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Antitrust/Competition

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.

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

Publications: 22 JANUARY 2021

La proposition de Règlement sur les marchés numériques à la lumière de la pratique des autorités européenne et française de concurrence

Les plateformes en lignes ont, ces dernières années, fait l’objet de nombreuses enquêtes diligentées par les autorités de concurrence, tant au niveau communautaire qu’en France et ailleurs.

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Publications: 01 OCTOBER 2020

Nouvelle politique de renvoi de la Commission européenne en matière de concentrations : les implications pour les entreprises françaises

La Commissaire européenne à la concurrence Margrethe Vestager a récemment annoncé un changement important relatif au contrôle des concentrations au sein de l’Union européenne: l’introduction d’une…

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Related campaigns

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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