Law firm of the year for Antitrust (JUVE Awards 2021)
“Covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law with 'excellent expertise' ” (The Legal 500 EMEA 2022)
“Reputable partners, high experience and high qualifications you can rely on” (client, Chambers Europe 2022)
Gleiss Lutz is one of the leading premium independent law firms in Germany, with more than 350 lawyers, including 83 partners. Its practice covers all areas of business law. The firm’s lawyers are renowned experts in their respective fields who work in cross-disciplinary teams on integrated legal solutions.
The Gleiss Lutz antitrust practice enjoys a stellar reputation. It 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 70 years. The combination of expertise, 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.
Abuse proceedings, in particular in the digital economy: Our advisory work develops strongly concerning digital issues. Gleiss Lutz was the law firm involved in the first proceedings under the new section 19a of the German Act against Restraints of Competition dominant targeting tech platforms. We are furthermore involved in all other key proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission in the digital sector (claims to data access, access restrictions, discriminatory pricing, standard-essential patents, standard setting organisations) as well as in abuse proceedings, especially in regulated industries. Advice on the new legislative initiatives at European and German level and discussions with ministries and authorities in that respect have also formed an important part of our advisory work.
Actions for damages: Gleiss Lutz has been involved in the development of “private enforcement” from the outset. Its leading position is illustrated by its participation in basically all follow-on cases at the German Federal Court of Justice. In actions covering various jurisdictions, Gleiss Lutz plays a strategic and coordinating role, working together with law firms across the globe.
Merger control: Gleiss Lutz is regularly involved in complex and extensive cases in Brussels and Germany. In cross-border proceedings, Gleiss Lutz provides strategic advice in the run-up to the acquisition, and coordinates and manages the filing of the required notifications worldwide.
Cooperations between competitors: The disruptive effects of digitalisation on the economy intensify the need for cooperation between competitors. Gleiss Lutz advises on all key issues relating to competition and antitrust in this regard, notably assisting with cooperations in a number of key industries such as automotive or clouds, and always in close consultation with the cartel authorities where such consultation is needed.
Antitrust: Gleiss Lutz’s antitrust practice also has highly regarded experts for compliance matters 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, Pakistan, Korea, Turkey and China. Gleiss Lutz stellar reputation in state aid is confirmed by excellent ratings in all rankings.
Dr. Petra Linsmeier
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