Antitrust Law

The rulings of the antitrust court and oversight authorities in recent years have shown that not only the large DAX-30 corporations but also medium-sized companies have become the focus of competition supervisory authorities, both nationally and internationally. Hoffmann Liebs assist national and international medium-sized companies, large corporations and trade associations in all questions of European and national antitrust law. This includes defence and representation in antitrust fine and damages proceedings and abuse proceedings against market-dominant companies. In addition, we advise on questions of national, European and international takeover and merger control before the cartel authorities and courts in Germany and the European Union. In view of the known high fines and penalties, antitrust non-compliance prevention has also become an essential issue of corporate management and therefore represents a further focal point of our legal advice.

Our expertise in antitrust matters:

  • Advice in antitrust fine proceedings from searches, filing of leniency applications, witness assistance, settlement negotiations to defense in appeal proceedings against notices of fines
  • Representation in antitrust damage compensation proceedings on the plaintiff and defendant side, both in and out of court
  • 360-degree advice on M&A transactions and joint venture formations from due diligence and registration under antitrust law to the drafting of clauses in the purchase agreement with pertaining to the approval of the transaction by the antitrust authorities on the buyer and seller sides.
  • Advice and representation in abuse proceedings against market-dominant companies
  • Representation before national and European antitrust authorities and courts in all other antitrust matters (e.g. third-party complaints, information meetings, etc.)
  • Advice on the drafting and negotiation of contracts in compliance with antitrust law (distribution agreements, cooperation agreements, supply agreements, purchase agreements, etc.)
  • Implementation of legally compliant distribution systems
  • Advice on cooperation, consortia, joint ventures and other coordinated activities of companies
  • Preventive consulting in and for companies and business associations (e.g. training of management and employees, preparation of guidelines, analysis and optimization of existing structures and processes, antitrust compliance)

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