Jones Day

Comment: This recommended antitrust practice is distinguished by its experienced partners. Zöttl’s work on the VW case is drawing considerable attention. He is also becoming more visible in merger control cases. The firm’s work for Mahle on the sale of its industrial filter business in the US and its metallurgy business to Austria emphasized its close international ties and also represents the focus on the technology supply sector. The firm gained a further compliance case that also includes antitrust aspects via a Frankfurt arbitration specialist experienced in antitrust ( ?commercial litigation and liability). The retirement of Dr. Thomas Jestaedt, who not only began and secured JD’s close relationship to SAP but was also substantially involved in the expansion of the Brussels office, is leaving a gap that younger partner Werner is expected to fill.
Strengths: International merger controls. Highly respected European and state aid practice in Brussels; good relationships to top US practices.
Development potential: The German management has focused on developing the corporate practice over the past few years and is now concentrating more on interdisciplinary compliance. This area, as well as damages suits, has received a further strategic boost from experienced partner Beninca from Morgan Lewis, but will also require more internal integration.
Recommended: Dr. Carsten Gromotke (“offers relevant, solution-oriented advice”, client), Dr. Johannes Zöttl (“very good, experienced antitrust lawyer, good sense of humor, likeable”, competitor), Dr. Jürgen Beninca (“experienced antitrust litigation lawyer, I enjoy working with him”, competitor), Dr. Philipp Werner.
Practice: Focus on merger controls. Abuse proceedings and state aid. Also sector-specific compliance, incl. pharma/biotech and air freight companies. (4 partners, 3 associates)
Clients: ?? Ongoing advice to SAP, incl. internationally; GfK executive board on antitrust in the voluntary public takeover bid for Acceleratio; NGK Spark Plug Europe all-round on antitrust and data protection compliance; merger controls for Randstad/Monster, Baxalta, Pandox.
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