Dr Helmut Bergmann has been a partner at Freshfields since 1996 and is based in the Berlin office. He specialises in German, European and international antitrust law, covering a broad range of competition aspects, focusing on merger, cartel and dominance cases. He also advises on antitrust litigation, in particular follow-on damages actions. Helmut has particular experience in the automotive, chemicals, consumer products, energy, financial services, healthcare, and media sectors. Recent clients include ABB, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Axel Springer, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Fresenius, Hoffmann-La Roche, Lanxess, Mars, Wrigley and Royal Canin. From 1998 to 2006, Helmut was managing partner of the firm’s Berlin office; and from 2006 until 2010, he acted as co-head of the firm’s global antitrust, competition and trade group. Since 2013, he is a member of the firm's partner recommendation committee.
Helmut was born in 1961. In 1987, he joined the Cologne office of the predecessor firm Deringer Tessin Hermann & Sedemund as a trainee and in 1991 as a solicitor, relocating to the Berlin office in 1996. His international experience includes working as a stagiaire with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (1990) and spending one year with White & Case in New York (1992/1993).
Helmut frequently speaks and writes on antitrust law topics and is recognised as a leading antitrust lawyer in various directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, GCR 100, The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, The Legal 500 Europe and JUVE.
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