Dr Markus Wirtz is partner at Glade Michel Wirtz, a German law firm focusing exclusively on competition and corporate work.
Markus has advised companies in cartel investigations concerning industrial bags, industrial thread, insurance, chemicals, concrete pipes, mortar, rail track technology, automatic doors, food packaging, meat, power transformers, sanitary fittings, sanitary wholesale, luxury cosmetics, drugstore goods, pet food, confectionery, flour, coffee, beer and pharmacies. He is experienced in internal audits and multiple leniency filings, and has a number of cases pending before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office.
Markus has also conducted international merger control filings for Fortis Investments, HypoVereinsbank, Kerry, MPC Capital, Tognum or United Internet (1&1, gmx, web.de); represented clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Epson, HDI-Gerling, sanitary wholesale, Total, Samsung or Xerox in various antitrust litigation; and structured and drafted agreements for exclusive or selective distribution for Dyson, Electronic Arts, Mettler Toledo and others.
He has published numerous articles on antitrust and merger control law, and contributed the chapter on dominance in The Handbook of European Competition Law (ed. Mäger) as well as the chapter on technology transfer to The Handbook of German and European Competition Law (ed. Lange), both German-language publications. He is a frequent speaker on EU and German competition law.
Markus Wirtz studied law and economics at the University of Bayreuth. He holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Nottingham School of Law, and was awarded a doctorate from the University of Bayreuth. Prior to his admission to the Bar he worked as an intern, inter alia, for the German Monopolies Commission. Markus Wirtz developed an efficiency test in his doctoral thesis on the European merger control regulation in 2001. This efficiency test was introduced in 2004 in the horizontal merger guidelines of the European Commission.
He has received accolades as a leading competition lawyer in a number of publications.
Markus Wirtz is a member of the Düsseldorf Bar, the German Antitrust Lawyers’ Association and the International Bar Association.
WWL says: Markus Wirtz at Glade Michel Wirtz is “an extremely bright guy”, who has taken the firm’s competition practice “into the premier league of the German antitrust market”.
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