Dr Martin Buntscheck is the founder and partner at Buntscheck, a German law firm focusing exclusively on competition/antitrust law and related regulatory issues.
Martin has extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of German and EU antitrust law issues, with a particular focus on the representation of clients in complex merger control and cartel/abuse of dominance cases before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office, and German and European courts. In addition, he advises his clients on compliance issues as well as on antitrust issues related to commercial agreements such as distribution agreements, licence agreements, R&D agreements, joint ventures, etc.
In recent years, Martin’s client base has included leading multinationals, investment banks and private equity firms as well as numerous small and medium-sized enterprises. Examples of Martin’s recent experience include: advising and representing clients in high-profile cartel investigations of the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office concerning trucks, prestressed steel, train-tracks, industrial fire insurance, LPG (liquid propane gas), automatic doors, beer, sausages, flour, etc; representing major industrial clients in complex private antitrust litigation cases/follow-on damages actions related to the German TV advertising cartel case, the European gas-insulated switchgear cartel case, the European car glass cartel case, the European calcium carbide cartel case, etc; advising and assisting US and UK-based law firms in international judicial assistance matters, including the management and handling of complex witness depositions under the Hague Convention, etc; and advising and representing clients in complex international and domestic merger control cases, eg, in the automotive, retail, logistics, engineering and food sectors.
Martin is a member of the Munich Bar, the Association of German Antitrust Lawyers, the Association of Antitrust Lawyers in Munich, the Association of Antitrust Lawyers in Frankfurt, and The American Bar Association (section of antitrust law). He is a frequent speaker and panellist on international and domestic conferences and has published numerous articles and books on European and German antitrust law and related regulatory issues.
Born in Dortmund in 1970, Martin graduated at the Universities of Regensburg (Germany) and Alcalá de Henares (Spain). He earned a postgraduate degree (LLM) in Commercial Law from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), and a doctorate degree (PhD) from the University of Mainz (Germany). Martin speaks German and English.
Prior to founding the law firm Buntscheck in 2008, Martin was heading the German antitrust practice group of the US firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Frankfurt (2006–2008) and worked at preeminent German-based commercial law firm Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart/Frankfurt (2000–2006).
Buntscheck is a leading independent German law firm focusing exclusively on competition/antitrust law and related regulatory issues. The firm is listed as a recommended antitrust firm in Germany by publications such as The Legal 500, Chambers and JUVE. Moreover, the firm has won the Acquisition International Legal Award for German Antitrust Law Firm of the Year 2014.
WWL says: Martin Buntscheck is a very highly rated merger control and cartel expert who is among Germany's most nominated individuals
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