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Hengeler Mueller

Competition/European Law

2 ranked lawyersBand 5BelgiumEurope 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Partners in Hengeler Mueller's Brussels, Berlin and Düsseldorf offices work together to handle sophisticated EC and domestic German competition matters. The law firm earns considerable praise for its capacity to handle complex merger investigations, including those that necessitate FDI filings in Germany. It has notable experience defending Japan-headquartered companies in EC cartel investigations, in GCEU appeals of cartel decisions and in follow-on damages claims.

Strengths

"The lawyers' communication skills are great," states one client, adding: "Their writing is easy to understand, so they can convey their advice very quickly."

Interviewees highlight the firm's suitability to handle sophisticated merger mandates and say that "they understand the issues quickly and are very sharp."

Work highlights

Assisted Danfoss with securing phase II clearance from the EC for its acquisition of Eaton Hydraulics.

Notable practitioners

Hans-Jörg Niemeyer works together with colleagues in the firm's Berlin or Düsseldorf offices on many of the firm's merger control mandates and EU cartel investigations. He is German law-qualified and assists with merger filings to the German authorities. "I choose him for his in-depth knowledge and experience," says one client, noting: "He is precise and analytical."

Clients report that Markus Röhrig is "used to dealing with the Commission and challenging the Commission." The same source goes on to note: "When it comes to the economic side of cases, he is able to combine his financial understanding with the law in order to develop the best arguments." Markus Röhrig is admitted to practice in Germany and in Brussels, and he has standout experience in merger filings and cartel investigations before the EC and the Bundeskartellamt.

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Overview

Hengeler Mueller provides comprehensive advice on European and German competition law. In M&A projects, the firm organises and coordinates the merger control approval process at a national, EU and global level – quickly and effectively.

In cartel cases, Hengeler Mueller can assist in establishing the facts, depending on client's choice and preferences, by deploying its internal forensic and investigation capabilities. The team works with clients to determine the best available defence strategy, represents clients before the European Commission and Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, and coordinates clients defence in investigations of other antitrust regulators. In international cartel cases, Hengeler Mueller provides complete process management, building on its strong international network. The firm can also represent clients in cartel and general competition law litigation, including follow-on damage cases.

Hengeler Mueller lends support to clients seeking to implement or enhance their compliance organisation.

In addition, the firm offers advice on the specific rules governing the abuse of dominance and provides guidance whenever clients require expertise to steer their organisation's day-to-day business clear of competition law risks.

Competition/European Law

Hengeler Mueller

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Location

Square de Meeus 40

Brussels

Brussels Capital Region

Belgium

B-1000

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Belgium

Competition: EU


Hans-Jörg Niemeyer
Band 6
Markus Röhrig
Band 6