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Expertise  Antitrust

Field of Expertise Antitrust

Size can be a problem.
But only if you do not consult us in advance.

We advise our clients on all aspects of competition law and merger control. In the case of a transaction we support our clients throughout all stages from strategic planning to the successful completion of the notification procedures before the competition authorities. A further important focus of our work is on cartel cases. Furthermore, follow-on damage claims are a prominent part of our practice.

Range of services Antitrust

  • European and domestic merger control proceedings
  • Antitrust proceedings before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office
  • Follow on damage claims
  • Competitive assessments and antitrust audits
  • Compliance programmes and other preventive measures
  • Antitrust law concerning distribution and marketing
»Die besten Anwälte« Experten für Wettbewerbs- und Kartellrecht, SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, Hans-Joachim Hellmann
Handelsblatt Ausgabe Nr. 109 vom 11. Juni 2013
»25 Top Firms for Antitrust Law«, SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, Hans-Joachim Hellmann
Wirtschaftswoche, issue 44, October 31, 2011
»Germany's Top Lawyers«, experts for antitrust law: Hans-Joachim Hellmann
Handelsblatt, issue no. 204 of October 21/22, 2011
»Hans-Joachim Hellmann has made people sit up and take notice of the antitrust practice at Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz.«
Global Competition Review, March 2013

Merger Control

Corporate acquisitions, mergers, the foundation of joint ventures and comparable transactions require the involvement of antitrust experts from an early stage in order to identify antitrust risks and prepare any necessary filings with the relevant antitrust authorities. We advise domestic and international clients in all merger control matters and represent them in merger control procedures before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. We combine longterm expertise with experience in numerous fields of business. We ensure the smooth implementation of the transaction by individual strategic advice and effective handling of the matter. Of course, our range of services also includes antitrust risk analysis in an early stage of a transaction.

»What the team is known for: Enters the numerical rankings due to increasing market recognition.«
Chambers Europe
»Advises clients from the FMCG and energy sectors on vertical and horizontal cartel litigation. Assists with merger controls and abuse of dominance proceedings. Additionally acts for clients on follow-on cartel claims.«
Chambers Europe

Antitrust Proceedings

Antitrust proceedings are a further focus of our practice. We represent businesses before the European Commission and the European Courts as well as before the German Federal Cartel Office and the domestic courts. In cartel cases our practice group has especially extensive experience. We have defended international and German clients in numerous administrative cartel cases and court proceedings on a European level. These cases include, inter alia, cartonboard, district heating, vitamins, newsprint, carbonless paper, industrial bags, fittings and freight forwarding. Domestic antitrust proceedings are also significant. We have represented companies from many fields of business before the Federal Cartel Office and the competent Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) and have successfully conducted settlement negotiations with the antitrust authority, e.g. in the wellknown décor paper cartel case.

»The lawyers give clear and precise advice on what to do.«
Chambers Europe

Compliance

In light of exorbitantly increasing fines and the high risk of detection due to successful leniency programmes of the antitrust authorities, we also render advice on measures preventing antitrust violations. We offer antitrust compliance programmes individually tailored to the needs of our clients. Our range of services includes comprehensive audits as well as trainings, seminars, workshops and any other measures required to maintain antitrust compliance within a business.