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Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz focuses on international industrial corporations and predominantly assists clients from the automotive, energy, consumer goods, healthcare, media, chemical, insurance and e-commerce sectors. Hereby, the firm impresses with a team that acts across the entire bandwidth of antitrust law. Petra Linsmeier has been heading the practice since January 2020 and mainly assists consumer goods manufacturers with any antitrust issues. The renowned partner team also includes Ingo Brinker, who led the practice before Linsmeier took over and advises insurance companies on merger control, investigations and in relation to compliance. Ulrich Denzel also fields a versatile practice with additional capacities in matters touching on distribution law. Fine and damages claim proceedings are regularly handled by Christian Steinle, who is also well versed in online antitrust law. Matters touching on media and digital economy are handled by Moritz Holm-Hadulla, while Johannes Hertfelder, who made partner in January 2020, regularly takes on cartel investigations and damages claim proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Petra Linsmeier

Testimonials

'Ulrich Denzel: Outstanding expertise and experience, very good networking, excellent communication and negotiation skills.'

'Moritz Holm-Hadulla: Very good expertise and experience; very good case and mandate management; very precise and accurate legal work; very fast and efficient way of working; very pleasant to work with. '

'Impressive expertise in all areas of antitrust law.'

'Christian Steinle knows what in-house lawyers expect; always impresses with an extremely quick grasp of a wide variety of antitrust-relevant issues. '

'Very easy to reach, entrepreneurial understanding, high quality legal advice.'

'Christian Steinle is pragmatic and quickly finds a practical solution.'

'A very competent team that is also able to put complex issues into the given context and to put sensible recommendations for action in the legal context from a business perspective.'

'Moritz Holm-Hadulla provides excellent support and can also reach a consensus on a diplomatic level with difficult conversation or negotiation partners. He also gives the interlocutor the feeling of a cooperative compromise without neglecting the client's goals. '

'Excellent service, impressive industry knowledge, high personal commitment of the advising lawyers.'

'Johannes Hertfelder is astute and has an impressive overview, even in the most complex mandates.'

'Johannes Hertfelder knows and understands our company very well and has therefore always suggested suitable solutions.'

'A very competent, professional team that is always available and knows what companies need.'

'Ulrich Denzel advises extremely competently; always available; thinks outside the box – in addition to the undisputed professional qualities, he is also very pleasant to work with. '

'Gleiss Lutz's antitrust practice is very experienced, solution-oriented and can even handle highly complex global mergers in a solution-oriented, targeted and high-quality manner.'

'In general, the team is highly qualified, easy to reach and advises on all issues of antitrust law in a solution-oriented and very goal-oriented manner.'

Key clients

Booking.com B.V.

Daimler AG

DATEV eG

Deutsche Telekom AG

e.on

Facebook

HeidelbergCement AG

Remondis SE & Co. KG

AGRO Schuth

voestalpine AG

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG

Deutsche Postbank AG

HeidelbergCement

Reckitt Benckiser Deutschland GmbH

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

RMS Radio Marketing Service GmbH & Co. KG

STIHL

B.Braun Melsungen AG

Blackstone

Hubert Burda Media Holding KG

KKR

Linde SE

La Banque Postale

Munich RE

Robert Bosch GmbH

Schaeffler AG

WMF Group GmbH

Nord Stream AG

Work highlights

  • Booking.com BV: Advice and implementation of complaint procedures in connection with the prohibition of the best price clause by the Federal Cartel Office.
  • PayTV-Senders: Advising on the successful termination of the administrative proceedings by the Federal Cartel Office due to the cooperation with a streaming service for the acquisition of the media broadcasting rights to the UEFA Champions League.
  • International automobile manufacturer: Advice in connection with the compensation proceedings following the proceedings of the European Commission in the area of truck cartel.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller fields a particularly established antitrust practice whose team members possess wide-ranging knowledge across various subcategories in the field. Due to the firm's strong corporate practice, the group is particularly active in merger control matters and represents clients both on domestic as well as European level. In addition, Hans-Jörg Niemeyer and Markus Röhrig lead a best-friends office in Brussels. Other strategic focuses of the practice include cartel damages claims, leniency application as well as cartel and abuse proceedings. Furthermore, the group has strong client relationships in the energy, insurance, telecoms, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Following the firm's emphasis on organic team growth, Daniel Zimmer, who focuses on cartel damages claims, made partner in January 2020. Thorsten Mäger and Christoph Stadler are considered leading lawyers for various antitrust matters, but particularly merger control, while Thomas Paul stands out for his expertise in litigation and arbitration.

Testimonials

‘Extremely committed competition law team in Düsseldorf and Brussels.’

‘Markus Röhrig is available at all times; tailor-made advice with the necessary entrepreneurial eye. ‘

‘In our experience, Hengeler Mueller is a very professional and trustworthy law firm with outstanding expertise in antitrust law.’

‘Markus Röhrig is a lawyer with excellent expertise in antitrust law, especially insurance antitrust law. Even in difficult situations, he often finds creative, well-founded solutions. The cooperation is also very pleasant due to his calm and committed nature. ‘

‘One of the best and broadest antitrust law practices ever. High quality and a lot of experience. As a client, you always feel in good hands. ‘

‘Christoph Stadler is very confident, astute and cannot be disturbed by anything. An excellent strategist. In addition, it is pleasantly pragmatic and efficient in handling mandates. ‘

‘The team knows about all aspects of antitrust law, especially merger control, and understands the specific market dynamics.’

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Thanks to the close cooperation with the German-speaking lawyers of its Brussels office, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is an ideal choice for legal matters pertaining to both German as well as European antitrust law. The practice group is broadly positioned, thereby offering a versatile advice spectrum ranging from merger control and competition restraints to legal disputes and cartel fine proceedings. Dirk Schroeder regularly assists clients from the post, telecoms, media, chemical, oil, energy and healthcare sectors, including globally known corporations. Cartel investigations and fine proceedings are a particular strength of Romina Polley, who also regularly acts in damages claim proceedings. Wolfang Deselaers is the third partner of the team and particularly impresses in cartel and market dominance matters. Counsel Katharina Apel is the key contact for merger control assistance in relation to international transactions.

Testimonials

'Wolfgang Deselaers is an outstanding antitrust lawyer.'

'' Excellent specialist knowledge and at the same time friendly, accessible and always available at short notice. Advice is given quickly and easily. The commercial aspect is always in the foreground. '

Key clients

Baxter

BayWa

Beiersdorf

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Post

The Dow Chemical Company

GoodMills

Google

Henkel

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

International Post Corporation

Litauische Eisenbahn

Masco

Nestlé

The Walt Disney Company

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF): Advising in connection with the planned merger agreement with the Nutrition & Biosciences (N&B) division of DuPont in the context of a Reverse Morris Trust transaction.
  • The Walt Disney Company: Advising 21st Century Fox on EU and global antitrust matters and advising 21st Century Fox on US antitrust matters related to Disney's $ 71.3 billion acquisition of Fox.
  • IBM: Advice on competition law on outsourcing agreements with T-Systems, including merger registration in Germany and Austria and main review proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office after the first two phases.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Most recently, Latham & Watkins LLP was particularly active in cartel violation and market abuse investigations and thanks to its international network, the group assists DAX30-listed companies as well as multinationals abroad with legal issues within the German as well as European context. The team handles a large amount of transactional matters including merger and investment control and with regards to litigation matters, the group is a particularly popular choice with technology companies. Michael Esser is well versed in handling European phase II proceedings, while clients in the automotive industry rely on Max Hauser in merger control as well as cartel proceedings. Jana Dammann de Chapto stands out for her advice on matters touching on corporate law. Sven Völcker bridges the gap to the Brussels office and associate Jan Christoph Höft regularly assists corporations in the online and media industries. In October 2020 the team experienced a significant departure: Georg Weidenbach joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Testimonials

'Practical, proactive and committed advice from partners.'

'Good team, hands-on and at the same time very precise legal work combined with a high level of commitment and creativity.'

'Technically very high level of expertise, creativity and solution-oriented. Very good commercial links, good industry understanding. '

'Michael Esser is very experienced, creative and persistent.'

Key clients

Liberty Global

Duales System Deutschland/Green Point Holdings

Scout24 AG

Digital Realty / Interxion

Hyundai Motor Company & KIA

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Lanxess AG

Triton

ArcelorMittal

International Olympic Committee

Work highlights

  • Scout24 AG: Advice on antitrust law on the sale of the AutoScout24 car portal.
  • Hyundai Motor Company & KIA: Advice on entering the IONITY joint venture.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: Advice on merger control and the control of foreign investments in an investment in Axel Springer accompanied by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

Linklaters

Linklaters has a particularly good reputation for extensive and cross-border merger controls where most recently, the team's complementary expertise in investment control was of increasing significance, although the group also acts in any other antitrust proceedings. Most recently, the team acted especially often for clients in the healthcare and energy sectors as well as for financial services providers. Advice on antitrust-compliant cooperations is a current main focus for the team, for example in relation to guaranteeing critical supply chains. Daniela Seeliger regularly takes on cartel proceedings where she possesses particular know-how in follow-on claims. International merger controls are one of the strengths of Carsten Grave, who especially acts for clients in the energy industry. This sector is also a focus for Christoph Barth who further assists with matters in the mining and manufacturing industries. Bernd Meyring is the contact at the Brussels office, who has extensive experience in representing clients before EU authorities and regularly leads global merger control proceedings. Managing associate Kaan Gürer renders important support in numerous area of antitrust law such as cartel proceedings and ongoing compliance advice.

Allen & Overy LLP

Medium-sized as well as large German companies and international corporations can rely on Allen & Overy LLP's advice on merger control proceedings, investigations into market behaviour and in relation to follow-on damages claims. The team in Germany cooperates closely with the firm's Brussels office, thereby utilising numerous legal tech solutions. Most recently, the group predominantly focused on expanding its client base in the digital sector as well as on strengthening its litigation practice. Practice head Ellen Braun has an excellent reputation for defending companies against follow-on damages claims and also represents clients in antitrust disputes. Instructions relating to merger control as well as the assistance with competitor cooperations and joint ventures are regularly handled by Börries Ahrens, while Brussels-based Jürgen Schindler routinely heads international teams in European-wide matters.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Braun

Testimonials

'Powerful troop. Able to prepare complex topics quickly and in a highly professional manner. '

'Ellen Braun is very experienced and very responsive.'

Key clients

Scania

Procter & Gamble

Google

BMW

TUI

Advent

Rosneft

Unilever

Allianz

General Electric

Daimler

Saudi Aramco

Robert Bosch

Evonik Industries

Recticel

EDEKA

Outoumpu

CTS EVENTIM

Wilmar International

Work highlights

  • BMW: Advising on competition law aspects in the 50:50 joint venture with the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motor Company for the production of electric vehicles of the Mini brand.
  • Google: Defense against allegations of using the mobile operating system to illegally secure the dominant position in the search market.
  • Scania: Advice on defending against consequential damage claims in the truck cartel.

Clifford Chance

International merger control and cross-border cartel investigations as well as disputes are part of Clifford Chance's day-to-day business. Additionally, the practice proves its expertise in matters related to market dominance, joint ventures and cooperations. Notable clients in the automotive, pharma, telecoms and consumer goods sector rely on the team, just like companies in the information technology industry do; under the roof of the firm's global tech group, latter clients receive advice by Michael Dietrich among others. Marc Besen has longstanding experience in merger control, while the team's third partner Joachim Schütze often assists with antitrust aspects of large cross-practice projects.

Testimonials

'Very conscientious and intensive incorporation and processing of the topic, information and explanations on specific industry topics are immediately internalized and incorporated into the arguments accordingly.'

'Michael Dietrich has thoroughness, expertise and attention to detail.'

'Unrestricted expertise of the antitrust team.'

'The antitrust team has an extremely strong ability to understand the company's business and to provide practical advice.'

'The antitrust law team is always 100% solution-oriented and always has a proposed solution ready, even in difficult issues, with which the goal can be achieved. The result of the advice always speaks for itself. The cost-benefit factor of antitrust law practice is extremely good and convincing. '

'Michael Dietrich is always available and available to his clients at any time. All statements made by him are binding, solution-oriented, cost-oriented. His expertise in all areas of antitrust law is unbeatable. '

'Precise, stress-resistant, client-oriented.'

'Marc Besen has a wealth of experience, is solution-oriented and very reliable.'

'Very high level of professional competence, even when asked spontaneously on remote topics from antitrust law.'

Commeo LLP

Since its formation in 2010, Commeo LLP has established an excellent reputation and receives particularly high praise in the litigation sphere. The boutique offering also handles merger control proceedings as well as cartel audits and is led by a quartet comprised of Jörg-Martin Schultze, Dominique Wagener, Stephanie Pautke and Johanna Kübler. Schultze additionally heads the corporate-heavy notary practice and Wagener specialises in cartel proceedings and damages claims; Pautke has particular expertise in the pharma, healthcare and consumer goods sectors as well as in branded goods, while Kübler covers transactional antitrust law and merger control. Furthermore, the firm is well versed in the automotive supply industry's peculiarities and also assists clients from the chemical, mineral oil and steel sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Oest; Christoph Weinert

Testimonials

'A specialized team that has everything that a client needs for support in antitrust matters: competence, experience, direct access and a high level of commitment.'

'Isabel Oest is competent and very willing to work and is always a very reliable contact person and advisor on antitrust issues, with whom it is very pleasant to work, of course also in English.'

'Stephanie Pautke is pragmatic and focuses on the essentials.'

'The colleagues at Commeo are technically very good, very responsive and have a very good understanding of business. We really enjoy working with this law firm. '

'Johanna Kübler is extremely good and always up to date. You can rely on them without restrictions. '

'Very high professional competence, networking, availability.'

'Dominique Wagener has a very high level of professional competence, availability and strategic thinking.'

'Commeo's antitrust practice is well established and coordinated. The team consists of very experienced and capable lawyers who specialize in German antitrust law. '

Key clients

Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke

ARD Werbung Sales & Services/AS&S Radio

Asklepios Kliniken

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

CSL Behring GmbH

dormakaba

Japan Airlines (Japan)

JTEKT (Japan)

Fraport

Magna Management AG (Switzerland)

Transgourmet Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG

Procter & Gamble Service GmbH

Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien

Saarstahl AG

Samsung SDI (Korea)

SMA Solar Technology AG

Tata Consultancy Services Deutschland

TÜV SÜD AG

Unilever Deutschland

Uvex Winter Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA)

Westfalen AG

ZDF Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Stock company of Dillinger Hüttenwerke: Obtaining a complete waiver of fines for this key witness in the cartel proceedings regarding heavy plate.
  • Rotkäppchen-Mumm sparkling wine cellars: Representing the client as a victim of the German sugar cartel in the context of a damage compensation proceeding before the Hanover Regional Court.
  • dormakaba: Advice on the introduction of a global compliance program for the entire group of companies.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's antitrust lawyers maintain a close network both between national offices as well as with the team in Brussels and other international offices. Staying true to the firm's orientation, the antitrust team is particularly well positioned in the automotive industry and advises several notable clients in the industry. The group also possesses expertise in the railway sector as well as the raw materials and healthcare industries. Martin Sura heads the team that is continuously expanding its expertise in relation to platform depended e-commerce. He regularly acts in national and international merger control and cartel proceedings, while Marc Schweda routinely exercises his expertise in matters at the interface of procurement and state aid law as well as with regards to antitrust-compliant formations of cooperations. Merger control advice on transactions is the mainstay of Christoph Wünschmann, and Falk Schöning, who divides his time between Brussels and Berlin, focuses on cross-border matters. Christian Ritz, who has comprehensive experience in handling internal investigations and cartel proceedings, made partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Martin Sura

Testimonials

'Strong and committed team.'

'Christoph Wünschmann is pragmatic and level-headed, pleasant to deal with. His advice is also valued by the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board.

'High technical know-how paired with practical advice and personable personalities.'

'Good, European networked team. Clear structure in the procedure, very reliable in handling and deliverables. '

'Christian Ritz works carefully and is responsive. He reacts calmly and confidently in stressful situations, which is particularly important in examinations. '

Key clients

BMW

Bridgestone

Daiichi Sankyo Europe

Dell Technologies

Digital Charging Solutions GmbH

drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG

FlixMobility (FlixBus / FlixTrain)

Ford Motor Company

Harry-Brot

HR Group Management GmbH

IBM

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Lürssen

NDT Global Limited

Olle Larsson Holding AG

Sasol Group

Thalia

Vifor Pharma

VVP Vermögensverwaltung Plettenberg

Work highlights

  • Federal Republic of Germany - Finanzagentur GmbH (German Finance Agency): Advice on the granting of stabilization measures by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
  • BMW: Representation in ongoing EU antitrust proceedings on car emissions.
  • IBM Red Hat: Advising on the takeover of a provider of open source operating systems and cloud solutions.

Noerr

Noerr renders all-round advice on antitrust law, but particularly impresses in merger control matters in Germany as well as on European level. In the context of its decentralisation strategy, the firm most recently particularly strengthened its Hamburg office with the arrival of Till Steinvorth who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in April 2020. There, he works closely with merger control expert Karsten Metzlaff, who divides his time between Hamburg and Berlin. Kathrin Westermann has an excellent reputation for the representation of clients in cartel proceedings and damages claims. The entire team is headed by Fabian Badtke who possesses industry expertise in the healthcare and retail sector as well as in the financial services industry. Henner Schläfke made partner in January 2020 and since focuses on cartel damages claims where he represents clients from the automotive and consumer goods industries among others.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Badtke

Testimonials

'The team around Karsten Metzlaff is very committed to providing support with merger notifications and other antitrust issues. The many years of relevant experience with various antitrust institutions is very helpful. '

'Karsten Metzlaff as a partner is very pleasant to work with, has a wealth of experience and leads his team in a friendly and effective manner.'

'Practice-oriented work, broad industry know-how in the hospital sector, extremely experienced in dealing with the antitrust authorities.'

'Good advice on antitrust law, good in-house cooperation with other colleagues, for example corporate law.'

'Fast, qualitatively excellent, practice-oriented, friendly, well organized, statements / reports clear and easy to read.'

Key clients

Kathrein

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e.V. (BVR)

Bauer Media Group

KTM

DFL

Daimler

Traton

Condor

Bayer

DAF / Paccar

Frankfurter Volksbank

Helios

Work highlights

  • Kaufland: Advice on the acquisition of the real markets.
  • Frankfurter Volksbank eG: Advice on cooperation with Taunus Sparkasse AöR on setting up joint offices.
  • Paccar Inc./ DAF Trucks NV / DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH: Defense against all claims for damages made in Germany due to the truck cartel.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte focuses on the automotive, banking, energy and life sciences sectors. The team advises clients on the entire spectrum of antitrust law including merger control and internal investigations. Here, practice head Albrecht Bach's team has particular capacities with regards to cartel damagers claims where the group acts on the claimant's side in a multitude of ongoing cartel proceedings such as the railway cartel as well as the sugar cartel. Andreas Hahn is well connected in the savings bank industry and regularly advises on merger controls, while Ulrich Klumpp assists numerous media companies.

Practice head(s):

Albrecht Bach

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Hahn; Ulrich Klumpp

Testimonials

'Very good advice in the specified field, but also the possibility of advice in other areas of law in an uncomplicated manner with other partners of the company.'

'High level of commitment, extensive specialist knowledge, uncomplicated communication, quick familiarization with new topics, the possibility of processing several complex mandates at the same time with the best quality, particularly outstanding partners and associates.'

'High professional quality.'

'When it comes to service quality, Oppenländer is first class and leaves many other well-known law firms in competition law behind. When it comes to the price-performance ratio, Oppenländer's antitrust practice ultimately depends on all other competitors. '

'Andreas Hahn is a first-class antitrust law expert. Has in-depth expertise and very extensive experience, is well networked in the scene and has a good reputation with the Federal Cartel Office. He is absolutely serious and informs his clients openly and honestly about the chances of success in each case. '

Key clients

Accord Healthcare

Adiuva Capital

ARENA2036 e.V.

Augsburger Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH

Blickle & Scherer Kommunikationstechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Brose Fahrzeugteile

Calucem GmbH

Connect Com

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Intensiv Pflege Holding GmbH

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e.V. (DSGV)

Die Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft (DK), Bundesverband der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken e.V. (BVR) und Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e.V. (DSGV)

Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Dürr Aktiengesellschaft AG

DZR Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum GmbH; Optica Abrechnungszentrum

Emil Frey Automobil Holding Deutschland GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Georgsmarienhütte GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG

HOMAG Group

IK Investment Gruppe

Kermi GmbH

L’Oréal Deutschland GmbH

Metro AG

Optica Abrechnungszentrum Dr. Güldener GmbH

Prospega GmbH

Stadtwerke Böblingen GmbH & Co KG

Stadtwerke Gießen AG

Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM)

STEAG GmbH

Südwestdeutsche Medienholding

Th. Geyer GmbH & Co. KG

Thüringerwaldbahn und Straßenbahn GmbH

Transportbeton-Gemeinschaftsunternehmen in Süddeutschland (Transportbeton Geislingen GmbH & Co. KG, Transportbeton Dornstadt GmbH & Co. KG)

Troll Cosmetics (Marken Juvena, Declare, Marlies Möller)

VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

Work highlights

  • Metro AG: Advising on merger control law on the sale of Real's supermarket chain.
  • L'Oréal and GlaxoSmithKline: Representation in the defense against cartel damage claims by Schlecker (insolvency administrator), Müller and Rossmann.
  • Idealo: Enforcement of anti-trust claims against Google after the decision of the EU Commission regarding the Google Shopping service.

Baker McKenzie

Merger control proceedings, international antitrust proceedings, antitrust compliance, transactional advice and damages claim proceedings are the five pillars of Baker McKenzie's full-service approach. Thereby, the department cooperates with the firm's industry groups to offer industry-specific advice to its clients, particularly in the automotive, manufacturing and future mobility sectors. In the latter sector, Nicolas Kredel heads a global team that assists with data monetising business models and platform models for industry 4.0 companies. After the departure of the renowned Christian Horstkotte, who left the team with Johannes Weichbrodt and three associates for Mayer Brown LLP in January 2021, Kredel now also heads the German practice group; it also includes Christian Burholt who specialises in regulated industries. Due to the firm's global presence the group is both interdisciplinarily and multi jurisdictionally particularly well connected in the EMEA region, but also beyond, therefore offering its international clients comprehensive advice.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Kredel

Other key lawyers:

Christian Burholt

Testimonials

'Christian Burholt has built a powerful team with very promising antitrust lawyers, very fast response times.'

'Christian Burholt works extremely quickly, is very practical and solution-oriented and always gets to the point. Not only a great expert in antitrust law, but also with exceptional, rare expertise in the health / pharmaceuticals sector. '

'Broadly positioned with an international network.'

'Nicolas Kredel has a wide international network, broad antitrust law experience, a high level of problem-solving skills and expertise, very pleasant to work with.'

'An approachable team that understands clients' needs.'

'Very good knowledge of the industry, practical recommendations.'

'Good understanding of client needs, flexibility and robust advice, international network, transparent billing.'

Key clients

Aurubis

Brookfield

BSH Hausgeräte

Carlsberg

Citrix

Daimler

Dentsply Sirona

Deutsche Bahn

Eastman Chemical

Eckes-Granini

Hochtief

Ideal Automotive

Knorr Bremse

Leica Microsystems

LKQ Corporation

Metro

Platinum Equity Group

Samsonite

Schneider Electric

Segafredo

Sika

thyssenkrupp

Toyota Motor Corporation

Work highlights

  • Aurubis AG: Advising on EU merger control proceedings in connection with the takeover of Metallo.
  • Carlsberg Breweries A/S: Advice and defense in the beer cartel's cartel fine proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office, then before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court and currently before the BGH.
  • Knorr brake: Defense against a complaint by Haldex before the European Commission and the Brazilian CADE.

BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte

In the fourth year since its formation, BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte continued to grow on personnel as well as on instruction level. Anna Blume Huttenlauch's practice group shines in both complex merger control proceedings as well as in cross-practice matters related to procurement and foreign trade law. In addition to its activity in cartel proceedings as well as in damages claim and compliance matters, the firm also offers a monitoring trustee team that oversees the implementation of requirements in relation to merger control proceedings. Practice head Huttenlauch is particularly adept in the energy technology, media, telecoms, consumer goods and retail sectors, thereby covering the entire spectrum of antitrust law. Internal investigations, cartel proceedings and compliance fall into the remit of Max Klasse, who also maintains client relationships in the food and pharma industries. In May 2020, the practice welcomed two associates.

Practice head(s):

Anna Blume Huttenlauch

Other key lawyers:

Max Klasse; Julius Hasse

Testimonials

'Always on the ball, responsive and pragmatic. Good business instinct and perfect mastery of antitrust law in Germany and the EU. '

'Professionally excellent, both partners and associates and very pleasant to deal with.'

'Max Klasse is an outstanding antitrust lawyer who also keeps an eye on the economic picture.

'Anna Huttenlauch is very good in her subject matter, and can be contacted at any time.

Key clients

Anheuser Busch InBev

Apax

Axel Springer

Boerse Stuttgart

CRRC

EDEKA

E.ON

Essity/BSN

Facebook

Gazprom

Gemüsering Stuttgart

Harris Corporation

Patrizia Immobilien

Riverside Europe Partners

TenneT TSO

The NPD Group

UPLINK Network

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive: Advice on merger control and foreign trade law in relation to the acquisition of Vossloh Locomotives (merger control proceedings phase II before the Federal Cartel Office and related investment review).
  • EDEKA Zentralhandelsgesellschaft mbH: Antitrust advice and representation in relation to several claims for damages.
  • E.ON: Part of the Monitoring Trustee Team in the proceedings of the European Commission regarding the acquisition of Innogy.

CMS

With regards to antitrust law, CMS follows a full-service approach with a focus on merger control. Here, Markus Schöner's department handles merger control investigations and filings on national as well as multi-jurisdictional level; Rolf HempelHarald Kahlenberg and Christian Haellmigk often lead in these matters. Tim Reher is particularly active in cartel damages claims, where the firm acts for both claimants as well as defendants. Practice head Schöner is further adept in distribution antitrust law and with Michael Bauer and Kai Neuhaus, the firm has a direct connection to the firm's European office in Brussels. The client base includes companies from a multitude of sectors including several well-known corporations.

Practice head(s):

Markus Schöner

Testimonials

'CMS has a strong and extremely well-versed antitrust team. All areas of antitrust law are covered. Inquiries are answered comprehensively and with a view to the client's business. The international aspect is also important. CMS can very well operate across borders in Europe. '

'CMS's antitrust law practice is well networked with the other areas of advice, so that advice is also guaranteed that takes peripheral areas into account.'

'Harald Kahlenberg is very competent and extremely thorough.'

'The advice from everyone was excellent at all times. The team is very reliable, not stuck, but open to practical arguments, well-informed and experienced. '

Dentons

Dentons' international set-up is particularly beneficial to clients seeking advice on international merger control proceedings that are coordinated by the firm's team in Germany. Jörg Karenfort heads the German team and simultaneously acts as the co-head of the European practice group. His main focus rests on cartel and merger control proceedings on national as well as European level; this is also a mainstay for René Grafunder who further advises on abuse proceedings. Florian Wiesner, who has been leading the antitrust team in Düsseldorf since mid-2019, predominantly has expertise in the autmotive, e-mobility and energy sectors. Additionally, the firm is also committed to the development of legal tech tools, for example in relation to the implementation of antitrust compliance requirements.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Karenfort

Testimonials

‘Impressive strength in international merger control proceedings.’

‘Florian Wiesner keeps calm even in critical situations. In-depth knowledge of European, German and international antitrust law. ‘

‘René Grafunder has a very high level of professional and social competence and is a welcome “sparring partner” on antitrust issues.’

‘Impressive size, range and the associated wealth of experience of the law firm.’

‘René Grafunder and Florian Wiesner provide expert advice on all antitrust issues.’

Key clients

ALBA

AMEOS und Sana Kliniken

Audi

Bundesverband Deutscher Banken

Daimler

Flughafen München

Funke Mediengruppe

Gazprom OAO

KPS Capital Partners

Mobisol

Porsche

Silgan Holdings

Solera Holdings

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister

Tech Data

Total

Volkswagen

Wacker Chemie

Webasto

Work highlights

  • Alba: Advising the client as an intervener in the merger control proceedings Remondis / Duales System Deutschland (DSD).
  • Association of German Banks: Advice in connection with claims for damages under civil law in the follow-up proceedings B4-9 / 11-EC Cash of the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Porsche / Munich Re: Advice on setting up a joint venture in the field of smart manufacturing.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition assists medium-sized as well as DAX30-listed companies with antitrust matters. Name partner Markus Wirtz possesses a particularly good reputation for his defence of companies and board members in German and European cartel proceedings. Private equity investors rely on Silke Möller and her experience in national and international merger control proceedings. She also assists companies in the chemical, pharma and consumer goods sectors with antitrust-compliant cooperations. The team's third partner Christian Karbaum defends clients against follow-on claims, in cartel fine proceedings and internal investigations. As an allrounder firm for antitrust law, merger control proceedings are also part of the advice spectrum.

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Windtechnik

dm

Haniel

Klöckner

Reifenhäuser

Rügenwalder Mühle

Samsung

United Internet

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Deutsche Telekom AG: Advising on the merger control proceedings of the EU Commission on the planned acquisition of Liberty Global (Unitymedia) by Vodafone.
  • Provincial Rhineland AöR: Advising on corporate and antitrust law in preparation for the merger with Provinzial NordWest Holding AG.
  • EDEKA Hessenring: Advising on the antitrust proceedings of the Federal Cartel Office on suspicion of vertical price fixing between AB Inbev and large German retail chains.

Jones Day

At Jones Day, a particular focus lies on the seamless cooperation across practice groups and international borders. In the antitrust space, this approach bears fruit with regards to the coordination of multi-jurisdictional mergers and take-overs. In Germany, Johannes Zöttl and Carsten Gromotke head the team, although the firm does not put much emphasis on rigid team boundaries. Zöttl advises on antitrust matters touching on compliance and IP while Gromotke frequently assists with merger control and antitrust-compliant joint ventures. Jürgen Beninca primarily focuses on litigious aspects such as fine proceedings and damages claims. And Philipp Werner is the German key contact at the Brussels office.

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Beninca; Philipp Werner

Testimonials

'Very committed team that works efficiently and cost-consciously. The client is also seen as a person. '

'Johannes Zöttl is a very good antitrust lawyer with a lot of experience.'

'Jürgen Beninca has an excellent understanding of technical details.'

'Jürgen Beninca is characterized by excellent legal knowledge and conscientiousness.'

"Carsten Gromotke has excellent legal knowledge, including US antitrust law."

'Philipp Werner understands the customer's business environment and can translate corporate questions into legal scenarios. Compared to competitors in the market, he has a stronger focus on pragmatic solutions. '

Key clients

SAP SE

Freudenberg SE

Mitteldeutsche Hartstein-Industrie AG (MHI)

Griesson – de Beukelaer GmbH & Co. KG

SunPower Corporation

International Automotive Components

PolyOne Corporation

CBS Corporation

Work highlights

  • Freudenberg SE: Winning the approval of the acquisition of Low & Bonar PLC by the client at the European Commission after a successful referral application in phase I.
  • PolyOne Corporation: Advice on antitrust law on the takeover of the global color and additive masterbatch business from Clariant.
  • CBS Corporation: Antitrust advice on the full merger with Viacom.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

In the antitrust sphere, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH particularly specialises in intersections such as distribution antitrust law, litigation and compliance. Already in 2019, the firm noticeably strengthened its antitrust practice at the Munich office with the arrival of Sebastian Janka and has since been able to attract additional Southern German clients. Gerd Stuhlmacher, previously at Norton Rose Fulbright, joined the team in April 2020 and has expertise in the energy sector, which covers a niche in market abuse matters. The practice is led by Anne Caroline Wegner, who is particularly renowned for her expertise in the automotive industry. Among other matters, Holger Stappert acts in fine proceedings and also possesses specific knowledge on matters in the waste disposal space. Helmut Janssen is the Brussels connection and impresses both in damages claims as well as merger control proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Anne Caroline Wegner

Testimonials

‘The Luther team was very accessible and immediately responded to our problems. There were always concise and legally comprehensive assessments of the legal and factual situation. ‘

‘Sebastian Janka was always available and stood by us with his in-depth knowledge of antitrust law. We particularly appreciate the quick response time and comprehensive discussion of antitrust issues. As a result, we were always given a comprehensive legal analysis and recommendation of our antitrust issues. ‘

‘Very practical, comprehensive and competent advice.’

‘Sebastian Janka has very good empathy and an entrepreneurial mindset. Ability to present complex legal issues in a way that is understandable and clear to legal laypeople. ‘

‘The Luther antitrust team impresses with its excellent knowledge of antitrust law and a pragmatic approach to individual cases.’

‘Holger Stappert is knowledgeable about antitrust law. Industry expertise in the energy sector and waste sector. Pleasant cooperation.’

” Very competent and comprehensive support in cartel office proceedings; excellent handling in connection with the procurement and handling of sensitive company data from those involved in the proceedings; pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. ‘

‘Helmut Janssen is a highly competent contact person for all antitrust and competition law issues, leads confidently through registration processes at the cartel offices, excellent guidance and support for those involved, always has the preparation and the cartel office proceedings under control, always solution-oriented.’

‘Very committed and experienced team.’

‘Very experienced team with excellent know-how. This combination is extremely important in the sometimes very complex procedures. ‘

Key clients

Carcoustics

Knorr-Bremse

Fiege

RKD Recycling Kontor Dual GmbH & Co. KG (Duales System)

Harley-Davidson

Schmolz & Bickenbach

Caffitaly

Haus Cramer (Warsteiner)

Parfümerie Douglas GmbH

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

M2 Beauté

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Carcoustics International GmbH: Defense against claims for damages allegedly injured car manufacturers in the aftermath of the cartel fine proceedings of the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG: Merger control proceedings in Germany and Poland for X-Log, a joint venture founded by the client together with the Austrian Signa Group.
  • Mutares SE & Co. KGaA: Advice on antitrust law, in particular reviewing and coordinating numerous global merger control registrations, including the acquisition of Q-Logistics.

Milbank

Industrial corporations as well as financial investors rely on Milbank's expertise in global merger control proceedings. The team's antitrust service portfolio also includes advice on preliminary proceedings and disputes as well as compliance with a focus on fine risks. Alexander Rinne heads both the German as well as the European antitrust team and regularly acts in cartel fine and abuse proceedings before the Federal Cartel office and the European Commission. Hereby, he is supported by various associates such as Moritz Lichtenegger, Susanne Schricker, Nils Bremer and Alexander Zyrewitz. Counsel Katharina Kolb left the team in March 2020 and is now a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Rinne

Testimonials

'Goal-oriented work, high efficiency and fast response times. Very client-oriented. '

'Alexander Rinne: Pragmatic style, very good accessibility and reliability.'

Key clients

Advent International

Ardian

BMW AG

Brugg Kabel

EIG

EQT

Eurofoam

Flint Group

Goldman Sachs

Hipp

Husqvarna

Ingram Micro

Loomis

PepsiCo

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Roche Diagnostics

Sixt

Telefónica

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • BMW AG: Advice on antitrust issues and representation before the competition authorities in connection with BMW's alliances with other leading automobile manufacturers and technology companies in the field of automated driving.
  • Sartorius AG: Advising on all questions of merger control and antitrust law in connection with the acquisition of a biopharmaceutical business from Danaher.
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE: Advising on the antitrust aspects of various strategic transactions.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke preferably advises on innovative antitrust matters that come to light in the context of merger control as well cartel and preliminary proceedings. The practice group around Thomas Funke demonstrates its antitrust expertise particularly with regards to digitalisation where digital business models and platform distribution are of high significance. Sebastian Hack is a key contact for antitrust issues related to the digital transformation and also advises on compliance systems as well as retail clients. Ghazale Mandegarian-Fricke made counsel in January 2020; her strengths include the antitrust-compliant design of distribution and cooperation agreements alongside the assistance of clients from the automotive, telecoms, logistics and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Funke

Key clients

BayWa AG

CBR Fashion Group

CDC Cartel Damage Claims S.A.

Deutsche Bahn AG

Dyson

Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG

Lekkerland AG & Co. KG

reuter onlineshop GmbH

REWE Group (REWE Touristiksparte, d.h. DERTOUR, ITS, Jahn Reisen, Exim, Apollo)

SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais)

Work highlights

  • Deutsche Bahn AG: Representation in one of the largest antitrust claims in Europe against Daimler, MAN, Iveco, Renault and other participants in the truck cartel punished by the European Commission with a record fine.
  • REWE Group: Defense in an antitrust investigation by the EU Commission.
  • Lekkerland AG & Co KG: Advice on EU merger control for the merger with REWE.

WilmerHale

WilmerHale assists German companies and associations as well as international corporations on the entire spectrum of antitrust law including merger control. Furthermore, the firm offers a specialised antitrust litigation practice that acts both for claimants as well as defendants; both Stefan Ohlhoff and Hans-Georg Kamann are renowned lawyers of this group and act on national as well as European level. Ohlhoff also advises on joint ventures and merger control proceedings. Ulrich Quack heads the entire antitrust team.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich Quack

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Ohlhoff; Hans-Georg Kamann

Testimonials

'Global reach, in-depth sector expertise, an outstanding team.'

"WilmerHale can have a global team and coordinate merger control filings in different jurisdictions."

Key clients

Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken

cosnova GmbH

Danaher Corporation

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH

Fortive Corporation

Facebook Ireland Ltd., Facebook, Inc

Institut Straumann AG

TUI AG

Work highlights

  • Danaher Corporation: Merger control advice and representation on the acquisition of the GE Biopharma division.
  • Deutsche Telekom AG: Comprehensive advice and representation on fiber optic cooperation with EWE (merger control and cartel administration proceedings).
  • Facebook Ireland Ltd., Facebook, Inc: Advice in the proceedings of the Federal Cartel Office as well as the complaint procedure before the OLG Düsseldorf due to allegedly abusive data processing conditions.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's antitrust lawyers cooperate closely with the procurement, patent and corporate teams, enabling clients in the healthcare, pharma and IT sector to receive seamless advice across relevant practice areas. Core activities include merger control advice related to joint ventures, antitrust damages claim procedures and other legal disputes. Jörg Witting, who assists companies with cooperations as well as with matters related to discrimination and abuse practice claims, leads the department. Merger control and phase II procedures are mainstays for Anne Federle, who is well versed in cross-practice sector focuses as well as in the post, logistics, food and energy industries.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Witting

Other key lawyers:

Anne Federle

Testimonials

'Competent, objective, reflective, without imposing one's own positions, also appreciated by the other side, especially Jörg Witting.'

'Anne Federle is very quick to grasp and has a great understanding of economic interrelationships and business models. She also has a great deal of experience and excellent legal knowledge. '

Key clients

adidas AG

Adient

Amway GmbH

Aptiv PLC

ASK Chemicals

auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG

Bayerischer Rundfunk

Melitta Group

Fujifilm Europe B.V.

Fuyao Europe GmbH

HTS Besafe AS

Interxion Headquarters B.V

Mastercard

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Nokia Technologies Oy

Rubycon Corporation

Sapiens Technologies (1982) Ltd

The Heavy Duty Manufacturer Association

Transaction Network Services Australia Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Aptiv PLC: Advising on merger control law on the establishment of a joint venture with the Hyundai Motor Group.
  • auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG: Representation in cartel damages proceedings including complex judicial disputes for inspection of files.
  • Group of 20 statutory health insurance companies: Advice and representation with regard to all antitrust law aspects in a series of legal proceedings against the federal and state pension institutions.

DLA Piper

The strength of DLA Piper's antitrust group lays in its assistance with high-volume merger control proceedings, where the team also often appears in phase II proceedings, as well as with transaction-related matters. Most recently, the group increasingly diversified its advice spectrum which now also includes antitrust compliance and cartel proceedings. Led by Ludger Giesberts  , the team routinely relies on the support of new technologies and specialises in the media, automotive, chemical, energy and consumer goods industries. Jan Dreyer  regularly defends clients in non-compliance cartel proceedings and is well versed in market abuse and price fixing matters. Compliance systems and antitrust-compliant distribution models are the key aspects of Semin O 's practice which also covers the team's focus international merger control.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Jan Dreyer; Semin O; Bertold Bär-Bouyssière

Testimonials

'The team is very practice-oriented and advises according to the client's business activities. The response time is short, and attention is always paid to precise knowledge of the company's situation and careful research is maintained. The answers are well adapted to the respective question and show good solutions. '

'Semin O is outstanding in providing practice-oriented advice with constantly updated legal knowledge. He is always reliable and very pleasant to work with. He also pursues the interests of the company in the long term and is always available to provide short-term assistance. '

'In addition to his outstanding technical competence, constant availability and responsiveness, Semin O distinguishes itself by the fact that he has a pronounced understanding of economic relationships, which enables him to bring the legal and economic interests of our group into harmony in a solution-oriented manner.'

'The team at DLA is familiar with the industry and particularly experienced in preparing documents and communicating with authorities. DLA is a pleasure to work with. '

'Bertold Bär-Bouyssière and his team convinced us with their efficiency and professionalism.'

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Atos

BASF SE

EWE AG

FTI Counsulting, Inc.

Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti SpA

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

ITM Power

KT&G (Korean Tobacco and Ginseng)

Merck KGaA

Metric Capital Partners LLP

Noventiz GmbH

Principal Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

publity AG

Rolls-Royce plc

Samsung Electronics

Sopra Steria

The Carlyle Group

Tilad

Tirona Ltd.

VARTA AG

Work highlights

  • BASF SE: Extensive merger control law advice on the acquisition of the integrated global polyamide business from Solvay.
  • YES AG: Advising on merger control proceedings for the establishment of a joint venture with Telekom Deutschland GmbH.
  • VARTA AG: Representing the European Commission in merger control proceedings for the acquisition of the VARTA Consumer Batteries business in the EMEA region from the US company Energizer Holdings, Inc.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is recommended for both merger control proceedings as well as for the representation in cartel violations. Here, the practice acts first and foremost for clients from the automotive, high-tech, IT, semiconductor, pharma and medical technology sectors. Michael Walther, who has comprehensive expertise in merger control and joint ventures, heads the practice group. He is also praised for his understanding of technological matters and therefore in high demand for related matters. Market dominance, cartel and sector investigations as well as compliance and civil antitrust proceedings are part of the remit of Jens-Olrik Murach, who shares his time between Frankfurt and Brussels. In October 2020, the Frankfurt office welcomed cartel investigations expert Georg Weidenbach from Latham & Watkins LLP. In November 2020, Kai Gesing made partner; he specialises in German and European antitrust law as well as in technology transactions, data protection and cyber security.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walther

Testimonials

'The Gibson Dunn team was very dedicated and worked with great dedication and expertise on our transaction.'

'The team offers the whole range from merger control, advice on distribution or cooperation antitrust law and antitrust law compliance to the assertion of claims for damages against cartel members. In the case of international M&A deals, the foreign registration requirements can be accessed reliably via the network within a very short time. '

'Michael Walther's strength lies in the combination of his very broad antitrust law in connection with his very good understanding of technological issues and the resulting questions from IT and IP law. He is therefore an excellent advisor for technology companies. '

'Michael Walther impresses with pragmatic solutions. Even in difficult situations he is absolutely “board-tight”. '

'Very broad-based antitrust practice with excellent networking.'

'Michael Walther is a very competent and prudent advisor.'

'' Strong practical relevance and pragmatic answers; emphasis is placed on a solution that can also be implemented and used; no pointless legal opinions. '

Key clients

1&1 Drillisch AG

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Atlas Copco AB

Celanese Corp.

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

Heska Corporation

Marriott Hotels International

PepsiCo

Robert Bosch GmbH

Salzgitter AG

Sequoia Capital China Advisors Limited

TDK Electronics

Terminal Investment Limited (TIL)

Ungerer & Company

Work highlights

  • 1 & 1 Drillisch AG: Since 2014 representation before the EU Commission in connection with the merger procedure Telefónica Deutschland / E-Plus and the implementation of the commitments from this procedure.
  • 1 & 1 Drillisch AG: Advising and representing the client as an interested third party in Phase II merger control proceedings before the European Commission on the planned takeover by Vodafone of parts of Liberty Global in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania
  • Atlas Copco AB: Advice on aspects of merger control law in connection with a voluntary public takeover offer by ISRA VISION AG, which is listed in Germany.

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP

Antitrust disputes and particularly the enforcement of cartel damages claims continue to be Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP's mainstay. The firm represents DAX-listed companies and international clients as well as smaller and medium-sized companies and also uses litigation funding opportunities. Alex Petrasincu and Ann-Christin Richter primarily act in damages claims. Both jointly head the practice with Thomas Höppner, who is also well versed in media antitrust law and has further established a reputation for competition and antitrust advice to the digital industry. Especially in the area of cartel damages claims, the firm cooperates closely with industry representatives and associations and utilises legal tech solutions to pool damages claims of numerous claimants in order to enforce these in a single proceeding.

Testimonials

‘Thomas Höppner is technically brilliant, intrinsically motivated and has a lightning-quick grasp of complex economic issues.’

‘Responsive, realistic and down to earth approach. Practical, clear and proactive advice. ‘

‘Thomas Höppner not only offers legal advice, he understands the overall context.’

Key clients

BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Bundesverband Digitalpublisher und Zeitungsverleger (BDVZ)

Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger (VDZ)

Coca-Cola European Partners GmbH

Dachser SE

Financialright Claims GmbH

Heinrich Koch Internationale Spedition GmbH & Co. KG

Idealo Internet GmbH

eDreams ODIGEO

Jet Tankstellen Deutschland GmbH

CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA

Müller Ltd. & Co. KG

PostNord AB

Rewe Gruppe

Save.TV Ltd.

Ecosia

European Magazine Media Association

European Newspaper Publishers Association

Schibsted ASA

United Postal Service (UPS)

Waberer’s Gruppe

Qwant SAS

Work highlights

  • Financialright claims GmbH: Representation in cartel damages proceedings as a result of the truck cartel.
  • BV Digital Publisher & Newspaper Publisher & VDZ & Qwant: Representation of three interveners on the part of the European Commission in proceedings T-604/18 – Google and Alphabet against the European Commission before the General Court of the European Union.
  • Jet Tankstellen Deutschland GmbH: Representation in the assertion of antitrust claims for damages against the German banking associations and individual banks for excessive merchant fees for Girocard payments in violation of antitrust law.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright particularly utilises its longstanding antitrust expertise in damages claim matters, where the Hamburg team exclusively represents defendants while the Brussels team solely acts on the claimant's side. After the departure of Christian Filippitsch to Reed Smith in January 2020, the Hamburg office's partner count was balanced by the partner promotion of Tim Schaper, who now jointly heads the German antitrust team with Jürgen Werner. Werner also covers matters touching on state aid and procurement law and Schaper further advises on cartel abuse and merger control proceedings. In January 2021, Maxim Kleine, who advised on cartel proceedings on national and European level, joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB with two associates in tow.

Testimonials

'Tim Schaper is pragmatic, technically excellent and factually convincing.'

'Very reliable and professional. Able to put together a competent team internally in a short time. '

'Reachable at any time and high level of commitment.'

'' Very quick and helpful support in antitrust law. Very good, practically implementable recommendations and proposed solutions. Quick and very good familiarization with new topics and peculiarities typical of the industry. '

'Tim Schaper is a very nice and technically competent lawyer. Fast feedback and assessment of the situation. '

'The Hamburg antitrust law practice under Tim Schaper is characterized by extensive knowledge of antitrust law and in-depth practical experience in preventive compliance advice. Particularly noteworthy is the focus on sound, but always pragmatic advice, which also and especially identifies options for action that are permissible under competition law and, if necessary, alternatives. '

'Tim Schaper impresses with outstanding technical competence, prudence and the ability to quickly and reliably determine the underlying facts at any time and to evaluate them in a well-founded manner in terms of antitrust law.'

Key clients

APG/Apollo Group

Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH / Schreck-Mieves

Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG (RWZ)

Bilcare Research AG

Vodafone GmbH

Canopy Growth Cooperation

Ferrostaal Air Technology GmbH

Union Investment Industrial Properties

Signal Iduna Holding AG

Tenova S.P.A.

Watco Companies LLC

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

CTC Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.

ELG Haniel

Imperial International Holding

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitegro GmbH & Co. KG

Fegime GmbH & Co. KG

Sonepar Deutschland GmbH

EUEW

Bundesverband Elektro-Großhandel

Radio.de

Work highlights

  • Mitsubishi Corporation: Advising on merger control law on the establishment of a joint venture with ELG Haniel (ELG) in the carbon recycling market.
  • Schreck-Mieves GmbH: Defense against antitrust claims for damages.
  • Ferrostaal Air Technology GmbH: Representation in legal protection proceedings before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Antitrust proceedings, follow-on damages claims and merger control matters are the mainstays of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's antitrust practice. Additionally, the team experienced an increasing demand for advice on market abuse and D&O warranty matters in relation to cartel violations. Hereby, the team represents clients from the automotive, consumer goods, transport, energy and pharma sector, occasionally also including DAX30-listed companies. For its advice on European aspects, the firm maintains its Brussels office led by Silvio Cappellari and benefits from its cooperation with the international network in international matters. Practice head Hans-Joachim Hellmann is particularly experienced in cartel and cartel damages claim proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Joachim Hellmann

Other key lawyers:

Silvio Cappellari

Testimonials

'Hans-Joachim Hellmann is the star at SZA.'

'The cartel team may be small, but still powerful.'

'Practical, pragmatic and highly competent.'

'Hans-Joachim Hellmann has unique experience in antitrust law.'

Key clients

Alpha Private Equity Funds (Frankreich)

Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF)

Berding Beton Gmbh

Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

Fuchs Petrolub

Gretsch Unitas

Hansa Armaturen GmbH (Teil des finnischen Oras-Konzerns)

HARIBO

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen GmbH

Hoffmann SE

JM Holding GmbH

Overgas Inc. (Bulgarien)

Reinert-Gruppe

Renolit SE

RKW SE

Tapetenfabrik Gebr. Rasch

Vossloh-Gruppe

Vossloh Rail Services GmbH

ZG Raiffeisen

Work highlights

  • Vossloh Group: Representing various companies of the client in the antitrust proceedings for rails, switches and sleepers before the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Overgas Inc. (Bulgarien): Representation in several formal investigations by the EU Commission.
  • JM Holding GmbH: Advice on strategic, corporate and merger control issues in connection with a profound restructuring.

Fieldfisher

Cartel damages claims are of increasing importance to Fieldfisher's advice offering, where the team acts for both claimants and defendants. The service portfolio also includes cross-disciplinary compliance advice and merger control. A trio comprised of Christian Bahr, Sascha Dethof and Michael Adam heads the German antitrust team that assists an illustrious client base. Most recently, Bahr acted in several cartel proceedings, Dethof regularly assists with damages claims as well as with the defence against them and Adam handles matters touching on corporate and M&A.

Key clients

ASUS

Bombardier Aero-space

Edding AG

Fujirebio

Glory Global Solutions

Henry Schein

Insulet Germany GmbH

Intersport e.G.

Keymed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd.

OXEA Holding GmbH

Resmed

Stadt Bochum und ca. 25 weitere Kommunen

Statkraft Markets GmbH

thyssenkrupp AG

Verband forschender Arzneimittelhersteller (VFA)

Work highlights

  • 22 companies and municipalities: Representation in the judicial enforcement of your claims against members of the truck cartel before the regional courts of Hanover, Dortmund, Magdeburg, Mainz, Munich and Stuttgart.
  • One company: Representation in the cartel proceedings of the Federal Cartel Office against manufacturers of license plates.

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

In the antitrust space, Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is particularly known for its two mainstays cartel damages claims and fine proceedings. In the merger control sphere the team covers a niche by assisting private equity firms with European-wide company acquisitions; this is an expertise of Ulrich Schnelle, who combines his leadership of the antitrust practice with corporate advice. The team maintains close relationships with the finance and banking sectors and is also well versed in the media and broadcasting industries.  Christian Aufdermauer and associate Elisabeth Wyrembek specialise in German and European antitrust law, while the latter also advises on compliance and merger control alongside proceedings. Volker Soyez left the firm in July 2020 to join SGP Rechtsanwälte.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich Schnelle

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic. Absolutely up to date with all new developments in antitrust damages law. ‘

‘The combination of antitrust law and litigation in the same people makes Haver Mailänder significantly more efficient than competitors who deal with at least two practice groups with every cartel damage claim.’

‘Ulrich Schnelle is the firm’s grand master of antitrust damages law. He coordinates large-scale proceedings for us quickly, with commitment and pragmatically, and always keeps an overview. He is a constant sparring partner and voice of reason. Elisabeth Wyrembek and Christian Aufdermauer support him very well. Both are very familiar with the constantly changing matter. ‘

Key clients

Aurelius

Deutsche Post AG

Friedrich Scharr KG

MTD Products Inc.

Serafin GmbH

European Outdoor Group

Work highlights

  • German Post AG: Examination and assertion of claims for damages in the truck cartel.
  • Friedrich Scharr KG: Representation in cartel fine proceedings.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Spread across five German offices, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's practice covers multifarious facets of antitrust advice. Rainer Velte, who acts in cartel damages claims and assists clients with day-to-day antitrust issues, heads the practice. Reinhardt Siegert is another key lawyer and acts both on advisory level as well as in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Velte

Other key lawyers:

Reinhard Siegert

Testimonials

'Fast, practical advice.'

'Mr. Siegert is always available, has an unbelievably quick grasp and offers pragmatic solutions.

'Technical know-how, pragmatic, targeted approach.'

'The team responds individually to the company's inquiries and seeks a professional exchange with the client's in-house lawyers. Suggestions and change requests will be taken into account – as far as legally permissible and sensible. It is a harmonious and constructive way of working at eye level. '

'' The individual team members are up to date with the latest technical information, so that if a team member is absent, there are no content-related losses or delays in processing. The inquiries are always answered very promptly and comprehensively. '

Hoffmann Liebs

In the antitrust space, Hoffmann Liebs presents itself with a partner duo: Sebastian Herrmann covers the preventive advice level while Kerstin Pallinger is an expert in cartel fine proceedings and merger control. Additionally, the group acts on both sides in cartel damages claim proceedings and assists clients with joint ventures and cooperations. Pallinger also has experience in assisting with internal investigations and abuse proceedings, while Herrmann regularly advises on antitrust compliance projects as well as on coordinated activities of competitors. On associate level, Sebastian Lorenz advises on non-compliances procedures among other matters.

Testimonials

'Kerstin Pallinger is top-notch professionally and personally. Also always available and very ready for action. '

'Kerstin Pallinger is a very experienced antitrust lawyer; good cost structure for medium-sized companies. '

Key clients

Hitachi High Tech GmbH

Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl

Stahlinsitut VDEh

Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) e.V.

Devolo

USB Bochum

FEhS Institut für Baustoff-Forschung e.V

Puren Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

Spectaris – Deutscher Industrieverband für Optik, Photonik, Analysen- und Medizintechnik e.V.

CSABACast Kft.

Addsino Co. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • German Raiffeisen Association: Defense in the ongoing antitrust proceedings of the Federal Cartel Office regarding pesticides.
  • A personally affected person: Defense in antitrust infringement proceedings regarding German sign makers; Negotiation of a settlement with the authorities; Labor court representation of claims from indemnification against former employers and those affected by cartels as well as defense against claims for damages.
  • Association for the German dog industry (VDH) eV: Civil law dispute over the use of breeding and performance judges outside the global organizational sovereignty of the Federation Cynologique International against individual international shepherd dog associations; Advising the client on behavior towards the European Commission and the Federal Cartel Office.

Kapellmann und Partner

Alongside the close cross-office cooperation within Germany, Kapellmann und Partner's antitrust team also works closely with its European office in Brussels and particularly with Brussels-based practice co-head Robin van der Hout, thereby ensuring comprehensive representation of clients in cartel and merger control proceedings. The advice on cartel damages claims and the antitrust-compliant formation of cooperations are also part of the team's service offering. Practice co-head Axel Kallmayer as well as Ivo du Mont are particularly active in the compliance space where the firm designs specific programs and supports companies with its implementation.

Other key lawyers:

Ivo du Mont

Testimonials

'The team got their bearings in our industry and our company very quickly. As far as the quality of advice is concerned, Kapellmann plays in the Champions League and yet the lawyers are completely unpretentious and the price-performance ratio is excellent. '

'The advice is at a high technical level, is timely and practical, and is easy to understand; a very pleasant exchange. '

'Excellent industry knowledge, great commitment, mostly quick reactions – practical, detailed and sometimes robust advice, also for the implementation of measures in business – good price-performance ratio in this segment.'

'Ivo du Mont shows excellent industry knowledge, great commitment, quick and competent reaction, proactive approach to topics, is practical, flexible and creative.'

'Axel Kallmayer has a lot of routine, brings calm to processes, strategic overview.'

'In addition to undoubted specialist knowledge, Axel Kallmayer also has a deep understanding of our industry and a sense of practical solutions and the mediation of measures in the company.

'The practice has become familiar with the field of platform economics extremely quickly and efficiently asked for the necessary facts. The practice handled the territorial application interfaces of the applicable legal systems sovereignly and worked competently and goal-oriented towards the desired results. '

Oppenhoff

Merger control, cartel damages claims and compliance are the central pillars of Oppenhoff's antitrust practice. Recently, the group particularly expanded its activity in cartel damages claims through new instructions, although the team also acts in merger control matters. Here, multi-jurisdictional filings for companies in the specialist chemical and automotive sectors represent a special area of expertise, while the group also possesses industry-specific knowledge of the aerospace and defence industry. Compliance and merger control expert Andrés Martin-Ehlers heads the practice that also includes Daniel Dohrn, who is well versed in antitrust litigation, as well as Simon Spangler, who advises on all antitrust aspects of the firm's service offering in equal measures.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Martin-Ehlers

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Dohrn; Simon Spangler

Testimonials

'Simon Spangler demonstrates profound specialist knowledge of European competition law, a competent and structured approach to preparing an expert report.'

'The employees work at a high technical level and can break this down in a practical way so that the recommendations can be implemented directly.'

'Daniel Dohrn has a feeling for the relevant points for the client and the practical application possibilities.'

Key clients

Clariant International AG

Pema GmbH

TIP Trailer Services GmbH

Deutsche Post AG

Gonvarri – Group

Zurich Group

ING Corporate Investment Participaties B.V. / SLTN IT Ventures B.V.

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

Bundesverband Deutscher Kinderausstattungs-Hersteller e.V.

Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • TIP Trailer Services Germany GmbH: Advice on the judicial enforcement of claims for damages against a member of the truck cartel.
  • Association of the Automotive Industry eV (VDA): Advice on antitrust law on the implementation of a purchasing and development cooperation between VDA members (including VW and Daimler) in the field of logistics processes for the digital factory.
  • DA German General Insurance (Zurich Group): Advice on merger control law on the acquisition of the Dentolo dental network.

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Since January 2020, Pinsent Masons Germany LLP fields two determined partners: Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann joined the team from Dechert LLP and had senior associate Laura Stammwitz and associate Arkadius Strohoff in tow. The trio strengthened the firm's offering not only on personnel level, but also with sector expertise in the automotive, consumer goods and technology industries. Michael Reich stands out for his know-how in the technology sector as well as for his advice to the food and beverage sectors among others. In the context of this new set-up, the group advises clients in merger control as well damages claim proceedings and handles various ongoing matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Reich

Key clients

AGC Glass Europe S.A.

Altaris Capital Partners, LLC

Bell Food Group AG

Equistone Partners Europe

John Wood Group PLC / Amec Foster Wheeler Italiana S.r.l

Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG

Knorr-Bremse AG

TATA Steel UK Limited

Total Oil UK Ltd. & Total E&P North Sea UK Ltd.

TOTO Europe GmbH

Tönnies Holding ApS & Co. KG / Zur-Mühlen-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co. KG: Representation in three proceedings before the regional court in Hanover and Stuttgart against claims for damages by the drugstore companies Schlecker (insolvency administrator Arndt Geiwitz), Müller and Rossmann.
  • Tönnies Holding ApS & Co. KG / Zur-Mühlen-Group: On-going advice on all antitrust and merger control issues, most recently on the acquisition of sausage production from the Bell Group with successful merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.
  • Knorr-Bremse AG: On-going advice to the client and its subsidiaries Knorr-Bremse Systems for Commercial Vehicles GmbH and Knorr-Bremse Systems for Rail Vehicles GmbH on all antitrust issues, including support in cooperation with competitors.

Raue

Thanks to a balanced regulatory practice, Raue's antitrust team is able to render specialised advice to clients from the regulated industries; here, the group's expertise in energy as well as media and telecoms matters is particularly notable. Michael Bergmann's team also acts in the healthcare industry and assists with both traditional antitrust matters as well as with platform advice. The practice head takes on cartel damages claims as well as fine proceedings and handles a large amount of compliance matters; here, the Berlin office cooperates closely with local associations. The team also includes Bernd Beckmann, who specialises in the energy sector, and Christian von Hammerstein.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bergmann

Taylor Wessing

As part of the competition, EU and trade department, Taylor Wessing's team offers cross-border antitrust advice alongside assistance with procurement, state aid and foreign trade law. Hereby, the group often advises on ongoing cartel and merger control matters of several projects. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel, who heads the practice, mainly acts in cartel damages claim proceedings in the automotive, life sciences and defence and aerospace sectors. Stephan Manuel Nagel is responsible for the practice's focus on Asia: he heads the antitrust division of the firm's Japan desk where he advises on merger control matters in the telecoms sphere and also assists Chinese clients as well as with matters related to Chinese business; his sector focus includes technology, media, energy as well as retail and consumer goods.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hartmann-Rüppel

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Manuel Nagel

Testimonials

'The Taylor Wessing team is responsive, professional and offers good cooperation.'

'Stephan Manuel Nagel and his team are very competent, especially in connection with platform economics and the technology sector.'

'Very high availability. Well thought-out solutions and a very structured approach. '

'Marco Hartmann-Rüppel brings very good advice to the point, even when it comes to complex issues and questions. Very broad background knowledge, also in other legal areas that are advised together with antitrust law. The perfect contact person and coordinator, even for larger projects that affect several legal disciplines. '

'Strong and homogeneous team.'

'Marco Hartmann-Rüppel is an experienced and pragmatic lawyer.'

Key clients

Afinum Management GmbH

Bank Schilling

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Deutz AG

Flughafengesellschaft Berlin Brandenburg BER

FÜR SIE Handelsgenossenschaft eG

ING-DiBa

James Hardie Europe

REWE Group

RUBIX Group / Advent Group

Sixt Leasing AG

Thüringer Netkom

VEG Bundesverband des Elektrogroßhandels (VEG)

Work highlights

  • Deutz AG: Advice on antitrust and merger control law on various projects, including the establishment of a joint venture with the international construction machinery manufacturer SANY.
  • REWE Group: Ongoing advice on antitrust and merger control law, including on the takeover of the German wholesale company Lekkerland.
  • Bank Schilling: Advice on antitrust law on the sale of significant parts of your banking business to Merkur Bank.

White & Case LLP

The internationality of its clients and involved teams clearly take centre stage at White & Case LLP and characterise both the advice on merger controls as well as on follow-on claims. The practice is headed by a partner trio comprised of Justus Herrlinger, Tilman Kuhn and Axel Schulz, while the latter two divide their time between Germany and Brussels. Herrlinger predominantly assists with transaction-related matters and merger control, Kuhn focuses on behavioural investigations as well as market dominance issues and Schulz impresses with industry expertise in the aluminium and paper, energy, pharma and medical products sectors.

Testimonials

'Tilman Kuhn and his team are not only outstanding antitrust lawyers, but also goal-oriented practitioners with whom pragmatic solutions can be found over short communication channels.'

'Good, precise processing of the cases submitted.'

'Tilman Kuhn has excellent expertise in antitrust law and knows how to use it precisely in each case.'

'High professional competence, networking, communication.'

'Justus Herrlinger: Very high technical competence. Reactivity. Availability.'

Key clients

KWS Saat

Autoliv

Metso

Mediamarkt-Saturn

Edeka

Nidec

ADO Properties

Angelini

Work highlights

  • Edeka Handelsgesellschaft Nord: Representation in antitrust infringement proceedings on charges of vertical price fixing in the beer sector.
  • Metso Corporation: Advising on the merger of Metso Minerals and Outotec Oyj under the name Metso Outotec.
  • Saudi Aramco: Advising on the acquisition of the fourth largest chemical company in the world.