Michael Dietrich

Michael Dietrich
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Michael Dietrich is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills' Düsseldorf office where he leads the German competition team. He advises clients on all aspects of EU and German competition law, including merger control, advisory work (eg, distribution and corporation agreements), cartel investigations, abuse of a dominant position, compliance and competition litigation. Michael has experience across a wide range of industries including automotive, consumer goods, retail, industrials, transport and financial services.

Michael has a strong reputation for defending clients in complex and high-profile cartel investigations before national competition authorities, the European Commission and national and European courts. He delivers clear and pragmatic advice in the most critical situations, helps clients with their risk assessment, and creates and implements a seamless defence strategy until the final stage of follow-on damage claims. Michael has been acknowledged as a recommended competition lawyer by Germanys leading directory JUVE, Best Lawyers and in Global Competition Review. In March 2018, he was listed among the 40 most renowned competition lawyers by Germany's leading business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.

Michael frequently speaks at conferences and publishes extensively on competition law issues, with a focus on restrictive agreements, leniency and unilateral conduct. He is a member of the German Association for Competition Law Studies and the German/American Lawyers Association. He is a non-governmental adviser to the ICN nominated by the German Competition Authority and a member of the board of trustees of the Institute for Economics and Competition.

Michael studied at the University of Bonn (LLB) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLM). He obtained a doctoral degree for a thesis on competition in markets with network effects. He is admitted to the German Bar in Düsseldorf. Michael is fluent in German and English.

WWL says: Michael Dietrich is widely known in the antitrust space for his impeccable knowledge of cartel and dominance matters and his great client service.

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