GCR 100 - 14th Edition

Gleiss Lutz

05 December 2013

Brussels

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.

Germany

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.

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