DLA Piper

Comment: This respected antitrust practice has shown once again how to use the close integration of criminal, employment and data protection lawyers to its advantage. Recent internal investigations and major Federal Cartel Office proceedings called for just this skill set. The team is now an advisor to several large international companies. Its large headcount increasingly allows it to take on labor-intensive international merger controls, where Dreyer has a good reputation. He coordinated the registration of a complex $3bn JV by Qualcomm and TDK. Frankfurt lawyer Semin O has been named counsel. His work for Korean companies is getting attention from competitors, one of whom described him as “an ambitious antitrust lawyer”.
Strengths: Internal investigations, cartel defense for international companies.
Recommended: Dr. Jan Dreyer (“pleasant, collegial, experienced in international merger controls”, competitor).
Practice: EU and national cartel cases, incl. close cooperation with practices for ?employment, ?compliance, ?dispute resolution and ?white collar crime. International merger controls, often in connection with the ?M&A practice. Sectors: industry, commerce, banks, publishers. German antitrust lawyers at the Brussels office. (4 partners, 1 counsel, 8 associates)
Clients: ?? Qualcomm on a JV with TDK; Merck on ECJ proceedings over “Pay for Delay” and against Th. Geyer regarding sole right of distribution for VWR before the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof); Campine in EU proceedings over car-battery recycling; merger controls: Herder-Verlag/Thalia, Altana/Polyad.
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