Firms To Watch: Antitrust

With the arrival of Christian Horstkotte and Johannes Weichbrodt in January 2021, both previously at Baker McKenzieMayer Brown LLP's practice has managed to establish itself as a ‘very well-versed team with plenty of experience‘.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's antitrust practice around Nadine Herrmann and Rüdiger Lahme demonstrates particularly strengths in major cartel proceedings, where it acts for both defendants and claimants.

Antitrust in Germany

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz' broad practice covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law with 'excellent expertise' and is at the forefront of major developments in the antitrust sphere. Within the renowned practice, the new focus area digital issues stands out in particular: here, the team advises digital economy players and also conducts first antitrust proceedings in accordance with section 19a GWB. The representation of clients in complex international abuse proceedings as well as in fine proceedings continues to be an important part of the practice, but the team also acts in sometimes groundbreaking antitrust compensation proceedings, for instance in connection with the so-called truck cartel. Merger control is another mainstay, with international applications often being carried out in cooperation with a global firm network. Munich-based practice head Petra Linsmeier has extensive experience in antitrust law and can also rely on a strong team: these include, among others, Ingo Brinker, who has special expertise in the insurance industry, Christian Steinle, who is well versed in cartel fines and cartel damage compensation proceedings, and the 'excellent antitrust lawyer with a lot of experience', Ulrich Denzel.

Practice head(s):

Petra Linsmeier

Testimonials

‘Very well-founded and far-sighted recommendations, the team knows clients and the market very well and is also familiar with international issues, both with registrations and with antitrust compliance issues.’

‘Dr. Ulrich Denzel: Excellent antitrust lawyer with a lot of experience and the necessary sensitivity (both externally, for example in negotiations, and internally with the client, for example in dealing with the board level).’

‘Concrete help with a sense of proportion, understanding of the situation of a medium-sized company; contactable/reachable at any time.’

Very pleasant and experienced colleagues. Excellent expertise. Excellent contacts .’

‘The main contact person is Dr. Linsmeier, who reacts very reliably and quickly and who does not unnecessarily complicate problems, but advises them in a practical manner, taking into account our relationship with our customers.’

Key clients

ASML

Daimler AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

E.ON / PreussenElektra

Europäischer Verband der Automobilhersteller (ACEA)

Europäischer Verband der Zulieferer (CLEPA)

Facebook

GELITA AG

HeidelbergCement AG

SCP Retail Investments S.A.

Südzucker AG

Verlag C.H. Beck oHG

Weltunion für Deutsche Schäferhunde

Wieland-Werke AG

Work highlights

  • Support for Daimler in connection with damages proceedings following the European Commission proceedings in the truck sector. Defending and advising as lead counsel in connection with numerous damages proceedings in Europe and Israel following the European Commission’s truck-related proceedings, including preliminary ruling proceedings before the European Court of Justice.
  • Advising Daimler on a complaint to the EU Commission against Nokia for abuse of a dominant position by refusing to license standard-essential patents.
  • Advising and representing Facebook as lead counsel in connection with the investigation by the Federal Cartel Office regarding the market launch of a new virtual reality product and representing Facebook as co-counsel before Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court regarding the merging of user data from various sources.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller's large, experienced and diversely specialized team continues to be one of the top addresses for antitrust matters. Thus, the practice has taken a central and formative role in connection to the recently ratified GWB Digitization Act, while the group further focuses on complex, high-volume merger control matters; here, the practice can rely on the Brussels office around Hans-Jörg Niemeyer and Markus Röhrig for matters on European and international level. In the merger control field, the practice is also frequently involved in phase II proceedings while cartel and abuse proceedings as well as damages claims form further pillars of the group's advice offering; Thomas Paul is particularly active in the latter area. Düsseldorf-based partners Thorsten Mäger and Christoph Stadler are renowned antitrust experts. Matthias Blaum retired in January 2021 and Matthias Rothkopf made counsel.

Testimonials

‘Very good coordination between the key contacts and quick answers to queries.’

‘Above-average consideration of special interests of the client and extensive experience in dealing with associations.’

‘Faster, smarter and better than the rest – simple as that.’

Work highlights

  • Advice on EU merger control to Danfoss A/S related to the acquisition of Eaton’s (US) hydraulics business by Danfoss A/S (Denmark).
  • Advice to Oetker Group on the German merger control related to the acquisition of Flaschenpost SE.
  • Representing GoEuro Travel GmbH and Omio (platform) in BKartA abuse proceedings against Deutsche Bahn AG.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Considered 'absolute experts in antitrust law', Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's team impresses with a strong European and international practice, a prestigious client base and a wide range of expertise ranging from merger controls over market abuse to cartel fine proceedings. The team also represents clients before the Federal Cartel Office, the European Commission and German and European courts, whereby the practice benefits from a close cooperation between its Cologne office and the firm's German-speaking lawyers in Brussels. Wolfang Deselaers has versatile experience and expertise; Romina Polley delivers 'precise assessments of complex issues even at short notice'; while Dirk Schroeder acts in complex contentious proceedings at European level, among other things. Counsel Katharina Apel stands out for her 'great expertise, pleasant interaction and clear assessments'.

Testimonials

‘Absolute experts in antitrust law.’

‘Dr. Deselaers is the best.’

‘Experience and outstanding expertise’.

‘Well coordinated team with different seniority levels for different tasks and issues.’

‘Romina Polley: Very experienced lawyer with a quick grasp and precise assessments of complex issues even at short notice.’

‘Katharina Apel: Counsel with great expertise, pleasant interaction and clear assessments .’

‘Very good market analysis, practical advice. Great experience with antitrust authorities.’

‘Miss Dr. Romina Polley: Excellent, professional advice, very empathetic on a human level and addressing the target group appropriately, especially towards the company management.’

Key clients

Alliance Healthcare Deutschland

BayWa

Beiersdorf

Deutsche Telekom

Google

Henkel

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Litauische Eisenbahn

Masco Corporation

Nestlé

NSK

Schibsted/Adevinta

The Walt Disney Company

Tronox Holdings PLC

Veolia Environnement

Whiteland Import Export SRL

Latham & Watkins LLP

Embedded within the firm's global antitrust practice, Latham & Watkins LLP's German team is at the forefront of digital antitrust developments and acts in key landmark cases; the partner appointment of Jan Christoph Höft in January 2021, who focuses on advising digital companies, underlines the importance of this field for the firm. Merger controls continue to be another mainstay, whereby the team can also rely on internal cross-practice expertise in investment control law. Michael Esser in Düsseldorf covers German and European antitrust issues ranging from merger control procedures to investigations by authorities and complaints procedures. And Carles Esteva Mosso joined the Brussels office from the European Commission.

Key clients

Facebook

The Carlyle Group

Vodafone

Hyundai Motors

Scout24

Renesas

Work highlights

  • Supporting Facebook in Federal Cartel Office proceedings related to suspicion of abuse of a dominant position in connection with data protection and antitrust regulations.
  • Achievement of an unconditional merger control clearance after a thorough phase II review of the merger of the two largest hospitals in Flensburg, Malteser Hospital St. Franziskus-Hospital, Flensburg, and the somatic department of Deaconess Hospital, Flensburg.
  • Representing Liberty Global/Unitymedia in damages proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice against Deutsche Telekom relating to abusive practices in the use of cable ducts – one of the largest damages proceedings before a German court.

Linklaters

Linklaters covers a broad array of antitrust matters, with complex merger control procedures related to international transactions representing a clear focus for the practice; here, the team also draws on expertise in investment control. The group further advises clients on antitrust matters and represents them before the Federal Cartel Office, the European Commission and before German and European courts, for instance in cartel or damages claim proceedings. Notably, the firm also regularly utilises its own specially developed legal tech tools in merger control matters, among others. Daniela Seeliger is a highly visible expert in antitrust and competition law debates and legislative procedures, while Carsten Grave stands out for his expertise in international merger control as well as in market dominance and antitrust proceedings. The team recently welcomed two experienced managing associates: Sînziana Ianc, formerly at the Brussels office, and Tobias Rump who joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Testimonials

‘Daniela Seeliger: Clear, creative, pleasant.’

‘Linklaters’ anti-trust team is excellently positioned internationally, especially in Europe and Asia, has extensive transaction experience, is excellently informed and knows the details of official decision-making processes. Complex business models are penetrated and processed very quickly. Accurate assessment of antitrust risks provides planning security for complex transactions. The cooperation is extremely pleasant. Nice people!’

‘Prof. Daniela Seeliger: Extremely experienced, capable, very confident in assessing the official decision even in complex situations, available around the clock, completely free of any need to distinguish yourself, unpretentious and very pleasant to deal with.’

Allen & Overy LLP

Standing out for its 'competence, pragmatism, experience and holistic quality', Allen & Overy LLP's team acts for various renowned companies, particularly within the digital sector, but is also increasingly active for pharmaceutical industry clients. The group is actively involved in current legal developments and advises, for example, on the further development of the SIEC test in the merger control field which represents a central pillar of the practice. The team further assists with antitrust-related administrative offence proceedings, administrative proceedings as well as damages claim procedures. Notably, the provision of specially developed legal tech solutions for clients is playing an increasingly important role. Hamburg-based practice head Ellen Braun has expertise in antitrust investigations, complex merger control proceedings and long-term antitrust strategies. Börries Ahrens is also experienced in merger control proceedings and in proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office, while Jürgen Schindler manages matters at European level from the Brussels office.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Braun

Testimonials

‘The cooperation between partners and associates is excellent and effective. A&O offers a high level of expertise combined with a high level of flexibility. We see A&O as one of the best law firms in Europe in the field of mergers and antitrust law. In particular, A&O can handle extremely complex markets.’

‘Competence, pragmatism, experience, holistic quality.’

‘A&O’s knowledge, experience, quick answers and strong involvement of partners.’

Key clients

Advent

Bridgepoint

Canon

Charterhouse Capital und LCP

CTS Eventim

EDEKA Zentrale Stiftung und Co. KG

Evonik

Franz Haniel & Cie.

German Naval Yards

GSK

Julius Kleemann GmbH & Co. KG

Nikon

Orsted

Procter & Gamble Germany GmbH & Co

Recticel S.A.

SAP SE

Saudi Aramco

Scania

Wind Hellas

Wilmar International Ltd.

XXXLutz KG

Work highlights

  • Representing CTS Eventim in two contentious administrative proceedings.
  • Advising EDEKA Central Foundation and Co. KG on merger control proceedings in connection with the acquisition of 51 Real stores.
  • Advising Franz Haniel & Cie on the complex sale of ELG Haniel Group to Luxembourg steel manufacturer Aperam.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's practice spans merger control proceedings, also at European level, antitrust investigations and litigation, as well as a wide range of antitrust advice, whether on market dominance, joint ventures, strategic cooperation or distribution. The team particularly frequently assists clients with matters pertaining to international transactions, while the firm's specifically developed compliance programs to avoid antitrust conflicts are noteworthy as well. The team has deep industry expertise in the automotive, telecommunications and energy sectors. Marc Besen in Düsseldorf is very adept at national and European merger control proceedings among others, while Michael Dietrich applies his 'professional excellence' in versatile antitrust issues. In May 2021, Dmitri Slobodenjuk, who is also well versed in foreign trade law, made partner, while Joachim Schütze has been supporting the team as of counsel since May 2021.

Testimonials

‘Dr. Michael Dietrich, partner: one of the top antitrust lawyers in Germany, technically outstanding; very experienced, in the management of matters as well as in negotiations with opponents and antitrust authorities.

‘Corporate focus with clear and precise advice .’

‘We have worked closely with Marc Besen, a first class lawyer and expert in his field.’

‘Very distinguished team that responds to complicated issues very quickly and with clear advice.’

‘Marc Besen is extremely good at communicating and knows how to phrase legal advice clearly and precisely without frills. He is well connected in the antitrust community and has impressive knowledge of German and European antitrust law.’

Commeo LLP

Frankfurt-based boutique offering Commeo LLP has been supporting clients for over 10 years 'with excellent expertise' on the entire spectrum of antitrust law, including complex merger control procedures, antitrust litigation and a wide range of antitrust advice, for example on global compliance programs or international cooperation and distribution strategies. Its experience in contractual antitrust law issues as well as its industry expertise in the pharmaceutical, branded consumer goods and media sectors are also particularly notable. Jörg-Martin Schultze combines antitrust advice with a corporate-focused notarial practice; Dominique Wagener is frequently involved in antitrust and damages proceedings, while Stephanie Pautke assists with compliance and distribution antitrust issues, among other things; and Johanna Kübler is particularly strong in merger control and abuse of market power cases. The 'extremely experienced' Isabel Oest made partner in January 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Weinert

Testimonials

‘In my opinion the most impressive antitrust team in Germany. A very stable force with an excellent level of expertise. Every client can count themselves lucky to have such friendly and great advisors.’

‘Isabel Oest is absolutely on par with her senior colleagues. She is extremely accomplished and has an impressive career, particularly in merger control. Christoph Weinert is definitely ready for the partnership. His engagement in the Carglass transaction was impressive . ‘

‘Thanks to their competence and experience, they are a reliable support in all kinds of antitrust issues. They offer direct access and a high level of commitment, just the effective support, for example in intensive and/or time-critical transactions that one needs.’

‘Isabel Oest is competent and highly committed, always a very reliable contact and advisor on antitrust issues, who is very pleasant to work with, also in English, of course.’

‘Professionally excellent, very good reputation among colleagues, always available.’

‘Johanna Küber: Very pleasant to work with, technically excellent.’

This is a highly specialised, very experienced competition law team who works well together and is not afraid to recommend other firms for legal issues which they do not cover themselves. The partners are accessible, directly involved and easily reachable.

I think I’ve worked with each of the partners: Jörg-Martin, Stephanie and Johanna. They are first class, a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to contact them with my clients’ most important questions, and I do so regularly. We have worked together on important antitrust matters related to complicated settlement agreements. The team was first class.

Key clients

Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke

ARD Werbung Sales & Services GmbH

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.

Carglass GmbH

CSL Behring GmbH

dormakaba International Holding GmbH

Japan Airlines (Japan)

JTEKT (Japan)

Fraport AG

Löwenstein Medical SE & Co. KG

Magna Management AG (Switzerland)

MeierGuss Sales & Logistics GmbH & Co. KG

PreHCM Services GmbH

Procter & Gamble Germany GmbH & Co. Operations OHG

Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH

Samsung SDI

SHS Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA

Saarstahl AG

SMA Solar Technology AG

Transgourmet Deutschland

Uvex Winter Holding GmbH & Co. KG

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

Westfalen AG

ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive antitrust advice to Carglass on the acquisition of ATU’s glass business in a seven-month main investigation before the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Intensive advice and representation of Samsung SDI in several follow-on damages claims in Germany following the fine imposed by the European Commission in 2012 in the TV picture tube cartel.
  • Defending Westfalen AG in liquid gas cartel proceedings before Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, the longest cartel proceedings in German legal history.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Boutique offering Glade Michel Wirtz – Corporate & Competition fields a broadly skilled antitrust team that assists its clients, including various DAX30 companies, 'very quickly, calmly and in a specialized manner' with merger controls, compliance issues and antitrust proceedings. The group advises on a notably high amount of international matters, whereby the firm can draw on a network of leading firms in various jurisdictions. Markus Wirtz has relevant experience in defending clients before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, while Silke Möller advises national and international clients, particularly in the private equity sector. Christian Karbaum 'always thinks one step ahead'  and handles follow-on lawsuits among other matters.

Testimonials

‘Very fast, calm, specialised.’

‘Christian Karbaum works extremely quickly and at the same time pleasantly calmly.’

‘Dr. Karbaum: Extremely quick learner, always thinks one step ahead, convinces through performance, not through sales strength.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

Provinzial Rheinland AöR

Ivanti Inc. (Clearlake Capital Group)

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Deutsche Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG, COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft, DZ BANK AG, Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e.V., Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands e.V., Bundesverband deutscher Banken e.V., Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e.V.

United Internet AG

Oakley Capital

IDEX Corporation

Ardian France SA

LyondellBasell Industries N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on EU Commission’s merger control proceedings regarding the €18.4 billion acquisition of Liberty Global (Unitymedia) by Vodafone and challenging the clearance decision before the General Court of the European Union.
  • Advice on corporate and antitrust law to Rheinland AöR regarding the preparation of its merger with NordWest Holding AG, which will create one of the leading insurance companies in Germany. Antitrust advice includes in particular merger control, due diligence and day 1 readiness.
  • Support for clients in the banking industry, including Deutsche Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG, COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft, DZ BANK AG, the Association of German Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken eV, the Association of Public Banks in Germany, the Association of German Banks and the German Savings Banks and Giro Association as Counsel to the Project for the #dk/DK-Pay project, which aims to develop a uniform, digital payment system for almost the entire German banking landscape.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'strong' and multifariously involved team is led by Martin Sura in Düsseldorf and frequently advises on antitrust aspects of M&A transactions; here, its close cooperation with the firm's commercial practice is of particular advantage. Its advice portfolio also comprises preventive compliance matters and forensic issues, including the representation of clients in EU antitrust proceedings. Notably, the team is increasingly handling matters concerning clients' new digital business models, such as online platforms or data-supported business models, where it also offers innovative solutions supported by its LegalTech Hub, including its own Dawn Raid app. Carolin Marx, who made partner in January 2021 and is part of the team's subdivision for competition litigation, has expertise in antitrust disputes. In July 2020, Knowledge Lawyer Florian von Schreitter joined the team from Hengeler Mueller.

Practice head(s):

Martin Sura

Testimonials

‘It is a very strong, and by possibly adding colleagues from other German HL offices, also scalable team. Top notch, both professionally and personally, super responsive and professional.’

‘Dr. Christoph Wünschmann: Outstandingly good, both personally and professionally. It’s a lot of fun working with him. He always hits the right note when dealing with authorities. Very responsive. Works very well in the C-suite. Outstanding availability and high commitment. Trusting cooperation at the highest level.

‘Fast and agile in dealing with respective facts; solution and result-oriented; very professional appearance towards all departments; good workouts.’

‘Fast, reliable, collegial and experienced in the industry.’

‘Christoph Wünschmann: A lot of experience combined with a high level of pragmatism and extreme solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Allianz X

ATR Landhandel

Autobahn Tank & Rast

BMW

Brainlab

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Daimler

Dell Technologies

FLIR Systems Inc.

Flixbus

Hitachi ABB Power Grids (HAPG)

IBM

Intel

Korean Air

Lürssen

Noventi

Thalia

VW

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz X on the acquisition of a majority stake in ControlExpert.
  • Representing BMW in ongoing EU antitrust proceedings on car emissions.
  • Representing Volkswagen in a complex dispute with former supplier Prevent.

Noerr

Noerr's extensively skilled team 'always finds pragmatic and practice-oriented solutions'. Of particular note are its complex merger control proceedings at European and national level, although the team also handles complex forensic issues; this includes damages claims following fine proceedings and representing companies in antitrust and fine proceedings. The firm cooperates across offices, especially with its Brussels colleagues, with the Munich- and Brussels-based Alexander Birnstiel playing a central role. Fabian Badtke heads the practice from Frankfurt and has industry expertise in the financial services, retail and healthcare sectors. He is supported by Kathrin Westermann in Berlin, who is a highly regarded antitrust expert. 'Distinguished antitrust lawyerSarah Blazek made associate partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Badtke

Testimonials

‘Karsten Metzlaff’s team is well equipped and adequately staffed for larger transactions. Personal support for clients is guaranteed at all times (usually at short notice). The legal expertise for antitrust issues is of course available.’

‘Karsten Metzlaff has extensive experience in antitrust law and can explain relevant issues very well to non-legal management.’

‘Ms. Blazek (Associate) is also knowledgeable and very pleasant in contact with clients.’

‘Very goal- and solution-oriented advice.’

‘It is an excellent collaboration. The response times are very fast and you are proactively informed about the status of ongoing projects. We always find pragmatic and practice-oriented solutions. The cooperation is extremely efficient and has always been crowned with success. Even when other Noerr lawyers or external lawyers from abroad are called in, Noerr Germany works perfectly. In view of the very high quality of the work, the price-performance ratio is extremely fair. ‘

‘Ms. Blazek works very pragmatically, solution-oriented and is extremely structured in her approach. Her response times are very fast, she is very experienced and absolutely reliable. In view of the high quality of the advice, the price-performance ratio is extremely fair. We can unreservedly recommend Ms. Blazek as an excellent antitrust lawyer.’

‘High expertise paired with the ability to process legal/antitrust issues in a way that is understandable for non-lawyers in combination with the human component of friendly cooperation.’

‘Till Steinvorth performs quickly, flexibly, professionally at the top level and is understandable and cooperative with the law firm on the buyer’s side.’

‘Dr. Birntstiel and Stefan Bauer provided good advice.’

Key clients

A.T.U.

BVR Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken (National Association of German Cooperative Banks)

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

Claas

Clarious

Corint Media

Deutsche Finanzagentur

Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (DFL)

ENSO Energie Sachsen Ost AG/DREWAG – Stadtwerke Dresden GmbH

Heinrich Bauer Verlag

Howden Group Limited

ICON PLC

KPS

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a.G.

MET Holding AG

Paccar Inc./ DAF Trucks N.V. / DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

S&T AG

Schwarz Gruppe (Kaufland)

Westlake Chemical Corporation, Westlake Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG and Vinnolit Holdings GmbH

Wirecard/Jaffé

Wort & Bild Verlag

Work highlights

  • Advising the German Finance Agency, which represents the federal government on the financial markets, on the stabilization of the largest European travel and hospitality company TUI AG through the federal economic stabilization fund.
  • Advising Kaufland Group on the acquisition of Real Digital Business (Internet marketplace real.de) from investor SCP.
  • Defending DAF Trucks NV and DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH against all damages claims made in Germany as a result of the truck cartel.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte's team impresses with 'competition law expertise and litigation experience', particularly in the area of cartel damages, where it acts in current proceedings and influences jurisprudence through its involvement in groundbreaking cases. In addition to plaintiff representation, the team is further increasingly active for defendants, although the practice also covers other aspects of antitrust issues, ranging from merger control and antitrust proceedings to non-contentious antitrust matters. The team's industry expertise spans automotive, banking, energy and life sciences. Albrecht Bach leads the practice and has 'great experience' , while Andreas Hahn is consulted by clients from the savings bank sector, among others. The 'always goal-oriented and very reliable' Martin Fink made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Albrecht Bach

Testimonials

‘Very competent advice and very reliable. The results are of high quality. In addition, extremely friendly and courteous contact. The law firm can be recommended without reservation.’

‘Dr. Christoph Wolf provides us with excellent advice in the area of antitrust damages. He has excellent knowledge, advice is always goal-oriented and very reliable. Incidentally, contact with Dr. Wolf is extremely friendly, very courteous and the cooperation was excellent.’

‘Strong combination of antitrust expertise and litigation experience.’

‘Dr. Hahn: Very broadly-skilled, great overview, good ideas for structuring extensive topics well.

‘The competition law team led by Prof. Dr. Albrecht Bach and Dr. Andreas Hahn is excellently staffed and can keep up with the top law firms and even surpass them.’

‘Dr. Andreas Hahn is certainly one of the best antitrust lawyers in Germany. Analytical, clear and imaginative!’

‘Christoph Wolf: Fast, helpful, competent.’

‘Great feel for facts, recognising relevant criteria, great legal expertise, combative attitude.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare Ltd. (UK) und weitere Konzerngesellschaften (Intas Gruppe, Indien)

Adiuva Capital

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

ARENA2036 e.V.

Augsburger Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH

Brose Fahrzeugteile

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e.V.

Connect Com AG, Schweiz

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

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

Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Dürr Aktiengesellschaft AG

DZR Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum GmbH

Emil Frey Automobil Holding Deutschland GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden Württemberg AG

EPH (Energeticky a prumyslovy holding)

erdgas schwaben gmbh

FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), SZ (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Georgsmarienhütte GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Gross-th-beton GmbH & Co. KG

Handtmann Maschinenfabrik

BVG ( Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe)

Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG

HUK-COBURG

Idealo GmbH

IK Investment

Kermi GmbH

L’Oréal Deutschland GmbH

Metro AG

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (MHPS)

Müller-Reisen GmbH & Co. KG

Optica Abrechnungszentrum Dr. Güldener GmbH

Rieker

Ruhrbahn GmbH (früher Essener Verkehrs-AG)

Staatlichen Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Württemberg

Stadtwerke Gießen AG

STEAG GmbH

STRABAG SE / CML Construction Services

Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB)

Südwestdeutsche Medienholding

Th. Geyer GmbH & Co. KG

Thüringerwaldbahn und Straßenbahn GmbH

Transportbeton-Gemeinschaftsunternehmen in Süddeutschland

Troll Cosmetics (Marken Juvena, Declare, Marlies Möller)

Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co.KG

VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

VNG Verbundnetzgas AG

WEPA Apothekenbedarf GmbH & Co KG

Wien Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to DSGV (German Savings Banks and Giro Association; umbrella organization of the savings banks and state banks) concerning the defence against antitrust lawsuits for damages due to the uniform merchant fee for electronic cash payments.
  • Assistance to Idealo (product and price comparison site) with damages claims against Google for abuse of market power, which the EU Commission had fined in the Google Shopping case.
  • Advice on antitrust law and representation of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung on the establishment of joint venture Republic (joint national marketing of national advertisements).

Baker McKenzie

Embedded within the firm's international antitrust practice, Baker McKenzie's team stands out due to its 'good industry knowledge', global collaboration and innovative approaches, such as in the case of providing damage estimation using its specifically developed cartel damage calculator. The group further focuses on international merger controls, abuse of dominance and other antitrust proceedings as well as internal investigations. Practice head Nicolas Kredel in Düsseldorf coordinates international antitrust advice for global clients. Following the departure of Christian Horstkotte and Johannes Weichbrodt to Mayer Brown LLP in December 2020, the team has grown at associate level and, in July 2021, appointed Anika Schürmann to the partnership; she also has criminal law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Kredel

Testimonials

‘Dr. Christian Burholt has built up a powerful team over the years, which has profound expertise not only in antitrust law but also in pharmaceutical law and adjacent legal areas.’

‘Dr Christian Burholt is not only a very excellent antitrust and competition lawyer with outstanding practical solutions, but also has very profound knowledge of pharmaceutical law and adjacent areas of law including social law.’

‘The team exchanges information nationally and internationally very well and offers an extremely valuable series of training courses on developments in antitrust law. This is exemplary and also helps in-house staff to stay informed about latest developments in antitrust law.’

‘Christian Burholt has outstanding expertise in the healthcare sector. Regardless of whether it is about the complex sales and price system in the pharmaceutical sector or takeovers, RA Burholt provides practical and solution-oriented advice, making a risk-transparent decision possible.’

‘High technical expertise, up-to-date information. Client-focused.’

‘Responsible, reliable, flexible, good industry knowledge.’

‘Dr. Nicolas Kredel: Binding, reliable, flexible, good knowledge of the industry.’

‘Nicolas Kredel is a trusted advisor, always available, with great practical understanding and in-depth expertise on the matter.’

‘We mainly work with Jonas Brueckner. He is excellent. He is very smart, thorough and hardworking. He is very responsive to our questions .’

Key clients

Carlsberg Breweries A/S

Daimler

Deutsche Telekom AG

Eckes Granini Group

Knorr-Bremse

Servier Monde

Sika AG

CureVac AG

Work highlights

  • Advising and defending Carlsberg since the Federal Cartel Office initiated antitrust fine proceedings in 2014.
  • Comprehensive advice to Daimler on all antitrust law issues.
  • Support of Deutsche Telekom AG in merger control proceedings before the European Commission. Simultaneous representation of Deutsche Telekom AG and leading South Korean telecommunications provider SK Telecom on the establishment of a fully functional joint venture.

BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte

Only founded in 2016, boutique offering BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte has increasingly gained a reputation as a ‘firm with top expertise‘ in the antitrust sphere, whose client base, made up of both international blue chips and successful medium-sized companies, is constantly growing. The practice’s broad advice offering ranges from merger control to cartel and damages claim proceedings. Other mainstays for the team include its assistance to foreign buyers with investment control-related antitrust matters as well as being part of a monitoring trustee team that monitors the implementation of commitments made to the commission. Berlin-based practice head Anna Blume Huttenlauch‘s advice is based on ‘an efficient approach with highest quality standards‘ while Max Klasse‘s expertise includes merger control and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Anna Blume Huttenlauch

Other key lawyers:

Max Klasse; Philipp Trube

Testimonials

‘Max Klasse is responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Committed, collegial and technically excellent team. Every single one, from partner to junior associate, is simply great, both personally and legally.’

‘Both Anna Huttenlauch and Max Klasse are characterized by the fact that they combine legal excellence with pleasant manners. They are always a pleasure to work with and results are always impeccable. Unlike many lawyers in the field, they are (rightly) confident without being boastful.’

‘Professional excellence of its individuals, where everyone is willing to give everything to achieve the best result for the client .’

‘A very committed, extremely fast-acting and professional team.’

‘Anna Huttenlauch. Very pragmatic, efficient approach with the highest quality standards.’

‘Ultimate care and reliability; very good networking in the antitrust community; individual advice.’

‘Max Klasse: Great expertise and motivation, creativity, quick and good understanding of industry-typical peculiarities, very good and robust advice.’

Expert and service-oriented firm.’

Key clients

Anheuser Busch InBev

Arcus Capital

Axel Springer

BSN

CRRC

EDEKA

E.ON

Facebook

FASTNED

Gazprom

Gemüsering Stuttgart

Infineon

London Stock Exchange

MAN Energy Solutions

OpenGate Capital

Qell Acquisition

TenneT TSO

The NPD Group (US-Marktforschungsunternehmen)

Thermo Fisher

TÜV SÜD

Unilever

Verdane Capital (VC+PE Investor)

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advice to SPAC Qell Acquisition on merger control and EU state aid related to a billion-dollar merger with Munich-based air taxi manufacturer Lilium.
  • Advice to MAN Energy Solutions on merger control matters related to the acquisition of H-TEC-SYSTEMS (registration procedures in a number of jurisdictions worldwide).
  • Appeal proceedings for Vodafone before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice regarding the establishment of a general partnership by EWE/Deutsche Telekom for joint fiber optic expansion. Advice and representation before the BKartA with regard to Gray Spots Sharing cooperation between Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom.

CMS

CMS' antitrust team impresses with 'pragmatic and practical advice' and a full-service approach which is complemented by technical specialization within the group as well as the firm's internal network of international antitrust practices. Both Rolf Hempel, who is based in Stuttgart and took over the practice lead at the beginning of 2021, and Tim Reher focus on damages claim proceedings. 'Good strategist' Harald Kahlenberg as well as Christian Haellmigk and Christoff Soltau predominantly assist with national and multi-jurisdictional merger control matters while Markus Schöner is adept at distribution antitrust issues. The client portfolio includes global corporations and companies from the automotive, energy, consumer goods and mechanical engineering sectors. Heinz-Joachim Freund retired in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rolf Hempel

Testimonials

‘CMS has good expertise in antitrust law. Key contacts can be reached quickly and are flexible.’

‘Dr. Harald Kahlenberg: very good network in the area, broad experience, very good availability.’

‘Harald Kahlenberg and Rolf Hempel are an excellent team. Both are experienced antitrust lawyers and are extremely thorough and reliable.’

‘Christian Haellmigk is an excellent antitrust lawyer. We use his team to analyze global merger approvals and always receive prompt and solid support.’

‘Dr. Bauer has extremely good knowledge of the industry, also thanks to his collaboration with the Markenverband. His advice is pragmatic and easy to implement in practice. He answers quickly and understandably.’

‘Pragmatic, unpretentious, willing to think quickly about the company’s perspective. Fast problem access. Direct guidance.’

‘Dr. Rolf Hempel is clever and acts in partnership. Nothing is exaggerated or beating around the bush. Dr. Hempel provides pragmatic, concrete legal advice.’

‘Harald Kahlenberg and his team: very experienced, competent, reliable and responsive.’

‘CMS Kartellrecht Hamburg: Efficient and qualitatively good advice, flexible and responsive, very pleasant cooperation.’

Dentons

Denton‘s practice stands out for its ‘sound sector knowledge and business-related advice‘, international network as well as a strong presence at various German locations. Jörg Karenfort in Berlin co-heads the global competition and antitrust practice group and frequently acts in tort and antitrust proceedings at EU level while Florian Wiesner‘s team in Düsseldorf ‘works excellently’ and advises on merger controls among other things; Wiesner and René Grafunder jointly took over the lead of the firm’s German antitrust practice in January 2022. Maria Brakalova, a specialist in investment control-related antitrust matters, made partner in March 2021 and highly regarded expert Bertold Bär-Bouyssière, previously at DLA Piper, joined the Berlin and Brussels team as of counsel in June 2021. New focuses for the practice relate to the pharmaceutical sector and digital antitrust law.

Testimonials

‘The team around Dr. Wiesner works excellently and can always be reached at short notice. Competent advice even in time-critical phases.’

‘Dr. Wiesner is our confidante for all antitrust issues.’

‘At Dentons in Germany we work exclusively with Dr. Josef Hainz on antitrust law. Dr Hainz can be reached in a very client-oriented manner, quickly grasps even industrially complex situations and is able to offer a mostly immediately well-founded solution with a high practical value. Can empathize well with the in-house perspective and gives hands-on advice to the point. Last but not least, his way of understanding other opinions and putting them on the right track as well as his excellent knowledge of English help him.’

‘In-depth sector knowledge and business-related advice.’

‘Dr René Grafunder has proven sector expertise in the FMCG/retail sector. He is well connected and pragmatic, has a very good understanding of business requirements and impresses with practical consulting approaches .’

‘Very innovative law firm, for example with a dawn raid alert system for a large corporation. Outstanding technical experts and fast, pleasant cooperation.’

‘Josef Hainz: Technically excellent, very responsive.’

‘Led by an experienced partner, the practice offers bespoke, cost-effective advice.’

‘Clear understanding of our company and advice. Dr. Grafunder gave us excellent advice and represented us in an antitrust investigation in Germany.’

Key clients

Air Products

Aves One

Bundesverband deutscher Banken

Flughafen München

Gazprom

HENSOLDT Group

Munich RE

Otto Group

Porsche

Recylex GmbH (Weser-Metall GmbH)

Silgan Holdings Inc.

Solera Holdings

Tech Data Corporation

Wacker Chemie AG

Yonsung Group

5N Plus Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Association of German Banks on damages claims under civil law in follow-up proceedings B4-9/11- EC Cash of the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Advising Gazprom on a number of antitrust matters, including in connection with the implementation of the commitments ending the European Commission’s abuse proceedings.
  • Joint antitrust advisor to Porsche and Transnet BW on the establishment of a joint venture in the field of intelligent energy systems, including advice on global merger control and compliance. In addition, advice on merger control law on the establishment of a joint venture with the P3 Group and Customcells.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's team covers a wide range of antitrust issues and impresses with 'creative approaches and comprehensive support' ranging from antitrust advice and damages claims to compliance system implementation, while the team also assists clients with matters related to acquisitions and joint ventures across several jurisdictions. Michael Walther in Munich heads the team, which recently underwent several changes: the arrival of experienced antitrust lawyer Georg Weidenbach from Latham & Watkins LLP in November 2020 was followed by the departure of Jens-Olrik Murach to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in March 2021 and Kai Gesing, who is well versed in the technology sector, made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walther

Other key lawyers:

Georg Weidenbach; Kai Gesing

Testimonials

‘ Well positioned as a global law firm. Good cross-team collaboration.’

‘Good hands-on approach. Very targeted advice.’

‘Small team, but highly efficient and very pragmatic. Pleasant cooperation. Fast response time. ‘

‘Mr. Walther and Mr. Gesing work very professionally and work well together within the Gibson Dunn team and with the in-house team. They are very pragmatic and careful not to generate unnecessary costs. They have in-depth knowledge of cartel damages claims and also point out good strategic solutions.’

‘Fast and reliable advice to the point. Very good availability, creative approaches and comprehensive support.’

‘Weidenbach, Georg (Partner): Fast, reliable, creative, very easy to reach as well as comprehensive support and excellent advice.

Key clients

Robert Bosch GmbH

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

TDK Electronics AG (vormals EPCOS)

Neenah, Inc.

Triton

Heska Corporation

Centrotec SE

Exide Technologies SAS

Work highlights

  • Antitrust advice to US pharmaceutical group Gilead Sciences in connection with the acquisition of German biotech company MYR GmbH.
  • Advising Robert Bosch GmbH on antitrust aspects of the sale of its global automotive steering business with steering and transmission pumps for passenger cars and commercial vehicles to Fidelium Partners.
  • Advising Mittelstandsfonds on antitrust aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in Inwerk GmbH.

Jones Day

Jones Day's practice spans both national and cross-border matters and relies heavily on cross-practice and cross-location cooperation. The team advises clients particularly frequently on antitrust issues pertaining to transactions and merger control, but also assists with litigation before the Federal Cartel Office, German courts and the European Commission, as well as compliance issues. Antitrust expert Johannes Zöttl in Düsseldorf jointly heads the team with the Frankfurt-based Carsten Gromotke, who has over 20 years of professional experience. Jürgen Beninca has expertise in cartel fines and damages litigation and Philipp Werner is the German partner in the Brussels office.

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Beninca; Philipp Werner

Key clients

SAP SE

Freudenberg SE

Eaton Corp.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Suez S.A.

PolyOne Corporation (jetzt Avient Corp.)

European Bank for Financial Services (ebase)

Griesson – de Beukelaer GmbH & Co. KG

Milliken & Company

Work highlights

  • Ongoing antitrust advice to SAP SE in Germany and worldwide.
  • Antitrust advice to Freudenberg SE on its $133.6 million public takeover bid by Low & Bonar PLC via a Scheme of Arrangements (SoA).
  • Advising European Bank for Financial Services GmbH (ebase) on the acquisition of the entire securities business of Augsburger Aktienbank AG.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Led by Anne Caroline Wegner Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH‘s ‘extreme wealth of experience‘ in antitrust matters is utilised in a variety of ways with the team focusing on the automotive and energy sectors among others. Particular mainstays for the practice include antitrust litigation, compliance and internal investigations as well as digitalization, where strategic cooperation with colleagues from other practice groups plays a central role. Notably, the cooperation with the Brussels-based Helmut Janssen also strengthens the practice. The ‘extremely experienced‘ Holger Stappert and Sebastian Felix Janka, who has ‘high professional competence‘ are among the key contacts. As part of professional services organization Unyer, which launched in May 2021, the firm can also rely on a good international network.

Practice head(s):

Anne Caroline Wegner

Testimonials

‘Holger Stappert: Extremely experienced, fast, knowledgeable.’

‘Luther’s antitrust practice has been very helpful and professional in handling the German aspects of the issues we have entrusted to them.’

‘Luther’s lawyers have very good knowledge and expertise in competition regulations and were able to guide us through the labyrinth of German competition legislation.’

‘I have long experience with Dr. Sebastian Janka. To be emphasized are: His high professional competence, which is expressed both in knowledge, which is immediately available in many topics, as well as the ability to acquire further detailed knowledge in a short time, if necessary. The ability to explain technical and sometimes complex issues in a very understandable way for a layperson in the legal field. Full commitment to the client, very imaginative and persistent. Quick availability for questions and necessary discussions and then also 100% focused in shared times. Also mental preparation for the individual steps of a certain topic.’

‘Very client-oriented, absolutely reliable and above all pragmatic (not self-evident for all lawyers).’

‘Very strong wealth of experience, very well connected with respective regulatory authorities. Very results-oriented work.’

‘Holger Stappert: A wealth of experience, very competent.’

Key clients

Carcoustics International

Knorr-Bremse

Fiege

RKD Recycling Kontor Dual GmbH & Co. KG

Harley-Davidson

Swiss Steel (vormals Schmolz + Bickenbach)

Caffitaly

Haus Cramer (Warsteiner)

Parfümerie Douglas GmbH

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

M2 Beauté

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

Obst- und Gemüseverarbeitung Spreewaldkonserve Golßen GmbH

BASF SE

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive antitrust advice to Mutares SE & Co. KGaA, in particular in connection with the examination and coordination of numerous global merger control law applications, including the sale of Balcke-Dürr Rotemühle GmbH, a manufacturer of air and flue gas ducts in power plants and industrial plants Howden, UK.
  • Support for the finance department of a large automotive group on antitrust compliance worldwide. Development of a detailed compliance manual for a large number of potential antitrust law issues in this area (which goes well beyond the depth of standard compliance guidelines) as the basis for a worldwide roll-out.
  • Various merger control law audits for Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG, including advice on an investment in the AI and Big Data start-up Westphalia DataLab (WDL), a global full-service logistics provider.

Milbank

Milbank‘s antitrust practice is led by Alexander Rinne and provides prestigious companies from the financial services, automotive, food and industrial sectors with ‘creative solutions‘ to multifarious antitrust issues. The group’s advice ranges from merger control, cartel and abuse proceedings to antitrust disputes and compliance. The Munich-based Rinne has ‘valuable broad experience in M&A transactions and offers practical advice‘ and, as head of the European antitrust and competition practice, is also well versed in representation before both German and European authorities and courts.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Rinne

Testimonials

‘Milbank impresses with its high level of commitment and availability and creative solutions.’

‘Dr. Alexander Rinne has valuable broad experience in M&A transactions and offers practical advice.’

We rate the team as focused, responsive, perceptive and pragmatic. They are internationally well connected and can assess the situation quickly and accurately. They are very user friendly.’

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

Sartorius

Telefónica

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Appointed as central and exclusive adviser (together with teams across other jurisdictions) on merger control and foreign investment filings in Europe for all HIG Capital transactions. Advice on numerous transactions, including the acquisition of Hundhausen Constriction Forms Inc. and Infratech.
  • Advised Otto Group on antitrust aspects of various important strategic transactions, including the sale of Mondial Relay to InPost and the partnership with Advent for Hermes Germany and Hermes UK.
  • Comprehensive antitrust advice to Roche Diagnostics in connection with the allocation and pricing of Covid-19 tests, including proceedings before antitrust authorities. Also advised Roche on numerous other antitrust issues in the areas of distribution, licensing and R&D collaborations.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's 'creative, innovative and future-oriented' team around Cologne-based antitrust lawyer Thomas Funke stands out with a focus on business-critical future topics in the digital sphere, such as digital trading platforms. The team provides a wide range of advice and also assists with cartel damages issues, where it represents plaintiffs in proceedings relating to the truck or sugar cartel. At European level, the team advises on energy sector-related merger controls while the close cross-practice cooperation with the firm's IP, IT and litigation teams also plays an important role. Key contact Sebastian Hack is a 'sound expert in the field' and advises on multifarious antitrust issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Funke

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Hack

Testimonials

‘Very thorough handling of larger cases and individual issues, including corporate law and other legal issues.’

‘Partner Dr. Sebastian Hack as a sound expert in the field and also within the affected industry with the ability to coherently present complex cases and plausible solutions.’

‘Creative, innovative and forward-looking.’

‘Thomas Funke is a top quality lawyer. He uniquely combines expertise with commercial transaction experience.’

‘Very practical and result-oriented advice.’

‘Dr. Thomas Funke: Very experienced, service-oriented and practical consultant with good industry and market knowledge.’

‘Practical, law firm explicitly strives for industry knowledge – good accessibility – reasonable billing according to billable hours – only “discreet marketing”.’

‘Dr. Sebastian Hack and Thomas Funke are extremely reliable, service-oriented, easily accessible, give pragmatic help, even directly on the phone, point out options, work carefully, think their way into the client and their needs.’

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's team, singled out for their 'passionate and personal advice at highest level', primarily acts for German DAX30 companies, medium-sized companies and prestigious international corporations. The practice encompasses the representation in antitrust proceedings before both German and European courts and authorities as well as defending clients in follow-up antitrust compensation proceedings; here, the expertise and experience of co-practice head Hans-Joachim Hellmann in Mannheim plays a key role. Merger control cases at EU level and before the Federal Cartel Office are primarily dealt with by the Brussels office around co-practice head Silvio Cappellari. The team frequently advises clients on antitrust issues in cooperation with its corporate and IP practices.

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Birmanns

Testimonials

‘Extremely efficient, excellently positioned in German antitrust law, registrations with the Federal Cartel Office.’

‘The practice is characterized by passionate and personal advice at highest level.’

‘Hans Hellmann (Partner) is an outstanding consultant who is instrumental in my assessment of SZA’s passionate and personal advice at highest level.’

They are a strong team in every way. I don’t see any weaknesses apart from their size, but the lean structure is also an advantage as it means you get quick, practical advice from real experts .’

‘Stephanie Birmanns is my main contact. Stephanie is exceptional in every way. She is very knowledgeable, client-friendly and practical. I have also worked with Silvio Cappellari and this collaboration was also a pleasure for similar reasons.’

‘The team has extensive experience in both merger control and antitrust and litigation. What makes it special is that the lawyers are very efficient and pragmatic and clearly say when a case is hopeless. But if they commit, then fully.’

‘Silvio Cappellari: Very experienced and well connected, especially in European law. Particularly good in abuse litigation and merger control. Dr Stephanie Birmanns also very well connected in Germany with specialization in merger control and cartels. Both very experienced and excellent in dealing with company employees in all areas.’

Key clients

Avantor, Inc.

Berding Beton GmbH

Daimler AG

Equistone Partners

Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

Hansa Armaturen GmbH

Mandarin Capital Partners

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Nike European Operations Netherlands B.V. und Converse Netherlands B.V.

Overgas Inc. und Overgas Mrezhi

Tapetenfabrik Gebr. Rasch

Tikehau Investment Management S.A.S.

Vossloh-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive antitrust advice to the European sales company of the world’s largest sports and fashion manufacturer Nike and representation in various contentious disputes.
  • Advice to Avantor, Inc. on complex merger control and foreign trade issues related to the takeover of German Ritter GmbH by he US Fortune 500 life sciences company Avantor Inc.
  • Advising and representing Vossloh Group in more than 60 follow-on damages claims, in particular in the rail cartel I to IX; First instance representation before the regional courts of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart as well as appeal proceedings before numerous higher regional courts.

WilmerHale

WilmerHale covers numerous aspects of antitrust law, with litigation, in which the practice has a strong track record, representing a clear focus for the group. The team assists clients with antitrust administration and fine proceedings, damages claims as well as with major arbitration proceedings involving antitrust issues; long-standing clients further specifically seek the practice for merger control advice. Notably, cross-office cooperation with colleagues in Brussels, the US and London also plays an important role. Berlin-based duo Ulrich Quack and Stefan Ohlhoff as well Hans-Georg Kamann in Frankfurt jointly head the team. Quack acts with a 'prudent and goal-oriented approach to authorities' while Ohlhoff and Kamann have extensive experience in antitrust tort litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Fleischmann

Testimonials

‘Extremely focused and efficient work, excellent knowledge of the market and an excellent overview of authorities’ approval practices. Partners work themselves and don’t pass inquiries through to associates. Absolutely fair billing, unrivaled price/performance ratio!’

‘Ulrich Quack: Very good understanding of relevant economic conditions and objectives for transactions. Good ideas, prudent and goal-oriented approach to authorities and therefore able to achieve the best possible results. Exact knowledge of the specific market conditions for us.’

‘Oliver Fleischmann: First class expertise on all aspects of antitrust and merger control law. Careful and conscientious advisor with great oversight.’

Key clients

Bundesverband der Musikindustrie

Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands

Cosnova GmbH

Danaher Corporation

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

Facebook, Inc.

Institut Straumann AG

Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co KG

Krombacher und Schweppes

MKS Instruments

TUI AG

Wintershall Dea

Wolfgang Burgard (Carlsberg Deutschland)

Work highlights

  • Defending Federal Association of Public Banks in Germany, VÖB, eV in several parallel lawsuits before the Berlin Regional Court for antitrust damages due to merchant fees for Girocard.
  • Representation of Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co KG, Krombacher Brauerei Bernhard Schadeberg GmbH & Co. KG, Schweppes Deutschland GmbH and Kondima Engelhardt GmbH & Co KG in damages claim proceedings related to the sugar cartel.
  • Representing Deutsche Bahn AG in damages claim proceedings related to the rail cartel.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's antitrust practice is headed by the Düsseldorf-based Jörg Witting, who is adept at advising on corporate partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and distribution agreements. The practice works closely with colleagues from its public procurement, patent and corporate practices which enables particularly competent advice for clients in the pharmaceutical, IT and healthcare sectors. Anna Federle is based in both Düsseldorf and Brussels and has many years of experience in German, European and international merger controls, including phase II proceedings. Stephan Waldheim made partner in November 2020 and has experience in online sales and cartel damages among other things.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Witting

Other key lawyers:

Anne Federle; Stephan Waldheim

Key clients

adidas AG

Adient PLC

Amway GmbH

BorgWarner

Canon

China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC)

ECT SAS (PE Fonds)

Eurofiber Nederland B.V.

fischer automotive systems GmbH & Co. KG

Husqvarna AB

Immofinanz AG

John Bean Technologies Europe B.V.

Kaz Europe Sàrl

Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG

LiveKindly Company Inc

MasterCard Europe SA

Melitta Gruppe

Neenah Gessner GmbH

Nexteer Automotive Corporation

Panasonic

PPG

ProsiebenSat.1

Rubycon

S20 e.V.

Societe General/ALD SA

Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Stadtwerke Alsdorf GmbH

The Heavy Duty Manufacturer Association

Vitruvian (PE Fonds) / Doctor Placement GmbH

Work highlights

  • Antitrust and merger control advice to Adient PLC in connection with a transaction with Sage Automotive Interiors.
  • Complaint on behalf of a mobility company to the Federal Cartel Office because of market foreclosure practices to prevent emerging (price) competition.
  • Support for Melitta Group in cartel damages proceedings, EU merger control proceedings and other antitrust issues.

DLA Piper

Internationally well connected and based on a strongly integrated consulting approach, DLA Piper's practice offers clients 'good specialist knowledge paired with a hands-on mentality' . The team frequently assists with antitrust aspects of transactions and joint ventures, compliance issues and merger control proceedings, while collaborating across practices with its corporate and commercial colleagues. Ludger Giesberts heads the practice from Cologne, Jan Dreyer is considered an 'attentive advisor' and Semin O has experience in cross-border merger control proceedings. The arrival of counsel Sergej Bräuer in June 2020, previously at Gleiss Lutz, has particularly strengthened the team's cartel damages claims practice. Justus Herrlinger joined from White & Case LLP at the end of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Testimonials

‘In addition to the high level of professional competence, the team complements each other very well due to the different individual working methods. As a client, you receive comprehensive advice on legal and formal aspects as well as tips and recommendations on strategic aspects. For external contact, e.g. in appointments with the BKartA, it was also an advantage that a lawyer had the details of the documents in his head and also at hand and that his partner was able to grasp the sometimes tense situations on the relationship level and empathetically de-escalate them. Absences were always organized in such a way that a lawyer familiar with the procedure was available as a contact person.’

‘Good specialist knowledge paired with a “hands-on” mentality in consulting. The results of the consultation can be implemented in practice.’

‘Jan Dreyer is an attentive consultant who shows his own initiative and asks the right questions.’

‘The team works very professionally and is always up to date with the latest case law and legislation. The pragmatic and timely advice adapted to the “business” is very much appreciated. What also stands out is that the team is always available.’

‘Partner Semin O works at highest professional level and always has the client’s business interests in mind. The pragmatic legal advice is greatly appreciated.’

This is a very efficient and professional team.

Key clients

EWE AG

AOC Health GmbH

BearingPoint

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

insightsoftware

KRAHN Chemie Gruppe

Lufthansa Technik AG

Noventiz GmbH

Otto Group

Phoenix Mecano Ag

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on all aspects of antitrust law as part of their announced focus on core activities and portfolio adjustments.
  • Defending the approval of the Federal Cartel Office in merger control proceedings for the energy and telecommunications company EWE AG to establish a joint venture with Telekom Deutschland GmbH.
  • Advising Otto Group on the sale of the group’s own service provider for quality assurance and product safety, Hansecontrol Group, to Qima, a leading provider of supply chain compliance solutions.

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP focuses on litigation, with the team acting exclusively on plaintiff side; here the practice is considered a top address for the enforcement of cartel damages claims and successfully represents clients in market abuse proceedings and in injunction proceedings. The group is particularly active in the digital sector, where it represents clients against industry giants such as Google. Alex Petrasincu, who is based in Düsseldorf and Berlin, is considered an 'excellent and innovative antitrust lawyer'; Ann-Christin Richter at the Berlin office has expertise in antitrust damages and summary proceedings; and Thomas Höppner is particularly experienced in abuse proceedings in the internet economy. All three jointly head the practice.

Testimonials

‘Very dedicated and available, even at short notice for complex issues.’

‘High commitment of the entire team with high quality standards at the same time. Always available at short notice for queries. Very good advice, also on constellations outside the box. Always focus on optimal protection against possible risks, but with a view to pragmatic implementation.’

‘Dr. Richter: Very competent legal advice, even in complex cases. Pointed risk analysis with an eye for practice. Dr. Petrasincu: Pragmatic risk assessment with a focus on the right priorities. Innovative solution ideas.’

‘Fundamentals are dealt with comprehensively, procedures are discussed in a clear and structured manner. At the same time, meetings and briefs are characterized by maximum efficiency, without neglecting the necessary care. All in all, as a client, you feel very well looked after and well advised.’

‘Prof. Thomas Höppner is an excellent advisor in the field of antitrust law. His very high level of expertise is paired with an extreme understanding of his clients’ economic concerns.’

‘Outstanding lawyers and an innovative model within Germany, integration of antitrust law and litigation.’

‘Dr. Petrasincu: Excellent and innovative antitrust lawyer. Dr Höppner: Experienced in the field of digitization. Dr. Richter: Very good antitrust lawyer and very experienced in litigation/damages.’

‘Prof. Höppner has outstanding knowledge of both digital platforms and relevant law and the scientific discussion with them. Relentless and extremely knowledgeable representative of the client’s interests.’

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

PostNord AB

Rewe Gruppe

Save.TV Ltd.

Ecosia

European Magazine Media Association

European Newspaper Publishers Association

Schibsted ASA

Diverse Stahlverarbeitende Unternehmen

United Postal Service (UPS)

Waberer’s Gruppe

Qwant SAS

Axel Springer

Visual Meta

NetDoktor (Burda Media Group)

Foundem

Heureka Group

Stepstone Deutschland GmbH

Open Internet Project (OIP) – Paneuropäische Interessenvertretung im Bereich des Digitalen Wettbewerbs

Work highlights

  • Represented Financialright Claims in cartel damages proceedings as a result of the truck cartel (EU cartel proceedings).
  • Representing the Federal Association of Digital Publishers and Newspaper Publishers (BDZV), Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) and Qwant against Google. A fundamental procedure for ensuring free access of media content to digital distribution channels.
  • Successful representation of NetDoktor (subsidiary of Burda Medien) in landmark proceedings pertaining to an unlawful cooperation between Google and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer WojtekComparative Guides promotional icon's team 'always has pragmatic solutions in mind' and fields a comprehensive practice spread across various locations. Clients, many of whom are longstanding, benefit from the firm's cooperation with firms belonging to the lawyer network World Services Group and from the team's close cooperation with other practice areas, especially distribution law. Düsseldorf-based practice head Rainer Velte has many years of experience in antitrust issues and has particular expertise in merger control proceedings and cartel damages. At the Munich office, Reinhard Siegert specializes in distribution antitrust law, while Frederik Wiemer in Hamburg oversees merger controls and antitrust investigations, among other things.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Velte

Testimonials

‘What is unique is the ability to make quick & actionable suggestions (no ivory tower). This also shows the practical experience.’

‘Dr. Siegert: Reliable, competent, available. Has the ability to explain complex content in a management-friendly manner and (very important in my opinion) to defend “unpopular” points factually but hard (no softening, no catastrophe painting).’

‘Very pronounced service provider mentality with quick contact access .’

‘Always focus on pragmatic solutions. In particular, the ability to prepare solutions – depending on the contact person – in a way that is comprehensible and understandable for non-lawyers.’

‘Very good expertise in the automotive sector and good contacts to private equity companies with relevant activities.’

‘Reinhard Siegert: Very pleasant to work with, expertise in the automotive sector.’

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's internationally well-connected team advises clients on global competition issues, EU regulations as well as on national antitrust law and also has extensive expertise in merger controls as well as in obtaining clearance certificates from the Federal Ministry of Economics; in cartel follow-on damages claims, the team represents both defendants and plaintiffs. Axel Schulz and the 'very agile and tactically very sophisticated' Tilman Kuhn jointly head the practice. Justus Herrlinger joined DLA Piper at the end of 2021. Antitrust lawyer Lars Petersen, who also has public law expertise, made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tilman Kuhn; Axel Schulz

Other key lawyers:

Lars Petersen

Testimonials

‘Broad and very well-coordinated team that also offers seamless, high-quality advice across borders.’

‘Large international network, great international know-how, particularly in relation to the handling of global multi-jurisdictional mergers, but also specialists in peripheral areas and related areas of law.’

‘Tilman Kuhn is the head of the group – very agile and tactically very clever.’

‘Very good advice, especially with regard to merger control both in Germany and the EU and multi-jurisdictional. ‘

‘Good, young and innovative team.’

White & Case’s antitrust team is unique in its depth of knowledge, practical knowledge, agility and cross-jurisdictional cooperation. They are also very up to date on new trends and innovations, and provide assistance to clients with legal issues.’

‘Tilman Kuhn and his long-standing, growing team work closely with other White & Case offices and are experienced in complex multi-jurisdictional engagements, particularly in merger control, FDI, and across a wide range of industries, with particular experience in the industrial sector, technology, chemicals and automotive.’

Tilman Kuhn has established himself as one of the go-to lawyers in Germany over many years!’

‘Tilman Kuhn: Very knowledgeable, academic and also very practical when it comes to matters. Knowledgeable of various jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Symrise

Allianz

KWS Saat

Edeka

Aixtron

EWE

Panasonic

Autoliv

Work highlights

  • Successful advice and representation of Pentax as a third party before antitrust authorities (EU, US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Austria) on the merger of international competitors.
  • Advising GlobalWafers on the takeover of their direct competitor Siltronic AG. The advice and global coordination includes merger control and investment control law proceedings before authorities in Germany (merger control and FDI), Austria, USA (merger control and FDI), UK, China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea.
  • Advice on merger control law to Japanese fine chemicals company DIC Corp. and US subsidiary Sun Chemical Corp. regarding competition law aspects of the planned acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business – BASF Colors & Effects (BCE).

BUNTSCHECK Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Antitrust boutique offering BUNTSCHECK Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH covers the entire spectrum of antitrust advice and representation and offers 'pleasant and uncomplicated cooperation on equal footing '. The group's core competencies include defense in cartel and complex damages claims proceedings, merger controls and compliance issues. In addition, the team is increasingly active in abuse of dominance and complaints proceedings against prestigious companies before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission. Martin Buntscheck, 'who impresses with brilliant expertise', Andreas Boos and Tatjana Mühlbach jointly lead the practice from Munich.

Testimonials

‘Advice has quality of well-known large law firms, but at significantly lower hourly rates. Very practical hands-on advice. Very good experience in the area of merger control, sales antitrust law and general antitrust law, although the focus is on cartel damages law.’

‘Dr. Andreas Boos: Very experienced partner, committed and reliable. Very good work results, immediately usable.’

‘Dr. Buntscheck is an extremely experienced colleague who impresses with brilliant expertise and achieves excellent results.’

‘Clear focus on antitrust law. The firm has grown significantly in recent years through additions at partner and associate level, without losing sight of the quality and personal support of the clients. A strong concept!’

‘Dr. Tatjana Mühlbach: Experienced partner in antitrust law, who can not only perfectly cover the usual antitrust support of transactions, but also antitrust damages law and antitrust advice on distribution issues. In recent years, she has also developed an excellent overview of antitrust issues in the life sciences/healthcare sector.’

‘Buntscheck is one of the most successful antitrust law boutiques on the market. They focus fully on antitrust law and can therefore give very specific advice. All consultants are experienced.’

‘Martin Buntscheck stands out from the ranks of partners as a founder. He has the entrepreneurial spirit, but also the legal skills to successfully lead large mandates in antitrust law. His team handles large numbers of damages claims in the truck sector, for which other law firms sometimes employ twice as many lawyers.’

‘Very pleasant and uncomplicated cooperation at eye level ‘will to win’, good accessibility, ‘goes the extramile’.’

Key clients

ADAC

Afinum

Alpine Global

Amorelie

Armira Partners

AUCTUS CAPITAL

B.O.B. Einkaufs GmbH

Beauty-Lab

Bett1.de GmbH

Brugg Group

DavidsonKempner Capital Management

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor

Egeria Capital

EMERAM Capital Partners

Eutelsat

FAKRO

Flaconi

Fluorsid Alkeemia

FSN Capital

GARDENA

giz Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GTT Communications

HiPP

Höhenrainer Delikatessen

Iveco-Gruppe

JATO Dynamics

Jet Capital

Karl Lausser Heizungsbau

Landbell Group

Ninestar

Paragon Partners

PAYONE

Pohl Handels GmbH

ProSiebenSat1. Media

smartpatient

smava

Stahlgruber und REMA TIP TOP

Think Tank Photo

wetter.com

ZF Friedrichshafen

Zhiyun Tech

Zoom Video Communications

Work highlights

  • Defending Iveco Group against damages claims in connection with the truck cartel in currently around 90 court proceedings throughout Germany.
  • Successful representation of Karl Lausser Heizsbau GmbH in cartel investigation proceedings of the BKartA related to technical building equipment (TGA); In addition, representing the company in a preventive injunctive relief and related urgent proceedings before Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, aimed at prohibiting the press release planned by the BKartA.
  • Advising and representing an international media company in several abuse proceedings against Google (European Commission), Amazon (Federal Cartel Office) and Apple (Federal Cartel Office).

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's expertise spans various areas of competition and antitrust law, with a focus on antitrust investigations, competition litigation and competition compliance. The team is jointly led by a trio in Düsseldorf and Hamburg: Christian Bahr, who advises a federal ministry on antitrust law; Michael Adam, who has expertise in cross-border transactions; and Sascha Dethof, who has many years of experience in antitrust investigations and damages claims.

Key clients

BMWi

Bombardier Aerospace

Deutsches Obstsorten Konsortium

Edding

Sonova

Work highlights

  • Antitrust advice to BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) on the founding process of the European cloud infrastructure GAIA-X.
  • Comprehensive advice to Sonova on the acquisition of Sennheiser Consumer Division.

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Cartel damages and fine proceedings represent one focus of Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB‘s practice, which has been particularly active in representing clients in relation to the truck cartel. Other mainstays include advice to private equity companies on international merger controls as well as distribution antitrust issues. Another feature of the practice is its expertise in media and broadcasting matters and its proximity to the finance and banking sector. Practice head Ulrich Schnelle in Stuttgart is an ‘excellent antitrust lawyer‘ who advises various prestigious clients.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich Schnelle

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and result-oriented.’

‘Ulrich Schnelle is an excellent antitrust lawyer.’

‘Extremely practice-oriented, well versed in rapidly changing legal situations. Sound strategies, very efficient. It is unique that all lawyers have antitrust and litigation know-how and do not have to consult other practice groups.’

‘Prof. Ulrich Schnell is a permanent sparring partner. Versed in antitrust law, antitrust damages law, corporate law and litigation. He is excellently supported by Elisabeth S. Wyrembek and Dr. Christian Aufdermauer. 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

Hoffmann Liebs

Clients of Hoffmann Liebs‘ young antitrust practice include both medium-sized and large companies, business associations and associations which the group advises on transactions, merger control and compliance issues as well as cartel damages claims; furthermore, the team also has expertise in foreign investment control. Kerstin Pallinger, a ‘true and proven expert in all antitrust issues’, is well versed in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cartel fines and abuse proceedings against dominant companies; she was also recently increasingly active in administrative offence proceedings.

Testimonials

‘Dr Kerstin Pallinger!!! She is a true and proven expert on all antitrust issues, while always willing and able to find practical solutions. In addition, it is a pleasure to work with her. We have trusted her for many years and will continue to do so.’

‘The partner Ms. Pallinger is very strong, offers sound advice on antitrust law and is also very personable.’

Key clients

Stahlinstitut VDEh

Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl

Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen

Devolo

USB Bochum

Addsino Co. Ltd.

WEAT GmbH

AiCuris GmbH

ARG mbH & Co. KG

Xiaomi Technology Germany GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) eV in several civil disputes about the use of breeding and performance judges outside the global organizational sovereignty of the Federation Cynologique International against individual international shepherd dog clubs and the recognition of foreign pedigrees before the LG Dortmund and the OLG Düsseldorf; advice on behavior towards the European Commission and the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Support of ARG mbH & Co. KG in the merger control registration of the increase in voting rights from 20% to 25% each of the shareholders BASF SE, Ludwigshafen; INEOS Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH, Cologne; SABIC Petrochemicals BV, Sittard (NL) and Westgas GmbH, Marl at ARG mbH & Co. KG, Oberhausen and ARG Verwaltungs GmbH, Oberhausen due to the departure of Sasol Solvents Germany GmbH, Hamburg.
  • Advice to Addsino Co.Ltd. on shares acquisition in IMST GmbH, Kamp-Lintfort in relation to aspects of merger control and foreign trade law, including the notification of the acquisition of shares in accordance with Section 60 AWV to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; negotiating the investment review with the Ministry; as well as the first prohibition of an acquisition situation by the federal government according to § 55 AWV.

Kapellmann und Partner

Kapellmann und Partner advises clients, including prestigious international corporations, on numerous antitrust issues and stands out for its ‘very high level of competence, fast and practice-oriented action ‘. The practice encompasses representation in cartel and merger control proceedings as well as the antitrust-compliant design of contracts and cooperations. Axel Kallmayer, who commutes between the Mönchengladbach and Brussels office, as well as the Brussels-based Robin van der Hout jointly lead the practice. ‘Always reliable and very committed partnerIvo Du Mont also commutes between Mönchengladbach and Brussels. Julia Wiemer (competition and energy law) made partner in February 2022.

Testimonials

‘Kapellmann und Partner is an exceptionally good law firm when it comes to questions of antitrust law. As a FinTech, we have been working together with Kapellmann in a spirit of trust for many years. Kapellmann not only contributes in-depth expertise in the field of antitrust law, but also a deep understanding of the financial technology industry sector. The assessments, which are always qualitatively reliable and resilient, can always be used directly in practice by us.’

‘Mr. Ivo du Mont is always a reliable and very committed partner to us. His advice is always of the highest quality and practical. The advice is efficient and he excels at providing an immediate, resilient assessment of urgent matters as well as substantive, timely briefs where required.’

‘Excellent service provider. Technically excellent and extremely pleasant to deal with and priced.’

‘Gregor Schiffers is our go-to guy – he’s always available and honestly focuses on the client’s interests. Julia Wiemer is a hungry and great young partner. You will hear a lot more of her .’

‘Dr. Ivo Dumont can analyze and evaluate difficult antitrust issues very clearly and understandably and also communicates them in an understandable way to non-lawyers. His personal advice is very pleasant, practice-oriented and creative, with risks being clearly identified.’

‘Ivo du Mont: Excellent lawyer, diligent and persistent when it matters.’

‘Very high level of competence, quick and practice-oriented action.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

'Excellent lawyer' Tim Schaper heads Norton Rose Fulbright's antitrust practice and, together with his Hamburg team, focuses on merger control, cartel investigations and compliance advice to a client base primarily consisting of prestigious companies from the automotive, retail and energy sectors. The cooperation with the office and German partner Michael Jürgen Werner in Brussels is of central importance to the practice. Notably, cooperation is also strong within the firm's international antitrust practice. Maxim Kleine and his team joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tim Schaper

Other key lawyers:

Michael Jürgen Werner

Testimonials

‘Dr. Tim Schaper is an excellent lawyer, pragmatic, solution-oriented, confident and extremely pleasant to deal with.’

The team has a high level of experience and close ties with Brussels.’

‘Herr Werner is an excellent expert in antitrust law. He has excellent relationships, particularly within the EU bodies in Brussels. The working style (and that of his associates) is characterized by highest accuracy and efficiency. The contexts of facts that are assessed are always illuminated. This results in solutions on a broad basis that can be implemented directly. Other clients also appreciate this, with the corresponding effects on availability.’

Key clients

Imperial Logistics BV & CoKG (Imperial Logistics Ltd, Südafrika)

Imperial International Holding

Yazaki Europe Limited

Oppenhoff

Oppenhoff impresses with 'extreme technical expertise', a 'very high level of service orientation' and industry expertise particularly in the automotive, chemical and consumer goods sectors. The group assists clients with merger control, civil antitrust litigation and compliance issues, while distribution antitrust law represents another important pillar of the practice. Andrés Martin-Ehlers in Frankfurt leads the team, Daniel Dohrn offers 'excellent advice on antitrust issues', and together with Vanessa Pickenpack is the key contact for antitrust litigation; the duo is particularly well versed in cartel damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Martin-Ehlers

Testimonials

‘With Oppenhoff’s lawyers, you can always count on positive feedback immediately, no matter what the problem or inquiry has been. This has become a reliable habit. If the person addressed is not the proven expert for the problem, the request will be forwarded immediately to a colleague and answered there. It doesn’t matter in which practice the expert is located. I also think it’s wonderful that I’m picked up exactly where my level of knowledge is and I never have the feeling that one of my questions isn’t appropriate. They really are real service providers who are fit and up-to-date on all issues.’

‘I had a lot to do with Dr. Daniel Dohrn and Dr. Simon Spangler. An incredibly pleasant cooperation. Any request will be met immediately with the utmost professionalism. And if it’s urgent, the answer comes back promptly even in the late evening hours. The same goes for matters that go beyond usual paid work, e.g. B. Lectures and presentations, input for publications or references to current developments that contain valuable information for the association I represent. I also really appreciate the newsletter information and link collections on the Oppenhoff homepage on current legal developments.’

‘Daniel Dohrn, as the key contact, placed requested problems in a focused manner within the firm and was able to offer the client good solutions on a regular basis.’

‘Oppenhoff works very practically and solution-oriented with pragmatic ideas and sound advice. Unnecessary cost-cutting is avoided and, if required, the firm is also available ad hoc as a telephone sparring partner.’

‘Dr Simon Spangler stands out with his expertise and his in-depth knowledge of the market. Not only does he know the industry-specific conditions (in our case FMCG, beauty, healthcare), but also knows how to give practical advice. Dr Spangler convinces with fast reaction times and always profound and pragmatic advice.’

‘Daniel Dohrn: Outstanding advice on antitrust issues. Very competent and differentiated, clear statements to the point, always with a profound understanding of official procedures. This means that memos can be used directly for management decisions.’

‘Dr. Spangler has a very pragmatic and decisive approach to consulting. It is easy for us to implement business decisions based on this clear advice.’

‘Very great professional expertise, very high service orientation, very good communication.’

Key clients

CC Pharma / Aphria

Bundesverband Deutscher Kinderausstattungs-Hersteller e.V.

Clariant International AG

Clarios Germany GmbH & Co. KGaA

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

Dorel Juvenile Netherlands

Aston Martin Lagodna

Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke GmbH & Co. KG

TIP Trailer Services GmbH

Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

VHV Holding AG

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke GmbH & Co. KG

Zurich Group

Dermaroller GmbH

Pema GmbH

BöSha  Technische Produkte GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advice to TIP Trailer Services Germany GmbH on damages claims enforcement against members of the truck cartel and advice on the enforcement of toll reimbursement claims against the Federal Office for Goods Transport.
  • Advice to Hella on merger control in connection with a joint venture with Chinese company Minth.
  • Representing Pema GmbH in cartel damages proceedings before LG Hannover against four members of the truck cartel.

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

A decisive characteristic of Pinsent Masons Germany LLP's team around partners Michael Reich and Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann is its conscious sector focus. Subsequently, the group advises leading companies, especially in the consumer goods, automotive and energy sectors, on a wide spectrum of antitrust matters with merger controls and distribution cartel issues as well as litigation also being part of the advice offering. Alan Davis acts as international lead of the practice and heads the team from London.

Practice head(s):

Alan Davis

Key clients

Equistone Partners GmbH

Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG

Knorr-Bremse AG

TOTO Europe GmbH

Bilfinger SE

Borg Automotive A/S

BP Europa SE

Stadt Langenfeld

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co. KG and the entire group on all antitrust issues. This includes, in particular, questions of cooperation with competitors and distribution in accordance with antitrust law, as well as representation in three proceedings before the district courts of Hanover and Stuttgart against cartel damages claims by drugstore companies Schlecker (insolvency administrator Arndt Geiwitz), Müller and Rossmann.
  • Ongoing advice to Tönnies Holding ApS & Co. KG / Zur Mühlen Group on all antitrust and merger control issues, including the takeover of more than 7,000 employees and the acquisition of an insolvent manufacturer of ham and sausage specialties with successful merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.
  • Ongoing advice to Knorr-Bremse AG and its subsidiaries Knorr- Bremse Systems for Commercial Vehicles GmbH and Knorr-Bremse Systems for Rail Vehicles GmbH on all antitrust law issues, including advice on cooperation with competitors.

Raue

Raue covers a wide range of antitrust issues including compliance matters, merger control and damages claim proceedings for both plaintiffs and defendants. The practice's industry expertise in regulated industries is particularly notable, with the team being increasingly active in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors. Michael Bergmann heads the practice from Berlin and has longstanding experience in assisting with cartel damages, fine proceedings and compliance matters. Christian von Hammerstein also has expertise in the energy sector, as does Anna von Bremen, who made non-equity partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bergmann

Testimonials

‘Very client-oriented, very practical, very solution-oriented, with a keen eye for what is economically and legally feasible.’

‘Responsiveness, precision, foresight, manners, address.’

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's antitrust practice advises a diverse and often international client base with a focus on automotive and mobility, manufacturing and the digital economy. In this context, the team frequently assists with cross-border transactions, while the practice's constantly increasing internationalization is particularly tangible with regards  to its Asian business. Practice head Marco Hartmann-Rüppel in Hamburg has expertise in international transactions, strategic cooperation and competition litigation, Stephan Manuel Nagel has 'an excellent understanding of economic relationships' and Stefan Horn made salary partner in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hartmann-Rüppel

Testimonials

‘Very good accessibility; fast processing; target group-oriented presentation of work results; very good strategic advice.’

‘Dr. Stephan Nagel has an excellent understanding of economic relationships and is also able to explain complex antitrust requirements in a way that non-lawyers can understand.’

‘Fast recording of the facts, transparency, timely replies to our questions, up-to-date specialist knowledge.’

‘Stephan Manuel Nagel is characterized by a high level of analytical skills, with which he guided us safely through a complex antitrust situation. He conveyed difficult issues to us in a way that was understandable and comprehensible for lawyers and non-lawyers alike and acted in our case with necessary sensitivity and foresight, combined with up-to-date knowledge in a special legal area.’

Key clients

Biotest AG

Bilfinger SE

Borromin Capital Fund III, L.P.

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Coupa Software

Deutz AG

ECM Equity Capital Management GmbH

Flughafengesellschaft Berlin Brandenburg BER

fos4X

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Giesecke+Devrient

Hillenbrand

Hydrotec

Institut für das Entgeltsystem im Krankenhaus GmbH – InEK

International Luxury Holdings

Kotug International B.V.

Optimum Group

Provinzial-Gruppe

Röhm

sennder

Sixt Leasing

Telefónica, S.A.

Thyssenkrupp

Toyota

Volkswagen China

Work highlights

  • Advising Telefónica SA on antitrust, merger control and state aid issues, including EU merger control proceedings, a strategically important telecommunications project to establish a fiber optic network operator in Germany; Joint venture with Telefónica Deutschland and Allianz Capital Partners.
  • Regular antitrust and compliance advice to Bilfinger, among other things on research and development cooperation, distribution issues and antitrust damages claims as well as implementation of compliance training.
  • Comprehensive antitrust and merger control advice to the Federal Ministry of Defense on the federal government’s 25.1% stake in Hensoldt AG.