Antitrust in Germany

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP advises medium-sized and large German companies as well as global players on the full range of antitrust matters including investigations into market behaviour and follow-up claims for damages. The practice led by Ellen Braun focuses on automotive sector work but is also increasingly involved in issues pertaining to digitalisation and represents various companies from the consumer goods industry. Börries Ahrens is also active in the automotive sector, where he handles compliance matters and merger controls. With Jürgen Schindler, who divides his time between Hamburg and Brussels, the team has a direct link to the firm's EU antitrust law team. Schindler's areas of expertise include advanced technology, shipping and transport alongside commodities.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Braun

Other key lawyers:

Börries Ahrens, Jürgen Schindler

Baker McKenzie

Complex merger controls, international antitrust proceedings and antitrust compliance are the core competencies of Baker McKenzie. The team also covers new ground in the areas of digitalisation and innovation and was instrumental in the development of the Baker McKenzie Global Dawn Raid App. Nicolas Kredel regularly coordinates international antitrust matters for global clients and acts in multijurisdictional antitrust and merger control proceedings. He also focuses on the automotive, IT, telecommunications and insurance sectors. This is complemented by practice head Christian Horstkotte's expertise in consumer goods, financial services and commodities. Christian Burholt is the main contact for work in the segments pharmaceutical and life sciences. Latin America expert Johannes Weichbrodt, who is praised by clients for his 'know-how and his efficiency', was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Christian Horstkotte

Testimonials

‘The Baker team has a competent contact for any issue in the health care field.

‘An internationally well-equipped antitrust team with high competence even in contentious cartel proceedings.

‘The team has consistently grown in recent years and has built up solid knowledge of interests and processes of corporations.

‘Nicolas Kredel is a very committed partner, who intensively considers the different issues of his clients in order for his team to provide advice that is as client-specific and efficient as possible.

‘Christian Burholt is a distinguished expert in antitrust law. In addition to the fastness of his responses and availability, his pragmatic solution proposals also stand out.

Key clients

Accenture

Aurubis

BSH Hausgeräte

Carlsberg

Citrix

Daimler

Deutsche Bahn

Eastman Chemical

Eckes-Granini

Hochtief

Ideal Automotive

Knorr Bremse

Leica Microsystems

LKQ Corporation

Mekonomen

Metro

Netgear

Platinum Equity

Ricola

Samsonite

Schneider Electric

Segafredo

Sika

thyssenkrupp

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Successful representation of Carlsberg in opposition proceedings at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf after cartel fine proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Assisted Sika AG with merger control proceedings in various countries for the acquisition of Parex.
  • Advised Aurubis on phase 2 merger control procedings for the establishment of the largest European copper wire manufacturer.

Bird & Bird LLP

Handling antitrust damages claims is a primary focus of Bird & Bird as well as providing advice on antitrust issues at the interface with IP with a particular niche in FRAND matters. The team led by Jörg Witting also has particular expertise in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and IT sectors. As another key figure, Anne Federle focuses on providing clients with strategic advice on the development of antitrust compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Witting

Other key lawyers:

Anne Federle

Testimonials

Anne Federle has a very quick grasp of matters and a deep understanding of economic issues and business models. She also has extensive experience and outstanding legal knowledge.

Key clients

Adient plc

auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG

Continental AG

Cybex GmbH; Columbus Trading-Partners GmbH & Co. KG

Dalli

E.ON

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

Mastercard

Melitta

NVIDIA Corporation

Rubycon

Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL)

Wascosa

Zentis

Work highlights

  • Advised Adient plc on merger control aspects of a joint venture with Boeing for the manufacture of airplane seats.
  • Represented auric Hörsysteme GmbH in cartel damage claim proceedings.
  • Advised Cybex and their German distribution subsidiary Columbus Trading Partners on antritrust questions regarding the distribution of brand products.

BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte

BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte assists clients with internationally critical cases in public procurement and antitrust law: Thanks to its expertise in EU proceedings, the team is part of the monitoring trustee team in the Gazprom proceedings. The broad client base of the team led by Anna Blume Huttenlauch consists of international blue chips as well as medium-sized companies, which also benefit from the firm's foreign trade law department. Key figure Max Klasse has particular experience in the food, pharmaceutical, media, telecommunications and transport sectors. Senior associate Julius Hasse, who is also admitted in England, Wales and Ireland, joined the team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Anna Blume Huttenlauch

Other key lawyers:

Max Klasse; Julius Hasse

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its high competence and efficient advice.

‘The lawyers at BLOMSTEIN aren’t just all excellent lawyers, but also very pleasant to work with.

‘Max Klasse is an analytical and strategic lawyer.

‘Anna Huttenlauch is very pleasant to work with, very creative and constructive in negotiations, while keeping focus on the client’s best results.

Key clients

Bertelsmann

UPLINK Network

Gazprom (Alcis Advisers)

The NPD Group

Crossatlantic Capital

EDAG Engineering

Falck-Gruppe

FNZ UK Limited

Gemüsering

Mast Jägermeister

Medpex

PIA PERFORMANCE INTERACTIVE ALLIANCE

Vitruvian Partners

Zalando

Work highlights

  • Provided Crosslantic Capital with merger control advice in connection with the acquisition of Hakle GmbH.
  • Part of the monitoring trustee team for the monitoring of the commitment made by Gazprom before the EU Commission.
  • Provided Mast Jägermeister with EU antitrust advice in connection with the acquisition of two distribution companies for spirits in the Czech Republic and Slovac Republic from Remy Cointreau.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advises on all aspects of German and European antitrust law including litigation and the assessment of horizontal and vertical contractual restraints of competition. The practice is always in close contact with the firm's Brussels office. Key figure Dirk Schroeder has particular expertise in the postal, telecoms, media, chemical, petroleum, energy and healthcare sectors. Romina Polley is recommended for antitrust investigations and frequently acts in prominent antitrust fine proceedings. Wolfang Deselaers has extensive experience of complex German and European merger control proceedings. Following the departure of counsel Tilman Kuhn, who joined White & Case LLP's antitrust team as co-head at the end of 2018, Katharina Apel made counsel at the beginning of 2019. Apel advises on merger control and abuse of dominant position, most notably in the consumer goods industry.

Other key lawyers:

Romina Polley, Wolfgang Deselaers, Dirk Schroeder; Katharina Apel

Testimonials

‘A very experienced team composed of outstanding lawyers with strong connections to the science, economists and authorities.

‘Very competent, well-organised and attuned team with solution-oriented and pragmatic cooperation.

‘The team behind Wolfgang Deselaers is well attuned and is very determined.

‘Wolfgang Deselaers is one of the top choices for antitrust in Europe.’

‘Romina Polley is always solution-oriented, competent and solution-oriented. She understands how to illustrate and explain legal concepts to non-lawyers.

‘Romina Polley and Rüdiger Harms offer strong representation in antitrust matters, particularly based on economic understanding and a pragmatic approach.

‘Counsel Katharina Apel has excellent technical knowledge.

Key clients

3M

Airbus

Air Liquide

Baxter

Beiersdorf

The Coca-Cola Company

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Post

Dow

DuPont

EdF

ExxonMobil

GlaxoSmithKline

GoodMills

Google

Henkel

International Post Corporation

Masco

Media Saturn Holding

Nestlé

UTC

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • Represented Deutsche Telekom in challenging the EU commission ruling on the company’s abuse of a dominant position.
  • Represented Nestlé in several antitrust and information sharing cases and cartel damage claim actions at various German courts.
  • Antitrust advice to Airbus SE regardingt the aquisition of a majority share in C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP).

Clifford Chance

In December 2018, digitalisation expert Michael Dietrich and his team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP joined Clifford Chance's antitrust practice. This has enabled the firm to significantly strengthen its position in the market, providing assistance with compliance programmes, merger control proceedings and cross-border antitrust investigations. Main contact Marc Besen frequently acts in investigative and abuse proceedings. Joachim Schütze regularly advises energy, telecoms, automotive and media sector clients on infrastructure-related antitrust matters. The firm also has expertise of the pharmaceutical, technology, consumer goods and retail sectors. Counsel Maximilian von Zedtwitz von Arnim, who joined the group together with Dietrich, advises on antitrust issues pertaining to the digital transformation of business models.

Practice head(s):

Marc Besen

Testimonials

‘Das Team bietet hohe Fachkompetenz und Erfahrung auf allen Ebenen sowie ein exzellentes Zusammenspiel von Partnern und Associates.’

‘Marc Besen kann die kritischen Themen eines Falles sehr schnell analysieren und eine interessengerechte Lösung zuführen. Seine Ratschläge und Stellungnahmen sind praxisgerecht und managementtauglich.’

‘Joachim Schütze has a high tactical understanding.

‘Michael Dietrich an experienced and very competent antitrust lawyer.

‘Counsel Maximilian Zedtwitz is very competent and professional.

‘Dimitri Slobodenjuk delivers outstanding work in antitrust law. He particularly stands out for his practical analysis and results.

‘Albrecht von Graevenitz has a very high detail knowledge and works extremely thoroughly.

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

BMWREWECompagnie de Saint-Gobain

Innogy SE

Samsung

L’Oréal Deutschland

Porsche

Volkswagen

Merck

Work highlights

  • Provided General Electric with comprehensive merger control advice in connection with the sale of its biopharma business.
  • Advised Volkswagen AG regarding merger control aspects of its acquisition of 75% of Wireless Car.
  • Acted for Cölner Hofbräu P Joseph Früh KG in opposing a fine proceeding ruling of the Federal Cartel Office.

CMS

CMS' services cover the full spectrum of antitrust law. Thanks to a close cooperation with the firm's corporate law practice, handling cross-border merger controls is part of the team's core business. Led by Markus Schöner, the team maintains intensive client relationships with companies from highly regulated markets such as energy and TMT, providing them with ongoing antitrust law advice. Antitrust damages claims are primarily handled from Hamburg, where the team acts for both claimants and defendants. Harald Kahlenberg specialises in multijurisdictional merger control filings as well as the structuring of joint ventures, corporate cooperations and distribution systems.

Practice head(s):

Markus Schöner

Other key lawyers:

Harald Kahlenberg

Testimonials

‘CMS fields a very strong and experienced antitrust team covering all aspects of antitrust law. The team replies to queries in a comprehensive manner and with the client’s business in mind. The international aspect is just as important: CMS is well equipped to handle cross-border matters in Europe.’

‘The antitrust practice at CMS interacts closely with other practice areas in order to take side issues into account when giving advice.’

‘The team is very reliable, flexible and open to practical arguments, well informed and experienced.’

 ‘Harald Kahlenberg is very competent and thorough.’

 ‘We appreciate Rolf Hempel’s expertise.’

‘Dietmar Rahlmeyer, Daniel Kaiser and Angelika Wieczorkowski have provided us with great support. Their advice was outstanding at all times.’

Key clients

Advance Publication, Inc.

Atlas Copco AB

Circle Media Group B.V.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Fluxys SA

LBBW Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Markenverband e.V.

Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz Baden-Württemberg

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

Sinochem

Work highlights

  • Vertretung des Landes Baden-Württemberg gegen das Bundeskartellamt vor dem OLG Düsseldorf und dem BGH in einem Untersagungsverfahren wegen gemeinsamer Holzvermarktung.
  • Rechtsbeschwerde zum BGH gegen Urteil des OLG Düsseldorf wegen angeblicher Vertikalabsprachen von Rossmann mit Melitta zu Endverbraucherpreis von Kaffee.
  • Laufende kartell- und fusionskontrollrechtliche Beratung im In- und Ausland bei Transaktionen, geplanten Transaktionen und sonstigen kartellrechtlichen Fragen für Scholz Recycling.
  • Advised and represented Advance Publications in merger control proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office regarding the acquisition of Stage Entertainment.
  • Advised and represented Atlas Copco in merger control proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office and coordinated the registrations in the US, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Austria for the acquisition of the crypto business from Brooks Automation.
  • Represented the State of Baden-Württemberg against the Federal Cartel Office at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf and the Federal Court of Justice in prohibition proceedings due to joint wood marketing.

Commeo LLP

The highly specialised antitrust law boutique Commeo LLP covers the full spectrum of antitrust law with particular focus on merger control and compliance. Other core strengths include antitrust law audits, abuse proceedings and contentious matters, most notably follow-on claims for damages. The quartet consisting of Stephanie Pautke, Dominique Wagener, Johanna Kübler and Jörg-Martin Schultze share the lead of the practice, which is divided up into individual sector specialisations: Pautke is particularly renowned for her work in the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. The 'creative and solution-oriented' Wagener assists clients from the oil and gas sectors, while Kübler is dedicated to telecoms matters. Schultze complements the firm's antitrust offering with a notary's practice focusing on corporate law. Counsel Isabel Oest predominately acts in antitrust and merger control proceedings, including complex phase II proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Pautke; Dominique Wagener; Johanna Kübler; Jörg-Martin Schulze

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Oest

Testimonials

‘Commeo is a group of highly talented antitrust lawyers, who always deal with the most current topics. The lawyers have an extremely sound knowledge of antitrust law.

‘We value Commeo for the high commitment and the proven expertise of its lawyers.

‘Commeo  stands out for a quick grasp and a very solution-oriented approach.

‘Dominique Wagener is very well versed, responds quickly and delivers good solutions.

‘Counsel Isabel Oest has become a rising star over recent years. She conveys absolute calmness, even when situations are difficult. She is also seasoned in exceptional situations such as phase II proceedings.

‘Jörg-Martin Schultze and Christoph Weinert stand out for their pleasant personal style and high availability as well as the ability to get to the heart of complicated matters and different industries.

Key clients

AS&S Radio/ARD Werbung Sales & Services

ARD Werbung Sales & Services GmbH

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

CSL Behring GmbH

Evonik Industries AG

Japan Airlines (Japan)

JTEKT (Japan)

Fraport AG

Magna Management AG (Switzerland)

Transgourmet Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG

Procter & Gamble Service GmbH

Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH

Saarstahl AG

SMA Solar Technology AG

Schufa Holding AG

Unilever Deutschland GmbH

Uvex Winter Holding GmbH & Co. KG

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

Westfalen AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the Evonik corporation on the sale of its Methacrylate business to Advent International.
  • Represented Saarstahl AG in the stainless steel cartel proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Represented Japan Airlines in the air freight damage claim proceedings.

Dentons

The antitrust practice at Dentons stands out for its broad sector expertise. Jointly led by Jörg Karenfort and René Grafunder, the team has antitrust expertise in the insurance, automotive, e-money and media sectors and regularly acts in phase II proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office. In spring 2019, Florian Wiesner joined from Clifford Chance; he has particular strength in merger control proceedings. At the same time, the firm focuses on organic growth: compliance specialist Josef Hainz made partner in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Karenfort

Testimonials

‘Dentons offers practical and problem-oriented advice. Furthermore, the international profile of the firm allows for a legal one-stop shop for internationally operating corporations.

‘The antitrust team at Dentons in Germany is very internationally-oriented, with connections to nearly all relevant jurisdictions.

‘The antitrust team at Dentons is prepared to see the bigger picture and offers innovative legal advice, especially in relation to digitalisation and the use of legal tech solutions.

‘Jörg Karenfort is very well versed as well as imaginative and stays on top of things.

 ‘René Grafunder is absolutely reliable and his answers are precise and clear.

Key clients

Bundesverband Deutscher Banken, Bankenverband e.V.

Daimler AG

Dentsu Aegis

Enbridge Inc.

ENGIE

Fidelio Healthcare

Gazprom OAO

Paydirekt

Silgan

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister

Wacker Chemie

Work highlights

  • Represented PAO Gazprom in antitrust and abuse proceedings before the European Commission.
  • Acted for Silgan in antitrust proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Advised Enbridge Inc. on the establishment of a joint venture with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

DLA Piper

Handling cross-jurisdictional mandates constitutes a key portion of DLA Piper's antitrust workload. The practice led by Ludger Giesberts regularly advises on international merger control aspects under German and EU law and has a specialism in handling work pertaining to the life sciences, chemical, automotive, telecommunications and energy sectors as well as the media (advertising in particular) and IT industries. Jan Dreyer frequently defends clients in antitrust infringement proceedings and advises companies on antitrust compliance. Bertold Bär-Bouyssière covers the interface between German and European law and is therefore primarily instructed by international companies. Semin O, who focuses on the design and implementation of compliance systems, made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Testimonials

‘What makes the cooperation with DLA unique is that the key contact remains the same over several years, who then has a very good understanding of the business models.

Key clients

Audemars Piguet

BASF SE

Boston Consulting Group

Shell

Discovery Inc.

EWE TEL GmbH

exceet Group AG

exceet Group SE

H.I.G. Capital

JDA Software, Inc.

MerckKGaA

Newell

Noventis

publity AG

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

VARTA AG

Work highlights

  • Provided BASF SE with EU and international merger control advice regarding the acquisition of the nylon business from Solvay.
  • Advised Discovery Inc. on its joint venture with ProSiebenSat. 1.
  • Advised battery manufacturer VARTA AG on the acquisition of the VARTA Consumer Battery business based in Europe from the US company Energizer Holdings, Inc.

Fieldfisher

In recent years, Fieldfisher has shifted its focus towards antitrust litigation. The team jointly led by Christian Bahr, Michael Adam and Sascha Dethof is particularly active in damages and fine proceedings but it also advises on merger controls and increasingly handles compliance matters. Bahr handles leniency applications and private antitrust damages actions. Dethof also covers distribution antitrust law aspects and Adam stands out for his expertise in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Christian Bahr; Michael Adam; Sascha Dethof

Testimonials

‘Christian Bahr has outstanding antitrust expertise and the ability to make use of it in a practice-relevant and client-suitable manner.

 

Key clients

ASUS

OXEA Holding GmbH

Verband forschender Arzneimittelhersteller (VFA)

Work highlights

  • Representation of Asus in proceedings by the European Commission due to suspected resale price maintenance.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has wide-ranging expertise on all fronts of national and international antitrust law. Practice head Martin Klusmann puts his focus on antitrust and follow-on proceedings, while managing partner for Continental Europe Helmut Bergmann has an excellent reputation in advising management boards. Tobias Klose advises clients on their global strategy in international antitrust fine proceedings alongside international audits and Uta Itzen specialises in defending clients in antitrust proceedings and related antitrust damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Martin Klusmann

Other key lawyers:

Helmut Bergmann; Tobias Klose; Uta Itzen

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's practice covers the entire spectrum of German and European antitrust law. Practice head Michael Walther has extensive experience in merger control law alongside antitrust compliance. Thanks to the firm's international reach, his mandates are regularly of a cross-border nature and require antitrust analysis and filings in various jurisdictions. Key figure Jens-Olrik Murach, who divides his time between Brussels and Frankfurt, is also primarily involved in merger control, often acting on behalf of third parties, and in filing transactions before the EU Commission.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walther

Other key lawyers:

Jens-Olrik Murach

Testimonials

‘Jens Murach is a very good lawyer who works pragmatically and constructively.

‘Benno Schwarz, Katharina Saulich and Michael Walther all have a pragmatic hands-on mentality and consider the client’s needs well.

Key clients

1&1 Drillisch AG

Brooks Sports Inc.

CCL Industries Inc.

Giesecke+Devrient

HJM Investment GmbH & Co. KG

Krombacher

Limbach SE

Marriott

One Equity Partners

PepsiCo

Bosch

SGB-SMIT

TDK Electronics

Triton

UBS AG

William Hill plc

Wirecard AG

Work highlights

  • Advised William Hill on the aquisition of an online betting company group with focus on Europe.
  • Advised Triton Smaller Mid-Cap-Fund on the German merger control in connection with its investment in Deutsche Radiologie Holding (DRH).
  • Advised PepsiCo on EU merger control proceedings at the European Commission regarding the takeover of SodaStream.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition covers the gamut of antitrust law, from compliance and merger control to antitrust damages and assistance with cooperation projects of competitors. Jointly led by Markus Wirtz, Silke Möller and Christian Karbaum, the practice focuses on advising clients from the telecommunications, online industry, automotive and new technologies. Recently, Wirtz has been particularly active in defending companies and managing directors before the Federal Cartel Office and the EU Commission.

Practice head(s):

Markus Wirtz; Silke Möller; Christian Karbaum

Testimonials

‘The team exhibits a high technical standard.

‘Markus Wirtz is very structured and always stays on top of things.

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom

Gilead

United Internet

Electronic Arts

ZF Friedrichshafen

Klöckner

Total

Samsung

Haniel

Gleiss Lutz

The antitrust practice at Gleiss Lutz has highly complex antitrust, large damages and merger control proceedings alongside internal investigations at its core. Certain specialisations have become particularly apparent within the broadly positioned team: Ulrich Denzel has extensive automotive sector expertise, advising automotive manufacturers and suppliers on cooperation and distribution agreements. Insurance companies call upon team head Ingo Brinker, who also provides advice on antitrust aspects pertaining to online platforms. Christian Steinle regularly takes the lead in media-effective antitrust fine and antitrust damages proceedings but also assists his clients with the set-up and implementation of compliance programmes. Acting for clients in the consumer goods and food industries is a key area of expertise for Petra Linsmeier. The positive development of the practice is also reflected in its personnel policy: during the reporting period, the team appointed three associate partners and Alexander Fritzsche was made equity partner in January 2019. He advises on the whole range of German and European antitrust law.

Practice head(s):

Ingo Brinker

Testimonials

‘Gleiss Lutz is involved in many of the major cartel damages cases and otherwise very experienced, which makes it ideal for us to work with.’

‘Moritz Holm-Hadulla is a very nice and friendly guy; well-organised and always eager to help.’

The team is excellent with a very client-focused approach and always provides insightful and practical advice. The team is always present and available for supporting the client in all the steps of the procedure.

Christian Steinle is a highly knowledgeable, strategic and straightforward practitioner. He never disappoints but always satisfies the needs of the client with an impressive capacity of understanding not only the competition law issues but also the business reality and the complexity of internal processes in the company.

Client-oriented and trustworthy risk evaluation and advice. Appropriate involvement of individual partners while taking into consideration the economic value of each case.

Very efficient and risk-appropriate work, especially by Dr Ulrich Denzel.

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP's antitrust practice focuses on antitrust litigation, most notably antitrust damages claims. The team jointly led by Alex Petrasincu, Thomas Höppner and Ann-Christin Richter, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2019, represents a large number of plaintiffs in truck antitrust proceedings. Petrasincu in particular is a name to note in this field. The firm also takes a leading role in handling mandates pertaining to digital markets and platforms, for example in the representation of several online price comparison providers. Managing partner Christopher Rother left the firm in 2019 and joined the litigation funder Profin as managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Alex Petrasincu; Thomas Höppner; Ann-Christin Richter

Testimonials

‘Hausfeld, and particularly Thomas Höppner, have antitrust knowledge as well as deep expertise in digital business models.

‘Thomas Höppner has longstanding experience proceedings before the European Commission and is therefore very well connected and extremely proactive.

‘Ann-Christin Richter has outstanding expertise, particularly in antitrust damages claims.

‘Ann-Christin Richter always manages to perfectly tailor the advice to the client’s needs and the distinct matter.

Key clients

BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger (BDVZ)

Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger (VDZ)

Dachser SE

Financialright Claims GmbH

Heinrich Koch

Internationale Spedition GmbH & Co. KG

Idealo Internet GmbH

Jet Tankstellen Deutschland GmbH

CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA

Müller Ltd. & Co. KG

PostNord AB

Rewe Gruppe

Save.TV Ltd.

Schibsted ASA

United Postal Service (UPS)

Waberer’s Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Represented transport associations and the legal service provider Financialright claims GmbH in connection with actions against the truck cartel.
  • Represented Jet Tankstellen Deutschland in damage claims proceedings against German banking associations due to cartel infringements in connection with girocard charges.
  • Represented REWE Group in the enforcement of damage claims as a consequence of the truck cartel.

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB's antitrust, public procurement and state aid law group headed by Ulrich Schnelle has antitrust litigation at its core. The firm acts for both claimants and defendants in antitrust damages, fine and court proceedings. Team head Schnelle regularly takes the lead in the examination and assertion of claims for damages in the truck cartel, acting for approximately 350 clients with 45,000 trucks. In merger control, the team frequently receives instructions from private equity firms. Volker Soyez, who acts from Brussels, has extensive experience in hotel proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich Schnelle

Other key lawyers:

Volker Soyez

Key clients

AURELIUS

Deutsche See GmbH

Linpac

EUROFER

Fairtraide

Friedrich Scharr KG

Hotelverband Deutschland

Hotel Wikingerhof

12a International Antimony Association

MTD Products Inc.

Oettinger Brauerei GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of Friedrich Scharr KG in the liquid gas cartel, including appeal against the Federal Court of Justice ruling.
  • Provide continuous advice to AURELIUS on European and global merger control proceedings and the coordination of registrations in foreign jurisdictions.
  • Cartel damage claims against HRS due to anti-competitive use of best price clauses; representation of more than 600 hotels of the German Hotel Assocation (IHA) in a class action.

Hengeler Mueller

As a market leader in this field, Hengeler Mueller provides an extensive range of services in antitrust law and has a particularly good reputation in fine proceedings, while merger control law matters constitute another key area of expertise, which includes phase II proceedings. Thorsten Mäger focuses on providing antitrust law support in the areas of internet distribution and platform markets alongside related IP law issues. Christoph Stadler has in-depth experience of German and European merger control, while Thomas Paul is a key name in several media-effective compensation cases. Daniel Zimmer covers antitrust matters particularly from the perspective of energy law. The versatile team is also well versed in automotive and insurance sector work.

Other key lawyers:

Alf-Henrik Bischke; Matthias Blaum; Thorsten Mäger; Hans-Jörg Niemeyer; Thomas Paul; Markus Röhrig; Christoph Stadler; Stefanie Budde; Jörg Meinzenbach; Ralf Willer; Daniel Zimmer

Testimonials

‘Jörg Meinzenbach is extremely solution-oriented and exhibits high personal commitment.

‘Markus Röhrig delivers very good quality and advice that is suitable for corporations.

Key clients

Vodafone Group plc

Daimler

BMW Bayerische Motorenwerke

innogy SE

Takeaway.com

MVV Energie AG

MAN SE

MacGregor

OptiGroup AB

VTG AG

Generali

AS Création Tapeten AG

Broadview Holding

Allianz SE

NCC Nippon Chemi-Con

Stahlgruber

Mondelez Deutschland

TenneT TSO

Work highlights

  • Provided Vodafone with EU merger control advice in connection with the acquisition of Unitymedia and other assets from Liberty Global.
  • Provided innogy SE with comprehensive antitrust advice regarding the consolidation of Germany’s energy sector in connection with the sale of the innogy shares held by RWE to E.ON.
  • Represented AS Création Tapeten AG in fine proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office in connection with the wallpaper cartel.

Hermanns Wagner Brück Rechtsanwälte

Hermanns Wagner Brück Rechtsanwälte advises large renowned companies as well as medium-sized companies and trade associations on various antitrust law matters. Advising and representing clients in merger control proceedings is the main focus of the practice. Corinna NeunzigJohann Brück and Achim Wagner are recommended.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises companies, associations and the public sector on various antitrust law matters such as merger control proceedings and preventative measures to avoid antitrust violations. Handling fine proceedings and providing antitrust law advice on innovative projects are among the core strengths of the practice led by Rainer VelteFrederik Wiemer is particularly well versed in damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Velte

Other key lawyers:

Frederik Wiemer

Testimonials

‘Frederik Wiemer is a reliable external antitrust lawyer, who knows very well how to adjust to client’s needs.

Key clients

Audi AG

Chiquita

Funke Mediengruppe

G&E GE-TEC

Ganske-Gruppe

IGEPA

iRobot Inc.

Land Hessen

manroland Goss web systems GmbH

SGS

Shell

Shell Deutschland Oil

VTG AG

Work highlights

  • Provided Funke Mediengruppe with merger control advice in connection with the sale of shares in WAZ Ausland Holding.
  • Represented G&E GE-TEC in merger control proceedings at the EU Commission in connection with the establishment of the joint venture Pionierwerk with SW Hanau.
  • Represented Shell in cartel damage claims proceedings.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP assists national and international clients with the full remit of antitrust matters with a particular focus on preventive measures and litigation. The team led by automotive and building material expert Martin Sura has broad bench strength. In the rapidly changing market environment, Marc Schweda specialises in matters at the intersection with public procurement and EU state aid law. Christoph Wünschmann focuses on providing assistance with merger control law matters arising from transactions and coordinates worldwide merger control filings. In response to legal developments in antitrust tort law, Kim Lars Mehrbrey was appointed co-head of the newly formed global antitrust litigation sub-group. He is dedicated to the prosecution and defence of claims for damages as well as corporate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Martin Sura

Testimonials

‘Marc Schweda advises on antitrust issues even of time-sensitive and spontaneous enquiries in an always competent and comprehensive manner.

‘Christoph Wünschmann has a prudent, analytical approach.

‘Christoph Wünschmann is pragmatic, quick, bold and has comprehensive expertise. 

 

Key clients

BASF SE

BASF

Polyurethanes GmbH

Thalia

Air Canada und Korean Air

Work highlights

  • Provided BASF Polyurethanes GmbH with antritrust advice in connection with its business relationships with adidas.
  • Provided Thalia with merger control advice on a series of projects, such as most recently the acquisition of the bookstore Mayersche Buchhandlung.
  • Represented Air Canada and Korean Air in various damage claim proceedings in connection with the air freight cartel ruling of the European Commission.

Jones Day

Due to the firm's international network, Jones Day focuses on complex merger control mandates. The key players of the antitrust law practice co-led by Carsten Gromotke and Johannes Zöttl demonstrate a wide range of experience: Gromotke represents clients in antitrust proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and Zöttl advises on the abuse of market power and interface matters in the areas of compliance and IP. Jürgen Beninca is dedicated to administrative fine proceedings and also handles distribution antitrust law. Philipp Werner complements this offering with his expertise in state aid law.

Practice head(s):

Carsten Gromotke; Johannes Zöttel

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Beninca; Philipp Werner

Testimonials

‘The firm covers various legal areas very professionally and the team collaborates very well.

‘Johannes Zöttl’s outstanding knowledge contributes to our success.

Key clients

SAP SE

Ravago S.A.

Fosun International

UPL

Mitteldeutsche Hartstein-Industrie AG (MHI)

Deutscher As-phaltverband (DAV) e.V.

Sanofi

AB Electrolux

USG Corporation

Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised SAP in connection with the acquisition of Qualtrics International.
  • Provided Ravago with antitrust and merger control advice in connection with the acquisition of the XPS business from DowDuPont.
  • Advised one of the largest and most active Chinese investors Fosun International in connection with the takeover of numerous foreign subsidiaries of the global German FFT Group from Aton GmbH.

Kapellmann und Partner

With teams in several major German cities, Kapellmann und Partner assists clients with all German and EU antitrust law matters. The practice is particularly active in merger control and vertical proceedings, while advising on antitrust compliance constitutes another key strength of the practice co-led by Axel Kallmayer and Robin van der Hout. Reflecting the overall focus of the firm, the antitrust law team puts emphasis on the construction and real estate sectors. The firm is also on a growth path: During the research period, four associates joined the team, and antitrust and state aid lawyer Gregor Schiffers made equity partner in February 2019.

Practice head(s):

Axel Kallmayer; Robin van der Hout

Other key lawyers:

Gregor Schiffers

Testimonials

‘The firm has specific knowledge and experience in structures and specifics of the nutrition and food industries.

‘Kapellmann und Partner create great and bespoke products, which help in-house.

‘Ivo du Mont is an outstanding partner. He exhibits a remarkable competence in complex and unhandled issues.

‘Axel Kallmayer is a very experienced, competent and sympathetic lawyer, how recognises specific issues very quickly and develops prompt and practical solutions.’ 

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP deals with all facets of German and European antitrust law but has recently put significant emphasis on large-scale investigations alongside antitrust damages and merger control proceedings. Thanks to the firm's strong M&A practice, the team also handles transactional work and frequently acts for private equity clients. Michael Esser has significant experience of phase II proceedings and is particularly well versed in the media, digitalisation and data protection sectors. Clients from the food trade, steel and automotive sectors often receive advice from Georg Weidenbach. Max Hauser, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2019, has a focus on merger control but also acts in antitrust damages actions alongside antitrust and antitrust abuse proceedings. On the junior level, senior associate Jan Christoph Höft is noted for his expertise in the media sector as well as in the trend area of online platforms and digital business models.

Key clients

Facebook Inc.

ArcelorMittal

The Carlyle Group

Nestlé

Exide Technologies

Liberty Global/Unitymedia

Work highlights

  • Represented Facebook in connection with data protection and antitrust laws in proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office due to suspected abuse of a dominant position.
  • Represented Liberty Global in EU Phase II merger control proceedings regarding the planned takeover of the cable business from Liberty Global particularly by Vodafone plc.
  • Advised the investor-seller consortium on the sale of Duales System Deutschland (Der Grüne Punkt) to Remondis.

Linklaters

As a one-stop shop for regulatory matters, Linklaters provides national and international companies with the full range of antitrust law services. The firm's particular expertise in major cross-border merger control proceedings and in advising automotive manufacturers on antitrust and antitrust abuse proceedings are particularly noteworthy. The practice is led by the renowned Daniela Seeliger, who coordinates multijurisdictional proceedings and represents her clients before German and European courts. Carsten Grave has expertise in the financial services and logistics industries, advising on antitrust aspects pertaining to company acquisitions and distribution systems. Christoph Barth, who specialises in merger control proceedings and foreign trade litigation, made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Seeliger

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Grave; Christoph Barth

Testimonials

‘The team is highly flexible and uncomplicated and deals professionally with antitrust authorities.

‘Daniela Seeliger has a very good eye for the essentials.

‘On all levels of the company, Daniela Seeliger has a convincing presence and manages to convey complex matters in a comprehensive, tangible and convincing manner.

Key clients

E.ON SE

KME AG

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

Linde AGEnergizer Holdings, Inc

Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Börse

LG Electronics, Inc.

tesa SE

thyssenkrupp AG

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is noted for its expertise in the energy, automotive, media and healthcare sectors as well as increasingly in the waste management and clothing sectors. Anne Caroline Wegner, who has made a name for herself for her experience in distribution antitrust law, heads the team. As well as providing assistance with compliance matters and merger control proceedings, the group also acts in fine proceedings, most notably for companies from the steel industry. With the arrival of Sebastian Janka from Noerr in July 2019, the firm's Munich antitrust law team received a significant boost.

Practice head(s):

Anne Caroline Wegner

Other key lawyers:

Holger Stappert; Helmut Janssen; Sebastian Janka

Testimonials

‘Luther very comprehensively sheds light on antitrust issues and compiles scientifically sound reports.

‘The antitrust team at Luther is a close-knit team which pools its resources and abilities in the best possible manner.

‘Holger Stappert is absolutely top, an antitrust freak in a positive way.

‘Legally, Holger Stappert is very flexible, reliable, very resilient and solution-oriented.

‘Holger Stappert is an excellent lawyer, his advice and assessments are always spot-on.

‘Holger Stappert and his team aren’t only incredibly experienced, but also continually manage to make use of this experience in an efficient and solution-oriented manner for their client.

‘Anne Wegner is a lawyer with outstanding abilities. She is extremely practice-oriented, efficient and – most importantly- creative.

‘Helmut Janssen is very experienced and offers uncomplicated and accurate advice.

Key clients

Carcoustics

Knorr-Bremse

Dornbracht

Otto-Bock

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

Harley-Davidson

AIG

Parfümerie Douglas GmbH

DKV MOBILITY SERVICES HOLDING GmbH + Co. KG

Schmolz & Bickenbach

Work highlights

  • Assisted ASSA ABLOY with antitrust matters in connection with a transaction, including merger control registration at the Federal Cartel Office.
  • Defended Carcoustics against claims for damages.
  • Advised Eneco on the acquisition of 50% of the LichtBlick group.

Milbank

Milbank has a fine reputation in assisting leading manufacturing companies and financial investors with merger control proceedings. As well as handling work for private equity funds, the team led by Alexander Rinne has a strong focus on antitrust law matters pertaining to the media and telecommunications, consumer goods and innovation sectors. In addition to handling antitrust law matters at the intersection with digitalisation, the team also covers various associated issues. Counsel Katharina Kolb is particularly active in antitrust damage proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Rinne

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Kolb

Testimonials

‘Alexander Rinne displays a wealth of expertise that translates well into clear and practicable guidelines.’

Key clients

Advent International

Brugg Kabel

DMK

Deutsches Milchkontor

EQT

Eurobank

Eurofoam

Flint Group

FrieslandCampina

Goldman Sachs

Hellweg

H.I.G. European Capital Partners GmbH

Hipp

Husqvarna

Ingram Micro

Loomis

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Mercuria

Otto Group

PepsiCo

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Rail.one

Roche Diagnostics

Suez

Telefónica

The Carlyle Group

epay

Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International on global merger controls in connection with numerous transactions, including the acquisition of the Distributed Power Business from General Electric.
  • Represented Brugg Kabel in an action for annulment at the EJC against the European Commission’s decision to impose a fine in the highcurrent cable cartel.
  • Advised EQT regarding global merger controls in connection with numerous transactions, including the acquisition of SUSE Linux from Micro Focus.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Handling global transactions in the technology sector and advising telecommunications companies constitute the central areas of expertise of Morrison & Foerster LLP's practice. Team head Andreas Grünwald, who advises clients from both Berlin and Brussels, is noted for his expertise at the intersection between antitrust law and sector-specific regulation, most notably in telecommunications and media law. Christoph Wagner's work also focuses on clients from the media and telecommunications sectors, while senior associate Jens Hackl regularly assists with and coordinates merger control proceedings in Germany, Europe and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Grünwald

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Wagner; Jens Hackl

Testimonials

‘Andreas Grünwald always delivers very good work. His thought processes are legally sound, clear and also in English very well phrased.

‘Christoph Wagner is an excellent expert in antitrust law, in telecoms and media issues. He is an accomplished industry expert and fantastic lawyer who always acts with strategic foresight.

‘Jens Hackl works very precisely and impresses with comprehensive legal know-how as well as deep knowledge of composition proceedings and personal, extremely friendly assistance.

Key clients

1&1 Internet

Asahi Kasei

Blackberry SE

Essity

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation

Hitachi Systems

Renesas Electronics Corporation

Burford Capital

Tele Columbus AG

Sky Deutschland

Spark Networks SE

SoftBank Corporation

Sprint Coporation

Work highlights

  • Representation of Renesas in global merger control proceedings in connection with the takeover of Integrated Device Technologies (IDT).
  • Represented Fujifilm in EU merger control proceedings and led the coordination of other international merger control notifications in connection with the planned takeover of Xerox.

Noerr

With a decentralised approach, Noerr's antitrust team puts significant emphasis on national work, while always having the European context in mind and cooperating with antitrust law teams at several Eastern European offices. Clients also note the team's 'sharp eye for detail'. The group led by Fabian Badtke has a long tradition in antitrust damages work, where the firm represents both claimants and defendants. Kathrin Westermann is particularly renowned for representing clients in such proceedings. In addition to the traditional topics of merger control and antitrust compliance, handling matters at the interface with digitalisation constitutes another key area of expertise and is based on a strong cooperation with IT and data protection experts. In April 2020, the Hamburg team was augmented with the addition of Till Steinvorth from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Badkte

Other key lawyers:

Kathrin Westermann

Testimonials

‘The antitrust team’s advice is highly professional. Responses are always fast and precise.

‘Helge Heinrich’s passion, thoroughness and zeal are hard to surpass and he is an extremely pragmatic legal advisor all the same.

‘Helge Heinrich is an excellent antitrust lawyer, who sees the bigger picture and delivers excellent advice services.

‘Alexander Birnstiel offers very good advice and the willingness, to deliver the best possible service to his clients in a short amount of time.

‘Sarah Blazek is a young, thriving lawyer with sound expertise in German and European antitrust law.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright primarily focuses on representing clients from the manufacturing, retail, automotive and defence sectors but also increasingly from the insurance sector. Team head Maxim Kleine mainly acts in antitrust proceedings but also assists clients with compliance matters pertaining to distribution systems and the structuring of cooperations between competitors. In antitrust damages proceedings, the Hamburg-based practice is dedicated to defence mandates. In Brussels, the team also acts for claimants but lost antitrust and competition lawyer Christian Filippitsch to Reed Smith in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Kleine

Testimonials

‘The team works in a pragmatic, clear, straightforward, creative and solution-oriented manner.

‘There are extremely well-versed specialists for any legal field.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Schreck-Mieves

Nordseewerke GmbH

Aves One

Ferrostaal Air Technology GmbH

DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG

Balfour Beatty plc, Schreck-Mieves GmbH

BMW AG

Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG

BITMARCK Holding GmbH

BNPP

BP

Chemson Polymer

Citi

Elg Haniel

Encevo

FEGIME

Flüssiggas Handel und Transport GmbH

Gener8Maritime Inc.

Griechische Republik

Imperial Group

Imperial International

Kerry Group

Marketing-Verein Deutscher Apotheker

MITEGRO

Mitsubishi

Public Power Corporation

S7 Group/Siberian Airlines

Samvardhana Motherson Group

SESAR/ SDM

Sonepar Deutschland GmbH

Stena AB

Work highlights

  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline on the acquisition of rights for the development of an immunotherapy by Merck.
  • Represented Schreck-Mieves at the Federal Court of Justice in connection with damage claims proceedings.
  • Advised Aves One on the acquisition of 30% of NACCO Group’s freight wagon fleet.

Oppenhoff

Oppenhoff & Partner has a diverse range of expertise, from antitrust compliance to merger control, antitrust damages and distribution antitrust law. Its client portfolio includes a number of players from the life sciences, chemical and automotive supply sectors but also increasingly from the aerospace and defence sectors. Team head Andrés Martin-Ehlers primarily handles merger control proceedings, while Daniel Dohrn specialises in the assertion and defence of claims for damages. In litigation, the team frequently draws upon Vanessa Pickenpack's expertise; she is part of the litigation team. Distribution antitrust law expert Simon Spangler made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Martin-Ehlers

Testimonials

‘The firm has excellent market knowledge.

‘Daniel Dohrn is quick, precise and pragmatic.

Key clients

Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke GmbH & Co. KG

Bundesverband Deutscher Kinderausstattungs-Hersteller e.V.

PEMA GmbH

Dorel Germany GmbH

Manuka Health

Union Tank Eckstein GmbH & Co. KG (UTA)

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke GmbH & Co. KG in damage claims proceedings against Pfeifer & Langen, Südzucker and Nordzucker as joint debtor due to the sugar cartel.
  • Represented PEMA GmbH in the enforcement of damage claims in the double-digit millions against four cartel members at the Regional Court Hannover.
  • Provided natural health company Manuka Health with merger control advice regarding the acquisition of the German honey distributor Neuseelandhaus from the former sole shareholder.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law, from merger control and abuse proceedings to internal antitrust investigations, and is a trusted contact for antitrust damages claims. The practice led by Albrecht Bach has extensive expertise in the automotive and transport sectors alongside the banking, media, energy and life sciences industries. Bach assists clients with antitrust compliance programmes and corresponding employee trainings. Christoph Wolf predominately deals with antitrust litigation with the firm frequently assisting high-profile claimants with groundbreaking proceedings. It also acts for defendants in court and out-of-court proceedings however, which demonstrates the team's experience in prosecuting and defending claims for damages.

Practice head(s):

Albrecht Bach

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Wolf; Andreas Hahn

Key clients

Adiuva Capital

Amedia GmbH

Bertelsmann AG

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group,

Beton Kemmler GmbH

bmp Greengas GmbH

Brose Fahrzeugteile

Bruker Corporation (USA)

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken e.V. (BVR)

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

Charles River Laboratories

Daimler AG

Deutsche Intensiv Pflege Holding GmbH

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

Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Rehfeld Fashion AG

Dürr Aktiengesellschaft AG

DZR Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum GmbH

Emil Frey Automobil Holding Deutschland GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

HOMAG Group

IK Investment Gruppe

Kermi GmbH

Kreuzfahrtberater GmbH

L’Oréal Deutschland GmbH

Metro AG

Optica Abrechnungszentrum Dr. Güldener GmbH

Prospega GmbH

Radio-Kombi Baden-Württemberg

Rieker-Gruppe

Stadtwerke Gießen AG

Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM)

Stäubli Holding Germany GmbH

STEAG GmbH

Siemens AG

SWMH-Gruppe

TAKKT AG

Kaiser + Kraft

Th. Geyer GmbH & Co. KG

VBK Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe

Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft

Transportbeton Geislingen GmbH & Co. KG,

Transportbeton Dornstadt GmbH & Co. KG

Troll Cosmetics

Unilux GmbH

VBK Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe

VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

Zeitverlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) AöR

Beton Kemmler GmbH

Bilfinger SE

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

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

Ed. Züblin

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Hochtief AG

Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG

Landeshauptstadt München

L’Oréal Deutschland GmbH

Metro AG

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH

Rheinbahn AG

RTL II Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG

Ruhrbahn GmbH

RWE AG

Stadt Dortmund

Strabag SE

Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG

Unilux GmbH

VBK Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe

Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr

Work highlights

  • Provided VBK Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH and Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH with antritrust advice regarding the joint purchase of Tram Trains, which are used on railways outside of the city and as trams within the city.
  • Represented L’Oréal Deutschland at court in the defence against the cartel damage claims asserted by Müller.
  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare at court in the defence against cartel damage claims asserted by the insolvency administrator of Schlecker.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's main area of expertise lies in antitrust damage claims and antitrust investigations but the team handles the full range of antitrust law with a specialism in matters at the intersection with digitalisation and e-commerce. Practice head Thomas Funke, who represents his clients before German and European courts, has particular expertise in the automotive sector.  Sebastian Hack, who made partner at the beginning of 2019, is a key contact for antitrust matters pertaining to transformation projects and business models.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Funke

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Hack

Testimonials

‘The firm is young, dynamic and technically well versed.

‘The team offers good services, consistent contact persons and specific, practical advice.

‘Sebastian Hack acts in a well-versed manner, moderates very well, has a quick grasp and takes feedback seriously.

Key clients

Deutsche Bahn AG

Rewe Group (DER Touristik)

Lekkerland AG & Co KG

CDC Cartel Damage Claims S.A.

reuter onlineshop GmbH

VOICE – Verband der IT-Anwender e.V.

Computershare

Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe

giropay GmbH

Eintracht Frankfurt

BayWa

Dyson

Grifols

Work highlights

  • Represented Deutsche Bahn AG in cartel damage claim actions in connection with the truck cartel.
  • Defended REWE Group in EU investigation proceedings surrounding suspected anticompetitive territorial restrictions in connection with the distribution of hotel accommodation.
  • Provided VOICE with comprehensive advice and representation against SAP due to misuse of market power.

RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

RCAA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten provides assistance with the whole range of antitrust law matters. Key figure Evelyn Niitväli is particularly active in multijurisdictional merger control proceedings as well as in cartel and abuse proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Niitväli

Testimonials

‘Powerful antitrust boutique offering with know-how and expertise of a large firm.

‘A perfectly attuned team, which impresses with antitrust know-how, tactical flair and outstanding economic understanding.

‘The firm is a first-class address for antitrust matters and often the first port of call for a cooperation in antitrust damages claim proceedings.

‘In cross-border transactions, RCCA always acts confidently and on equal footing with antitrust teams of international law firms.

‘Evelyn Niitväli impresses with deep experience, on point and reliable advice and very short response times.

‘Evelyn Niitväli is a very experienced antitrust lawyer and contributes outstanding legal expertise as well as a distinctive understanding of economic and technical parameters.

Evelyn Niitväli has a particular focus and a lot of experience in the Asian region, particularly with Japanese clients.

SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF.

The antitrust law practice at SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF. has broad sector expertise, spanning the financial services and banking sectors alongside the construction, building materials, DIY and automotive sectors. Kim Manuel Künstner has particular experience in food antitrust law. The department headed by Christoph Peter also has a fine reputation in matters pertaining to allegations of market abuse alongside proceedings for damages, acting for claimants and defendants.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Peter

Other key lawyers:

Kim Manuel Künstner

Key clients

BAG

BIAN – Banking Industry Architecture Network

Bioland e.V.

Brillux

DDV – Deutscher Derivate Verband

De’Longhi

Deutsche Bank AG

Edgar Graß Speditions-GmbH & Co. KG

GLOBUS-Gruppe

Lavazza

MHK Marketing Handel Kooperation GmbH

Paydirekt

Solactive AG

Sport24

Vereinigte Asphalt Mischwerke GmbH & Co KG

Vogelsberger Basaltwerk GmbH & Co. KG

Xella-Gruppe

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG advises clients on a wide range of antitrust law, including merger control proceedings, and has a particular focus on antitrust fine proceedings. Hans-Joachim Hellmann is the main contact for the firm's German antitrust law team.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Joachim Hellmann

Taylor Wessing

Retail, digital economy as well as manufacturing and innovative industries form the sectoral focus of Taylor Wessing's antitrust practice. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel, who promotes internationalisation and cooperation within the firm's network, heads the team from Hamburg. In multijurisdictional work, Asian-related mandates play a key role, particularly with Manuel Nagel heading the antitrust law segment of the firm's Japan Desk. As well as providing ongoing advice on antitrust law and merger control matters, the practice also provides assistance with antitrust damages proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hartmann-Rüppel

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Nagel

Key clients

Alpina Partners

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Cox Automotive Inc.

Deutz AG

DKV Mobility Services

Fraunhofer Institut

Für SIE Handelsgenossenschaft

InEK Institut für das Entgeltsystem im Krankenhauswesen

Kotug Smit Towage

REWE Group

RUBIX Limited

Ströer

Suzuki

Thüringer Netkom GmbH

VEG Bundesverband des Elektrogroßhandels

Work highlights

  • Provided Alpina Partners with antitrust and merger control advice in connection with various company divestments.
  • Advised Cox Automotive on the sale of incadea Group.
  • Advised Deutz AG on the establishment of a joint venture in China.

White & Case LLP

At the end of 2018, the antitrust law practice at White & Case LLP received a significant boost with the arrival of Tilman Kuhn and three of his associates from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Kuhn now jointly heads the strengthened practice with Justus Herrlinger and Brussels-based Axel Schulz. Central areas of expertise include merger control, particularly for clients from the chemical sector, as well as providing advice to the steel industry. The team is also well placed to handle matters at the intersection with associated practice areas and works in close cooperation with the consumer and data protection team alongside public procurement lawyer Lars Petersen.

Practice head(s):

Justus Herrlinger; Tilman Kuhn; Axel Schulz

Other key lawyers:

Lars Petersen

Testimonials

‘First of all, Tilman Kuhn and his team stand out for their absolute expertise. Furthermore, the group has an outstanding feel for internal processes and the business of their clients, which ultimately leads to a very solution-oriented and trusted cooperation.

‘Tilman Kuhn is an absolute expert in antitrust law.

Key clients

Autoliv

Outbrain Inc.

EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Nord

DMK Group

First Data Corporation

Nordic Capital

Mediamarkt Saturn

Triton

Röchling

Toshiba

Deutsche Telekom

Work highlights

  • Represented EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Nord in antitrust adminitrative proceedings against a fine worth millions in connection with allegations of vertical price fixing agreements in the beer sector.
  • Represented Autoliv in antitrust proceedings by the European Commission and other authorities, including possible subsequent damage claim actions.
  • Provided Mediamarkt Saturn with antitrust advice regarding a series of issues and projects, particularly in connnection with the establishment of the European Retail Alliance with FNAC Darty.

WilmerHale

WilmerHale has established itself as a transatlantic destination practice for complex antitrust matters. Ulrich Quack leads the advisory arm of the practice and, together with Stefan Ohlhoff and Hans-Georg Kamann, co-heads contentious mandates, which constitute the focus of the practice. This is particularly evident in large-scale proceedings as the practice is often involved in groundbreaking work such as the landmark proceeding of the Federal Cartel Office against Facebook. Ohlhoff as well as Kamman have particular expertise in actions for damages. In the non-contentious space, Oliver Fleischmann is particularly involved in merger control law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich Quack

Testimonials

Besides the technical excellence, the degree of partner availability, the continuously high commitment and the eye for the essentials while considering economic goals stand out.

‘The advice is excellent and is based on excellent know-how combined with a profound knowledge of the company and its history as well as a sound instinct for commercial parameters.

‘Hans-Georg Kamann is a brilliant lawyer who has pertinent experience.

‘Stefan Ohlhoff impresses with solution-orientation, flexibility and strong implementation skills.

‘Stefan Ohlhoff works very precisely with an extremely high detail knowledge of even the smallest details.

‘Oliver Fleischmann: advises very meticulously and thoroughly.

Key clients

cosnova GmbH

Danaher Corporation

Deutsche Telekom AG

DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH

Fortive Corporation

Institut Straumann AG

MKS Instruments

TUI AG

Wintershall Holding AG

Bundesinnung der Hörakustiker KdöR

Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Facebook, Inc.

Guardian Industries Corp.

Heidemark Mästerkreis

Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co KG

Krombacher und Schweppes

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Beratung und Vertretung im Verfahren der Europäischen Kommission gegen TUI AG wegen angeblich wettbewerbsbeschränkender und diskriminierender Vertikalvereinbarungen im Bereich des Einkaufs von Hotelzimmern.
  • Umfassende rechtliche Beratung und Vertretung der Deutschen Lufthansa AG bei der Verteidigung gegen eine Follow-on-Schadensersatzklage der Barnsdale Cartel Damages wegen des Luftfrachtkartells vor dem Landgericht Köln.
  • Vertretung von Facebook im Grundsatzverfahren des Bundeskartellamtes.
  • Provided Deutsche Telekom AG with merger control and antitrust advice and representation at the Federal Cartel Office in connection with the planned formation of a joint venture with EWE AG for the construction and operation of a fibre network in Lower Saxony, Bremen and parts of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Provide DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH with ongoing antitrust advice and representation at the Federal Cartel Office regarding the further development of the  nationwide oneway deposit system.
  • Provided Deutschen Lufthansa AG with comprehensive advice and representation in the defense against follow-on damage claim actions by Barnsdale Cartel Damages due to the airfreight cartel at the District Court Cologne.