LUTHER

Comment: This recommended antitrust practice is best known for its expertise in energy and the auto sector, where it is involved in prominent cases. It represented the supplier Carcoustics in a case before the Federal Cartel Office. The team around Stappert and Wegner is still busy here: Luther is now representing the company against damages claims by well-known auto manufacturers. Luther is also defending against damages claims following other cartel cases. In the energy sector, Stappert has been successful in translating his experience in certain business sectors into cases: he regularly represents energy companies in merger controls when they take over innovative startups. Much of the business comes from antitrust-related disputes, e.g. over long-term supply contracts. Brussels partner Janssen, who with Kapp represented the fittings producer Dornbracht in a prominent ECJ case, recently became more active in savings bank mergers.
Strengths: Strong expertise in specific sectors, esp. energy, automotive, and health; interface with ?distribution.
Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kapp (“pleasant and efficient”, competitor), Dr. Helmut Janssen (“fast worker, solid knowledge”, client), Dr. Holger Stappert (“outstanding knowledge in the energy sector”, competitor), Anne Wegner (“pragmatic, precise, competent”, client).
Practice: Stuttgart: focus on cartel cases, merger controls and compliance, increasingly damages claims. Düsseldorf: ?energy, PPP. Brussels: ?state aid. Sectors: automotive, hospitals, civil engineering. International merger controls in cooperation with network partners. (6 partners, 2 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Carcoustics on worldwide compliance and defense against damages claims over the acoustic construction materials cartel; TBNE in Federal Cartel Office proceedings over ticket distribution against Deutsche Bahn; Dornbracht on ECJ suit against EU cartel case ruling; Wiedemann in Federal Cartel Office proceedings over the sanitation cartel; savings banks (Sparkassen) Hildesheim, Goslar/Harz and Peine on a merger.
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