Germany: Competition 2019

In this chapter we feature 76 lawyers who stand out for their excellent work handling cartel investigations, merger control matters and abuse of dominance issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alf-Henrik Bischke Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Christoph Stadler Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
3. Ingo Brinker Gleiss Lutz, Munich
4. Thorsten Mäger Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
5. Romina Polley Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Cologne
6. Dominique S Wagener Commeo LLP, Frankfurt

Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer leads the field this year with a total of nine listings.
Martin Klusmann is regarded by peers as “a market leader” who is “extremely knowledgeable in criminal antitrust law”. He has carved out an impressive niche in cartel and follow-on cases.
Uta Itzen is commended by peers around the globe for her work in cross-border merger control cases, cartel proceedings and follow-on litigation.
Helmut Bergmann is internationally renowned as “the go-to guy for complicated mega-mergers” in Germany, with peers emphasising his status as “a senior statesman” in the market. He has considerable expertise in merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel litigation matters.
Gerhard Wiedemann is praised by market commentators as “an excellent lawyer” whose practice encompasses the full suite of competition law matters.
Thomas Lübbig is praised by respondents as “a very smart practitioner in difficult cases”. His practice focuses on merger control and state aid law.
Tobias Klose is a well-regarded figure in the domestic market. He is experienced in handling high-profile cartel investigations and leniency applications.

German powerhouse Gleiss Lutz achieves highly in our research, with seven of its members listed for their excellent competition practice.
Ingo Brinker comes highly recommended by respondents across Germany, who identify him as “a very important name in the market”. He has extensive experience advising clients on merger control matters and competition compliance programmes.
Wolfgang Bosch is “highly rated” by peers, who describe him as “a very clever lawyer” and praise his expertise in EU and German antitrust and merger control matters.
Ulrich Denzel is a well-established name in the market who is recommended for his exceptional work on cartel activities and merger control matters.
The “outstanding” Christian Steinle is praised by peers as “an extremely bright, highly thought-of practitioner”. His practice focuses on cartel proceedings, merger control and compliance matters.
Matthias Karl is a well-known name in the German market who comes highly recommended for his work advising clients on complex cartel investigations.
Petra Linsmeier is highly respected among peers and clients alike for her top-tier handling of cartels, abuse of dominance and merger matters.

Full-service firm Noerr sees four of its competition practitioners listed this year.
Karsten Metzlaff is “a visible and very much-liked figure” in the German market. His practice spans multi-jurisdictional merger control cases, cartel investigations and digital compliance issues.
Respondents identify Alexander Birnstiel as “a senior name” in the market. His practice encompasses EU and German competition law, and he has experience advising clients from a variety of industries.
Kathrin Westermann draws praise from domestic sources for her excellent work on claims for antitrust damages, an area in which she is considered a real expert.
Sebastian Janka is highlighted by respondents as “an up-and-comer” in the domestic market whose practice covers all aspects of competition law in Germany and the EU.

Competition boutique Commeo sees four of its practitioners listed.
Dominique Wagener is “a very visible” figure in the German market, and “one of the most active” practitioners in the competition space. Peers “like to work with her”, and rate her work on cartel investigations, litigation and antitrust compliance matters.
Stephanie Pautke has “made quite an impact” on the German market according to source who note she is “an absolute pleasure to work with”. Her expertise lies in competition matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry.
Johanna Kübler is highlighted for her “in-depth knowledge of German and European cartel law” as well as her “very good sense of the practical needs of the client”.
Jörg-Martin Schultze is also recognised here for his impressive work in the competition space.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte also sees four lawyers listed here.  
Albrecht Bach is described as “a very good lawyer” and “one of the leading names in Germany” by peers. His practice focuses on merger control and competition compliance matters.
Matthias Ulshöfer is identified by his peers as a “well-known name” in the market and “one to watch” going forward. He commands considerable experience advising clients from a variety of industries on all aspects of competition law.
Peers identify Andreas Hahn as a prominent lawyer in the domestic market who wins praise for his strong expertise in merger control and antitrust proceedings with a special focus on the energy sector.
Ulrich Klumpp also gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive competition law practice.

Hengeler Mueller performs well this year, with three practitioners highlighted for their outstanding competition practice.
Alf-Henrik Bischke is one of the foremost competition lawyers in the country. His top-tier practice is renowned among peers in the market, who consider him particularly impressive when it comes to merger control work.
Christoph Stadler is described as “a prominent and active name in the field”. He is highlighted for his “excellent work” advising domestic and international clients on all competition matters.
The “very active” Thorsten Mäger is praised by respondents for his “very strong analytical skills, and extensive court experience”. His competition practice spans merger control proceedings, abuse of dominance investigations and compliance audits.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton counts three of its practitioners listed in this year’s research. 
The “greatly respected” Romina Polley is “always a pleasure to work with”, and has experience with the full range of competition law in Germany and the EU across the IT, construction, defence and automotive industries.
Wolfgang Deselaers is described by respondents as “a well-known market entity” who produces “top-quality work” for clients. He is well versed in representing clients before German federal and European courts regarding cartel damages, monopolies and state aid matters.
Dirk Schroeder earns “great respect” among peers in Germany as “an absolute leader” in the market. His speciality lies in representing clients across a range of sectors on EU and German merger control, monopoly and cartel matters.

Allen & Overy sees two lawyers nominated this year.  
Ellen Braun earns high praise as “a great practitioner” who is “well known in the market”. Her extensive competition practice includes handling long-term antitrust strategies for clients and their businesses.
The “outstanding” Börries Ahrens gains recognition for his “excellent work” in the competition field, and is described as a “thoroughly great lawyer”. He is particularly experienced in antitrust investigations and litigation proceedings.

Baker McKenzie has two of its practitioners listed this year.
Christian Horstkotte is considered “a star” in the market who “works through the night to get things done”. He commands over 15 years of experience in merger control work and cartel proceedings.
Nicolas Kredel is a highly skilled expert in complex merger controls proceedings. He is praised by clients for his “very cooperative and forthcoming approach” to antitrust work.

At Linklaters, Carsten Grave receives widespread plaudits from peers who consider him a standout name when it comes to M&A-related competition matters and litigation.
Daniela Seeliger focuses her first-rate competition law practice on a wide array of matters from monopolies to merger control.

Markus Wirtz of Glade Michel Wirtz is a top name in the market who is described as “a truly excellent lawyer”. He has extensive experience in cartel investigations across a wide range of industries.

Alexander Rinne at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is distinguished by respondents for his “deep subject matter expertise” in competition law, as well as his “responsive, practical and clear advice”.

Bettina Bergmann of Bergmann Law is lauded by peers as “a fantastic lawyer” with great experience in all aspects of competition practice.

Martin Buntscheck at Buntscheck Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is “an active, committed and well-established player” in Germany’s competition market. He is regarded as “a pioneer in damage claims cases”.

Jörg Karenfort at Dentons is “an excellent and very prominent practitioner” in the field. He has special expertise in merger control and abuse of dominance proceedings before European and national courts.

Martin Sura of Hogan Lovells is described as a “first choice” in the market for competition matters by respondents. He has over 20 years of experience guiding clients through high-stakes domestic and international cartel and merger investigations.

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