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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).

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Christian Ahlborn - Linklaters LLP

Within: EU and competition

Linklaters LLP’s ‘prompt’, ‘commercial’ and ‘balanced’ practice attracts praise for its ‘client-focused’ and ‘problem-solving’ approach and for its ‘impressive practical experience and market-leading legal skills’. Nicole Kar (‘a clear and insightful adviser’) leads the team, which counts BP, Siemens, Vodafone, and Visa Europe among its clients. Christian Ahlborn advised Deutsche Börse on the merger control strategy for its €24bn merger with London Stock Exchange Group, while Kar and Simon Pritchard advised both parties before the CMA on the £125m acquisition of Sainsbury’s pharmacy business by Celesio UK. Michael Cutting continues to advise National Grid on the two-step divestiture of its UK gas distribution business worth £13.8bn (which is currently in a phase I review before the European Commission) and acted for Centrica on the CMA’s investigation into the UK energy markets. Natura Gracia (‘positive’, ‘provides very clear advice’) and Sir Christopher Bellamy (who provides ‘extremely valuable strategic input and experience’ and ‘keeps the big picture in mind’) are also recommended. Rachel Hetherington was promoted to counsel and Gavin Robert departed to join Euclid Law.

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