GCR 100 - 15th Edition

Gleiss Lutz

04 December 2014

Brussels

Gleiss Lutz boasts one of Brussels’ oldest competition practices; the formidable German firm set up shop in the city in 1962. Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominee Ulrich Soltész is the only resident partner, but EU practice head Ingo Brinker splits his time between Brussels and Germany. The firm is rightfully proud of its state aid practice: Soltész acted as counsel to Austria-based Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank in a restructuring case brought by the Commission; and the firm offers guidance to several other financial institutions, including the Bank of Ireland and the German Landesbanken, as well as advising a company in relation to Libor/Euribor. Elsewhere, the firm is acting for a company in the appeal against the bathroom fittings cartel investigation; for Heidelberg Cement in its appeal against a cartel judgment before the ECJ; and is working on a joint venture between three European music collecting societies.

Germany

Gleiss Lutz wins praise from rivals across the German competition world. Spread across six offices in Germany, six 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 complicated and cutting-edge matters. Brinker and Matthias Karl are acting for BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte before the German authority regarding an online sales rebate system introduced last year. It is a test case for an alleged restriction of hybrid dealers’ – who sell both online and in physical shops – internet sales. Meanwhile Ulrich Denzel successfully defended HeidelbergCement against a follow-on claim worth potentially hundreds of millions of euros brought by Cartel Damages Claims, which buys claims from victims. In a precedent-setting decision, the Düsseldorf court found that assigning claims to a third party in this way was invalid.

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