Hengeler Mueller

Comment: This leading antitrust practice demonstrated once again how strong it is in complex, often international, merger controls. Advice to the Oetker group on the sale of Hamburg Süd is only one example. The firm occupies key positions in the most important antitrust damages cases, e.g. representing Nordzucker and the truck producer MAN. Its work in this growth area has greatly expanded – the practice is currently involved in over 100 proceedings. Younger litigation partner Paul is gaining visibility there. Competitors particularly notice that the antitrust and litigation teams are well integrated at Hengeler. The most visible antitrust partner in the market is still Mäger, who gets high praise from competitors and clients. Compliance advice on international internal investigations has become a key practice area. Although HM is regularly involved in cross-border cases of this kind and has a strong presence in Brussels, the antitrust practice still lags behind competitors such as Freshfields and Linklaters in terms of its public perception as an advisor for international cases.
Strengths: Excellent industry contacts (energy, cable, banks, insurers).
Recommended: Dr. Thorsten Mäger (“competent and pragmatic”, “sensational, to the point”, clients; “very agile and precise”, competitor), Dr. Alf-Henrik Bischke, Dr. Hans-Jörg Niemeyer (“experienced, thoughtful and calm”, client), Dr. Christoph Stadler, Dr. Thomas Paul (“good legal knowledge, clever”, competitor; litigation).
Practice: Focus on merger controls, with joint venture and transaction aspects. Advice on mergers and corporate restructuring. Antitrust proceedings and regular litigation (also defense against damages claims, ?commercial litigation and liability). Strong Brussels office with experience in ?state aid. (7 partners, 2 counsel, 20 associates)
Clients: ?? Analog Devices on purchase of Linear Technology Corp.; Bain Capital on sale of FTE Automotive; Oetker group on sale of Hamburg Süd; MAN in EU antitrust proceedings over the truck cartel and defense against damages claims; Nordzucker on defense against damages claims.
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