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Christian Ahlborn

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Christian is a Partner in the Linklaters London competition practice. He specialises in EC competition law and EC state aid control, UK competition law and German competition law, including notifications to EC and national competition authorities.


Secondment to European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition 1995; associate Linklaters, Brussels 1995-98; secondment to Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), Berlin 1996; senior associate Linklaters 1998-2002; secondment to NERA economic consultancy, Cambridge MA, 2001; partner Linklaters 2002.


English, French, German


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg (1985 Prediploma Law and Economics); Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (1987 Economics Studies); London School of Economics (1988 MSc Economics; 1989 LLM Hons); College of Law (1993 CPE and Law Society Finals); transfer test for German Bar Exam (1998).

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Linklaters LLP has centred much of its attention on Brazil and Argentina in recent years with additional pockets of activity in Colombia, Chile and Peru. The firm has cemented a series of big-name lender and borrower relationships. While deal activity in Argentina has declined, the firm has positioned itself for bulge-bracket restructuring transactions. Clients include Marfrig Global Foods, Tecpetrol, Cementos Argos, Ita√ļ CorpBanca, ICBC, Citi, Braskem and¬†Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. The firm advised¬†Tecpetrol, Tecpetrol del Peru and Tecpetrol Bloque 56 as co-borrowers on a $200m loan facility provided by Banco de Credito del Peru, BBVA, Banco Continental, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase. It also advised a consortium of banks on a $750m export-prepayment term loan facility for Suzano, the Brazilian pulp and paper leader in order to refinance existing debt and finance pre-export and import transactions. Michael Bassett is a solid banking and finance all-rounder with a significant focus on Latin America; having worked on a series of oil-and-gas financings, he remains active in a range of financing products and Latin American jurisdictions.¬†Matthew Poulter has achieved considerable success in Brazil, where he represents a number of major corporates and financial institutions on capital markets and financing transactions; his clients include¬†Marfrig Global Foods. Co-head of the Latin America practice, Conrado Tenaglia covers both capital markets and finance with a particularly fine record in Argentina; he and counsel Andrew Compton are 'outstanding lawyers with deep knowledge of key industries', with Compton singled out for his 'hands-on, very reliable and focused' approach. Brazil native Gabriel Silva has been elected partner and splits his time between New York and Sao Paulo. Project finance partner¬†Eamon Nolan joined Vinson & Elkins LLP. All named individuals are based in New York.

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Christian Ahlborn - Linklaters LLP

Within: EU and competition

The ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô team at¬†Linklaters LLP¬†¬†is noted for its ‚Äėquick, thoughtful, friendly and commercial‚Äô approach, with a special focus on the financial services, mining, energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, retail and oil and gas sectors. ‚ÄėExcellent‚Äô practice head¬†Nicole Kar¬†‚Äėis laser-focused on what the client wants and what needs to be done to get that‚Äô. Kar and¬†Simon Pritchard¬†advised Amec Foster Wheeler on its ¬£2.2bn takeover by John Wood Group, which involved the use of a novel ‚Äėtwin-track‚Äô approach which allowed for Phase 1 clearance to be obtained swiftly and avoided the need for a Phase 2 investigation. Another highlight saw¬†Christian Ahlborn¬†advising Unilever on an investigation by the CMA into alleged abuse of dominance in the supply of single-wrapped impulse ice cream. Ahlborn is recommended for his ‚Äėdeep understanding of the law and a mastery of economics that enables him to get to the bottom of the most complex competition problem‚Äô.¬†Natura Gracia¬†is noted for her ‚Äėpractical approach‚Äô, and managing associate¬†Anna Mitchell¬†is ‚Äėinsightful, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs global chairman¬†Sir Christopher Bellamy¬†is noted for his advice on multi-jurisdictional cases, having previously been president of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The team saw the departures of Michael Cutting¬†Paula Riedel¬†to join the CAT and¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†respectively.

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