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Dr. Björn Herbers

Dr. Björn Herbers, M.B.L.


CMS EU Law Office
Avenue des Nerviens 85
1040 Brussels
Languages French, English, German

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 clients before the German Federal Cartel Office in merger control and cartel proceedings, also advising them on multijurisdictional proceedings. Björn has special telecommunications sector know-how and has successfully represented clients in several headline cases  His practice particularly focuses on competition law in the digital economy.

Björn joined CMS in 2009 and has been a partner within the CMS EU Law Office since 2017. In 2015, he was seconded to a leading competition economics consultancy firm.

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"Björn Herbers 'thoroughly impresses peers' thanks to his 'strong expertise in telecoms, competition economics and abuse cases'"

Who's Who Legal 2020

Recommended lawyer

Kanzleimonitor 2019, 2020

"Björn Herbers is 'clearly a future leader in Brussels', report sources who comment that he 'understands competition economics' and is 'very strong in merger and telecoms work'".

Who's Who Legal 2019

Recommended lawyer

Kanzleimonitor 2018, 2019


  • 2018: Post-graduate training in quantitative methods for competition analysis at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • 2008: PhD at the University of Cologne; thesis on competition law topic
  • 2008: Second state examination in law
  • Trainee lawyer including placements at the German Federal Network Agency, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition and with the competition practice of a leading international law firm
  • 2005: M.B.L. at the University of Cologne
  • 2004: First state examination in law
  • Law studies at the University of Cologne
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  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (association of German-speaking attorneys from Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
  • Münchener Kartellrechtsforum (Munich based network of competition lawyers and experts)
  • Antitrust Italia
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  • EU General Court issues ruling in CK Telecoms (case T-399/16) – Law Now, July 2020 (mit Daphne Brunkhorst)
  • Kartellrecht, Loewenheim/Meessen/Riesenkampff/Kersting/Meyer-Lindemann (Hrsg.) - Kommentar der Art. 6, 8 FKVO (mit Dr. Michael Bauer), 2020
  • „Marktanteilsschwelle, Art. 3 Vertikal-GVO“ (gemeinsam mit Martin Cholewa) in: Bauer/Rahlmeyer/Schöner, Handbuch Vertriebskartellrecht, 2020
  • From Bonn with love - Competition law treatment of online market place bans, Competition Law Insight, December 2018
  • German competition watchdog concludes biggest vertical cartel case ever, involving 27 companies - Total of € 260m in fines imposed, Lexology, December 2016
  • Rechtliche Bewertung von Umstrukturierungen als Lösungsweg - Können Unternehmen Kartellstrafen umgehen?, Risknet, Februar 2015
  • Internet-Giganten im Visier: Politik will Kartellrecht verschärfen, it-daily.net, September 2018
  • Daten für alle von den Internetkonzernen? - Problem erkannt, Gefahr nicht gebannt, LTO, August 2018
  • Fleischwirtschaft Magazine, Edition of 17 March 2015: "Escaping cartel fines by deleting the Company from the Commercial Register"
  • The application of Sections 1 and 2 of the Act Against Restraints of Competition in cases with no effect on trade between member states, Heymanns 2009
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Lectures list

  • The judgement of the General Court in CK Telecoms (Case T-399/16) - Legal test for non-coordinated effects or: Airtours the sequel?, CMS EU Competition Law Briefing, 26. Juni 2020
  • "Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht" Brussels working group: Conglomerate mergers between restrictions of competition and efficiencies - the Microsoft/LinkedIn decision of the European Commission, 9 March 2017
  • Competition law and Cooperations - Joint production; client seminar, Duesseldorf 1 December 2011
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