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Christian Friedrich Haellmigk

Dr. Christian Friedrich Haellmigk, LL.M. (College of Europe)

Partner
Rechtsanwalt

CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Germany
Languages German, English, French

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 on abuse of dominance proceedings as well as on fine proceedings and compliance; his energy work mainly revolves around regulation, concessions and takeovers.

Christian has more than 18 years of experience advising and representing companies before the European Commission (EC) and German competition and regulatory authorities and in litigation cases, in particular before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Antitrust Division of the German Federal Court and of numerous Higher Regional Courts. To date he has worked on more than 300 merger control, antitrust and regulatory proceedings.

He joined CMS in 2001 and was made partner in 2007. Christian is a lecturer at Heidelberg University on competition law and on energy law, regularly speaks at conferences and has authored numerous publications.

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Relevant experience


Christian has advised on many high-profile cases both in the competition and energy area. These cases include representing/advising:

  • terranets bw on its acquisition of regional gas transmission operator Gas-Union Transport
  • APG Asset Management N.V. (NL), one of the world’s largest pension investors, on the £274 million acquisition of sole control of VIA Outlets (UK), a leading European premium outlet operator with 11 outlets in nine countries
  • Allianz Real Estate on EUR 500m joint venture with VGP
  • Quaker Chemical Corporation (US) on its US$ 1.5bn acquisition of Houghton International (US) and its divestment of certain product lines to TOTAL (F)
  • Atlas Copco (SE) on its US$ 675m acquisition of Brooks Automation’s (US) Cryogenic Business, including Brooks Automations' 50% share in Ulvac Cryogenics Inc. (JP)
  • Fluxys (BE) and NOVATEK (RU) on the creation of a joint venture for the operation of an LNG storage terminal in Rostock
  • Advance Publications (US) on its acquisition of Stage Entertainment (NL)
  • Circle Media Group (NL) on its acquisition of CPI (FR)
  • Atlas Copco (SE) on the sale of its Concrete and Compaction Business to Husqvarna (SE)
  • N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (NL) and Gasunie Deutschland on their acquisition of a stake in the EUGAL pipeline project
  • Energie SaarLorLux in abuse of dominance proceedings initiated by the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office) regarding alleged excessive district heating prices
  • Atlas Copco (SE) on the sale of its Road Construction Equipment Division (Dynapac) to Fayat (FR)
  • Atlas Copco (SE) on its EUR 486m acquisition of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum from Oerlikon Corporation (CH)
  • Bosch Software Innovations on its cooperation with Daimler in the e-mobility sector
  • Atlas Copco (SE) on its US$ 1.6bn acquisition of Edwards (US)
  • Abellio (NL) on its intended acquisition of Arriva Deutschland from Deutsche Bahn
  • Citiworks in a preliminary ruling before the Court of Justice of the European Union re the compatibility of sec. 110 of the German Energy Industry Act (EnWG) with the EC Electricity Directive 2003/54
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Education


  • PhD on European law topic under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Everling, University of Bonn
  • Trainee lawyer in Berlin, including nine months with the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in Berlin
  • WÜRTH Group scholar (German global leader in assembling and fastening materials)
  • LL.M. at College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium
  • Law studies at Universities of Heidelberg and Bonn
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Memberships


  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law Berlin e.V. (enreg)
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Publications


  • "Einseitige Verhaltensweisen und Missbrauch von Marktmacht" (3. Kapitel) in: Rübenstahl/Hahn/Voet van Vormizeele (Hrsg.), Kartell Compliance, 2020
  • Fusionskontrolle: Reform überfällig? Cash. 5/2019, p. 92 et seq.
  • Ein zwiespältiger Befund, Legal Tribune Online (LTO), 01.03.2019
  • Wie geht es weiter mit der EU-Fusionskontrolle?, M&A REVIEW 2019, Heft 3
  • Förderung von LNG-Terminals darf Wettbewerb nicht verfälschen, energate Messenger, 22.02.2019
  • Commentary on §§ 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 109, 110 EnWG in: Elspas/Graßmann/Rasbach (Hrsg.), EnWG, 2018
  • Joint Ventures und Kooperationen – Kartellrechtliche Grenzen der Zusammenarbeit in: Bundesverband der Unternehmensjuristen (BUJ)/CMS Hasche Sigle (Hrsg.), Legal Management of Innovation – Herausforderungen für die Rechtsabteilung in einem disruptiven Wettbewerbsumfeld, Frankfurt 2017/2018, p. 198 et seq.
  • Kartellrechtliche Aspekte der sog. (Re)Kommunalisierung in: Gundel/Lange (Hrsg.), Die Energiewirtschaft im Instrumentenmix - Wettbewerb, Regulierung und Verbraucherschutz nach der Energiewende, Tübingen 2013, p. 107 et seq.
  • Der Letztverbraucher als unmittelbarer Schuldner der EEG-Umlage, Recht der Energiewirtschaft (RdE) 2013, p. 408 et seq.
  • Was ändert sich durch die 8. GWB-Novelle für die Energie-, Wasser- und Fernwärmewirtschaft?, Recht der Energiewirtschaft (RdE) 2013, p. 1 et seq.
  • Book review: Büdenbender, Ulrich: Die kartellrechtliche Kontrolle der Fernwärmepreise, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2012, p. 600
  • Fernwärmepreise als Gegenstand kartellrechtlicher Missbrauchskontrolle, EuroHeat&Power 2012, Heft 4, p. 24 et seq.
  • Elektromobilität – Diskriminierungsfrei und kostengünstig?, PLATOW Online, 24.01.2012
  • Diskriminierungsfrei und kostengünstig?, Zugang zu öffentlichen Ladestationen muss Bedingungen erfüllen, GoingPublic Magazin, Sonderausgabe CLEANTECH 2011, p. 62 et seq.
  • Der Anspruch auf Wiedereinräumung von Wegenutzungsrechten im Fernwärmebereich, Recht der Energiewirtschaft (RdE) 2011, p. 248 et seq.
  • Die kartellrechtliche Rückzahlungsverpflichtung "nach § 32 Abs. 2 GWB" - Eine kritische Betrachtung der kartellbehördlichen Befugnisse nach der "Stadtwerke Uelzen"-Entscheidung des BGH, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2010, p. 513 et seq.
  • Gasversorger müssen sich bei Weitergabe hoher Bezugskosten zu Fair Play verpflichten, Financial Times Deutschland, 21.07 2009, p. 20
  • Germany Introduces Second Domestic Merger Control Threshold, International Law Office Newsletter 2009
  • Government Plans Change to Merger Control Thresholds, International Law Office Newsletter 2008
  • Aktuelle Änderungen des Gesetzes gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen, Betriebs-Berater (BB) 2008, p. 174 et seq.
  • Court of First Instance Upholds Fine against Third Party in Cartel Case, International Law Office Newsletter 2008
  • ECJ Confirms Commission Concept of Upper Limit on Fines, International Law Office Newsletter 2007
  • Neues Deutsches Kartellgesetz - Stichtag 01.07.2005: Änderung des GWB, Betriebs-Berater (BB) 2005, p. 1509 et seq.
  • Referentenentwurf der 7. GWB-Novelle: Tiefgreifende Änderungen des deutschen Kartellrechts, Betriebs-Berater (BB) 2004, p. 389 et seq.
  • Konzept für Netznutzungsentgelte steht, Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft (ZfK) 2004, p. 7 et seq.
  • Schweden und das Europäische Gemeinschaftsrecht, Diss., Universität Bonn, 2003
  • Verrechtlichung entfaltet Wirkung, Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft (ZfK) 2003, p. 4 et seq.
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Lectures list


  • "Current practice in EU remedy cases: Up-front Buyer, Fix-it-first and Hybrid-Model under analysis", Working session of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Antitrust Association), 27 May 2019 in Stuttgart (Regional Group)
  • "Legal framework for drafting termination clauses in drinking water concession agreements", BDEW Water Information Day, "2018 drinking water concession agreements", 10 October 2018 in Kassel
  • "Concluding contracts for the use of rights of way for district heating pipelines", BDEW Energy Information Day, "Rights of way in district heating" on 18 June 2015 in Berlin
  • "Legal framework for drafting termination clauses in water concession agreements", BDEW Water Information Day "Water concession agreements" on 29 April 2015 in Leipzig and on 5 November 2015 in Bonn
  • "Legal framework conditions to properly structure unbundling in accordance with the decision-making practice of the EU Commission", Workshop on Unbundling, Institut für Energie- und Regulierungsrecht Berlin e.V. on 14 April 2015 in Berlin
  • "New developments with regard to termination clauses in water concession agreements", 58th meeting of German energy lawyers at the IBA/SEERIL conference on 20 March 2015 in Karlsruhe
  • "What's new in competition law?", BDEW Information event "Current challenges in district heating" on 4 March 2015 in Berlin
  • "Licences for District Heating Pipelines ("Concession Agreements") - The Unknown Entity", AGFW Infodays "District heating law - Current Developments in Statute and Case Law" on 12 November 2014 in Berlin
  • "The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court judgments of 25.08.2014 regarding the ITO certification decisions of the German Federal Network Agency - the scope of application for the so-called cooling provisions under review", workshop on energy law, Institute for Energy and Regulation Law Berlin Inc. on 15 September 2014 in Berlin
  • "Competition law investigation of district heating prices", BDEW Information event "Current challenges in district heating" on 3 July 2014 in Berlin
  • "2030 EU Climate and Energy Goals", 20th International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference on 26 April 2014 in Istanbul
  • "EEG Surcharge: Payment and information duties to transmission system operator and sanctions for failing to observe them", 2014 annual conference, Forum Contracting e.V. on 25 February 2014 in Frankfurt am Main
  • "Abuse proceedings against district heating companies and information requests from antitrust authorities and how to deal with them", AGFW Info Days "District heating law - answers for the future" on 14 November 2013 in Berlin
  • "Competition law aspects of so-called "remunicipalisation", 4th Bayreuth Energy Law Conference on 15 March 2013 in Bayreuth
  • "After the 'district heating' sector inquiry - how to react to post from the Federal Cartel Office", AGFW Info Days "District heating law - answers for the future" on 6/7 November 2012 in Berlin
  • "Closed distribution systems and customer installations from a legal point of view; first practical experience and background to the new § 110 German Energy Act", 12th EUROFORUM Annual Conference "Current legal developments in energy and environmental law: options for large chemical and industrial sites" on 21 March 2012 in Düsseldorf
  • "Energy supply contracts: current case law and problems in implementing them", Talk im Turm, Third Meeting of Experts held by GET AG on 24 November 2011 in Leipzig
  • "Competition law control of district heating prices", AGFW Info Days "District heating law - answers for the future" on 9/10 November 2011 in Berlin
  • "Street-lighting legislation", Verband kommunaler Unternehmen V. (association of local authorities), Baden-Württemberg regional group, "Energy and Climate Working Group", on 24 October 2011 in Bretten
  • "Control of abusive practices by competition authorities", AGFW seminar "Post from the Federal Cartel Office - and now? Competition law in the district heating sector" on 9 June 2011 in Cologne
  • "The fate of the site networks - lex lata and lex ferenda", workshop on energy law, Institute for Energy and Regulation Law Berlin e.V. on 24 January 2011 in Berlin
  • "Compliance with competition law: energy supply contracts, prices and terms", Talk im Turm, 2nd Meeting of GET AG experts on 5 October 2010 in Leipzig
  • "Site networks - where do we go from here? The consequences of the ECJ decision of 22.05.2008 in practice", FORUM seminar on 19 September 2008 in Cologne
  • "The fate of the site networks (§ 110 Energy Industry Act) following the decision of the European Court of Justice of 22.05.2008", workshop on energy law, Institute for Energy and Regulation Law Berlin Inc. on 7 July 2008 in Berlin
  • "Controlling price levels pursuant to §§ 19 and 29 of the Act against Restraints on Competition from a lawyer's point of view", workshop on "Controlling electricity and gas price levels pursuant to §§ 19 and 29 of the Act against Restraints on Competition" organised by the Institute for Energy and Competition Law in Local Public Economy e.V. at the Humboldt University, Berlin, held on 5 June 2008 in Berlin
  • "Plans of the Commission - a summary", BDEW Information event "Ownership Unbundling" on 17 January 2008 in Bonn
  • "Energy competition and energy regulation law", FORUM seminar on 26 September 2007 in Cologne
  • "(Waste) water prices - calculation and assessment under competition law", FORUM seminar on 27 June 2005 and 27 June 2006 in Frankfurt and on 15 June 2007 in Cologne
  • "Legal protection against orders from the Federal Cartel Office in abuse proceedings", EUROFORUM conference on 15/16 July 2003 in Mainz
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