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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.

Our focus

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. 

Strategy advice

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 & insights

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News: 25 January 2022

Allen & Overy advises Riverside on the sale of REPA

Allen & Overy has advised global investor The Riverside Company (Riverside) on the sale of its portfolio company REPA to PT Holdings.

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News: 29 November 2021

Allen & Overy advises Avenga on the acquisition of Perfectial Group

Allen & Overy has advised Avenga, an international IT and digital transformation technology group, on the acquisition of Perfectial Group.

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News: 04 November 2021

Allen & Overy advises alstria on public takeover by Brookfield

alstria and Brookfield conclude comprehensive investment agreement Brookfield to launch a voluntary public takeover offer at a price of 19.50 euros per share in cash

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Publications: 29 September 2021

EU General Court backs European Commission’s tough stance on merger control “gun jumping”

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…

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Global cartel enforcement report 2020

Antitrust authorities around the world continued to focus on tackling national and international cartels in 2019, with many jurisdictions showing an appreciable upturn in the level of fines compared to those imposed in 2018.

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