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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

Linklaters LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô competition group handles significant high-value mergers and advises clients on complex investigations conducted both by the competition market authorities as well as by regulated sector authorities. Particular sectors of focus for the team include mining, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, retail, financial services, energy, utilities, fintech, and private equity. In the pharmaceutical space, the team worked closely with the firm‚Äôs offices in Belgium and the US in obtaining unconditional clearance across multiple jurisdictions for client Takeda in relation to its recommended ¬£46bn offer for Shire; with recently promoted counsel¬†Anna Mitchell¬†leading a London-based team on this matter. On the retail side, UK practice head¬†Nicole Kar¬†and Simon Pritchard¬†acted for Sainsbury‚Äôs on its proposed merger with Asda. Christian Ahlborn¬†is dual qualified in the UK and Germany and led a team advising E.ON on all competition law aspects of¬† its planned asset exchange with RWE. Bringing years of competition law experience handling complex cross-border issues, Sir Christopher Bellamy QC¬†chairs the practice globally and advises high-profile clients, such as Novartis and Visa Europe. Natura Gracia¬†specialises in state aid, utility regulation and public procurement matters.¬† Former partner¬†Michael Cutting¬†departed to accept a position at the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

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