Mario Strebel
Office:
Schiffbaustrasse 2
PO Box 1765
8031
City:
Zurich
State:
Zurich
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 44 396 91 91

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Switzerland

Mario Strebel heads the competition, trade and regulatory practice group of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) in Zurich. He is a dedicated and pragmatic lawyer with extensive experience in his area of expertise which covers all aspects of competition law, distribution law and matters arising at the interface of regulated network industries and competition law. He advises and represents Swiss and international clients in all these fields of law and regularly publishes articles and gives presentations. Other practice areas include public procurement and internal investigations.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A CAREER IN COMPETITION LAW?

I was originally attracted and inspired by the lectures on competition law at the University of Zurich. In parallel to my studies, I started my professional career as a part-time associate with the local legal department of a globally active construction material company from 2001 to 2003. There I experienced the implementation of antitrust compliance one-to-one. This was followed by my first postgraduate position as a scientific collaborator with the secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission from 2004 to 2005. Both positions and the strong economic context of competition law aroused my interest in this legal field that never left me again ever since.

HOW DOES MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL’S COMPETITION GROUP STAND OUT FROM OTHERS IN THE MARKET? 

With offices in Zurich, Zug, Geneva and Lausanne, MLL is present in the most dynamic economic centres of Switzerland, providing advice and litigating all over Switzerland. Being the only major Swiss law firm with a Brussels office, we are in a unique position to track competition law developments in the European Union. This, in turn, allows MLL to advise clients on their Swiss and cross-border Swiss/EU matters at the highest level. MLL’s competition group stands out with its client-centric, business-focused and lean approach, rendering services to clients that at the same time meet the highest standards and offer an outstanding price/performance ratio.

HOW DOES YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN-HOUSE AND AT THE SECRETARIAT OF THE SWISS COMPETITION COMMISSION ENHANCE YOUR CURRENT PRACTICE? 

Both of these two professional activities were very valuable for my experience. The in-house experience sharpened my understanding for the clients’ needs and the required practical and business-focused approach. Working with the Secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission gave me invaluable insights into the functioning and internal processes of both the Swiss Competition Commission and its investigational body, the Secretariat. The established, still-lasting good relationships with my former colleagues, some of them now having leading positions in the authorities, make working together pleasant and uncomplicated. 

MUCH OF YOUR PRACTICE FOCUSES ON REGULATED MARKETS SUCH AS THE TELECOMS SECTOR – WHAT ARE THE MAIN COMPETITION-RELATED CHALLENGES CURRENTLY FACING COMPANIES IN THESE AREAS? 

The Swiss telecommunications markets are rather concentrated and dominated by the state-controlled incumbent operator. This already as such makes these markets prone to competition law issues and interventions by the authorities. In addition, the interplay between sector regulation and competition law must be taken into account, adding to the complexity. Specific competition-related challenges are the digitalisation of the economy as a whole and the industry’s fast technological development. One of the buzz topics in this regard is the ongoing convergence and the multiple ramifications that come with it. 

HOW DO YOU THINK COMPETITION LAW PRACTICE WILL EVOLVE AS AUTHORITIES AROUND THE WORLD STRENGTHEN THEIR INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES?

I expect an increased demand for competition compliance work and, in particular, substantially more proceedings originating from international, multi-jurisdictional leniency and cartel cases (especially parallel proceedings before the European Commission and the Swiss Competition Commission). In addition, the recovery of the global economy is expected to result in a higher number of M&A transactions, leading to more merger control notifications compared to the past decade. Specifically, highly consolidated industries are likely to face more competition law investigations, as well as the challenge of intense remedy assessments in merger control proceedings.

AS HEAD OF THE FIRM’S COMPETITION LAW PRACTICE, WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES REGARDING THE GROUP’S DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? 

Together with my Geneva and Brussels partner Christophe Rapin, I pursue a clear growth strategy for the entire competition practice and aim to be present in all major competition law proceedings in Switzerland, as well as to increase our merger control notification practice. To achieve these goals, we consistently focus on building and strengthening our domestic and international network as well as our internal resources (thought leadership with regard to upcoming competition law issues and continuous recruiting, training and support of the most talented associates and trainees).

WHAT IS THE BEST CAREER ADVICE THAT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? 

The two most valuable pieces of career advice that I have ever been given can be summarised as follows. Gain as much experience as possible in various positions (ie, in-house and with the authorities) while you’re still a young lawyer. Be hungry, curious and seize the opportunities that present themselves to you! The other was to attend lectures on Swiss and European Union competition law, which, in retrospect, sparked my passion for competition law.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Mario Strebel is a partner and leads the competition law, trade and regulated markets practice group of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) in Zurich. He is a dedicated and pragmatic lawyer with extensive experience in his area of expertise which covers all aspects of competition law, distribution law and matters arising at the interface of regulated network industries and competition law. Mario advises Swiss and international clients in all of these matters and represents them before the Swiss authorities and courts, including merger control filings, leniency applications, private enforcement litigation and appeal proceedings. He regularly publishes articles and gives presentations on these topics, including compliance seminars and dawn-raid workshops. Other areas of his practice include public procurement and internal investigations.

Mario obtained a master’s in law from the University of Zurich in 2003 and obtained a postgraduate degree from Kings College London in 2012 (LLM in competition law). He was admitted to the Bar in Switzerland in 2008 and is a member of the Swiss and Zurich Bar Association, the competition law group of the Zurich Bar Association as well as the Study Association for Competition Law (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht eV). Mario is a listed expert with the Swiss Franchise Association and a neutral arbitrator with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre. His professional career began as a part-time associate of a globally active construction material company from 2001 to 2003 and a scientific collaborator with the secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission from 2004 to 2005. Before joining another major Swiss law firm from 2012 to 2016, he had already worked for MLL for about five years.

MLL is one of the most reputable international business law firms in Switzerland. More than 90 experienced and dynamic lawyers form a strong team of specialists that stand for innovative and solution-focused services. With offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug, Lausanne and Brussels MLL is present in the key Swiss economic centres and in the heart of Europe. MLL’s competition law, trade and regulated markets practice comprises two partners, two counsel and five associates, specialising in cartel and dominance proceedings, pre-merger identification and merger filings, compliance programmes and day-to-day compliance with competition law regulations.

WWL says: Mario Strebel is "a profound expert in Swiss and European competition law" and "a fast thinker who is dedicated to his cases".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Competition which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Competition

Mario Strebel is a partner and leads the competition, trade and regulatory practice group of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) in Zurich. He is a dedicated and pragmatic lawyer with extensive experience in his area of expertise which covers all aspects of competition law, distribution law and matters arising at the interface of regulated network industries and competition law. Mario advises Swiss and international clients in all of these matters and represents them before the Swiss authorities and courts, including merger control filings, leniency applications, private enforcement litigation and appeal proceedings. He regularly publishes articles and gives presentations on these topics, including compliance seminars and dawn-raid workshops. Other areas of his practice include telecom regulation, public procurement and internal investigations.

Mario obtained a master’s in law from the University of Zurich in 2003 and a postgraduate degree from Kings College London in 2012 (LLM in competition law). He was admitted to the Bar in Switzerland in 2008 and is a member of the Swiss and Zurich Bar Association, the competition law group of the Zurich Bar Association as well as the chairman of the Swiss working group of the Study Association for Competition Law (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht eV). Mario is a listed expert with the Swiss Franchise Association and a neutral arbitrator with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre. His professional career began as a part-time associate of a globally active construction material company from 2001 to 2003 and a scientific collaborator with the secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission from 2004 to 2005. Before joining another major Swiss law firm from 2012 to 2016, he had already worked for MLL for about five years.

MLL is one of the most reputable international business law firms in Switzerland. More than 100 experienced and dynamic lawyers form a strong team of specialists that stand for innovative and solution-focused services. With offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug, Lausanne and Brussels MLL is present in the key Swiss economic centres and in the heart of Europe. MLL’s competition, trade and regulatory practice comprises two partners, two counsel and five associates, specialising particularly in cartel and dominance proceedings and merger filings, compliance programmes and day-to-day compliance with competition law regulations.

WWL says: Mario Strebel is highly praised by market commentators for his “profound knowledge of Swiss competition law” as well as his “ability to quickly identify the legal problem at hand”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

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