GCR 100 - 13th Edition

Gleiss Lutz

05 December 2012

Germany

Partner and Who’s Who Legal nominee Ingo Brinker leads the competition team at Gleiss Lutz. Most of the firm’s 42 competition lawyers – one of the largest antitrust teams in Germany – are located in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart, while some work in the Brussels’ office. The team includes 10 partners, nine of whom are Who’s Who Legal nominees.

The team worked on most major cartel proceedings by the Federal Cartel Office and very often represents clients in European Commission cartel cases. State aid is another key area for the firm, alongside complex merger control work. Among a number of Phase II merger reviews, Gleiss Lutz worked on sugar company Südzucker’s takeover of rival ED&F Man, cleared with remedies. Bosch also relied on the firm for merger control advice, and partner Ulrich Dentzel lodged an appeal for ProSiebenSat.1 Media and RTL against the prohibition of their internet TV catch-up service joint venture.

On the behavioural side, Gleiss Lutz worked on a number of cartel investigations conducted by the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, including probes in the automotive parts sector. The firm’s lawyers also advised companies in international antitrust proceedings worldwide. Partner Christian Steinle, for example, worked on the first leniency application ever submitted to Pakistan’s antitrust agency on behalf of Siemens.

The group advised clients before the European Courts, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice. “Settlement proceedings will play an increasingly important role for clients in future at both national and European levels,” says the firm. In the past year, the practice worked on the carbonless paper appeal before the Federal Court of Justice – the first cartel damages case heard by Germany’s highest court.

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