Commeo LLP

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Dedicated competition law boutique highly active on follow-on damages litigation and cartel defence work before national and EU courts. Also covers merger notifications and compliance programmes as well as advising on competition matters related to distribution and research and development agreements. Represents German and international companies across a range of industries.

Strengths A client admires the team's "many years of experience and proven expertise as well as the high degree of specialisation," adding that the lawyers "advise us in a very committed way and are available even at short notice."

A market commentator affirms the team's international capacity: "We work with them on a lot of cross-border matters. Commeo has an excellent best-friends network."

Work highlights Provided competition law and multi-jurisdictional merger control advice to Evonik, concerning the EUR3 billion sale of the client's methacrylate business to Advent.

Notable practitioners

Dominique Wagener is known for her work in litigious matters, where she represents clients against actions by cartel authorities including leniency applications as well as distribution law claims. She also acts for plaintiffs and defendants on private enforcement matters. Wagener elicits praise for being "technically good, quick and reliable."

Johanna Kübler provides ongoing competition law and compliance advice to well-known German companies. She also represents clients in cartel proceedings and defends international corporations against cartel damages claims made by German claimants. An interviewee promotes her expertise and availability: "She is technically very good and always very easy to reach."

Jörg-Martin Schultze acts on follow-on damages proceedings, advises claimants on prominent German cartel cases and represents clients in appeals against decisions by antitrust authorities. He is moreover experienced in co-ordinating global merger filings for well-known corporations.

Stephanie Pautke ascends in the rankings due to impressive work highlights and strong feedback. Among her focus areas are the control of abusive practices and distribution and contract-related matters. She also advises transactional parties on clearance proceedings of notable international mergers. A client values that "she is good, fast and pragmatic."