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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Maxim Kleine is described as "a very visible, established and widely respected" lawyer in the antitrust space, at both the German and European levels.


Dr Maxim Kleine is a competition lawyer based in Hamburg and head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s German antitrust and regulatory team.

Maxim advises clients in German and EU competition law. His main focus is defending clients in antitrust proceedings. Furthermore, he focuses on distribution systems and he regularly provides advice on the structuring of joint ventures and cooperation by competitors. Maxim has experience in all areas of contentious antitrust law, including antitrust investigations before the European Commission and various national authorities, such as the German Federal Cartel Office. He also covers litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning antitrust law.

In recent years, Maxim has worked on a number of high-profile contentious competition law cases before the German Federal Cartel Office – including a diverse range of cartel cases spanning defence, railway infrastructure, power plant construction, building insulation, commodity trading, freight forwarding, beer, wallpaper, contact lenses and many others. He has also worked on a number of antitrust cases before the European Commission.

Maxim holds a law degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Goettingen and has studied abroad at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Before joining Norton Rose Fulbright, he worked for other international law firms in Hamburg and Brussels and headed the antitrust practice of a leading domestic German law firm in Cologne.

Maxim regularly publishes articles on competition law and is co-publisher of the leading German online compliance newsletter Newsdienst Compliance. He is a member of the German Competition Law Association and of the board of the Competition Litigation Society.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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