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  1. Antitrust
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Albrecht Bach - Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte
    • Helmut Bergmann - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Ingo Brinker - Gleiss Lutz
    • Michael Esser - Latham & Watkins LLP
    • Hans-Joachim Hellmann - SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG
    • Tobias Klose - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Martin Klusmann - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Thorsten Mäger - Hengeler Mueller
    • Romina Polley - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    • Dirk Schroeder - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    • Daniela Seeliger - Linklaters
    • Christoph Stadler - Hengeler Mueller
    • Christian Steinle - Gleiss Lutz
    • Markus Wirtz - Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Next generation lawyers

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust practice stands out for its ‘global presence’ and ‘numerous successfully completed projects’ and clients appreciate the firm’s ‘high business expertise’. After the closure of the Cologne office the nine-partner team surrounding Martin Klusmann, co-head of the global practice group, continues to advise domestic and international clients, such as Deutsche Bahn, Ethihad Airways, Mars and Volkswagen, from its offices in Berlin and Düsseldorf. One focus lies on merger control proceedings; the firm assisted Air Berlin with the signing of a wet-lease contract for 38 passenger aircrafts with Lufthansa and advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the strategic trade of the consumer healthcare division with Sanofi’s animal health division. The firm is also visible in contentious matters; here it not only takes action against the European Commission’s (EC) or Federal Cartel Office’s antitrust fines, but also defends against damage claims subsequent to fine proceedings. The breadth of the practice is rounded off by comprehensive advice on compliance and in cases of abuse. Tobias Klose and Uta Itzen are considered ‘absolute experts in their fields’, while Helmut Bergmann is recognised for his ‘good industry knowledge’.

Due to Gleiss Lutz’s ‘excellent service’, ‘impressive industry expertise’ and ‘very high personal engagement’, the firm’s portfolio boasts prominent clients such Bayer, Deutsche Telekom, Procter & Gamble and Siemens. Particularly merger control proceedings have recently constituted a significant pillar of the practice: The firm handled two Phase II EU control procedures and Ulrich Denzel advised HeidelbergCement in EU merger control proceedings related to the acquisition of Italcementi. The team also has longstanding expertise in litigation: Ingo Brinker, who enjoys ‘an excellent reputation’, represents Booking.com in a complaints procedure in connection with the prohibition of the best price clause at the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf and Christian Steinle represented companies of the LEONI group in cartel fine proceedings at the Brazilian authorities and defended MAHLE Behr against damage claims of air conditioner customers following a fine notice by the EC. Under the lead of Wolfgang Bosch the firm also provided antitrust advice to Daimler regarding EC proceedings in the area of trucks.

Very good expertise and industry knowledge’ are attributed to Hengeler Mueller’s antitrust practice; the team surrounding the renowned Thorsten Mäger covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law and advises domestic and international companies. Recent merger control highlights include assisting Carl Zeiss with the sale of its subsidiary SMT to ASML at the Federal Cartel Office and handling Federal Cartel Office proceedings for SGL Group in connection with the sale of its graphite electrodes business division to a Japanese chemical company. A particular strength also lies in damage claims that follow fine notices, including defending British Airways against claims arising from the air freight cartel, MAN against claims arising from the truck cartel and Nordzucker against claims arising from the sugar cartel. The firm also defends the umbrella association of a German financial group against threatened claims for damages resulting from EC debit card charges. Thomas Paul, who is ‘technically and legally immaculate’, often acts as leading litigator. Christoph Stadler is considered ‘very experienced’ and a ‘good communicator’.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides a ‘highly professional service’ and ‘deep expertise in antitrust matters’. The team surrounding key figures Romina Polley and Dirk Schroeder advises on the entire spectrum of antitrust law and enjoys a particularly good reputation in merger control. A highlight was advising 3M regarding its acquisition of protective equipment manufacturer Scott Safety. The firm also assisted Baxter with the implementation of requirements arising from EU merger control proceedings in connection with the acquisition of the Swedish medical technology company Gambro and represented KIA Motors in appeal proceedings, in which the action by the Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel, the German Association of the Automotive Parts Trade, regarding the right of access to repair and maintenance information in the form of raw data was overruled. The team also saw an increased volume of work related to damage claims; it defended Otis in several proceedings against claims by general contractors, municipalities and transportation companies as a result of the EU fine notice, which was issued in the context of the elevator and escalator cartel. Besides Patrick Bock, who is well versed in antitrust litigation, counsel Tilman Kuhn is also recommended. In November 2017 the practice was furthermore strengthened with Wolfgang Deselaers from Linklaters.

Linklaters is noted particularly for its expertise in antitrust damage claims and merger control proceedings. In the latter area the merger between Edeka and Kaiser’s/Tengelmann continued to keep the team busy; highly recommended Daniela Seeliger represented the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy regarding the ministerial approval process at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf. Carsten Grave provided ENGIE Deutschland with the merger control advice in connection with the sale of shares in EnBW. In damage claims clients benefit in particular from the team’s close collaboration with the offices in Brussels and London; the firm developed a Europe-wide defence strategy for Beiersdorf in all various follow-on actions as a result of different sanctioning proceedings. It also defended Nestlé in multiple damage claims arising from the sugar cartel in cooperation with the team in Brussels. The firm’s offering is rounded off with advice on the aspects of liability for a fine in the context of restructurings and questions surrounding the calculation of fines. Other prominent clients include Deutsche Börse, E.On and Linde. Wolfgang Deselaers left for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in November 2017.

Clients appreciate Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘very good level of service, good incorporation in the sector, good price-performance ratio and pleasant manner when giving advice’, which frequently involves merger control, sanctioning proceedings, abuse proceedings and damage claims. Under practice head Jürgen Schindler, who divides his time between Hamburg and Brussels, the team advised private equity investor Advent International and its portfolio company on the acquisition of a chemical company; the transaction received a straight clearance by the EC in phase I. Börries Ahrens assisted EDEKA with its merger with drugstore chain Budnikowsky and advised the supervisory board of a German automotive supplier on an antitrust investigation. Another highlight was acting for Evonik Industries in the context of its acquisition of the US air products line of business; the renowned Ellen Braun was in charge of the merger control proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

CMS’ ten-partner antitrust practice is considered a good address for cross-border merger control proceedings; the team here benefits from the close collaboration with the Brussels office. Christian Haellmigk handled the international merger control proceedings for Atlas Copco in connection with the sale of DYNAPAC to the French FAYAT group, while Harald Kahlenberg advised Ceratizit on the acquisition of the majority shares in Becker Diamantwerkzeuge. The firm is also visible in damage claims, where it acts both on the plaintiff and defendant side; it is involved in proceedings in the context of the truck, confectionary and sugar cartels. Another focus lies on distribution antitrust law; Dietmar Rahlmeyer assists RIMOWA, while regular client Porsche seeks the advice of practice head Markus Schöner.

Clients consider Commeo LLPby far the best boutique for antitrust matters, in no way inferior to the antitrust practices of prominent German and international firms’. The ten-strong team focuses exclusively on German and European antitrust law and often advises companies in the automotive, healthcare, chemical, logistics, consumer goods, media and telecoms sectors. An important pillar of the practice lies in sanctioning proceedings: The firm represented technology company Westfalen in a complaints procedure against the Federal Cartel Office’s fine notice, which was imposed in connection with the liquid gas cartel. In the area of damage claims the team saw a significant increase in work; it acts both on the plaintiff and defendant side. Particularly noteworthy is the defence of Japan Airlines against damage claims in the context of the air freight cartel. Merger control advice and distribution antitrust law are other areas of expertise, as is the development and implementation of compliance systems. The client portfolio also comprises companies such as Fraport, Procter&Gamble, Rotkäppchen-Mumm, Samsung and Vaillant Group. Stephanie Pautke is recommended.

From three offices in Germany Latham & Watkins LLP advises on all areas of antitrust law with a particular focus on merger control, abuse and damage claim proceedings. Clients note and appreciate the synergies between the domestic and international offices; together with the San Francisco practice the team continues to advise Facebook in abuse proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office. It also defends Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo against follow-on damage claims proceedings at the Regional Court of Cologne in connection with the air freight cartel. Another highlight was the representation of Lufthansa in a phase I approval procedure at the Federal Cartel Office regarding the acquisition of a third of the Air Berlin fleet. The broad client base also includes Siemens, Daimler and Nestlé; Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank are new clients. Georg Weidenbach and Michael Esser, who arrived from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in May 2016, are recommended. Marco Núñez Müller left for Chatham Partners LLP.

Under Alexander Birnstiel’s lead Noerr primarily advises German clients on merger control, antitrust proceedings, sanctioning proceedings, damage claims and compliance with ‘great competence, a quick service and pleasant level of communication’. The firm also enjoys a good reputation in distribution antitrust law. It represents baked confectionary producer Bahlsen and its former sales manager in administrative offence proceedings regarding the exchange of sensitive information; the team also appealed the fine notice imposed by the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf in the context of the confectionary cartel. As a result of the fine notice against the picture tube cartel the firm also claimed damages for electrical equipment trading company EP:Electronic Partner against LG, Philipps and Technicolor. For Fresenius Kabi it developed an antitrust compliance programme in various jurisdictions and also advised on its implementation. Well regarded Karsten Metzlaff is based in Hamburg, while Fabian Badtke, who was promoted to partner, is building and expanding the antitrust practice in Frankfurt.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwältestands shoulder to shoulder with large leading firms in Germany when it comes to antitrust damage claims’ and also enjoys a good reputation in merger control and abuse control. The ‘very experienced and well connected’ Albrecht Bach defended L’Oreal Deutschland against damage claims, while Ulrich Klumpp defended GlaxoSmithKline in damage claims proceedings; both cases originate from the insolvency of Schlecker. Christoph Wolf, who is noted for his ‘sound expertise’, handled damage claims of various regional transportation companies as a result of the rail cartel. Frequently recommended Andreas Hahn is particularly well versed in the banking and energy sectors; he recently provided EnBW with merger control advice in connection with the increase of the minority shares in MVV Energie. Florian Schmidt-Volkmar was promoted to partner.

At WilmerHale the ‘technical competence, level of partner availability, continuously high engagement and eye for what’s essential under the consideration of economic goals’ distinguish the practice, which has a particular strength in antitrust litigation. The team represents multiple companies in the food and drinks industry in the enforcement of damage claims in connection with the sugar cartel; Hans-Georg Kamann acts for Krombacher and Schweppes and Stefan Ohlhoff for Katjes Fassin. Another client is Deutsche Lufthansa regarding the defence against claims arising from the air freight cartel and the firm also represents Deutsche Bahn as claimant against steel companies which participated in the rail cartel. Another highlight was the merger control advice and representation of TUI at the EC regarding the establishment of a joint venture with Etihad. Christofer Eggers joined Squire Patton Boggs and Jan Heithecker also left the firm.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘recommendable’ team provides comprehensive advice on all antitrust matters and is particularly visible in sanctioning proceedings at the domestic and European authorities; it acted for Carlsberg in the beer cartel, for Segafredo in the coffee cartel and also multiple automotive suppliers. Other areas of expertise include damage claims, internal investigations, the development and implementation of compliance systems and merger control proceedings. In the latter area the team handled transactions for REWE, Deutsche Bahn and Daimler. The client portfolio also includes Asics, Eckes Granini, J.W. Zander and Knorr-Bremse. Besides Christian Horstkotte, Nicolas Kredel is also recommended and noted for his ‘good understanding of clients and their needs’. Katharina Spenner is well known for her distribution antitrust expertise.

Clients regard Clifford Chance as ‘highly professional, solution-oriented and quick’ and consider the firm to have ‘one of the most experienced antitrust practices in Germany’. The team surrounding practice head Joachim Schütze is particularly well versed in merger control proceedings; it advised BMW, Daimler, Ford and Porsche on the establishment of a charging station joint venture and assisted Deutsche Telekom with the acquisition of one of BuyIn’s business divisions. The ‘very reliable’ Marc Besen, who stands out for his ‘quick comprehension and business sense’, provided an international building material manufacturer with antitrust advice in the context of The Federal Cartel Office’s investigation proceedings and represented Kone in damage claims proceedings arising from the elevator and escalator cartel. Another highlight was advising Metro in the German Competition Authority’s vertical proceedings.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition’s ‘excellent’ antitrust law practice rests on three pillars: merger control, sanctioning proceedings and damage claims. A highlight was the representation of a company in fine proceedings due to possible price fixing regarding the purchase of steel; the well regarded Markus Wirtz took the lead. Another client was United Internet regarding all antitrust aspects in connection with the acquisition of Strato. Silke Möller defended a luxury cosmetics supplier against damage claims arising from the luxury cosmetics cartel proceedings and advised a health and beauty products manufacturer in the context of the health and beauty cartel proceedings; she is also especially experienced in compliance advice. Christian Karbaum was promoted to partner.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek covers all areas of antitrust law with a particular strength in merger control proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office and at the EC. Recently practice head Rainer Velte advised VTG in connection with the acquisition of the rail freight cars company CIT RH and handled the application procedures in Germany and Austria. The team also enforces damage claims against a truck manufacturer for a wood-based products manufacturer and defends a manufacturing company against claims arising from cartel damages. Regular clients regarding antitrust matters include companies such as HSE24, Audi and AGCO. Reinhard Siegert is the contact for distribution antitrust law.

A ‘high economic understanding’, a ‘pragmatic approach’ and ‘very good expertise’ are attributed to Hogan Lovells International LLP’s antitrust law practice, which is also noted for its good integration in the international network. Practice head Martin Sura advised Lürsen Group on the acquisition of the Hamburg shipyard Blohm+Voss and obtained an approval in phase I. Distribution antitrust law expert Marc Schweda represented LEGO in the Federal Cartel Office’s second vertical proceedings regarding a functional discount system; he also acted for Autobahn Tank&Rast in a procurement procedure concerning the fuel distribution at federal motorways. Other highlights included the representation of Ford regarding the enforcement of damage claims against automotive suppliers and Air Canada in litigation against members of the air freight cartel.

With an ‘excellent level of service, good business understanding and precise adviceJones Day covers damage claims, compliance and merger control proceedings; in the latter area the practice often handles cross-border matters thanks to its firm integration into the global firm network. Under the ‘outstandingCarsten Gromotke’s lead the team advised Randstad Holding on the takeover of Monster Worldwide. It also provided merger control advice to Axiall in connection with the company sale to a US chemical company and Johannes Zöttl assisted the International Automotive Components Group with antitrust matters related to the establishment of a joint venture with Shanghai Shenda.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP satisfies clients with its ‘high industry expertise, prompt responses’ and ‘pragmatic solutions oriented towards the clients’ business’. The firm predominantly advises clients in the consumer goods, medical technology, environmental, media and telecoms sectors on all diverse antitrust matters. Highlights included the representation of Sky Deutschland at the Federal Cartel Office and in a complaints procedure at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf regarding the procurement of national league (Bundesliga) media rights. The team also handled damage claims arising from the sugar cartel for various companies, such as Theo Müller and FrieslandCampina. Andreas Boos and Alexander Rinne, who is ‘pragmatic, quick, very competent and well connected’, are recommended.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG’s ‘very good, established’ practice is particularly noted for its advice on damage claims, merger control and compliance. The team based in Mannheim and Brussels advises a client base primarily anchored in the mid-sized sector and increasingly expanding towards DAX companies. Hans-Joachim Hellmann, who is considered ‘particularly experienced in German and European antitrust proceedings’, represented Haribo in damage claim proceedings in connection with the sugar cartel and defended Vossloh Group against claims by Deutsche Bahn and various regional transportation companies. Fuchs Petrolub continuously seeks the firm’s advice on antitrust matters and the development of a compliance system.

Bird & Bird’s strength lies in antitrust litigation, but the firm is also well versed in distribution antitrust, merger control and IP-related matters, such as representing Nokia in a patent dispute with Apple, which also involves questions of market dominance. The team surrounding practice head Jörg Witting also advises Mastercard on German legal aspects in the context of damage claims proceedings in the UK and represents a consortium of health insurance companies in connection with antitrust aspects in proceedings against the Federal and State Government Employees Retirement Fund. Other clients include adidas, Bayerischer Rundfunk and John Deere.

With its ‘outstanding level of serviceDLA Piper provides ‘timely and high-quality’ advice. The practice covers abuse proceedings, merger control and damage claim proceedings with particular expertise in the automotive, chemical, healthcare, finance and media sectors. In cooperation with the Brussels team the firm represented regular client Merck in proceedings against the Federal Cartel Office regarding distribution law issues; it also defended the client in resulting damage claim proceedings at the Regional Court Stuttgart. Continued antitrust advice to Qualcomm regarding the establishment of a joint venture with TDK Corporation also contributed to the steady work load. Ludger Giesberts and Jan Dreyer are recommended.

With ‘industry knowledge and speed, but also finesse and solution-generating creativityDentons’ team led by Jörg Karenfort advises a broad client portfolio, which includes names such as Daimler, ThyssenKrupp and Airbus, on all antitrust matters. The firm is particularly active in antitrust proceedings, damage claims proceedings and in merger control, where it assisted Flex with the acquisition of an automotive supplier and the establishment of a joint venture. Other areas of expertise include compliance advice and distribution antitrust; in the latter area the team often advises Coca-Cola Germany, Samsung and Kolon Industries. René Grafunder was promoted to partner.

Boutique Hausfeld covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law and has made a name for itself particularly in antitrust litigation. A highlight was the representation of the injured parties platform financialright in damage claims in the context of the truck cartel; Christopher Rother and Alex Petrasincu took the lead. The firm also represents the online video recording service Save.TV against RTL in connection with an abuse of market power action and in cooperation with the offices in Washington and London handles damage claims by BMW related to several global automotive supplier cartels. Other key clients include Axel Springer, Coca-Cola Europe, Mister Spex and Deutsche Bahn. The ‘outstanding’ Thomas Höppner is recommended particularly for ‘matters regarding the digital network economies’.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses in particular on German and European sanctioning proceedings and damage claims proceedings. Another strength lies at the intersection with distribution law; here the renowned Anne Wegner, who gives comprehensive advice to regular client Harley-Davidson on distribution antitrust matters, is the main contact. Other areas of expertise include merger control and compliance advice. Holger Stappert advised Eneco on antitrust matters, including merger control related to the acquisition of energy supplier LichtBlick, and Thomas Kapp represented transport association TBNE in abuse proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office against Deutsche Bahn.

Osborne Clarke provides ‘high quality and excellent service’, especially in its two areas of focus: antitrust and damage claims proceedings. Led by the ‘brilliant’ Thomas Funke, who is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and has ‘an outstanding intuition in difficult antitrust problems’, the team advises Deutsche Bahn in the context of damage claims proceedings against members of the truck cartel. For the injured party platform CDC Cartel Damage Claims it is handling claims arising from the sugar cartel, and the recent defence of REWE Group in EU antitrust proceedings regarding the distribution of hotel accommodation added to the team’s substantial work load. Thomas Grünvogel joined from CMS and strengthened the Munich office at the partner level.

Antitrust boutique Buntscheck Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on sanctioning and damage claims proceedings. Currently it is handling two large antitrust damage claims proceedings: ZF Friedrichshafen sought the firm’s advice regarding the enforcement of claims arising from the rolling bearings cartel and IVECO Group concerning its defence against claims arising from the truck cartel. The team also represents various companies and CEOs in the context of sanctioning proceedings against the Federal Cartel Office. The practice’s service offering is rounded off with advice on merger control, distribution antitrust and compliance. Martin Buntscheck and Tatjana Mühlbach lead the team.

Fieldfisher primarily represents German clients in sanctioning and damage claims proceedings and increasingly also advises on compliance matters with antitrust aspects. The firm also covers media and distribution antitrust law. Highlights included the representation of a German insurance company in antitrust litigation regarding the enforcement of damage claims arising from the car glass cartel; Christian Bahr and Sascha Dethof took the lead on the case. The team also handled antitrust proceedings by the Federal Cartel Office against German and Dutch tugboat operators and is particularly well versed in the healthcare, medical products and automotive industries.

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB’s practice is frequently sought after for its advice on damage claims, merger control and sanctioning proceedings; it also recently saw an increased volume of work in compliance advice. Together with the Brussels office the team represents the German International Hotel Association (IHA) against Booking.com due to abuse of market power and against Expedia regarding the best price clause. For AURELIUS the firm handled European and global merger control proceedings. Practice head Ulrich Schnelle is recommended and Christian Aufdermauer was promoted to partner.

Düsseldorf boutique Hermanns Wagner Brück Rechtsanwälte gives comprehensive advice on antitrust law and particularly frequently handles matters relating to IP law. The team surrounding key figures Johann Brück and Achim Wagner handles antitrust proceedings, damage claims and compliance advice for well-known mid-sized and large German companies and also has expertise in merger control; here the firm recently stood out for advising Tengelmann on the merger with EDEKA. In damage claims prominent work includes the representation of Karstadt against members of the elevator cartel. The practice was also able to gain new clients in the sugar cartel.

Kapellmann und Partner’s broad antitrust practice stands out for its ‘very good and competent advice’. Axel Kallmayer, who is noted for his ‘experience, engagement and intelligence, advises new client Axel Springer on various projects with antitrust aspects; the ‘service-oriented’ Ivo du Mont, who has ‘high expertise’, recently assisted a global automotive supplier with merger control related to the establishment of a joint venture in China and also represented Klarna/Sofort at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf against a ruling by the Federal Cartel Office. Another highlight was the representation of a German airline at the German Cartel Office in the context of the takeover of an aircraft fleet.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s practice is ‘increasingly visible in the market’ and has particular expertise in giving antitrust advice to media and telecoms companies. The firm pursues a full-service approach and is especially noted for its work in merger control and damage claims proceedings. The team gave merger control advice to Renesas regarding its acquisition of chip manufacturer Intersil and represented a consortium of the Chinese company NavInfo and Tencent with the investor GIC at the Federal Cartel Office in the context of the acquisition of a participation in an online card service. Other clients are Infineon, Sky Deutschland and Sony Music Entertainment. The six-strong team is led by Andreas Grünwald.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘overall excellent’ antitrust advice: Under the lead of the renowned Maxim Kleine the practice handles cartel investigation and sanctioning proceedings, merger control, damage claims and compliance measures, often in cooperation with the Brussels office. It gave antitrust and merger control advice regarding the establishment of a joint venture by four private health insurers and represented a cooperative agri-trade, wholesale and retail company in a series of investigation proceedings by the Federal Cartel Office. The firm also handles damage claims arising from the rail cartel; it currently represents a company on the defendant side.

Oppenhoff & Partner advises on all areas of antitrust law, but the team around Andrés Martin-Ehlers recently handled an increasing number of damage claims proceedings. It also has deep expertise in press and sports antitrust law: It advises the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and FIBA Europe and defended them in abuse proceedings. Burda Verlag was a client regarding the sale of the Güll Group to media service provider 7Days Group and in a merger control highlight the team assisted Deutsche Post with the sale of the coach bus division to Flixbus. Additional expertise lies in distribution antitrust law.

Despite its young presence on the market, RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten is already considered a ‘very well established antitrust boutique’ and provides a service ‘on a par with the high quality advice of a large firm’. With offices in Frankfurt and Brussels the firm advises mid-sized companies and larger corporate groups on the full range of antitrust matters with particular strength in merger control and sanctioning proceedings. It represented Herta in proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office and successfully terminated competition law offence proceedings by the EC against a biodiesel producer. Evelyn Niitväli is considered an ‘excellent lawyer, who is internationally well connected’ and gives ‘advice that is to the point’. Marc Reysen is ‘well versed, quick and reliable’.

With teams in Bonn and Brussels Redeker Sellner Dahs advises on all antitrust matters and focuses in particular on damage claims proceedings, such as representing Deutsche Bahn against air freight cartel members. The firm also recently defended confectionary manufacturer CFP in sanctioning proceedings by the Federal Cartel Office and provided a company in the steel sector with antitrust advice on the publication practice of pricing components and compliance matters. Another focus lies on merger control advice to financial institutions.

Schulte Riesenkampff.’s practice provides comprehensive antitrust advice and recently focused in particular on damage claims proceedings, such as the defence against claims by the flour and rolling bearings cartel and enforcing claims against members of the truck cartel for construction companies. The firm also advised Chinese corporation HNA on merger control in connection with its acquisition of a share in the Hilton Group and continuously assists key client Deutsche Bank with the entire spectrum of antitrust matters. Christoph Peter is recommended.

Taylor Wessing has a ‘very high service level’ and is noted for the ‘constant availability of a contact person’; the firm covers the entire range of antitrust advice and is particularly well versed in matters surrounding the digitalisation of the economy, such as providing Ströer with merger control and antitrust advice in the context of its digital expansion. Other prominent clients include REWE, Xing and Fraport and another focus lies on Asian business; here the ‘excellent’ Manuel Nagel is the main contact. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel has ‘much expertise’ and is considered an ‘outstanding lawyer’.

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