Germany: Competition 2018

We identify 67 leading counsel and litigators for the impressive standard of their competition law practice. Areas of expertise include cartels, merger controls and abuse of dominance cases.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alf-Henrik Bischke Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Christoph Stadler Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
3. Thorsten Mäger Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
4. Ingo Brinker Gleiss Lutz, Munich
5. Martin Klusmann Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf
6. Dirk Schroeder Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Cologne
7. Romina Polley Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Cologne
8. Christian Steinle Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart

International firm FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER, well respected in the market for its competition work, achieves nine listings in this year’s research.
The “highly respected” Martin Klusmann receives recognition for his European and international competition law expertise and is a real expert when it comes to cartel work.
Thomas Lübbig is recognised as “one of the most senior figures” in competition and regulatory law and is known for his robust litigation practice.
Uta Itzen is a “standout” practitioner who is noted for her superb follow-on litigation practice and cross-border work. Her experience spans the financial, automotive and technological industries.
Frank Röhling is recommended as a rising star in the competition sphere. His counsel on global merger reviews and investigations is highly sought after by clients.
Gerhard Wiedemann is an esteemed figure in the market. His expertise spans the gamut of competition law including merger controls, abuse of dominance and cartels.
Tobias Klose boasts strong international experience, acting across various regions including Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. He is sought after for his high-profile cartel work and is noted by one source as “a great guy for leniency apps and investigations”.

GLEISS LUTZ, one of Germany’s largest law firms sees seven lawyers listed for their outstanding competition practices.
The “standout” Ingo Brinker is a highly established figure in the German market and receives widespread praise from peers for his work before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission.
Christian Steinle is one of the firm’s leading competition practitioners. One source says, “He is extremely bright and highly thought of,” while another notes, “He gets a lot of attention for the work he does in the ECJ.”
Ulrich Denzel receives plaudits for his defence of clients in cartel activities and damages claims. One impressed source comments, “He is a rising star and clearly one of the leading figures in Germany.”
Wolfgang Bosch is recognised as a formidable opponent in the courtroom and a great strategist. He boasts a depth of knowledge in relation to both German and EU antitrust law.

Antitrust boutique COMMEO sees four practitioners recognised this year for their impressive work in the space.
Stephanie Pautke has “made quite an impact”, according to market commentators, and is highly esteemed for her expertise in cartel investigation and control of abusive practices matters. She is recommended particularly for her work in the healthcare and consumer goods markets.
Dominique Wagener stands out for her compliance work and her leading litigation experience. She highly respected among peers who consider her to be a pleasure to work with.
Jörg-Martin Schultze is a widely recognised lawyer with market leading expertise in merger control and contract matters. He has over 25 years of experience and is sought after for his long-standing reputation in the field.
Johanna Kübler is well regarded for her abuse of dominance work and considerable industry experience. She is known as a market leader in the competition space.

Prominent firm in the German market HENGELER MUELLER sees three lawyers listed, all of whom feature among the most highly regarded practitioners in the country.
Alf-Henrik Bischke is the foremost competition specialist in the country, and is sought after by both companies and investors for his counsel on merger control matters. He is recommended by peers who note he is “always great quality”.

Christoph Stadler is “a big name in the industry” with an array of expertise on merger control cases at both German and European level. He is also well regarded for his strong corporate practice.
Thorsten Mäger receives high praise for his wide-ranging competition practice where he has represented leading companies such as DONG Energy and CRH. He is recognised by peers for his sterling work in high-profile cartel cases.

Three standout lawyers are recognised at WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR.
Ulrich Quack is a leading name in market power matters and is widely regarded as an authority on competition issues relating to the travel industry. He has represented clients before both the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission.
Stefan Ohlhoff is praised for his “great track record” on regulatory matters, investigations and litigation in relation to competition law. He is regarded as a top name when it comes to complex disputes.
Hans Georg Kamann is a superb competition lawyer both at the German and European level. He receives widespread appreciation from peers for his state aid and procurement expertise.

European powerhouse NOERR sees three impressive competition practitioners recognised this year.
Alexander Birnstiel boasts expertise across several industries such as chemicals, automotive and reinsurance in relation to German and European competition law. He is recognised as “one of the senior names there” with one source noting, “We come across him quite a lot – he’s a great guy!”
Karsten Metzlaff stands out as a well-established figure in the German market, and is highly sought after for his merger control work. One source says, “He is very well known for competition and distribution work.”
Kathrin Westermann has vast experience of representing clients before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and is recommended for her “excellent litigation work”.

Two top practitioners at ALLEN & OVERY gain recognition for their competition work in this edition.
Ellen Braun stands out for her exceptional work representing clients before the EU Commission and the Federal Cartel Office. She provides effective advice particularly on complex merger control matters on a global scale, and is praised as “one of the leading figures in the field”.
Börries Ahrens is recognised for his competition expertise across several industry sectors such as retail, automotive and financial services. He is recommended by peers as “a good guy who is highly visible in the industry”.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON sees two highly regarded practitioners listed.
Romina Polley is a leading light on cartel proceedings and also regularly handles monopolies and distribution and licensing agreements. She is renowned for her sharp legal mind, and as one respondent notes, “She is a versatile practitioner and absolutely a leader in the market.”
Dirk Schroeder is regarded as a heavyweight in the competition market. His merger control, monopolies and cartels expertise is highly sought after by clients whom he regularly represents before the European Commission and the Federal Cartel Office.

International firm CLIFFORD CHANCE achieves two listings this year.
Marc Besen is highly recommended for his deep corporate knowledge as well as his strong expertise in cartels and antitrust compliance. According to one impressed respondent, “He clearly belongs in a list of the leading competition lawyers.”
Joachim Schütze advises high-end clients such as Deutsche Telekom and Volkswagen on procurement and incorporation issues and is recognised as a leading figure in the competition space.

CMS HASCHE SIGLE sees two leading names recommended.
Tim Reher is a well versed in an array of competition matters with a particular emphasis on civil law damages claims. He is praised by peers as “a strong practitioner and a leader in litigation”.
The “highly visible” Harald Kahlenberg is a national authority on merger control with particular expertise in cross-border matters. One respondent notes, “He stands out as one of the senior figures in the market.”

Two lawyers at FIELDFISHER are recognised.
Christian Bahr is one of Germany’s foremost competition lawyers with a depth of knowledge on merger control and state aid. According to sources, “He has an excellent reputation in the market.”
Sascha Dethof receives high praise for his compliance expertise and is widely regarded as “highly active in behavioural work and compliance, a very bright lawyer with a good practice”.

Boutique firm GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ achieves two nominations including Markus Wirtz, one of the most highly respected names in the competition field. He receives praise as “a big name” and as “a very bright lawyer who has built up a good practice”. His ability to twin his competition expertise with his prowess in economics is highly respected by market commentators.
Silke Möller represents high-end clients such as Seaco, Galderma and other DAX 30 companies on competition and compliance matters. She receives plaudits for the depth of her understanding and market knowledge.

LINKLATERS sees two of its competition practitioners recommended.
Daniela Seeliger is “a prominent name” in the industry with a tremendous understanding of merger control law. She frequently advises high-end clients including Vodafone and BP.
Carsten Grave is a standout name in competition-related litigation and is highly respected for a career spanning over 20 years both in private practice and as part of the European Commission.

Two stars of the competition field are listed at OPPENLÄNDER, including Albrecht Bach, one of Germany’s leading lights and an expert in competition law. One source describes him as “a very experienced competition lawyer who is very active in cartel matters”.
The “well-known and well-liked” Andreas Hahn is one of the foremost competition and merger control lawyers in the country. He has particular expertise in energy law where he is highly respected.

The “incredibly bright” Jörg Karenfort at DENTONS boasts a global practice that is widely respected by his peers. He has expertise in several industry sectors including banking, energy and TMT where he is “very visible”.

Alexander Rinne at MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY receives plaudits from peers for his German and European competition law work, particularly in relation to merger control and cartel investigations. One source effuses, “He is an outstanding competition lawyer in my view and a force in the Munich market.”

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