A globally integrated practice
Our German Competition group is integral to Allen & Overy’s U.S.-European Antitrust group and offers German and international clients expert advice in European and German antitrust law, plus representation before the EU Commission and the German Bundeskartellamt.
We act in some of the most high profile antitrust cases and have developed a sound and practical understanding of how the European Commission works. We have good relationships with officials at all levels in Brussels, Germany and in all the jurisdictions where we practise antitrust law. You benefit from our experience of working at the cutting edge of antitrust policy.
We regularly represent clients in antitrust proceedings and investigations, judiciary review of agency decisions and civil damage claims in Germany, all other European jurisdictions, the U.S. and worldwide, including:
- German and EU merger control proceedings; multiple filings in cross-border transactions with the relevant merger control authorities; judiciary review of agency decisions;
behavioural matters, including German and European cartel and other investigations as well as abuse of dominance cases;
- private enforcement litigation (Germany being one of two preferred jurisdictions in Europe, next to the UK);
- EU state aid and EU and German public procurement matters.
We advise clients on the antitrust compliance of their business
- structuring co-operation agreements and joint ventures, distribution systems, license and other agreements
- designing and conducting tailor-made compliance training and audits, setting up and reviewing full compliance management programs.
The right antitrust strategy can have a major impact on commercial negotiations and in some cases, is critical to the success of a deal. In view of the now typical follow-on damage suits, choosing the right strategy in behavioural investigations will determine the company's risk exposure and for publicly quoted stock corporations, the board's liability. A proactive antitrust strategy via third-party complaints and court actions may allow a company to stop competitors, suppliers or customers infringing its market position. In some cases this may even be required under corporate law (capital protection measures).
Clients often ask us to oversee an antitrust strategy internationally.
News and insights
Publications: 11 October 2022
The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) has proposed a small, but almost revolutionary 11th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition. It is expected to…
Publications: 21 September 2022
As antitrust authorities’ appetite to investigate and enforce procedural merger control rules, including those on information exchange between competitors in the context of M&A transactions, continues…
Publications: 29 September 2021
The General Court has largely upheld the European Commission’s decision to fine Altice a record amount for breaching procedural merger control rules in relation to its acquisition of PT Portugal. The…
Publications: 06 May 2021
In a recent judgement, the German Federal Supreme Court indicated that lump sum damages clauses in private follow on damages actions of up 15% are permissible. The decision is a clear example of…
Global cartel enforcement report 2020
A great pan-EMEA reach, with subject matter experts in all key areas.
Client - Chambers Europe 2017 (Competition/Antitrust)
The lawyers are very knowledgeable; they gave us a good service and good support in the matter.
Client - Chambers Europe 2016 (Competition/European Law)