GLEISS LUTZ boasts one of Brussels’ oldest competition practices, dating back to 1962, which includes a well-respected state aid practice. Christian von Köckritz, who was promoted to counsel in January 2015, joined the partnership in January 2017. Cartel probes keep the practice busy, with the Brussels team advising on 15 separate auto parts cases, as well as counselling Daimler in DG Comp’s truck cartel investigation. The team advised Infineon in its appeal against a European Commission ruling that fined the smart card chips manufacturer €82 million for allegedly participating in a cartel, and Duravit in its appeal to the ECJ regarding the enforcer’s bathroom fittings cartel decision. Von Köckritz and Christian Steinle represented Evonik in the landmark ECJ case that clarified the procedure for confidentiality covering leniency applicants.
The 44-strong competition practice at GLEISS LUTZ is one of two Germany-focused firms in our Elite band. Ingo Brinker leads the team of 10 partners, nine associated partners, four counsel, 21 associates and one of counsel. The firm promoted Ines Bodenstein and Carsten Klöppner to partner in January 2017.
Brinker currently leads for Booking.com in its appeal against the Federal Cartel Office’s hotel booking decision, about which the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court expressed misgivings in 2017. A ruling in that case is pending. At the EU level, partners Ulrich Denzel in Stuttgart and Wolfgang Bosch in Frankfurt represented Daimler in DG Comp’s trucks cartel investigation; the company ultimately paid €1 billion as part of a 2016 settlement. Brinker and Munich partner Petra Linsmeier, as well as Brussels partner Ulrich Soltész, represented Infineon as it demanded a reduction of its smart card chips cartel fine from the EU’s General Court. Partner Christian Steinle, along with Brussels partner Christian von Köckritz, acted for Evonik in the European Court of Justice, securing landmark clarification of the procedure for confidentiality for information supplied to DG Comp by leniency applicants.
Alongside its sterling behavioural record, the Gleiss Lutz team can pride itself in being pre-eminent in merger control and German follow-on litigation. It represented Syngenta during its €43 billion acquisition by ChemChina – one of the last year’s most closely watched global deals – and ultimately secured conditional DG Comp clearance. The team also coordinated merger control filings for the deal in more than 20 countries. In litigation, Denzel has represented voestalpine in defending against German follow-on claims; and Heidelberg Cement against Cartel Damages Claims in the Mannheim Regional Court, ultimately securing full dismissal. Linsmeier defended Deutsche Telekom against Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia Kabel, after the cable companies alleged its fees for cable ducts were illegally inflated.
German Law Firm of the Year
The Lawyer European Awards, Chambers Europe Awards and IFLR European Awards 2017
"Exceptional practice that consistently handles the most complex and high profile competition matters."
Chambers Europe 2017
Law Firm of the Year for Competition/Antitrust
Best Lawyers 2017
Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading full service international law firms. With more than 300 lawyers, of whom 88 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.
- 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 takeover by ChemChina. 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 compliance matters, in particular in the finance sector, and for state aid. 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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