Ms Heinz advises clients on all aspects of EU and German competition law, in particular merger control, cooperation among competitors, distribution, cartel proceedings, vertical infringements, dominance, compliance, and litigation.
She has expertise in various industries, such as aerospace, automotive, broadcasting and media, including digital media, chemical products, consumer goods, energy, IT, medical devices, movies, pharmaceutical products and telecommunications.
Ms Heinz has worked on a broad range of merger cases, both at EU and national level, including second-phase proceedings, commitments, and referral cases to and from the European Commission. She represented clients in the GlaxoSmithKline/Novartis and Baxter Healthcare/Gambro mergers.
Ms Heinz has been involved in litigation before the German and European Courts, including the appeal against the FCO’s merger prohibition in Axel Springer/ProSieben/Sat.1, the preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice in Pfleiderer on access to file in cartel cases, and civil litigation, including defending Disney against claims of cinema operators in Germany.
She has profound experience with cartel proceedings, including internal investigations, dawn raids, leniency applications and settlements. She has worked on EU cartel cases regarding bathroom fittings and fixtures (including subsequent appeal proceedings), detergents, and the automotive sector, and in Germany regarding decorative paper, consumer goods and beer. She has also advised on follow-on damages claims.
Ms Heinz has an LLM from the College of Europe, Bruges. She publishes on EU and German competition law. Prior to founding Heinz & Zagrosek, she worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Brussels and Cologne for more than 15 years. She is a native German speaker and fluent in English and French.
WWL says: Silke Heinz is praised by her clients as "very responsive” and “a true expert for antitrust matters"
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