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Dr René Galle



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Dr René Galle



René advises on all aspects of German and EU competition law, including cartels, German and EU merger control, competition law aspects of distribution contracts and joint ventures, internal investigations and antitrust compliance.


He represents clients in competition litigation cases, in particular in private damages actions and in the judicial review of decisions from competition authorities. He possesses a particular expertise in antitrust economics and his doctoral thesis (an economic approach to antitrust) relates to this topic. He regularly publishes articles on issues of competition law in journals and is a speaker on seminars on competition law.

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Publications: 28 June 2021

Antitrust in focus - June 2021

This newsletter is a summary of the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. Dr René Galle, counsel based in Hamburg, is our editor this month (learn more about René in…

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Attorney, Germany, 2009


Dr iur, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2009 

Second State Exam, Germany, 2008

First State Exam, Germany, 2006

LL.M., University of Minnesota, USA, 2004


Published work

  • Comment: The reform of the German Act on Competitive Restraints (10. GWB-Novelle) enters into force – competition law goes digital, Der Betrieb, 2021, M4-5
  • The German Supreme Court Ruling on the beer cartel: Disillusions made in Karlsruhe, NZKart 2020, p. 30 to 33 (with P. Steinhaeuser).
  • Joint defense against private damages claims: A legitimate cooperation or yet another cartel?, WuW 2020, S. 576 to 580 ff.
  • BB-Comment on the Facebook decision of the German Supreme Court, Betriebsberater 2020, p. 2061 f.
  • The Modernization of the rules on abuse of dominance: Some thoughts on the upcoming legislative reform (10. GWB-Novelle) and beyond, Der Betrieb 2020, p. 1274 ff.
  • Trends in cartel enforcement– a global overview of competition authorities’ activities in 2019 (with L. Rengier), CCZ 6/2020, p. 218 to 225
  • Recent developments in merger control – a global overview of competition authorities’ activities in 2019 (with S. Burdinski), in M&A Review 2020, p. 144 to 151
  • Reductions of fines concerning vertical restraints (with T. Göckler), EuZW 2019, p. 1010 ff.
  • Trends in cartel enforcement – a global overview of competition authorities’ activities in 2018 (with L. Rengier), CCZ 6/2019, p. 883 to 889
  • Comment on the Report of the Commission Competition Law 4.0, in Der Betrieb, 2019, No. 42, M4-6
  • BB-Comment on the Facebook-judgement of the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf, BB 2019, p. 2516
  • Sanctions against non-compliance of disclosure obligations under § 33g GWB (with F. Popot-Mueller), NZKart 2019, p. 317 ff.
  • Recent developments in merger control – a global overview of competition authorities’ activities in 2018 (with K. Busche), in M&A Review 2019, p. 154 to 160
  • Restrictions of online sales in selective distribution systems, Der Betrieb of 08.02.2019, Issue 06, page 288 to 292
  • Recent developments in merger control – a global overview of competition authorities’ activities in 2017 (with T. Göckler), M&A Review 6/2018, p. 226 to 232
  • Internal Investigations relating to antitrust law infringements, Betriebsberater 2018, 564-571
  • “Plaintiffs welcome“ – the German Supreme Court takes a plaintiff friendly approach to follow on damages claims (Comment on BGH KZR 56/16) in BB 2018, p. 1620 
  • Internal investigations of competition law infringements, Betriebsberater 2018, p. 564 ff.
  • The SCCI under German antitrust law (with L. Rengier), NZKart 2017, p. 229 ff.
  • The prima facie evidence rule in follow-on damages claims, NZKart 2016, p. 214 ff.
  • Best price clauses remain an antitrust issue, in BB 2015, p. 596
  • Best price clauses from hotel booking sites and antitrust law, (with M. Nauck) in WuW 2014, p. 587 ff.
  • Towards a more effective judicial review of fines imposed by the EC: Is there a new trend in the approach of the CFI? (with E. Braun) in: CCZ 3/2013, p. 108 ff.
  • Competition Litigation in the European Union: recent developments, in: Global Trends in Antitrust, p. 41 ff., 1st ed. 2013, A&O e-publication 
  • ‘An Economic Approach to Antitrust - A Comparison Between the European Competition Law under the Influence of the 'more economic approach' and US Antitrust Law’, Dissertation: Nomos, 2010