As an international commercial law firm, antitrust law falls within the scope of our business activities. We advise on corporate transactions, collaborations, start-ups and drafting contracts. We also represent our international clients if antitrust law has been infringed or when enforcing claims against competitors.
- Preventive counselling
- Drafting contracts
- Antitrust filing
- Corporate transactions
- Joint ventures
- Merger control
- Enforcing and fending off claims
- Representation before the Bundeskartellamt, European Commission and courts
When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, collaborations and joint ventures as well as other transactions, it is important to be mindful of both national and international antitrust regulations in order to guarantee effective and diverse competition. That is why infringements of Germany’s Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen (GWB) [Act against Restraints of Competition] or abuse of a dominant market position are met with severe punishments. Our competent lawyers can ensure that these obstacles are overcome and coordinate the necessary merger control proceedings.
In doing so, we assume responsibility for representing our clients before the Bundeskartellamt (Germany’s Federal Cartel Office) in addition to other national antitrust authorities, the European Commission and also in the context of notification procedures. Our close network and collaboration with internationally acclaimed commercial law firms means that we can provide our clients with optimum support.
It is not mergers or acquisitions that first introduce the threat of sanctions under antitrust law but individual clauses within agreements which have the potential to infringe cartel law and competition law. This can, in turn, give rise to related penalties. This not only concerns international corporations; even arrangements between two smaller businesses from the same city may become relevant from an antitrust point of view.
We can assess whether there are any concerns from the perspective of antitrust law in cases involving corporate mergers, transactions or collaborations, make contact with national and international antitrust authorities and take care of any potential difficulties.
It is essential when issues relating to antitrust law arise to obtain advice early on from a team of competent lawyers. This is the only way to ensure that time-consuming and costly legal disputes can be avoided. Moreover, there is the risk of criminal penalties. We will, of course, also assume responsibility for fending off and enforcing claims.