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Johannes Zöttl

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Jones Day

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Antitrust & Competition Law; Antitrust Mergers & Joint Ventures; Antitrust Criminal Investigations; Antitrust & Intellectual Property.


Johannes Zöttl, Partner, represents companies in antitrust regulation before the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) and the European Commission, including merger reviews and antitrust enforcement actions. He deals extensively with cross-border mergers and acquisitions and has coordinated the merger review by multiple jurisdictions for numerous headline transactions around the world. Johannes also has extensive experience in counseling and litigation in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries. In matters involving the EU and German prohibitions on abusive single-firm conduct, Johannes is defending Heraeus in antitrust action for damages, currently pending at the German Federal Civil Court. He also represents a European OEM in follow-on litigation for antitrust damages in Germany.


English, German.


Admitted to the Federal Republic of Germany Bar. Johannes was also the only German member of the ABA Antitrust Section's International Task Force (2007-2008) and is a vice chair of the section's Unilateral Conduct Committee. He is also a non-governmental advisor to the ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group (UCWG) and a member of the German Antitrust Lawyers Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.) and the Frankfurt Antitrust Forum (Kartellrechtsforum Frankfurt e.V.).


University of Würzburg (Ph.D. in Law 1998; Academic Assistant at the Jean-Monnet-Chair for European Law, 1996-1998); Clerkship with the Court of Appeals, Bamberg, Germany (1994-1996); University of Würzburg, Germany (First State Examination 1994); University of Cardiff, Great Britain (Diploma in Legal Studies 1990); University of Passau, Germany (1987-1989).



Within: Antitrust

Clients are ‘very satisfied with the service level’ at Jones Day and praise the firm for its ‘strong business acumen’. It has core strengths in international merger control proceedings: Carsten Gromotke advised diagnostic company Ambry Genetics on its sale to a joint venture between Konica Minolta and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan and assisted Calgon Carbon with its sale to Japanese special chemicals company Kuraray. Other focus areas are antitrust proceedings and compliance advice, which is often covered by Johannes Zöttl who is ‘an established expert in antitrust and competition law’. Jürgen Beninca joined the practice from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in July 2017. His areas of specialism include fine proceedings, actions for damages and topics related to distribution antitrust law.

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