Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Very well-resourced department advising on all aspects of competition law. Noteworthy expertise assisting with large-scale international merger clearances, where the firm utilises its expansive European network. Particularly active in the TMT and automotive industries where the firm assists with distribution issues and follow-on litigation and represents parties in major cartel cases.

Strengths A client is delighted with the team's achievements, stating: "Especially in questions of cartel damages claims we were able to see once more that we were in a much better position than many of the other parties involved."

Several clients appreciate the firm's European network, with one saying that "the co-operation was extremely positive due to the good networking between CMS in Germany and other countries."

Work highlights Acted for Sinochem on merger control issues relating to its acquisition of ELIX Polymers from Sun European Partners.

Notable practitioners

Harald Kahlenberg
is an experienced adviser on Europe-wide merger notifications. He also assists with the structuring of joint venture projects such as regarding digital platforms and other distribution systems. He also represents clients in cartel litigation before the German supreme court. A client lists his "logical and structured way of thinking, pragmatism and very fast reaction times" among his particular strengths.

Head of practice
Markus Schöner
is particularly active on competition law matters concerning selective distribution systems in Germany and internationally. He additionally assists with compliance programmes, while also representing clients in administrative proceedings and proceedings against imposed fines.

Michael Bauer
has experience in multinational merger control applications, compliance programmes and cartel proceedings.

Tim Reher
has a particular focus on cartel cases and litigation, including damages claims, leniency applications and co-ordination of defence work. Clients praise Reher for his high service level, with one person proclaiming him "a prime example of efficiency and precision; he never says anything unnecessary but what he says has the desired impact. I like that he has backbone and tells you how it is."