Karsten Metzlaff

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Karsten advises German and foreign clients on all aspects of German and European antitrust law. His advice focuses on merger control (including the coordination and management of multi-jurisdictional filings), antitrust investigations (by the German Federal Cartel Office and European Commission), cartel damages claims and compliance issues (including e-discovery and e-learning). He also advises on all issues relating to distribution law, in particular franchise law. Karsten’s special industry focus is in the areas of retail, health care and life sciences, media and IT and real estate. Karsten began his career at a major German branded goods company, where he had overall responsibility for establishing its international franchise system.


Joined Noerr in 1999

Admitted to the Berlin Chamber of Lawyer

Professional Memberships

International Bar Association (IBA), Co-Chair of International Franchising Law Committee and Member of Antitrust Law Committee

Antitrust Section of American Bar Association (ABA)

ABA Forum on Franchising

German Antitrust Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht)

German Franchise Association e.V. (DFV)


Author of numerous publications concerning antitrust and distribution law issues