Specialisation in EU competition/antitrust
Bernt Elsner is partner and leading expert in the fields of public procurement, antitrust and public law.
He studied law at the University of Vienna and business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. In 1993-94 he worked as a research assistant at the Austrian Constitutional Court for the constitutional judges Prof. Dr. Karl Spielbüchler and Prof. Dr. Karl Korinek. In 1997 he practised European competition law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels. From 2004 to 2010 he was Managing Partner of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz. He has more than 24 years of professional experience in Vienna and Brussels.
He advises and represents national and international companies in national and European merger control proceedings, especially in cross-border mergers, on horizontal antitrust law, especially in the area of submission cartels, vertical distribution structures, abuse control and state aid law.
In the area of antitrust law, he would like to achieve the following: “I would like to position CMS as the first point of contact for companies seeking comprehensive top-level service in merger and antitrust proceedings across several European jurisdictions.”
He explains the CMS’s largest asset as follows: “The CMS network offers access to more than 150 antitrust experts in 27 countries, providing significantly greater coverage in Europe than any of our competitors. This is particularly important for dawn raids, because we can support our clients on site at very short notice thanks to our numerous locations.”
Bernt Elsner has extensive industry experience in construction and infrastructure, healthcare, finance, energy and climate change.