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Kai Neuhaus, LL.M.


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

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 as well as the European Court of Justice and German courts. In competition law he has long-standing experience with merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel proceedings. He regularly provides competition law advice on distribution contracts and e-commerce. In the area of trade law Kai assists clients e.g. with EU anti-dumping proceedings and EU and German trade sanctions and embargos and related compliance issues.

His clients include major manufacturing companies in the IT, consumer goods and chemical sectors as well as the automotive and auto parts suppliers sector, and also service providers e.g. from the finance, insurance, media and retail sectors.

Kai joined CMS in 2003 and has been a partner since 2009.

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"outstanding advice", client; "accomplished customs and trade lawyer", competitor

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"Recommended" for Customs and Trade, Antitrust

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)


  • LL.M. at University College London; specialist subjects: competition law and trade law
  • Law studies at the Universities of Augsburg, Lausanne and Munich
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  • Handbuch Vertriebskartellrecht, § 10 Gebiets- und Kundenbeschränkungen, 2020, Beck Verlag
  • Kartellrecht, Loewenheim/Meessen/Riesenkampff/Kersting/Meyer-Lindemann (Hrsg.) - Kommentar der Fusionskontrollvorschriften § 35, § 36 Abs. 2 und 3, § 38 GWB, 4. Auflage 2020
  • CCH - Doing Business in Europe, Germany, Chapter “Import and Export”, 2019, Sweet & Maxwell
  • CCH - Doing Business in Europe, Germany, Chapter “Import and Export”, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell
  • Kartellrecht, Loewenheim/Meessen/Riesenkampff/Kersting/Meyer-Lindemann (Hrsg.) - Kommentar der Fusionskontrollvorschriften §§ 35, 36 (Rn. 2145-241), 38 GWB, 2016
  • Kartellrecht, in: Hettler/Stratz/Hörtnagl, Beck´sches Mandatshandbuch Unternehmenskauf, 2. Auflage, Verlag C.H.Beck 2013


  • Further tightening of German investment control – draft 17th amendment of AWV, CMS Blog, January 2021
  • German investment control shows its teeth – new hurdles for transactions, CMS Blog, July 2020
  • Deutschland stellt die Investitionskontrolle scharf – M&A Review, Juli 2020
  • Investment control takes hold of healthcare sector, CMS Blog, May 2020
  • EU Commission calls for closer scrutiny of foreign direct investment, CMS Law Now, 30.03.2020
  • Börse Online | Mehr Staat als Weg in die Zukunft?, 14.03.2019 (zusammen mit Dr. Tobias Grau) – CMS Stuttgart
  • Schärfere Kontrollen ausländischer Investoren, in: GmbH-Geschäftsführer 2019, Euroforum (hier) (zusammen mit Dr. Tobias Grau) 
  • Der Staat als weißer Ritter, 15.02.2019 (hier) (zusammen mit Dr. Tobias Grau) 
  • FINANCE | America First, „Berichterstattung mit Zitaten”, 11/12 2018, S. 68 (zusammen mit Dr. Tobias Grau) 
  • Gaining in importance; Washington extends investment controls – will Brussels and Berlin follow suit?, Business Law Magazine 04/2018 (hier) (zusammen mit Dr. Tobias Grau)
  • Epochenwandel im Welthandel? – F.A.Z. Einspruch, 13.03.2018
  • German Federal Court’s ASICS ruling may be at odds with recent EU judgment, CMS Law Now, 06.03.2018
  • FCO breaks up joint venture - nothing clear after clearance - Kommentar zur Entscheidung des Bundeskartellamts vom 21.11.2012, ILO Dezember 2012
  • Court increases fines on appeal by up to 85 % - Kommentar zur Entscheidung des OLG Düsseldorf vom 15.04.2013, Az. VI-4 Kart 2-6/10 (OWi), ILO Mai 2013 
  • Die Achte GWB-Novelle: Reform des deutschen Kartellrechts, gemeinsam mit Dr. Harald Kahlenberg, BB 4/2013, S. 131 ff
  • Privilege and internal audit documents – are internal audits left exposed? Kommentar zum Beschluss des LG Bonn vom 21.06.2012, Az. 27 Qs 2/12, ILO September 2012
  • To file or not to file – no question: file! – Kommentar zum Beschluss des OLG Düsseldorf vom 1.02.2012, Az. VI-Kart 6/11 (V), gemeinsam mit Benedikt Ecker, ILO August 2012
  • The New EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation, ILO April 2010
  • Dossiers Internationaux - Allemagne, Droit de la concurrence, ISBN 978-2-85115-700-3, Editions Francis Lefebvre 2007, S. 153 ff
  • Amendments to the Act against Restraints of Competition – Überblick über die 7. GWB Novelle, ILO August 2005
  • Erste praktische Erfahrungen mit Zusagenentscheidungen nach Art. 9 Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1/2003, gemeinsam mit Dr. Harald Kahlenberg, EuZW 2005, S. 620 ff
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Lectures list

  • Impact of growing foreign investment control regulations on the European M&A market - ECLA General Counsel Roundtable Online, November 2020
  • Facebook vs. Bundeskartellamt / Decision of the German Federal Court of Justice KVR 69/19, CMS EU Law Briefing Webinar, October 2020
  • The EU Legislator at Work / Foreign Subsidies in the Single Market, CMS EU Law Briefing Webinar, August 2020
  • „Surviving the Trade Hurricane“, November 2019, Stuttgart
  • „Außenwirtschaftsrechtliche Investitionskontrolle“, November 2018, Bonn
  • "Market entry Iran | Trade restrictions – What to consider" - Frankfurt/Main, June 2016
  • "Current overview over trade sanctions against Iran" - Frankfurt/Main, June 2016
  • "E-Commerce Sector Inquiry – Update and next steps" - Lisbon, April 2016
  • "Retail without borders - removing restrictions to e-commerce" - CMS Technology Media & Communications Conference, London, October 2015
  • "The e-commerce sector inquiry: Possible outcomes for e-traders" - CMS Consumer Products Conference, Brussels, September 2015
  • "The e-commerce sector inquiry" - CMS Consumer Products Conference, London, June 2015
  • Vertical restraints - Panel discussion: "Restriction of online sales: No borders for click stores? / What is an agreement: 20 years after Adalat" - Brussels, May 2015
  • "Restrictions of online sales - what is still permissible under competition laws?" - Munich - Stuttgart, November 2014
  • "Bid rigging in M&A, acquisition of cartelists and merger control - news for private equity funds" - Frankfurt, October 2014
  • "Sanctions against Russia - What to keep in mind?" - Düsseldorf, October 2014
  • "Co-Insurance and its pitfalls under competition law" - Munich, June 2014
  • "Resale prices - what influence is allowed under competition laws?" - Stuttgart, November 2013
  • "Co-Insurance and its pitfalls under competition law" - Cologne, September 2013
  • "EU Anti-Dumping in practice" - Düsseldorf, July 2013
  • "EU Anti-Dumping in a nutshell" - Bucarest, February 2013
  • "News on joint research and development" - Rome, 2012
  • "Antitrust law and cooperation - Joint research and development" - Dusseldorf - Munich - Frankfurt, 2011
  • "EU Anti-Dumping Law in Practice" - Düsseldorf, 2010
  • "Latest Developments on Competition Law in Distribution Contracts" - Munich and Stuttgart, 2009
  • "The new EU Settlement Procedure in Cartel Cases" - Vienna, 2008
  • "EU Anti-Dumping- Joint Actions against Imports" - Cologne and Berlin, 2007
  • "Pricing, Rebates and Conditions: Limits set by Competition Law" - Stuttgart, 2006
  • "First Experiences with Commitment Decisions under Art. 9 Reg. 1/2003" - Madrid, 2005
  • "Changes brought by the New German Competition Act for Procurement and Distribution" - Frankfurt am Main, 2005
  • "Merger Control under the New German Competition Act" - Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bodensee, 2005
  • "New German Competition Act and its Impact on Co-operation and Distribution Contracts" - Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bodensee, 2005
  • "Predatory Pricing and Sales below Costs in Competition Law" - University of Hohenheim, 2005
  • "Joint Purchasing in the Media Sector" - Milan, 2004
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