Axel Reidlinger is a partner in Freshfields' antitrust, competition and trade group, based in the Vienna office. His specialisations include competition law, public procurement law and energy regulatory law.
Axel regularly advises clients on merger control, cartel and antitrust (including abuse of dominance) cases before the Austrian competition authorities and on major competition cases in central and eastern Europe. He also acts for clients on notifications under the European Merger Regulation and in other cases at the European Commission. In state aid law, Axel has recently advised public transport companies on their financing schemes. In the field of competition litigation, Axel represents clients in private enforcement cases, for example, defending against cease-and-desist claims before the Cartel Court and against cartel damage claims before the civil courts. He also represents clients in international arbitration cases with a competition law focus. In addition, Axel regularly appears for clients in competition cases before the European Court of Justice.
Axel is the co-author of a book on Austrian competition law (3rd edition 2014), which is designed as a 'practical guide' and has been praised for its innovative approach, including 'practical hints'.
Axel was educated at the University of Vienna Faculty of Law and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (where he was also a research assistant), as well as the University of Paris 2. He obtained an LLM/DEA in European Community law from the College of Europe in Bruges before joining the firm in 1994. Axel is qualified in Austria and has practised in Brussels and Vienna. He speaks German, English and French.
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