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Falk Schöning can assist you regarding all questions and problems of EU and German antitrust law, EU State Aid law and export control law. He advises in particular on international cases which require coordination between different legal systems or representation vis-à-vis several regulators. Falk also has experience of policymaking in Brussels and Berlin and can assist you effectively in policy advocacy projects. Clients praise Falk as solution-orientated, pragmatic and reliable. He can advise you on the structuring of transactions, joint ventures or divestitures, and he represents you in merger control and foreign investment control proceedings to ensure that you can successfully close your M&A transaction. In cartel cases, Falk represents companies vis-à-vis authorities and in follow-on damage litigation cases.


Competition: EU and global

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Falk Schöning - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Competition: EU and global

Operating as part of a larger global platform, Hogan Lovells International LLP's Brussels team demonstrates particularly strong capabilities in behavioural and transactional antitrust matters involving industries such as TMT, consumer and luxury goods, shipping, and aerospace and government. One key figure is Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, whose arrival from Crowell & Moring in 2017 was 'a real coup' for the firm', and who is leading the advice to Amway on competition issues related to physical and digital distribution, and horizontal agreements. De Ugarte is 'an extremely valuable addition to any antitrust team'. The group, which is led by 'highly knowledgeable expert' Christopher Thomas is experienced in representing clients in international cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as merger reviews; it has 'a high level of dedication and responsiveness'. Thomas, in particular, is praised for having 'an outstanding ability to understand complex business processes and technical implications'. A cross-office team, including Thomas and senior associate May Lyn Yuen, represented Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines and Eukor in the long-running global maritime car carrier cartel investigations; this matter has been subject to over a dozen concluded or ongoing investigations worldwide. The team also acts for complainants and intervenors in behavioural matters; Thomas is working with associate David Dauchez to represent Lithuanian oil refinery Orlen Lietuva at the General Court of the EU as the intervening party in an appeal by Lithuanian state-run railway company Lietuvos gelezinkeliai of the decision by the European Commission to fine it for removing a railway track between the refinery and the Latvian border. In evidence of the firm's strengths in the defence sector, Falk Schöning and others assisted Orbital ATK with obtaining phase one clearance in the EU for its $9.2bn sale to Northrop Grumman. Counsel Gianni De Stefano is also a notable practitioner.

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Germany: Public sector

Public procurement

Within: Public procurement

Thanks to its cross-practice approach, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP frequently acts on matters touching upon IP, life sciences, corporate and antitrust law. Recent highlights include advising Autobahn Tank & Rast on the restructuring of the allocation of fuel delivery and distribution rights to federal motorway petrol stations. Marc Schweda led assistance to Baxter Germany with the procurement of dialysis machines by the University Hospital Frankfurt and with review proceedings. Other highlights include advising the Federal Ministry of Defence on the procurement law aspects of the planned sale of the federally-owned HIL Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik‚Äôs maintenance facilities as part of a Europe-wide procurement procedure. Falk Sch√∂ning in Brussels and Thomas D√ľnchheim, who heads the government regulatory practice group, are other key figures. Jan Christian Eggers left for BEITEN BURKHARDT in February 2018.

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