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Competition Lawyers

Our competition law expertise stretches back almost 40 years. With some 140 competition lawyers, thereof more than 35 in Germany, the competition practice group of the CMS organisation is present in more than 20 European jurisdictions and in China.

We aim to provide our clients with pragmatic solutions, not merely to list risks. What sets our competition lawyers apart is their thorough understanding of economic interests, their focus on specific industries and years of experience acquired in numerous proceedings before European and German competition authorities and courts.

We have an excellent working relationship with officials at the German competition authorities and the European Commission. With our Brussels office we always have an ear on the ground and are well placed to represent our clients' interests before the European Commission. Having competition lawyers in more than 20 European jurisdictions within the CMS organisation enables us to offer our clients a unique pan-European perspective for their cross-border and international businesses and projects.

Our competition lawyers are highly regarded experts who publish widely in their field.

Main Focus

  • Merger control
    • European Commission
    • German Federal Cartel Office
    • EU-wide and worldwide coordination of multinational proceedings
  • Cartel proceedings / fine proceedings such as
    • Assistance during dawn raids
    • Representation in cartel proceedings
    • Leniency applications
    • Settlement proceedings
    • EU-wide and worldwide coordination of multinational proceedings
  • Litigation
    • Courts of the European Union
    • German Courts, including civil law damages claims ("follow-on-claims")
  • Abuse of dominance such as
    • Prices and rebates
    • Refusal to supply
    • Representation in proceedings for abuse of dominance
  • Distribution such as
    • Distribution systems
    • Internet distribution
    • Selective distribution
    • Allocation of customers or territories
  • Cooperation agreements such as
    • Joint venture agreements
    • Research and development agreements
    • Joint purchasing agreements
  • Compliance such as
    • Setting up and implementing compliance programs
    • Competition law training
    • Competition law audits
  • Regulated markets such as energy (electricity, gas), telecommunications, water, etc.
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Kai Neuhaus, LL.M.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Belgium, Brussels
Kai Neuhaus specialises in competition and trade law, with a focus on the digital business. He advises and represents companies in all proceedings before the EU Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office...
Dr. Björn Herbers
Dr. Björn Herbers, M.B.L.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Belgium, Brussels
Björn Herbers advises on all aspects of European and German competition law. He has more than ten years of experience in complex proceedings before the European Commission and furthermore regularly represents...
Michael Bauer
Dr. Michael Bauer
Part­ner
Global Head of Competition & EU Group, CMS
Belgium, Brussels
German and European competition law, German and European merger control law, coordination of multinational merger control notifications in the EU and worldwide, state aid, compliance, general EU lawBorn...
Harald Kahlenberg
Dr. Harald Kahlenberg
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Harald Kahlenberg has long-standing experience advising his clients on EU and German merger control and competition law cases and in numerous merger control proceedings, he obtained approval from...
Christian Friedrich Haellmigk
Dr. Christian Friedrich Haellmigk, LL.M. (College of Europe)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Christian Haellmigk specialises in EU and German competition law and in energy law. His competition practice focuses on complex merger control cases, in particular multijurisdictional filings, and...
Rolf Hempel
Dr. Rolf Hempel
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Energy Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Stuttgart
Rolf Hempel specialises in German and EU competition law including merger control. He advises companies on all competition law issues, including compliance, and represents companies in merger control...
Stefan Lehr
Stefan Lehr
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Stefan Lehr specialises in merger control and has many years of experience advising on cross-border merger control proceedings. He represents his clients – among those companies in the machine...
Jens Neitzel
Dr. Jens Neitzel
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Jens Neitzel advises German as well as internationally operating companies in regulated industries, particularly in the telecoms, postal, rail and media sectors. Drawing on his proven regulatory...
Heinz-Joachim Freund
Dr. Heinz-Joachim Freund
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public
Germany, Frankfurt
Heinz-Joachim Freund is a competition law and state aid expert, advising and representing companies and banks. He acted as legal counsel for the European Commission in numerous antitrust proceedings...
Dietmar Rahlmeyer
Dr. Dietmar Rahlmeyer
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Duesseldorf
Dietmar Rahlmeyer‘s practice concentrates on antitrust, compliance and commercial law matters. He has long-standing experience advising his clients on and representing them in cartel fine proceedings...