurers relating to a cartel for car glass.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Ohlhoff has a broad practice spanning private antitrust litigation, merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases in regulated industries. He is especially active in the telecommunications and food sectors, and latterly defended Deutsche Telekom in private follow-on damages claims emerging from alleged prior abuse of dominance.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Raible advises on merger control, compliance and private antitrust litigation, and often represents clients in proceedings relating to imposed fines for cartels. He represented Schwenk Zement in appeal proceedings before the ECJ concerning excessive antitrust investigations by the EC.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tim Reher is best known for his experience in cartel cases, where he regularly represents clients in damages claims, fining cases and leniency applications. He acted for Electrolux Group on its civil claim for antitrust damages against participants in the refrigeration compressors cartel. His expertise also covers vertical and horizontal co-operation agreements.

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Jörg-Martin Schultze

Commeo LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jörg-Martin Schultze is at his most visible advising on the antitrust aspects of distribution contracts, merger control and cartel investigations. He has significant experience in the automotive sector, where he regularly advises Magna International on merger control issues.

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Christian Steinle

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients attest that Christian Steinle "has a very thorough and profound business understanding and impressive expertise in cartel cases derived from many years of experience." He also focuses on private antitrust litigation, compliance and internal investigations, and represented AC Treuhand in a test case before the ECJ regarding the liabilities of cartel supporters.

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Dominique S Wagener

Commeo LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dominique Wagener specialises in cartel investigations, antitrust compliance, litigation and distribution law. Of late, she has represented Westfalen in appeal proceedings concerning fines imposed by the Federal Cartel Office.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients deem Georg Weidenbach "a very bright head, pragmatic, quick and talented in the area of antitrust law." He offers considerable expertise in cartel investigations and subsequent damages claims, as well as merger control, antitrust compliance and abuse of dominance matters. Personal work highlights include representing Exide Technologies in cartel enforcement proceedings.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johannes Zöttl frequently represents clients in antitrust regulatory matters before the Federal Cartel Office and EC. He has notable experience in merger reviews, antitrust enforcement and cartel investigations, and advised Koch Industries on the antitrust implications of its acquisition of Truck-Lite.

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Alexander Birnstiel

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Birnstiel's practice takes in contentious cartel and abuse of dominance issues, merger clearance, private enforcement and state aid. He advised Bosch on the settlement of antitrust damages claims arising from the European roller bearing cartel. Clients particularly appreciate his responsiveness.

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BDO Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Horst Henschen of BDO Legal has considerable experience in merger control cases, antitrust compliance and contentious matters relating to antitrust fines and abuse of dominance.

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Justus Herrlinger

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Justus Herrlinger regularly handles merger control cases, joint ventures, cartel investigations and antitrust litigation relating to abuse of dominance. He assisted PATRIZIA Immobilien with the competition elements of its acquisition of a portfolio of 18 commercial properties from a real estate fund.

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Christian Horstkotte

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Christian Horstkotte "has the capacity to get along well with business people and establish a good rapport." He advises on merger control, cartel proceedings and antitrust compliance, and defended Ideal Automotive in damages claims arising from fines issued for participation in a cartel for acoustically effective automotive components.

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Hans-Georg Kamann

WilmerHale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Georg Kamann is best known for handling contentious antitrust issues in the life sciences sector. He represented coop as outside third party in merger control proceedings following the proposed merger between Edeka and Kaiser's Tengelmann.

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RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients enthusiastically praise Evelyn Niitväli of RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, as one affirms: “She communicates with precision and confidence, and always makes it a point to give advice that fits her clients' products, services, corporate culture and legal needs.” Her practice encompasses merger control and cartel proceedings, antitrust compliance and co-operation and distribution agreements. She advised Winterhoff on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by AL-KO.

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Commeo LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market observers say that Stephanie Pautke is "very well known in the field of distribution law." She also handles cartel investigations, investigations into abusive practices and antitrust compliance. Highlights include representing Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels as plaintiff in a claim alleging that Amazon's e-book distribution agreements amounted to abuse of its dominant market position.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markus Schöner specialises in compliance programmes, and assists clients with dawn raid preparations and selective sales and distribution systems. He advised Porsche on the drafting of various antitrust-compliant distribution agreements, as well as on disputes with tuners and third parties.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph Wagner of Morrison & Foerster LLP regularly assists clients from the media and telecommunications sectors with merger control and regulatory issues. He acted for Viacom on its formation of a joint venture with Axel Springer. Clients regard him as “business-oriented and well connected” and add that “he helps us operate and take sensible commercial decisions.” 

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne Wegner of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is best known for her expertise in contractual and distribution matters, where she mainly assists with joint ventures and vertical agreements. She also handles merger control, abuse of dominance and compliance matters, and represented an insulation materials producer before the Federal Cartel Office in administrative fine proceedings. Clients appreciate the “uncomplicated co-operation that she offers” as well as her “combination of responsiveness and commercial application.”

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jörg Witting focuses on the competition aspects of intellectual property agreements, and also assists with state aid and private enforcement issues. He represented Auric in a claim for damages against the National Guild of Hearing Care Professionals and subsequent follow-up proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Moritz Holm-Hadulla

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one interviewee, Moritz Holm-Hadulla "drills very deeply into issues and is top of the class in terms of thoroughness, pragmatism and delivering results." His practice centres on cartel investigations, follow-on litigation, antitrust compliance programmes and merger control. He has a strong focus on the media and retail sectors, and advised Groupe SEB on the merger control aspects of its EUR1.6 billion takeover of WMF.

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Up and Coming

Commeo LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johanna Kübler predominantly advises on merger control, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and antitrust compliance. She represented Trifels in its damages claim against Deutsche Telekom for abuse of dominance and breaches of civil and telecommunications law.

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