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Thought Leaders - Competition 2021
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christian Horstkotte is a lawyer who “deserves credit, as he has had big success on cases”. Commentators are quick to point out that he is “excellent in cartel litigation”.

Peers and clients say:

"He is an exceptional competition expert."

"Christian is an outstandingly good lawyer."


Christian Horstkotte heads Baker McKenzie's German/Austrian antitrust practice and is based in the firm's Düsseldorf office. Christian has more than 18 years' experience advising on antitrust and competition law.

He counsels clients on all aspects of German and European antitrust law, focusing on complex merger control proceedings and cartel investigations before German and European competition authorities and courts, including cartel follow-on litigation. He also regularly advises clients in dominance matters and in the implementation of compliance programmes as well as internal investigations. Among his clients are blue-chip companies in the automotive, energy, financial services, FMCG, construction and logistics industries. In 2019, he successfully defended Carlsberg in a milestone German appeal court proceeding in the beer cartel, having the court completely annul a €62 million fine.

Christian regularly lectures and has articles published. He is co-author of Frankfurter Kommentar zum Kartellrecht and several other antitrust publications. He is active member of the German Association of Antitrust Lawyers. He is listed as a leading antitrust lawyer in various publications and rankings (eg, Chambers, GCR, JUVE, The Legal 500 and Wirtschaftswoche).

Christian joined Baker McKenzie in 2011 as a partner. Prior to that, he practised in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Brussels and Düsseldorf offices. Before qualifying as a lawyer, he worked at a major German bank in Frankfurt. Christian completed his legal education at the universities of Berlin, Bologna and Göttingen.

The global antitrust and competition group of Baker McKenzie comprises over 300 lawyers and professionals in 47 countries – a broader antitrust network than any other law firm – and is regularly included in Global Competition Review’s “Global Elite” ranking.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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