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What the team is known for Acts on complex merger control cases at national and EU level, deriving benefit from its strong Brussels practice. Has also achieved a high amount of notable instructions by prominent multinationals on cartel investigations and follow-on damages actions in Germany and Brussels. Increasingly active in compliance-related advice. Represents clients from the automotive, technology, retail and energy sectors.
Strengths A client praises the team's performance saying that "the matter was technically top-notch and perfectly done."
Another client confirms that "the Allen & Overy team does a great job."
Work highlights Successfully defended Unilever at first instance against a follow-on damages claim by Norma.
Börries Ahrens is best known for his work on merger control matters but also represents clients in follow-on damages cases and administrative proceedings. Additionally he assists with co-operation projects and multi-jurisdictional compliance audits.
Ellen Braun is the head of practice and is respected for her expertise in follow-on damages defence and large-scale international merger control matters. She furthermore advises well known clients on abuse of dominance investigations as well as on judicial reviews against FCO decisions.