There are five partners at Gleiss Lutz’s Brussels competition practice but most of them split their time with Munich or Stuttgart. This includes the practice head Ingo Brinker, who together with the four other partners is a Who’s Who Legalnominee. Ulrich Soltész is the only resident partner and he acted as counsel to Austria-based Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank in a state aid case brought by the European Commission. The bank was struggling financially and was subsequently given a state aid payment by the Austrian government. The commission approved the aid subject to conditions. The firm also advises long-term clients Commerzbank, Robert Bosch and General Motors.
Gleiss Lutz wins praise from rivals across the German competition world. Spread across six offices in Germany, seven partners are nominated to Who’s Who Legal, including practice head Ingo Brinker, which is a reflection of the firm’s elite status. German partners in Brussels are also heavily involved in several of Gleiss Lutz’s domestic competition matters.
The firm is active in many high-profile recent German and EU behavioural cases. Partner Ulrich Denzel is defending Voestalpine in the FCO’s train track cartel investigation, helping the Austrian steelmaker reduce its fines and liability in follow-on damages brought by Deutsche Bahn. Meanwhile, Brinker has been advising the German government, representing it before the European Commission on a shareholder restructuring of defence company EADS. Brinker is also counsel to Siemens in the German power transformers and the EU switchgear cartels.
Merger work also keeps the team busy, with partners Rainer Bechtold and Wolfgang Bosch advising sugar company Südzucker in its tie-up with rival ED&F Man, which DG Comp cleared with commitments. Denzel has been advising Fresenius Kabi in its successful takeover of Fenwal Holdings and is also regular counsel to leading German television company ProSiebenSat1. He is advising in its appeal against the FCO’s decision to block a video-on-demand joint venture with RTL. Partner Petra Linsmeier assisted BMW in a joint venture with Peugeot, which required notification in more than 20 jurisdictions.
„One of the leading antitrust practices in Germany and Europe.“
Chambers Europe 2012
International Firm of the Year 2011
Legal Business Awards
Law Firm of the Year for Competition/Antitrust
JUVE Awards 2010
Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading full service international law firms. With more than 290 lawyers, of whom 89 are partners, Gleiss Lutz advises major national and international companies in all areas of commercial law.
Gleiss Lutz has been involved in shaping antitrust law since day one, having played an active role in all major international developments and cases for more than 60 years. The combination of experience, top quality advice and a practice-oriented approach makes Gleiss Lutz one of the leading competition practices in Europe.
- Cartel investigations: With experience gained from participating in more or less all cartel investigations before the European Commission and many cartel investigations all over the globe over the last years, Gleiss Lutz is the law firm of choice for high-profile cases. Especially in the area of the Commission’s settlement proceedings the firm is a pioneer, having participated in all settlement proceedings of the European Commission to date.
- Actions for damages: Gleiss Lutz has been involved in the development of “private enforcement” from the outset. Its leading position is illustrated by the representation of a client in the first follow-on case at the German Supreme Court. In actions covering various jurisdictions Gleiss Lutz plays a coordinating role, working together with law firms across the globe.
- Merger control: Gleiss Lutz is regularly involved in complex cases, such as advising Syngenta on the acquisition of Monsanto’s seeds business and Südzucker on the acquisition of ED&F. In cross-border proceedings Gleiss Lutz provides strategic advice in the run-up to the acquisition, and coordinates the filing of the required notifications worldwide.
- Gleiss Lutz’ antitrust practice also has highly regarded experts for state aid, in particular in the finance sector, and for compliance matters. Because of the significant experience and partner-driven approach to matters, clients regularly retain the services of Gleiss Lutz for international internal investigations, most recently in Brazil, in Pakistan, in Korea, in Turkey and in China.
Dr. Ingo Brinker
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