Comment: This antitrust practice is recommended for its substantial experience in cartel cases. Damages claims are taking up an ever larger share of the work, with SZA often representing the defendant. The antitrust lawyers’ successful position within the litigation team is evident from Haribo’s reliance on them for defense against claims resulting from the candy cartel. For the rail technology company Vossloh, the team around Hellmann is involved in a high-profile precedent case with public procurement aspects, which led to a submission before the ECJ. In connection with the much-discussed so-called “sausage loophole” (an antitrust loophole exploited by a sausage cartel), SZA managed to avoid antitrust proceedings for its client. The antitrust lawyers in Brussels are increasingly handling merger controls and recently represented a chemicals company for the first time in a complex acquisition.
Strengths: Cartel cases.
Recommended: Hans-Joachim Hellmann (“highly competent antitrust lawyer”, “very experienced lawyer who works creatively”, competitors), Silvio Cappellari, Dr. Stephanie Birmanns (“lots of experience and depth, also pragmatic”, competitor about both), Dr. Christina Malz.
Practice: Focus on cartel cases, increasingly follow-on suits. Also merger control cases from the M&A practice. Increasingly active in antitrust litigation. (2 partners, 3 counsel, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Haribo on defense against damages claims (candy cartel); Overgas in EU proceedings against Gazprom; Siekendiek meat facility on avoiding antitrust proceedings through the “sausage loophole”; Vossloh all-round, incl. against damages claims by local transport companies (rail cartel); Rasch wallpaper factory in antitrust proceedings (Higher Regional Court (Bundesgerichtshof)).
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