Bernd is widely recognised as a leading European competition lawyer, advising major national and international corporates, banks and institutions on all areas of competition law, principally merger control and anti-cartel proceedings before the European Commission and the German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt), as well as unilateral conduct and state aid matters. He often coordinates merger control proceedings worldwide on global transactions. He has acted in a wide range of competition regulators in and outside Europe and conducted proceedings in English, French, German and Dutch.
Bernd is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in more than hundred cases before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
He has significant expertise in the automotive, chemical, retail, food and beverages, machinery, pharmaceutical, consumer electronics and branded consumer goods sectors. He was the firm’s retail global sector leader for four years and currently co-heads the firm’s global automotive sector team.
Bernd is managing partner of the firm’s Brussels and Antwerp offices.
Bernd is a member of the executive committee of the College of Europe’s Global Competition Law Centre. He taught public law at the University of Strasbourg and currently teaches European competition law at the University of Frankfurt.