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    • Albrecht Bach - Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte
    • Helmut Bergmann - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Ingo Brinker - Gleiss Lutz
    • 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

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and gives ‘outstanding advice’ on antitrust matters. Complex merger control proceedings are a key focus, but the team is also ‘very competent in sanction proceedings’ and highly visible in energy antitrust law. It advised Coty in merger control proceedings related to the acquisition of a large portion of Procter & Gamble’s beauty division and represented the Japanese glass manufacturer AGC in various pending parallel damage proceedings relating to the car glass cartel. Other clients include REWE, Deutsche Bahn and Mars. Tobias Klose and Ulrich Scholz are also recommended along with ‘outstanding’ co-head of the global practice Martin Klusmann. Katrin Gaßner was promoted to partner. Michael Esser joined Latham & Watkins LLP; Burkhard Richter and Hans-Joachim Prieß retired.

A very good firm for antitrust law’, Gleiss Lutz advises key clients such as Daimler, Siemens, HeidelbergCement and Infineon Technologies. Practice head Ingo Brinker represented the German branch of Asics in distribution antitrust matters during appeal proceedings at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf related to restrictions on online trade. Ulrich Denzel successfully acted for Voestalpine in proceedings at the European Commission (EC) in connection with the prestressing steel cartel. The firm also advised Accor on German merger control filings for the acquisition of luxury hotel chain FRHI. Wolfgang Bosch, Moritz Holm-Hadulla and Christian Steinle are also well regarded.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘outstanding’ German and EU antitrust law practice has ‘a business-oriented, very precise working method’. It excels in merger control matters, such as advising Dow Chemical on the planned merger with DuPont. The team also advised Samsonite on the acquisition of Tumi Holdings and represented Cargolux in damage claims filed by Deutsche Bahn arising from the air freight cartel. Dirk Schroeder is ‘excellent in EU-related matters’, and counsel Tilman Kuhn is ‘a rising star’. Romina Polley and Patrick Bock are also recommended.

Hengeler Mueller’s ‘fantastic lawyers’ are ‘particularly strong in matters surrounding cartel damages’ and regularly handle ‘mandates of major public interest’. The team frequently advises on large merger control proceedings; it provided antitrust law advice to ten of the largest German regional daily newspapers regarding the establishment of the joint national newspaper marketer Score Media Group. It is also strongly involved in EC antitrust proceedings, such as acting for the automotive supplier Webasto, and handling proceedings relating to the sugar, air freight and prestressing steel cartels. Google is another key client. Thorsten Mäger, Alf-Henrik Bischke and Christoph Stadler are the key figures and litigator Thomas B Paul was promoted to partner.

Linklaters often handles prominent merger control matters, as well as sanction proceedings and damages claims. The German practice benefits from strong international synergies, particularly with the Brussels office, and has particular expertise in the automotive and telecoms sectors. It advised Deutsche Börse on its planned merger with the London Stock Exchange; acted for SABMiller in connection with the takeover offer by ABInBev; and is involved in high-profile proceedings surrounding the sugar cartel. Daniela Seeliger leads the practice, in which the ‘very good’ Carsten Grave and counsel Daniel von Brevern are recommended.

CMS provides an ‘excellent service’ in antitrust matters, with particular strength in cross-border merger control, where recent representations include Telefónica Deutschland. Other clients includes Burger King, Porsche, the state of Baden-Württemberg and new client Linde. The team represented various processors of sugar in damages actions under antitrust law and acted for a company in the packaging industry in multiple proceedings by the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO), the EC and other competition authorities. Practice head Markus Schöner and Harald Kahlenberg are recommended.

Latham & Watkins LLP gives ‘clear and feasible solutions’ and its lawyers have the ‘ability to speak the client’s language’. The German practice works closely with colleagues in Brussels and the US; the team now includes the experienced Michael Esser, who divides time between Düsseldorf and Brussels after joining from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Clients include various blue-chip companies and private equity houses. The team acted for Facebook in abuse proceedings before the FCO and advised Illinois Tool Works on the merger control aspects of the acquisition of a global business unit from ZF Friedrichshafen. Georg Weidenbach has ‘a good network’.

Noerr’s ‘proactive’ and ‘quick-thinking’ antitrust team has ‘extremely good expertise’. It represented Bosch in complex negotiations surrounding the enforcement of antitrust damage claims against members of the European rolling bearings cartel and represented Kaufland in FCO sanction proceedings concerning price fixing. The firm also handled proceedings surrounding the air freight, sugar and cement cartels and high-profile merger controls. Other prominent clients include ZDF, ThyssenKrupp and Deutsche Telekom. Practice head Alexander Birnstiel is ‘very knowledgeable and forward thinking’; Kathrin Westermann and Karsten Metzlaff are also recommended. The team works closely with the firm’s offices in Brussels and Eastern Europe.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte’s service is ‘comparable to that of large firms’ and is ‘thorough, practically oriented and no frills’; it is especially focused on mid-market representations. The team is ‘always informed down to the minutest detail’ and saw a high volume of merger control matters, advising clients such as Metro Group. It also represented the Bundesverband der Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken in a complaints procedure at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf against an injunction issued by the FCO regarding amendments of terms for online banking. ‘Brilliant lateral thinker’ Albrecht Bach is recommended along with Andreas Hahn, Ulrich Klumpp and Matthias Ulshöfer. Christoph Wolf was promoted to partner.

WilmerHale focuses on antitrust litigation and ‘does a very good job’ advising clients in the energy, telecoms, transport and healthcare sectors. The practice is especially effective in damages cases and large transnational proceedings; it has been particularly busy with phase II proceedings at the FCO. Recent work includes defending Deutsche Telekom against civil claims for damages, as well as continuing to represent Lufthansa in the air freight cartel and Deutsche Bahn in the rail cartel. Baker Hughes was a recent client in merger control matters. Practice head Ulrich Quack is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and Hans-Georg Kamann is also well regarded. Counsel Julia Schwalm joined Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Allen & Overy LLP is particularly recommended for merger control, where it can leverage global resources as necessary, but covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law. It gained several new clients, including one of the world’s largest chemicals companies and a German insurance group, and represented Bell Group and Coop in opposition proceedings at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf against a €100m-plus fine in the sausage cartel. Other clients include Google and Deutsche Börse. The ‘excellent’ Ellen Braun heads the growing team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Börries Ahrens from White & Case LLP.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘professional and speedy’ antitrust team shows ‘good industry expertise’ and can call on the firm’s extensive international network. It represented Asics in a vertical restraints case in the online distribution sector and acted for Segafredo Zanetti’s German subsidiary in a complaints procedure at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf against a fine imposed by the Federal Cartel Court. REWE is a recent client in merger control. Practice head Christian Horstkotte is ‘well connected and a joy to work with’ and Nicolas Kredel is also recommended. Distribution antitrust law expert Johannes Teichmann was promoted to partner.

Clifford Chance is ‘very active in antitrust matters’, with a focus on merger control and state aid law. It frequently handles damages claims cases, such as acting for KONE in the scale lifts and escalators cartel, and has expertise in the energy, medical and telecoms sectors. New clients include Lanxess and Fosun International; the firm advised the latter on the takeover of Hauck & Aufhäuser and BHF Kleinwort Benson Group. ‘Very good lawyer’ Marc Besen and practice head Joachim Schütze are recommended.

Boutique Commeo LLP has quickly established itself as ‘an excellent firm in antitrust law’; the team has ‘a pragmatic approach’ with ‘a personable, solution-oriented way of working’. Areas of expertise include the pharmaceuticals, healthcare and automotive supplier industries, as well as logistics, chemicals, media and consumer goods; clients include ARD, Samsung, and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. Damages actions under antitrust law constitute a key part of the practice; the firm handled proceedings surrounding the sugar, rolling bearings and cooling compressors cartels. Dominique Wagener, Jörg-Martin Schultze and Johanna Kübler impress cients with their ‘business sense and result-oriented solutions’; Stephanie Pautke has ‘profound expertise’.

The ‘excellent team’ at Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition advises on merger control and contentious antitrust matters. Highlights included representing a company in sanction proceedings against a manufacturer of heat shields; in other work, the team handled antitrust proceedings in the meat and sausage, rail technology, flour mill, luxury cosmetics and food retail sectors. Samsung, Deutsche Bank and HNA Group are key clients. ‘Very good lawyer’ Markus Wirtz is recommended along with Silke Möller.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has profound expertise in media, energy and distribution antitrust law and has been particularly active in FCO proceedings, including in connection with the chipboard and rolling bearings cartels. It represented Calunius Capital in damages actions under antitrust law, advised Dorma on merger controls and assisted Deutsche Fußball Liga with compliance issues. IP and technology expert Philip Kempermann was promoted to partner and Rainer Velte is recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP shows ‘good industry expertise’ and has a strong reputation for advice at the interface between antitrust law and IP. It has been particularly active in damage claims and administrative offences, recently defending a manufacturer in the compressor antitrust proceedings before the EC. Other clients include Air Canada and eBay. Practice head Martin Sura shows ‘courage to give practically feasible recommendations for action’; Falk Schöning relocated to the Brussels office.

Jones Day gives ‘outstanding advice’, with a focus on merger control. It advised Blackstone on merger control aspects of the purchase of real estate portfolios from Real I.S., assisted Baxalta during its takeover by Shire and has seen increased compliance-related mandates for clients such as DPD. Thomas Jestaedt and Johannes Zöttl are recommended along with Carsten Gromotke, who has ‘outstanding experience in all areas of antitrust law’. Alex Petrasincu joined Hausfeld.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s ‘very capable team’ has ‘profound knowledge in antitrust and EU state aid law’. It focuses on advising mid-sized companies, primarily in sanction proceedings, damages claims and compliance matters. Carcoustics International was a client in price-fixing sanction proceedings before the FCO. The firm also handled mandates relating to the stainless steel and plumbing cartels. The ‘very active and experienced’ Thomas Kapp heads the practice, in which Holger Stappert, Anne Caroline Wegner and Guido Jansen are also recommended.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s internationally well-connected antitrust team regularly advises on high-profile matters, especially in the consumer goods, medical technology, media and telecoms sectors. It advised Dallmayr in damages cases and extra-judicial negotiations relating to the coffee cartel and acted for T Brugg Kabel in proceedings against the European Commission. Merger control clients include MAN and Bilfinger. Practice head Alexander Rinne is ‘excellent’. Tatjana Mühlbach joined Buntscheck Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG is active in damages cases, merger control and compliance matters, with a notable focus on the manufacturing industry. It advised Allegion in two merger control proceedings related to the restructuring of the German market for locking systems and represented Vossloh in follow-on damages claims pertaining to local public transport companies. The ‘creative’ Hans-Joachim Hellmann is recommended. The team is staffed by lawyers in Mannheim and Brussels.

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