Dr Martin Klusmann is co-head of Freshfields’ antitrust, competition and trade group, based in the Düsseldorf office. He has been a Rechtsanwalt since 1992 and is also admitted to the Brussels bar. He became partner in 1997. Martin specialises in German, European and international competition law, with a special focus on mergers, cartel work and litigation.
His recent experience of complex merger transactions include advising ThyssenKrupp regarding the sale of its stainless steel business to Outokumpu, including the buyback of divestments; and advising Chiquita in the Chiquita/Fyffes and Cutrale-Safra mergers, both later abandoned.
He has been involved in leading roles in the following major investigations: steel beams; alloy surcharge and alloy surcharge re-adoption; large diameter and seamless tubes; methionine; vitamins; Austrian banks; foreign exchange fees; cement and ready-mix concrete; graphite electrodes; specialty graphite; electrical and mechanical contacts; sodium gluconate; plasterboard; industrial insurance; sorbates; organic peroxides; international roaming; MCAA; marine hose; bananas; rubber chemicals; and elevators. Martin has led many internal audits and investigations in these and other cases and has represented clients before the competent competition authorities and national and European courts as well as arbitration tribunals. He has particular expertise in the IT, chemicals and heavy industries sectors. Recent clients include ThyssenKrupp, Vodafone, SGL Carbon, Hoechst, Chiquita, Continental and Knauf.
Martin studied law at the universities of Hamburg and Bochum, and holds a doctor of law degree (Dr. jur.) from the University of Bochum. In 1995, he was a visiting attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He is a co-author of Wiedemann, Handbuch des Kartellrechts. Martin speaks German and English.
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