Antitrust Law and Merger Control

Antitrust Law and Merger Control

Your projects are becoming increasingly complex: We master these challenges.

Digital markets pose a challenge for classic antitrust law. Companies are having to comply with additional regulations.

We advise companies on European and German antitrust law and on German and European merger control law. Our main focuses include antitrust compliance, distribution systems and the supervision of cartel and fine proceedings. Furthermore, we have a high level of expertise in the area of antitrust law litigation. For example, we regularly advise on antitrust law damage claims on both the claimant’s and defendant’s side.

We have particular expertise in the areas automotive components suppliers, chemicals, press, sports and packaging.

Our team develops creative solutions. In cooperation with our colleagues from the corporate, litigation and labor law departments, we are quick to identify the optimal solution and swiftly implement it.

Our range of advice in the fields of antitrust law and merger control includes:

  • Drafting of contracts, in particular in the area of antitrust-related distribution law, as well as in cooperations and joint ventures
  • Compliance training and audits
  • Cartel and fine proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission
  • Assistance in the event of antitrust-related searches ("dawn raids")
  • Merger control proceedings at the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission
  • Coordination of international merger control proceedings in collaboration with leading law firms in other jurisdictions
  • Civil disputes before the ordinary courts and arbitration tribunals as well as disputes before the European courts
Dr. Daniel Dohrn

Dr. Daniel Dohrn


Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 23
50668 Cologne
T +49 221 2091 441
M +49 172 1479758



Dr. Simon Spangler<br/>LL.M. (UCT)

Dr. Simon Spangler


Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
60306 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 707968 183
M +49 160 97665758

Am Sandtorkai 74
20457 Hamburg
T +49 40 808 105 526




Very extensive professional expertise.

Legal 500 Germany, 2022

Top law firm for antitrust law


Consistently strong advice and a high level of partner involvement

Chambers Europe

For the third time running Top 10 for Antitrust Law


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