Antitrust and Competition Law

We provide legal consultation and develop the most appropriate solution for any question or task in the field of antitrust law.

Our core experience:

  • Representation in merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission
  • Legal Assessment of intended Mergers, aquisitions and coordinated market behaviour regarding their compliance with antitrust law
  • Drafting of co-operations with competitors according in compliance with antitrust law (joint ventures)
  • Legal consultation on hardcore cartels (including leniency programmes)
  • Drafting of horizontal and vertical Distribution structures (including online trade)
  • Legal consultation on European block exemption regulations and guidelines (horizontal and vertical agreements, transfer of technology , research and development Agreements, etc.)
  • Installation of selective distribution systems
  • Enforcement of access to others' distribution structures Vertriebsstrukturen
  • Representation of interests in any kind of distribution structure (supply stop of exclusive suppliers, etc.)
  • Measures to bind customers to the company
  • Legal consultation and representation in administrative fine proceedings for alleged violations of antitrust law
  • Exercise and enforcement of damage claims for violations of antitrust law

It is a matter of course for us to always offer solutions which are most suitable for the specific economic interests of our clients.

Our focus in competition law:

  • Review of advertising projects and business models for their compatibility with competition law; preparation of Freedom to Operate Opinions (FTO's)
  • Examination of the compliance of advertising measures with unfair competition law
  • Action against competitors for unfair competition (warning, injunction, action in the main proceedings)
  • Defence against attacks by competitors by responding to warnings under competition law, depositing protective letters and procedural defence before the regional and appeal courts
  • Anonymous enforcement of claims for injunctive relief under competition law through the involvement of competition and professional associations as well as industry and trade chambers
  • Advice on the implementation of court injunctive relief and compliance with cease-and-desist letters and undertakings with penalty clauses.