Comment: A respected antitrust practice with a dynamic trajectory and a reputation for ambition. Its higher visibility is due to the team around practice head Karenfort and his presence in several prominent cases. Along with the Paydirekt project in the banking sector, where Dentons successfully achieved an agreement with the Federal Cartel Office in cooperation with other firms, its work for Gazprom in the EU abuse case dominated last year’s activity. New equity partner Dr. René Grafunder took a leading role for Flex in a joint venture. The dynamic team worked across different locations to gain new clients such as Munich Airport and Thyssenkrupp. Here Dentons benefits from the contacts of James Venit, who came from Skadden in early 2017.
Strengths: Expertise in the banking, pharma and healthcare, ?energy and media sectors.
Recommended: Dr. Jörg Karenfort (“very good knowledge of the media sector”, “highly competent”, competitors).
Practice: Broad antitrust practice, national and international: merger controls, cartel cases, damages suits. Very active at the interface with state aid and public procurement. Particular experience in the media/cable sector. (4 partners, 1 counsel, 5 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Gazprom in cartel/abuse proceedings by the EC; Paydirekt and banks regarding online payment model; Flex on JV with RIB Software; Superior Essex on JV with Furukawa Electric; strategic advice to Daimler on antitrust law.
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