Widely considered one of Germany's top law firms, Hengeler Mueller houses an accomplished competition practice. The team enjoys an incredibly strong reputation for highly complex and cross-border merger control proceedings, including Phase II investigations. Equally, the law firm is held in high esteem for its in-depth abilities in handling cartel infringement litigations and cartel damages claims, often acting for clients from the automotive and energy sector. Clients also benefit from its excellent state aid and abuse of dominance as well as FDI expertise. With its extensive office network in Germany and Brussels, Hengeler Mueller caters to a prestigious and often internationally active clientele.
Thomas Paul is considered an expert in antitrust proceedings, often acting for clients in front of German and European authorities and courts. Endorsing his market position, one interviewee comments: "He is a real litigation lawyer and involved in every prominent damages claim case."
Brussels-based Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is a well-known competition lawyer who assists with merger control issues, state aid proceedings and antitrust litigation.
Brussels-based Markus Röhrig enters the ranking following endorsement by market observers. He is regularly involved in cross-border merger proceedings, including those involving FDI clearance, as well as state aid issues. His experience in antitrust litigation complements his services. One client appreciates Markus Röhrig's "expertise and pragmatism. He is very business-minded."
Alf-Henrik Bischke is regularly mandated by high-profile companies and investors due to his expertise in merger control proceedings. One interviewee affirms: "He is excellent for merger filings."
Christoph Stadler is held in high esteem for his role in large and often cross-border merger control issues and also offers expertise in FDI. Reflecting on their cooperation, one client describes Christoph Stadler as "a very smart brain with a pragmatic approach," adding: "He is very efficient in the management of cases and he knows that this is important to clients."
Widely considered one of the pre-eminent competition law practitioners in Germany, Thorsten Mäger is regularly involved in high-profile merger control cases including Phase II investigations. His expertise also covers cartel infringement litigation and abuse of dominance proceedings as well as cartel damages claims. One interviewee reaffirms his position in the market, saying: "He is highly valued in the cartel world and has brilliant cases."