Comment: A recommended antitrust boutique that can hold its own against the big international firms: a client praised the antitrust lawyers for their “efficiency, highest legal competence, availability, and good connections to the authorities”. For a pure antitrust boutique, Commeo is relatively large and can handle complex merger controls, large cartel cases and damages suits. Like many others, the practice is increasingly involved in antitrust damages suits, e.g. defending Japan Airlines in the mammoth suit over the air freight cartel. Commeo also won bids for new clients and is active for both plaintiffs and defendants. The main focuses are still distribution and pharma, with prominent clients such as Procter & Gamble and Abbott.
Strengths: Distribution antitrust. Cooperative team, large network of partner firms.
Recommended: Dr. Jörg-Martin Schultze (“highly professional and goal-oriented”, competitor), Dr. Stephanie Pautke (“competent, fast, pleasant”, competitor), Dr. Dominique Wagener (“excellent knowledge, very friendly manner”, “gets the job done”, competitors), Dr. Johanna Kübler (“great in merger controls, very reliable”, competitor).
Practice: Strong focus on distribution antitrust cases. Regular merger controls, cartel cases and damages suits. Sectors: healthcare, media, auto suppliers, consumer goods. Also compliance. (4 partners, 1 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Magna on purchase of Böddecker; Mass Response Service on suit with regard to restrictions on the merger of Telefónica/E-Plus (EGC); Japan Airlines on defense against damages claims (air freight cartel); Pickenpack on sale to Trident Seafoods; German Booksellers’ Association in EU court case against Amazon.
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