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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).

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Christian Ahlborn - Linklaters LLP

Within: EU and competition

The ‘first-class’ team at Linklaters LLP  is noted for its ‘quick, thoughtful, friendly and commercial’ approach, with a special focus on the financial services, mining, energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, retail and oil and gas sectors. ‘Excellent’ practice head Nicole Kar ‘is laser-focused on what the client wants and what needs to be done to get that’. Kar and Simon Pritchard advised Amec Foster Wheeler on its £2.2bn takeover by John Wood Group, which involved the use of a novel ‘twin-track’ 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 ‘deep understanding of the law and a mastery of economics that enables him to get to the bottom of the most complex competition problem’. Natura Gracia is noted for her ‘practical approach’, and managing associate Anna Mitchell is ‘insightful, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with’. The firm’s 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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