Karsten Metzlaff

Karsten Metzlaff
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Professor Dr Karsten Metzlaff is a partner in Noerr’s antitrust and competition group in Hamburg. He has specialised in antitrust law as well as franchising and distribution law for more than 20 years. Karsten is internationally recognised as one of the leading German competition and franchise lawyers.

Karsten advises on all areas of EU and Germany competition law with particular expertise in the manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Working with the EU Commission in Brussels for the Competition Directorate, his experience includes investigations, proceedings and complaints before the European Commission, the Federal Cartel Office and industry regulators.

Recent representations include advising ThyssenKrupp in various antitrust issues; cruise operator AIDA Cruises in various disputes concerning the alleged abuse of a dominant market position; a major wood-based panels manufacturer against follow-on damages claims because of alleged price fixing; a leading premium and luxury group in the apparel market on reorganisation of its distribution system; and various foreign franchisors expanding into Germany.

Karsten is recognised by Best Lawyers, The Legal 500, Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Competition, Who’s Who Legal: Franchise, and Chambers Europe, where he is praised by clients for delivering “strong advice even in difficult circumstances”. He is also included in the best-lawyer of the JUVE Handbook, with a special distinction among the “leading names” for distribution and competition law.

Karsten is a member of the Antitrust Lawyers’ Association, the German Franchise Association and the International Bar Association. He was educated at the Universities of Münster, Hamburg, Lausanne and London. Karsten contributes as a lecturer at the European University Viadrina and publishes frequently on competition and distribution law. Karsten speaks German, English, French and Spanish. 

Noerr is one of the top European law firms with 500 professionals in Germany, Europe and the USA. With its office in Brussels, 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 and regulatory matters, with a special strength in compliance, multi-jurisdictional merger filings and cartel damages. 

WWL says: Karsten Metzlaff is one of Germany's most esteemed competition experts and has a long-standing reputation as an excellent lawyer.

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