Markus Wirtz is “an excellent lawyer” who is “very smart” and “understands perfectly the economics driving a case”. He is credited with “an impressive track record, particularly in merger control cases”.
Peers and clients say:
"Markus is a very experienced and helpful practitioner."
"Mr Wirtz offers very thorough and prudent advice."
"Markus is a top lawyer, who is very commercial and responsive."
Dr Markus Wirtz is partner at Glade Michel Wirtz, a German law firm focusing exclusively on competition and corporate work.
Markus has advised companies in cartel investigations concerning industrial bags, industrial thread, insurance, chemicals, concrete pipes, mortar, steel, rail track technology, automatic doors, food packaging, meat, power transformers, sanitary fittings, sanitary wholesale, luxury cosmetics, drugstore goods, pet food, confectionery, flour, coffee, beer and pharmacies. He is experienced in internal audits and multiple leniency filings, and has a number of cases pending before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office.
Markus has also conducted international merger control filings for CWS-boco, Danish Crown, Investor AB, Vivendi or United Internet (1&1, gmx, web.de); represented clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Epson, HDI-Gerling, Total, Samsung or Xerox in various antitrust litigation; and structured and drafted agreements for exclusive or selective distribution for Dyson, Electronic Arts, Mettler Toledo and others.
He has published numerous articles on antitrust and merger control law, co-authors the leading German commentary Immenga / Mestmäcker and contributes the chapter on dominance to The Handbook of European Competition Law (ed Mäger) in German and the chapter on technology transfer to The Handbook of German and European Competition Law (ed Lange) in German. He is a frequent speaker on EU and German competition law and a lecturer in law at Leuphana University.
He receives accolades as a leading competition lawyer in a number of publications.
Markus Wirtz is the current chair of the German Bar Association antitrust committee, a member of the German Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht and the International Bar Association.