Dr Michael Esser is a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust, competition and trade group, based in the Cologne and Brussels offices. He is a member of the Cologne and Brussels Bars.
Michael specialises in EU and German competition law. His core activities include complex cross-border merger proceedings, global and domestic cartel investigations and other anti-competitive procedures before the European and German competition and regulatory authorities, as well as before the European and national courts. He has particular expertise in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), food retail, automotive, banking and insurance sectors.
His major cases include acting for REWE Group in their merger control projects, Liberty Global in their recent European acquisitions, and Bertelsmann and RTL Group in a number of high level transactions. His most recent high level involvement is the German Ministerial Approval process in the largest German food retail case where he also represents REWE Group.
Michael is recognised as one of the leading competition and TMT experts in a number of legal directories such as JUVE, Chambers, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He is also co-editor of the German competition journal Neue Zeitschrift für Kartellrecht (NZKart). Michael worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Law (1989–1993) and became Partner with the firm in 1997. He studied law at the universities of Berlin, Bonn and Caen (1981–1988) and the Pennsylvania Law School (1987–1988) (LLM). He was awarded with a doctorate in law from the University of Hamburg (1993).
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WWL says: Michael Esser is praised for his German and EU competition expertise, particularly in the media and telecoms sectors
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