Dr René Grafunder > Dentons > Berlin, Germany > Lawyer Profile

10117 BERLIN

Work Department

Competition and Antitrust


Dr. René Grafunder is a partner in Dentons’ Berlin office and Co-Head of the Competition and Antitrust group in Germany. He advises clients on EU and German competition matters, including merger control, compliance and state aid. René has substantial experience dealing with cartel, abuse and merger control proceedings before European and national competition authorities and courts. His comprehensive sector expertise in particular covers health care and life sciences, banking, postal services as well as manufacturing. René is a lecturer on EU Competition Law at the DeutscheAnwaltAkademie and the University of Potsdam. He regularly publishes on EU and national competition matters. Before joining Dentons, he worked for another leading law firm in Düsseldorf, Brussels and Beijing. René studied in Potsdam, Paris and Freiburg as well as at the College of Europe in Bruges and clerked at the German Federal Cartel Office.


  • Partner, Dentons, Berlin (2017-present)
  • Counsel, Dentons, Berlin (2016-2017)
  • Managing Associate, Linklaters, Düsseldorf and Beijing (2011-2016)
  • Associate, Linklaters, Düsseldorf and Brussels (2008-2011)


  • Member, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Antirust Lawyers Association) and Competition Litigation Forum
  • Member, Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA)


University of Freiburg, 2010, Dr. iur.

Admitted to the bar, Germany, 2008

Legal clerkship, 2006-2008, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Bonn

College of Europe, 2005, LL.M.

University of Freiburg, 2004, Legal studies

Paris Nanterre University, 2001, Licentiate in law

University of Potsdam, 2000, Legal studies, (German and French law)