Comment: This respected antitrust practice is currently profiting from the boom in damages claims. Unlike many competitors, conflicts of interest are not barring it from representing plaintiffs in damages claims, e.g. from the truck cartel. Its former cooperative relationship with Hausfeld did not continue after the latter entered the German market, but this was not a problem for the practice. Litigation has been a focus lately: Westlotto agreed to a settlement after an almost decade-long dispute with Mybet after the firm achieved an important precedent ruling for calculating damages claims before the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof). The firm is also involved in the expanding complex of cases over best-price clauses for hotel portals, where Brussels partner Soyez is representing the German Hotel Association (IHA) before various courts. He is supported by Christian Aufdermauer, who was named a salary partner and will be expanding the firm’s traditional strength in distribution antitrust.
Strengths: Expert in antitrust proceedings (incl. ?commercial litigation and liability).
Recommended: Dr. Ulrich Schnelle (“extremely active”, competitor), Dr. Volker Soyez (“has really raised his profile”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on antitrust litigation cases and advice on damages claims, merger controls and ?distribution. Frequent advice on compliance. (2 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 2 associates)
Clients: ?? Westlotto on defense against damages claims against Mybet; German Hotel Association (IHA) in various proceedings over best-price clauses; Friedrich Scharr in liquid-gas antitrust proceedings; Targobank on dispute with savings banks over interbank fees; Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom on antitrust compliance.
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