Comment: This recommended and multifaceted antitrust practice remains on the path to success: the team is working at capacity, and not only because of increasing activity in damages claims. At the same time, GMW also has a high profile in merger controls: United Internet retained the practice for two acquisitions. The antitrust lawyers advised the AHG group and Haniel for the first time in complex merger controls and gained new clients from the stainless steel and automotive industries. Distribution and compliance are growth areas. The firm recently named a young partner from within its own ranks who concentrates on merger controls and antitrust litigation. The most influential of the three partners remains Wirtz, but the two younger partners regularly earn high praise from competitors and clients.
Recommended: Dr. Markus Wirtz (“pleasant and constructive”, “reliable and collegial”, “very careful”, competitors), Dr. Silke Möller (“very precise and trustworthy”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on merger controls and antitrust proceedings. Also ?compliance and experience in complex proceedings motivated by antitrust. Advice on distribution issues and the interface with IP. (3 partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? United Internet on purchase of Drillisch and Strato; Haniel/CWS-boco on purchase of Rentokil; Spirax-Sarco on purchase of Gestra; AHG Group on sale to Median; Samsung against damages suit from Unwired Planet in connection with standard-essential cellular communication patents.
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