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Alexander Birnstiel

Alexander Birnstiel
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Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Dr Alexander Birnstiel is a partner in Noerr's Brussels and Munich offices. He heads the firm's antitrust and competition group and is a member of Noerr's compliance and investigations group. He advises and represents national and international clients in German and European antitrust investigations, behavioural matters, merger cases and private enforcement matters including litigation. Furthermore, Alexander has extensive experience in designing and implementing competition compliance programmes and in state aid matters. He focuses among others on clients from the automotive, aviation, chemicals, financial services, IT, media, (re)insurance, retailing, pharmaceuticals, sports and steel sector.

Current and recent assignments include advising and representing Daimler in multi-jurisdictional filings and state aid matters; Ennoconn and S&T AG in multi-jurisdictional filing projects; Bahlsen, Commercial Metals Corporation, Electronic Partners, HUK-Coburg and Robert Bosch in a variety of private enforcement matters and follow-on litigation; the H2 Mobility initiative (Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total) on the merger control and state aid implications of setting up a hydrogen infrastructure network in Germany; SKW Stahl-Metallurgie before the European Court of Justice and the German Federal Court of Justice in litigation related to the European calcium carbide cartel; ThyssenKrupp regarding an alleged cartel in the car steel sector and internal investigations; German public broadcaster ZDF in relation to damages claims concerning cable TV feed-in contributions; and a number of German and international clients in pending German and European antitrust investigations and related complex internal investigations.

Alexander is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and its antitrust section, the International Bar Association (IBA) and its antitrust law committee, and the German Antitrust Lawyers' Association. He is co-editor of a comprehensive commentary on European state aid law (Europäisches Beihilfenrecht, Nomos Verlag, 2013) and frequently contributes as a speaker and panel chair on national and international antitrust conferences.

Alexander has been recognised as a leading antitrust lawyer by various publications including Best Lawyers, The Legal 500, Chambers, Who's Who Legal (both in its competition and Germany editions) and JUVE Handbook, where he has additionally been ranked among the "leading names" in media antitrust. Furthermore, German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche has selected Alexander among Germany's pre-eminent antitrust lawyers. Alexander studied at the universities of Munich, Bonn, Geneva, and at the College of Europe in Bruges, and speaks German, English and French.

Noerr is one of the top European law firms with 500 professionals in Germany, Europe and the USA. The firm's antitrust and competition law group comprises over 30 lawyers, based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia, covering all areas of national and European competition law and regulatory matters, with a special strength in compliance, antitrust cases, multi-jurisdictional merger filings and cartel damages.

WWL says: The “brilliant” Alexander Birnstiel is an “impressive attorney” whose competition practice features broad sector experience.

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