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Ellen Braun

Ellen Braun

Allen & Overy LLPHanseatic Trade CenterKehrwieder 12HamburgGermany20457

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Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ellen Braun is “a very good lawyer” who is singled out by sources for her “impressive work on abuse of dominance cases”.


Ellen Braun is head of Allen & Overy LLP’s German antitrust practice. She specialises in EU and German competition law and has an active practice representing clients in competition proceedings before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and the courts. Her practice covers the full breadth of antitrust law and is geared towards long-term competition and antitrust strategies. She regularly advises on merger control (including multiple worldwide filings), and the structuring of cooperation, joint venture and distribution agreements; horizontal and vertical compliance risks (including forensic audits); and strategies to prevent or defend abuse complaints. She also designs and reviews compliance management programmes.

In recent years, Ellen has had a special focus on defending clients in EU and German cartel investigations, including leniency applications, and in cartel follow-on damage cases in court. Her long-standing client relationships encompass all industry sectors, among others, fast-moving consumer goods, chemicals, mining, construction, infrastructure and energy, media and entertainment, as well as financial services.

Recent matters include successfully defending Bell AG in a German cartel investigation; Bilfinger in compliance matters; CTS Eventim GmbH & Co KGaA in two German cases, a merger and a dominance abuse based prohibition, both now pending before the German Supreme Court; Bosch in merger control and compliance matters; Evonik in antitrust compliance matters and global merger control cases; Rosneft in several EU and German merger control cases; Walgreens Boots Alliance in a German cartel investigation; Nikon and PON/Derby in setting up selective distribution systems; Procter & Gamble (EU detergents and German drugstore cases), Recticel (EU Foam case), and Scania (EU Trucks case) on a large number of German follow-on damages claims, the latter as part of a wider pan-European defence team, V&B on merger and compliance matters; VDM Metals on designing and implementing an antitrust compliance management system.

A client quoted in Chambers Europe (2019) ranks Ellen as a “Notable Practitioner” while The Legal 500 – Germany (2018) refers to her as “the renowned Ellen Braun”.  JUVE (2019), in which Ellen is listed as “Highly Recommended”, refers to her as a member of the small elite of “leading senior partners for antitrust law”. She regularly speaks and publishes on EU and German antitrust law issues. Publications include two chapters in the leading German commentary Langen/Bunte on horizontal agreements under EU and German law, now in its 2018 edition.

Ellen holds an LLM from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in antitrust law from the University of Hamburg. She is a German lawyer and is also admitted to the New York Bar. She speaks fluent English and French.

Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.

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