Ellen Braun, LLM (UC Berkeley), is a German Rechtsanwältin and head of Allen & Overy LLP's German antitrust practice. She specialises in EU and German competition law.
She has an active practice representing clients in competition proceedings before the EU Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and the courts. It covers the full breadth of antitrust law including advising on long-term competition and antitrust strategies; complex merger control cases including worldwide multiple filings; structuring of cooperation, joint venture and distribution agreements; compliance advice, audits and design of compliance programmes; EU and German cartel investigations including leniency applications; as well as actioning and defending private enforcement cases in court.
Her long-standing client relationships encompass all industry sectors, with a particular focus on food, consumer products, general industry chemicals, mining, construction, infrastructure and energy, media and entertainment, as well as financial services.
Recent highlights include advising Bell AG in two cartel investigations; a German national brewery in a cartel and a vertical price fixing investigation; Cheminova in its design and implementation of a global antitrust compliance management system; CTS Eventim AG in several merger control cases including an attempt by the competition authority to enforce a de-merger; several clients, among them Bilfinger Berger SE, HC Starck, Gruner + Jahr AG, and OCP SA, in cooperation and joint venture arrangements; Merck in a public takeover procedure including a conglomerate high-tech merger triggering worldwide filings; a number of clients, among them Bergmann Automotive, Harke Pharma, Samsung Germany, and Villeroy & Boch AG, in antitrust aspects of their distribution agreements; Rosneft in several EU and German merger control matters; a global consumer products company and a vehicle manufacturer on the German aspects of EU cartel investigations; TTS Tooltechnic Systems in a price maintenance investigation; Villeroy & Boch AG in a German leniency application (Tableware) and an EU cartel investigation (Bathroom); an international consumer products company on recourse claims against its board members based on antitrust infringements; a global consumer electronics company in several compliance audits and in a defence against a customer complaint based on alleged vertical price fixing; and several clients, among them Tchibo, Rexam and WAS, in refusal to supply and private damage claims before the civil courts.
Ellen is recognised by all the principal legal directories, including Chambers Europe 2013: 'clients are impressed with her breadth of expertise, saying: 'She provides an outstanding service.''
She regularly speaks and publishes on EU and German antitrust law issues. Her publications include the chapters on horizontal agreements under EU law and German law, and on energy antitrust law, all in the Langen/Bunte, the leading German language commentary on EU and German antitrust law, 12th edition forthcoming.
Ellen holds an LLM from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in antitrust law from the University of Hamburg. She is also admitted to the New York Bar. Ellen is German mother tongue and speaks English and French fluently.
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition team comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. The firm advises corporates and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the most high-profile and complex cases in recent years.
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