Antitrust in Germany
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides ‘excellent advice’ and ‘a high level of specialist expertise in all areas of German and European antitrust law’. In the field of antitrust investigations, the ‘outstanding’ Tobias Klose successfully concluded proceedings for Continental in a leniency application to the EU Commission and in subsequent antitrust proceedings against suppliers of braking systems. Highlights in terms of merger control law included the ‘solution-oriented’ Ulrich Scholz and Katrin Gaßner leading advice to RWE on the sale of all shares in subsidiary innogy to E.ON and Peter Niggemann assisting Air Berlin/Niki with the bidding processes for the assets of the Air Berlin Group and the subsequent sales of various business units concerning the insolvency of the companies. A flagship instruction for Helmut Bergmann is acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev in EU abuse proceedings related to an alleged restriction of the parallel trade in beer products. Other noteworthy contentious work includes Martin Klusmann’s representation of Tchibo in the defence against an action for damages of the insolvency administrator of an insolvent drugstore chain as a result of a fine notice of the Federal Cartel Office. Lilly Fiedler made counsel in May 2018 and Uta Itzen is also recommended.
The antitrust law team – considered ‘excellent in all respects’ – at Gleiss Lutz is characterised by its ‘high degree of industry knowledge and business acumen’ and provides clients, such as Daimler, Bayer, Bosch and Deutsche Telekom, with ‘practical recommendations’ at ‘a suitable price/performance ratio’. In has seen recent activity in merger control proceedings; for example, practice head Ingo Brinker Syngenta was involved in phase-II EU proceedings relating to the acquisition by Chinese company China National Chemical. In the area of litigation, the defence of Deutsche Postbank in damage proceedings on the grounds of alleged antitrust violations connected with the uniform merchant fee for electronic cash payments is particularly noteworthy. The ‘pragmatic and approachable’ Ulrich Denzel took the lead in this instruction, which marks the first proceedings for claims for damages as a result of termination of antitrust proceedings on the basis of commitments and in the absence of a binding determination of an antitrust violation. Another highlight for Denzel and Miriam Schmidt was successfully acting for voestalpine, as a principal witness, in stainless steel antitrust proceedings. The team’s extensive advisory services are complemented by expertise in compliance investigations as well as in topics related to vertical restraints, where the group is able to utilise Christian Steinle’s expertise in distribution antitrust law. Patrick Grüner, Philipp Pichler and Gregor Wecker are now counsels and Alexander Fritzsche made partner in 2019.
Recognised for being ‘unparalleled in antitrust law’, Hengeler Mueller offers ‘plenty of experience and excellent guidance’ for a broad client portfolio, which includes renowned German and international companies in equal measure. One area of specialism is fine proceedings which often have an international component. Markus Röhrig represented Japanese company Calsonic Kansei in EU fine proceedings relating to vehicle air-conditioning and engine cooling systems. The ‘pragmatic’ Thorsten Mäger succeeded in gaining full immunity from fines for MAN in connection with lorry antitrust proceedings on the basis of a leniency application, and the instruction still includes defence against claims for damages within the EU and beyond. It also defends Jacobs Douwe Egberts against claims for damages. The ‘very experienced’ Christoph Stadler and Thomas Paul defend the client against claims of the insolvency administrator of Schlecker. Flagship instructions in merger control law include acting for Knorr-Bremse in phase-II proceedings related to the takeover bid for Haldex, as well as advising Carl Zeiss Vision, as an intervening party, on the proposed merger between Essilor and Luxottica. Internal investigations are another strength and the group advises the Bosch Group on emissions with regard to diesel vehicles. Ralf Willer, who specialises in dispute settlement, was made counsel.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is considered ‘a very good firm that sets the standard’ in antitrust law and has ‘good connections with authorities’. It is particularly well versed in merger control proceedings before German and EU authorities. Dirk Schroeder led the team in acting for Airbus in proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office concerning the acquisition of a majority stake in the C-series division of Bombardier, obtaining clearance at the first phase. The ‘competent’ Romina Polley, who is ‘an outstanding sparring partner’, advised Henkel on merger control proceedings in various jurisdictions related to the acquisition of the Darex Packaging Technologies business of GCP Applied Technologies. Its expertise also extends to antitrust fine proceedings. Under the leadership of Patrick Bock, the team assists numerous automotive suppliers with international antitrust investigations relating to price agreements in the automotive parts industry. In November 2017, the practice welcomed Wolfgang Deselaers from Linklaters; he splits his time between the Cologne and Brussels offices. His highpoints include the representation of Lithuanian Railways in an action against a ruling of the EU Commission that determined misuse of a position of market dominance. Tilman Kuhn, formerly a counsel at the firm, joined White & Case LLP as partner in November 2018.
At Latham & Watkins LLP, ‘all team members demonstrate what they can do’ and ‘do not shy away from new challenges’. The firm’s antitrust expertise comprises advisory capacities in merger control, abuse proceedings and actions for damages. Prominent instructions include the defence of a steel-producing company against claims in connection with pre-stressing steel cartel, the representation of a bank in proceedings following the decision of the Federal Cartel Office on EC card fees, as well as the defence of Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo against actions concerning the airfreight cartel. The ‘dynamic’ practice group, led by Michael Esser, saw an increase in merger controls: it was instructed by Hytera Communications in phase-II proceedings regarding the acquisition of Sepura. Georg Weidenbach and Brussels-based Marc Hansen represented Exide Technologies in four national antitrust proceedings, including the application of a leniency notice and a subsequent reduction of the penalty payment.
Linklaters’ core competencies include antitrust and abuse proceedings and actions for damages, as well as merger controls, where the firm is particularly prominent. Carsten Grave is advising E.ON on the exchange of assets with RWE, one of the most significant transactions in the German energy market, which will involve merger control proceedings in several jurisdictions. In addition, he supports the client with the planned sale of 46.65% of shares in Uniper to Fortum. Other noteworthy instructions in this area include assisting LetterOne with the potential merger of DEA Deutsche Erdoel and Wintershall in a joint venture monitored by LetterOne alongside BASF, and acting for agricultural machinery manufacturer Deere & Company on the acquisition of the Wirtgen Group. Practice head Daniela Seeliger recently represented lastminute.com in a sector inquiry conducted by the Federal Cartel Office in the area of online comparison portals. Wolfgang Deselaers is now with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP is a popular choice due to its ‘practical solutions, strong business acumen and excellent service’. The antitrust law team, led by Ellen Braun. is an emerging player in actions for consequential damages: it defends Scania against claims arising from the lorry cartel, and defends Procter & Gamble against actions connected to the drugstore product cartel. The ‘quiet and objective’ Börries Ahrens, who has ‘a wealth of experience’, counts Edeka among his key clients: not only does he provide merger control law advice to the retail company regarding the acquisition of Kaiser’s Tengelmann, he also provides assistance with the merger control proceedings for the purposes of founding a joint venture with drugstore chain Budnikowsky and acquiring a supermarket network of rival food retailer Bünting. In addition to advising on two merger control proceedings, the firm also represents CTS Eventim in appeal proceedings against the prohibition decision of the Federal Cartel Office on the grounds of alleged abuse of a position of market dominance on the basis of certain exclusive business.
Clifford Chance provides a range of advisory services and is particularly notable for merger controls and antitrust proceedings. Practice head Marc Besen assisted General Electric with merger control law matters relating to the sale of a business division for the manufacture of gas turbines; handled Europcar’s acquisition of Buchbinder; and advised Spectrum Brands on merger control law matters involved in the sale of its battery and torch business to Energizer. In addition, he managed to suspend preliminary antitrust proceedings initiated by the Federal Cartel Office against Saint-Gobain Rigips, concerning allegations of price agreements in the area of insulating materials. Noteworthy highlights in the litigation space included Joachim Schütze and Michael Kremer defending Cargolux Airlines International against follow-on claims for damages from 700 claimants as a result of the airfreight cartel. Other renowned clients include Volkswagen, Audi, Deutsche Telekom, Henkel, L’Oréal and Samsung. Michael Dietrich was a new arrival from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
Commeo LLP stands out for its ‘good understanding of clients, entrepreneurial thinking and very good international networking’ and is arguably ‘the best antitrust law boutique in Germany’. The ten-strong group covers the entire breadth of antitrust law and is among ‘the best practices in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors’. Its other industry specialities are in the areas of chemicals and mineral oil, logistics, consumer goods, the media and telecoms. In recent highlights the group represented Mass Response Service in two actions before the European Court of Justice against the interpretation of a requirement of the European Commission, which grants access to 4G services on the wholesale market for mobile communications and was issued in connection with the acquisition of E-Plus Mobilfunk by Telefónica Deutschland; the ‘experienced’ Jörg-Martin Schultze, who has a ‘strategic’ approach, took the lead on this. The ‘extremely competent’ Dominique Wagener represented the Association of the German Sawmill and Wood Industry as an interested party in proceedings of federal state Baden-Württemberg against the prohibition decision of the Federal Cartel Office with regard to log marketing. The ‘brilliant and highly skilled’ Johanna Kübler stands out for advice on merger control law; she recently assisted Schur Flexibles Holding with the acquisition of Cats Flexible Packaging, Hänsel Flexible Packaging and Nimax. Stephanie Pautke, who ‘never loses sight of the goal’, is also recommended. Christoph Weinert made counsel.
Noerr regularly handles complex merger control proceedings before the German and European authorities. It is also active in contentious cases, compliance matters and issues under distribution antitrust law. Helge Heinrich and Volker Land advised J.C. Flowers & Co. on merger control and state aid law issues concerning the structuring and execution of the acquisition of shares in HSH Nordbank as part of a bidding process, while Alexander Birnstiel acted for Bahlsen in an appeal against a ruling of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf relating to confectionary antitrust proceedings and the corresponding decision to impose a fine. The practice is also active at the interface between data protection and product liability law: Alexander Birnstiel advises an international car manufacturer on the configuration of the technical infrastructure of connected driving. In the area of actions for damages, a noteworthy instruction is Kathrin Westermann’s defence of DAF Trucks as a result of the lorry cartel. Michael Bergmann joined Raue in September 2018.
‘Quick, perfect service, comprehensible processing of complex issues, outstanding market understanding and a wealth of expertise’ are key features of Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte. The firm caters to the entire spectrum of antitrust law for clients from the automotive, banking, media, energy and life sciences sectors and has an excellent reputation, particularly in the area of cartel damages. Renowned practice head Albrecht Bach represents a car manufacturer in an action for damages as a result of the rolling bearing cartel. Andreas Hahn recently represented the German Savings Banks and Giro Association and the German Federal Association of Cooperative Banks in complaint proceedings against a declaratory ruling of the Federal Cartel Office regarding the alleged restraint of other payment services on the basis of the online banking terms and conditions of savings banks and cooperative banks. He also advised EnBW on the merger control law aspects related to an increase in a minority holding in MVV Energie AG to 28.76% within the course of phase-II proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office. Donata Beck made partner.
WilmerHale focuses on antitrust litigation and representation in major antitrust proceedings. Practice head Ulrich Quack represented TUI in antitrust proceedings of the European Commission pertaining to discriminatory vertical agreements concerning hotel accommodation. Stefan Ohlhoff successfully suspended antitrust proceedings and repealed the fine for Heidemark Mästerkreis in objection proceedings against the decision of the Federal Cartel Office on the sausage cartel. He also defends the Federal Guild of Hearing Care Professionals against claims for damages on the grounds of an alleged obstruction of hearing device providers and the Association of German Public Sector Banks against claims arising from EC cash proceedings. Headline work in merger control law included advice to Deutsche Telekom on the foundation of a joint venture with EWE for the purposes of building and operating a fibre optic network in north Germany.
The five-partner group at Baker McKenzie covers the entire spectrum of German and international antitrust law and is particularly well-versed in antitrust proceedings. Alongside Anika Schürmann, who manages the interface with criminal law, Christian Horstkotte represents Carlsberg in objection proceedings before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf against the fine notice of the Federal Cartel Office arising from the beer cartel. Merger control proceedings are another area of focus: Nicolas Kredel advised Knorr-Bremse on phase-II proceedings of the EU Commission concerning the acquisition of Swedish automotive supplier Haldex. Cartel damages matters are also increasingly prominent in the team’s workload; on the claimant side, the firm represents Eckes Granini in proceedings against parties involved in the sugar cartel, defendant work includes acting for Ideal Automotive against claims arising from the first automotive supplier cartel.
At CMS, there is an emphasis on advice on merger antitrust law matters, with the firm having distinct expertise in proceedings before German and European antitrust authorities. Christian Haellmigk recently advised Allianz Real Estate on the acquisition of the office project development Kap West from OFB Projektentwicklung, and he also assisted N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and Gasunie Deutschland with the acquisition of 16.5% of shares in the EUGAL pipeline project. Tim Reher’s highpoints included representing Raiffeisen Waren in fine proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the assertion of claims for damages for Mast Jägermeister and August Storck relating to the sugar cartel. Practice head Markus Schöner is particularly well-versed in distribution antitrust law and counts Porsche among his key clients.
Dentons stands out for its ‘dynamic team, high level of industry knowledge and quick grasp of complex matters’. Practice head Jörg Karenfort, who is ‘very well connected’ and has ‘strong strategic capacities’, specialises in litigious instructions and antitrust proceedings. His recent highlights include acting for Gazprom in abuse proceedings before the EU Commission and representing the Federation of German Banks in appeal proceedings related to special online banking conditions. The firm was also able to raise its profile in the area of merger control. René Grafunder assisted the Deutsche Post DHL Group with merger antitrust law matters involved in the sale of British marketing and communications service provider Williams Lea Tag to Advent International. In June 2018, the firm welcomed of counsel Jan Heithecker, who previously worked for WilmerHale, while Taylor Wessing partner Andreas Haak joined the group in October 2018.
Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition
Assistance with merger control law proceedings at a German and European level represent the heart of the antitrust law practice at Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition, which is ‘very reliable’ and provides ‘an outstanding service with an appropriate price/performance ratio’. Silke Möller handled merger control matters for Asendia during the acquisition of eShopWorld shares and advised Axcel Management on the acquisition of Nissens. Christian Karbaum and Markus Wirtz, who is regarded as ‘a prominent lawyer’, obtained the approval of the European Commission for the foundation of a joint venture between CWS-boco and Rentokil Initial for Haniel. Headline mandates on the contentious side included successfully acting for Rügenwalder Mühle in reducing a fine, significantly shortening the cartel period and minimising the circle of potential cartel members before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf.
The antitrust law practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on merger control, distribution antitrust law and antitrust investigations. Marc Schweda advises eBay on platform bans of brand manufacturers by the Federal Cartel Office and advises the Klambt publishing house on merger control law matters related to the planned acquisition of various women’s magazines. The firm has seen a growth in instructions in the area of cartel damages. For example, Christoph Wünschmann defended Air Canada against claims initiated by action vehicle Barnsdale arising from the airfreight cartel, and practice head Martin Sura provides support with the assertion of claims for damages against various supplier cartels. The extensive client portfolio also includes BASF, Douglas, Lego and ProSiebenSat1.
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.
Under the leadership of the ‘excellent’ Alexander Rinne, the seven-strong group at Milbank, which is characterised by its ‘high level of industry knowledge and quick response times’, advises on all aspects of German and European antitrust law. Highlights in terms of merger antitrust law included advising ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Mediaset and TF1 on the foundation of European media cooperation European Broadcaster Exchange and assisting H.C. Starck Group with the sale of various subsidiaries. In the area of compensation, the representation of BMW against members of the cartel for auxiliary heating systems as well as the cartel for acoustically efficient parts is among the firm’s noteworthy instructions. Andreas Boos switched to BUNTSCHECK Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalte AG
Antitrust-focused firm SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalte AG’s expertise centres on the three pillars of merger control, fine proceedings and damage proceedings. The firm is also regularly instructed in the area of compliance advice and has expertise in distribution antitrust law. At its Mannheim and Brussels offices, it acts for a client base mostly consisting of medium-sized companies, which increasingly includes DAX-listed companies. Hans-Joachim Hellmann in particularly noted.
Companies from the automotive industry, the fields of life sciences, information technology as well as trade and consumption instruct the antitrust law group at Bird & Bird, which offers ‘outstanding industry knowledge and a fair price/performance ratio’, on a regular basis in connection with antitrust proceedings, actions for damages, issues pertaining to distribution antitrust law and merger control proceedings. In the latter area, the instruction from Dalli-Werke stands out in particular: Jörg Witting provided assistance with merger control law matters related to the acquisition of a detergent brand portfolio by Procter & Gamble. In the area of litigation, one highlight is the action for damages that the firm brought on behalf of auric Hörsysteme against the Federal Guild of Hearing Care Professionals following the decision of the Federal Cartel Office regarding abuse of a position of market dominance.
With a focus on merger control proceedings before German and European authorities, the ‘quick and service-driven’ team at DLA Piper counts a number of renowned companies such as Merck, Burda and Ergo among its clients. Jan Dreyer, counsel Semin O and Brussels-based Bertold Bär-Bouyssière advised BASF on merger control law matters involved in the acquisition of a competitor; in addition to registration in eleven jurisdictions, the instruction also includes proceedings before the European Commission. The firm also advises energy provider EWE on the foundation of a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom with regards to the expansion of the fibre optic network in north-west Germany. It welcomed counsel Enno Ahlenstiel from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Michael Holzhäuser is now with Ashurst LLP.
Boutique firm Hausfeld has an excellent reputation in the field of antitrust litigation and asserts claims for damages for Jet Tankstellen Deutschland against German banking associations with regards to anticompetitive and excessive merchant fees for girocard payments. It also acts for BMW in various cartel damages cases arising from car supplier cartels and represents Coca-Cola European Partners in the assertion of claims arising from the lorry cartel. Other well-known clients are Axel Springer, Deutsche Bahn, Mister Spex and UPS Europe. Thomas Höppner and Alex Petrasincu are recommended. Christopher Rother announced his departure from the firm shortly before the editorial deadline.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Instructions in merger control law are another reliable area of business for Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB. The firm recently assisted AL-KO Kober with the acquisition, as part of a consortium, of Witte Stromberg. Highlights for practice head Rainer Velte included acting for a chipboard manufacturer in asserting claims for damages against Daimler as a result of the lorry cartel. Distribution antitrust law specialist Reinhard Siegert counts Audi amongst his key clients and advises on antitrust law matters pertaining to the ordinary termination of a service partner agreement, in addition to handling antitrust law compliance.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
In addition to merger control and compliance advice, fine proceedings and actions for damages are key areas of focus at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. The firm is also well versed in distribution antitrust law; this area is overseen by practice head Anne Wegner, who has ‘astounding expertise at the interface between antitrust law and the automotive industry’. Together with Guido Jansen, she provided advice on merger control law to a manufacturer of braking systems concerning the expertise of a competitor. Holger Stappert defended Carcoustics International against claims for damages brought by car manufacturers arising from antitrust fine proceedings regarding acoustically efficient parts and heat shields. Its other specialities are in the areas of energy, healthcare, the media and chemicals. Thomas Kapp left the firm in October 2017 and is now counsel at Allscout.
The antitrust law practice at Osborne Clarke handles ‘matters with utmost motivation’ and ‘has an eye for the bigger picture’. Under the leadership of Thomas Funke, who stands out for his ‘strong service focus, response speed and practical advice’, the firm advises clients including Deutsche Bahn, the Rewe Group and ProSiebenSat.1 Media on the entire spectrum of antitrust law. It is acting for Lekkerland Deutschland in asserting claims for damages against breweries from the beer cartel and is advising an international software company on the German legal aspects of cartel damage proceedings against the battery cartel. Other work includes defending a leading software manufacturer from the automotive sector in EU antitrust proceedings.
The ‘reliable, quick and very good’ team at BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte covers all areas of antitrust law and has built a solid reputation in merger control proceedings and compliance advice on antitrust law in particular. Max Klasse represented Uplink Network in a series of complaint proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the Federal Network Agency against Media Broadcast, as well acting for financial investors in asserting antitrust claims in order to access the FM antenna infrastructure. Alongside Anna Blume Huttenlauch, he advised German Naval Yards on the Arge K130 consortium with regards to the construction of corvettes; the firm managed to obtain an exemption from the German and European ban on cartels.
Fine and damage proceedings are as much a part of the advisory services of Fieldfisher as distribution antitrust law instructions. Another area of focus is compliance advice. The client portfolio predominantly consists of German clients from the health, medical device and automotive sectors. Christian Bahr and Sascha Dethof are part of the core team.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Advice on merger control law, often in an international context, is at the heart of antitrust law practice Gibson Dunn. In addition, the ‘business-oriented’ team, which has ‘profound knowledge and a wealth of experience’, handles cartel administration, abuse and fine proceedings, the design of distribution systems conforming to antitrust law and compliance instructions. Jens-Olrik Murach acted for 1&1 Telecom in connection with a claim challenging the approval of the merger between Telefónica and E-Plus by the European Commission. Michael Walther and corporate law specialist Ferdinand Fromholzer assisted with merger control proceedings on behalf of for a private equity consortium with regard to the sale of the Zarges Group to WernerCo.
With a focus on antitrust litigation, Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB acts for a broad client portfolio on both the claimant and defendant side. It brought a declaratory action for Deutsche See concerning the packaging cartel. The group has also seen a recent increase in merger control proceedings, particularly for private equity clients. For example, it assisted Aurelius with various proceedings in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Other areas of expertise include representation in fine proceedings, compliance advice and distribution antitrust law matters. Practice head Ulrich Schnelle is recommended.
Hermanns Wagner Brück Rechtsanwälte
Hermanns Wagner Brück Rechtsanwälte has a core focus on antitrust proceedings, merger control, and compliance and distribution antitrust law and is often instructed on matters at the interface with intellectual property law. Highlights included representing the Association of German Wallpaper Manufacturers in antitrust proceedings before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and advising Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main on the foundation of joint ventures with agricultural cooperatives for the purposes of marketing potatoes. It advises new client Eurovia on antitrust law. Key figures are Johann Brück, Corinna Neunzig and Achim Wagner.
Kapellmann und Partner
Clients value Kapellmann und Partner for its ‘excellent level of service, quick processing times and practical advice’. According to one client, it is the ‘top team for antitrust cases’ and is led by Axel Kallmayer, Ivo du Mont and Robin van der Hout and advises on the entire antitrust spectrum. The firm counts Axel Springer, Germania, EWE and ThyssenKrupp among its clients. Highlights included representing Postcon in an action for damages against German providers of market-dominating infrastructure and acting for Klarna AB and Sofort in antitrust proceedings before German and European authorities.
Morrison & Foerster LLP
At Morrison & Foerster LLP, the group has a core focus on providing comprehensive antitrust law advice to media and telecoms companies. The group handles German and European merger control proceedings and is also well versed in fine and damage proceedings. Companies such as Infineon, Sky Deutschland and Sony Music Entertainment instruct the six-strong practice group, led by Andreas Grünwald, on the basis of its ‘outstanding service level and legal expertise’.
Oppenhoff & Partner
The strength of Oppenhoff & Partner’s team lies in compliance advice, distribution antitrust law and cartel damages. Daniel Dohrn and Vanessa Pickenpack represented Pema in damage proceedings against parties involved in the lorry cartel and Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke in proceedings against Pfeifer & Langen, Südzucker and Nordzucker as a result of the sugar cartel. Noteworthy instructions in the merger control space include advising SGL Carbon on the sale of an electrode and cathode business to Triton Partners; practice head Andrés Martin-Ehlers led the advice.
RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten
RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten is ‘a boutique with the calibre of a large international firm’, which impresses with ‘a pragmatic approach, cooperative, customised advice and an unbeatable price/performance ratio’ and provides ‘interdisciplinary advice from an experienced team’. It covers all areas of antitrust law, and has specialist expertise in merger control and fine proceedings. Key contacts are Evelyn Niitväli, who is ‘a very experienced lawyer in German, European and international antitrust law’, and the ‘solution-oriented and competent’ Marc Reysen.
SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF. advises on the entire spectrum of antitrust law and has specialist expertise in the automotive, construction, financial services and food industries. Recent work includes representing the Syndicate of Traditional Agriculture as a third party in EU merger control proceedings regarding Bayer/Monsanto; Kim Manuel Künstner, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2018, took the lead in this instruction. Practice head Christoph Peter, who is ‘pleasant to deal with and effectively conveys complex contexts’, pursued various claims for damages for the insolvency administrator of a DIY store chain.
The six-strong antitrust law practice at Taylor Wessing provides comprehensive advice on antitrust law and focuses on the areas of digital economy, the media, the automotive sector, energy and the maritime economy. Under the leadership of Manuel Nagel, the firm advised thyssenkrupp Marine Systems on a consortium for the construction of K130 corvettes for the German Navy and assists NRW.Bank with merger control law matters related to the acquisition of assets in Butlers as well as with restructuring matters. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel has built a solid reputation in antitrust litigation and is regularly instructed in actions for damages. Andreas Haak joined Dentons in October 2018.