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.
»The opening of the Brussels office has offered SZA a platform further to expand its international client base.«
»The competition law practice impresses with top level experience in litigation matters.«
»Clients say that Hans-Joachim Hellmann is ‘open-minded and frank’, as well as ‘very experienced in competition law’.«
»Silvio Cappellari is a ‘very bright individual’ and received recommendations from clients and peers alike.«
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.
»[I]n merger control matters, […] the team draws on impressive M&A strength.«
»Based on Cappellari’s contacts, SZA increasingly handles merger control cases for international groups.«
»Silvio Cappellari and Stephanie Birmanns are ‘excellent, experienced [and have] interesting clients’ (competitor).«
Cartel 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 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 cartel 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 competition authority.
»SZA is particularly well regarded for its handling of cartel proceedings.«
»Hans-Joachim Hellmann is a ‘committed defense counsel in cartel proceedings’ (competitor).«
»Christina Malz is a ‘very good lawyer with a deep wealth of knowledge’ (competitor).«
More and more damage claims arise out of European and national cartel cases. We have outstanding expertise in these so-called "follow-on" damage claims. This enables us to provide our clients legal advice that is based on the necessary antitrust know-how combined with our broad experience in litigation. As in merger control and cartel cases we work closely with renowned economic experts if required.
»Private litigation has been a growth area [for SZA].«
»SZA is giving advice to transport logistics company Vossloh regarding ist defense against follow-on damage claims brought by multiple regional and local transport companies in Germany.«
In light of exorbitantly increasing fines and the high risk of detection due to successful leniency programs of the competition authorities, we also render advice on measures preventing antitrust violations. We offer competition law compliance programs 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 competition law compliance within a business.
»It is an excellent set-up overall and the lawyers are very client-oriented.«
»Germany’s Top Lawyers«, experts for competition law: Hans-Joachim Hellmann