Christian Horstkotte stands out in the German antitrust market for his remarkable understanding of merger control proceedings and cartel investigations.
Christian Horstkotte heads Baker McKenzie's German/Austrian antitrust practice and is based in the firm's Düsseldorf office. Christian has 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 cases before German and European competition authorities and courts. He regularly advises clients in dominance matters and in the implementation of compliance programmes. Among his clients are blue-chip companies in the automotive, energy, financial services, FMCG, construction and logistics industries. In April 2019, he successfully defended Carlsberg in a 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 44 countries – a broader antitrust network than any other law firm. In 2019, Baker McKenzie's global antitrust practice was once again ranked in the top five of Global Competition Review's “Global Elite” ranking.