Comment: This highly recommended antitrust practice is on trend with its specialties in distribution and damages claims. The partners’ experience is evident in the wide range of well-known companies that seek their advice on antitrust. CMS advises international companies such as Porsche, Mars, Johnson & Johnson and Huawei, but also many Mittelstand clients. As the largest German firm, CMS does have to deal with conflicts of interest in damages suits. For example, the firm is involved in claims against the sugar cartel (esp. through Reher), but not against the truck cartel, because it is already advising the VW executive board on the diesel scandal. In the current deal market, Kahlenberg, head of the international CMS antitrust practice and the World Law Group, has applied his experience to numerous international merger controls. Brussels partner Bauer has an impressive track record with Telefónica, whose purchase of E-Plus has become an example of the strong conflicts in the European cell phone market. Meanwhile, competitors have positive things to say about younger lawyers in Hamburg and Stuttgart – a good sign for the future.
Strengths: Strong distribution expertise and experience with various consumer goods sectors.
Recommended: Dr. Harald Kahlenberg (“very experienced and thorough”, competitor), Dr. Tim Reher (“I think he’s the best”, “excellent, I recommended him for damages claims”, clients), Dr. Michael Bauer (“highly specialized, cooperates with lawyers from related areas of law”, client), Dr. Markus Schöner, Kai Neuhaus.
Practice: Broad antitrust spectrum: advice on mergers, litigation in cartel cases, strong antitrust expertise in ?distribution. Increasingly active in damages claims. Stuttgart office has expertise in ?energy, Stuttgart and Hamburg also specialize in ?media and on the interface with IP. Brussels: focus on ?state aid and EU antitrust law. (12 partners, 4 counsel, 12 associates)
Clients: ?? Telefónica on restrictions after merger with E-Plus and complaints against authorization by the EC; trade association as a third party in the Edeka/Tengelmann merger, ministerial approval and wiretapping ban; ongoing advice on distribution to Porsche, Johnson & Johnson, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Mars, Westfleisch, Hochwald, Huawei; Energie SaarLorLux in antitrust proceedings over long-distance heating.
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