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Hengeler Mueller

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Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Munich

Prof Dr Christoph Stadler

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Hengeler Mueller

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Competition, Antitrust; Compliance, Crisis Management and Investigations.


Christoph advises in all areas of European and German competition law, on cartel damages litigation and internal investigations. He has 20+ years of experience in German, European and foreign merger control cases.


Christoph joined Hengeler Mueller in 1993, and has been partner since 1998. He holds an LLM degree (University of Michigan, 1990) and is admitted to the New York bar. He's honorary professor at the University of Osnabrück Law School.


Board Member, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (Association for Competition Law Studies); Committee Member, ECLF; ABA International Cartel Task Force; IBA.


Universities of Bonn, Geneva, Constance; University of Michigan LL.M.), admitted to New York bar (1990).



Within: Leading individuals

Christoph Stadler - Hengeler Mueller

Within: Antitrust

Recognised for being ‘unparalleled in antitrust law’, Hengeler Mueller offers ‘plenty of experience and excellent guidance’ for a broad client portfolio, which includes renowned German and international companies in equal measure. One area of specialism is fine proceedings which often have an international component. Markus Röhrig represented Japanese company Calsonic Kansei in EU fine proceedings relating to vehicle air-conditioning and engine cooling systems. The ‘pragmatic’ Thorsten Mäger succeeded in gaining full immunity from fines for MAN in connection with lorry antitrust proceedings on the basis of a leniency application, and the instruction still includes defence against claims for damages within the EU and beyond. It also defends Jacobs Douwe Egberts against claims for damages. The ‘very experienced’ Christoph Stadler and Thomas Paul defend the client against claims of the insolvency administrator of Schlecker. Flagship instructions in merger control law include acting for Knorr-Bremse in phase-II proceedings related to the takeover bid for Haldex, as well as advising Carl Zeiss Vision, as an intervening party, on the proposed merger between Essilor and Luxottica. Internal investigations are another strength and the group advises the Bosch Group on emissions with regard to diesel vehicles. Ralf Willer, who specialises in dispute settlement, was made counsel.

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Germany: Media


Within: Entertainment

Hengeler Mueller advises media and telecoms companies and platform and cable network operators on contract and copyright matters. The team also handles transactions and disputes in the media sector. Highlights included the advising CTS Eventim on copyright fees for music playback at concerts and assisting Google with ancillary copyright matters for publishers, including acting for the client in landmark proceedings against VG Media and in proceedings concerning copyright compliance relaing to the new Google image search. Vodafone Kabel Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are also clients. Key figures include the highly regarded Albrecht Conrad, Wolfgang Spoerr, who has expertise in media regulation, and M&A partner Christof Jäckle. Counsel Fabian Seip advises on copyright and data protection matters and Christoph Stadler is the main contact for media matters at the intersection with antitrust law.

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Hengeler Mueller

  • Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on acquisition of Dream Global

    Hengeler Mueller, together with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London and New York, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto and various other European local counsel, advises funds managed by The Blackstone Group LP on the acquisition of Dream Global REIT ("Dream Global"). The Canadian real estate investment trust listed in Toronto and Frankfurt holds a pan-European real estate portfolio with the majority of the properties located in Germany. The all-cash transaction is valued at CAD 6.2 bn (appr. EUR 4.2 bn) and is subject to customary conditions. It is expected to close in December 2019.
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