GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Gleiss Lutz

18 January 2011

Gleiss Lutz is consistently praised for its work on a national level, although many major international companies now grace its client list, including GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor & Gamble.

Practice head and Who's Who entrant Ingo Brinker leads a team of 34 competition lawyers from the firm's Munich office. Eight other partners (two more Who's Who nominees) make the practice one of the largest - Martin Raible was promoted to partner in January. Fellow partners Rainer Bechtold and Ulrich Soltész are still very highly rated by their peers.

The firm says demand for merger control advice has grown considerably in recent months. Although many must remain under the radar, it lays claim to some of the largest deals of the past 12 months, such as Syngenta/Monsanto and Nokia Siemens Networks/Juniper. It also advised Behr on its joint venture with Mahle in Germany.

Gleiss Lutz has worked on virtually all fine proceedings before the European Commission and Germany's Federal Cartel Office, including the first two cartel settlements before DG Comp. Bechtold advised Tchibo in the FCO's investigation and fines against of coffee roasters, and Soltész acted for Duravit in the commission's bathroom fittings cartel case.

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