GCR 100 2024

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz

Professional notice

Brussels

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GLEISS LUTZ has been active in Brussels since 1962, when it became one of the first German law firms to establish a practice in the city. Led by Ulrich Soltész and Christian von Köckritz, the competition team is lead counsel to a Swiss fragrance manufacturer in a cross-border cartel investigation by enforcers in the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland. The firm is also active in litigation before the EU courts. It advised Daimler before the ECJ following a Spanish court’s referral of several questions in a Trucks follow-on lawsuit on the estimation of damages. The EU’s top court outlined in a 2023 ruling the limits on national courts in estimating compensation. The firm represents Deutsche Telekom in its appeal before the General Court against the commission’s decision to clear Vodafone’s acquisition of German cable operator Unitymedia. The team also represents Canon before the ECJ in its appeal against the commission’s €28 million gun-jumping penalty. In another matter before the EU’s highest court, Soltész and von Köckritz advised copper manufacturer Wieland as it challenged the commission’s decision to block its acquisition of Aurubis’s flat-rolled copper manufacturing business.

FirmsHead(s) of competitionSizeNo. of WWL nomineesClients
Recommended
Gleiss LutzUlrich Soltész, Christian von Köckritz2 partners, 1 counsel, 3 associated partners, 4 associates2Mercedes-Benz Group, Deutsche Telekom, Daimler Truck, Free State Bavaria, Deutsche Bahn, GEMA, German Federal Government, Infineon Technologies, STEAG, Tenneco

Germany

Elite

Home to one of Germany’s biggest and most impressive antitrust practices, GLEISS LUTZ regularly advises clients in some of the country’s most complex and cutting-edge competition cases. The team is led by Petra Linsmeier, who works alongside 11 other partners, including Ingo Brinker, Ulrich Soltész and Christian Steinle. The firm is co-counsel to Meta in the FCO’s high-profile abuse of dominance case, which is now pending before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf after it referred several questions to the European Court of Justice. The EU’s highest court confirmed in July 2023 that the FCO can rely on data protection violations to prove a breach of competition rules. The firm also advises Meta in the FCO’s ongoing section 19(a) investigation into the launch of its new virtual reality product, having already agreed to stop typing its virtual reality products to its social media platform in November 2022. In another important matter, the FCO ended an abuse of dominance probe into client Deutsche Bahn after ordering it to remove the anticompetitive clauses it imposes on rival transit apps and platforms in June 2023. Before the German courts, the team continues to represent Daimler in follow-on damages actions arising from the EU trucks cartel.

FirmsHead(s) of competitionSizeNo. of WWL nomineesClients
Elite
Gleiss LutzPetra Linsmeier12 partners, 8 counsel, 20 associated partners, 22 associates8Canon, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, Meta/Facebook, Lanxess, STEAG, Südzucker, TomTom

“Gleiss houses one of Germany’s biggest and most impressive antitrust practices, which regularly advises clients in some of the country’s most cutting-edge cases.” (GCR 100, 2023)

"The antitrust practice is one of the leading practices and is involved in almost all antitrust proceedings." (JUVE Handbuch 2023/2024)

“A perfectly positioned antitrust team that demonstrates a high level of competence and quick response times. Very pleasant to work with.“ (client) (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023)

Gleiss Lutz is one of the leading premium independent law firms in Germany, with more than 350 lawyers, including 86 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 regulations at European level and discussions with ministries and authorities on new legislative initiatives 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 compliance: Gleiss Lutz’s antitrust practice also has highly regarded experts 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, Pakistan, Korea, Turkey and China.

State Aid: Gleiss Lutz stellar reputation in state aid is confirmed by excellent ratings in all rankings.

Contact details:

Dr. Petra Linsmeier
T: +49 (0) 89 21667-207
E:[email protected]

Website:www.gleisslutz.com/en/

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