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Tim Reher

Dr. Tim Reher, M.Jur. (Oxford)


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Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg
Languages German, English

Tim Reher advises companies on all aspects of competition law, with a focus on fine proceedings and civil law damages claims. Together with his team, he has handled numerous damages cases, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. On the defendant’s side, he coordinates the defence on a European and global level, while on the plaintiff’s side, he prepares European-wide enforcement strategies. Tim has special pharmaceutical and medical device, food, fuels and energy as well as sports and media sector expertise. His clients in particular appreciate his skilful negotiation tactics.

Tim joined CMS in 1999 and was made partner in 2005. Alongside his legal practice, he teaches competition law at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and is a prolific author on competition law matters.

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  • Trainee lawyer in Hamburg
  • PhD; topic: European corporate law (comparative law thesis)
  • Research assistant in the special research centre "Economic and Legal Analysis of the international Trade in Services" of the German Research Foundation at Konstanz University
  • Magister Juris graduate course in law at University of Oxford, Exeter College
  • Law studies in Konstanz
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  • "Millionenschaden durch Absprachen von Gebäudeausrüstern", TGA-Kartell, CMS-Blog, 03.04.2020 https://www.cmshs-bloggt.de/kartellrecht/tga-kartell-schadensersatz-absprachen-von-gebaeudeausruestern/
  • Länderkapitel "Germany", Chambers and Partners Cartels Guide 2019 (Co-Autor)
  • Competition Germany - Law on cartel damages claims revised, International Law Office 2016
  • Kölner Kommentar zum KartellR; Kommentierung zum Bußgeldverfahren Vor. § 81 GWB, 2014
  • Specific issues in Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions brought by multiple claimants in a German context, in Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions, Hrsg. Danov, Becker, Beaumont, 2013
  • International Competition Litigation (Hrsg. Blanke/Nazzini), Kommentierung zum Deutschen Recht gemeinsam mit Bulst, Hilbig und Mäger, Kluwer 2012
  • The European Commission's Journey to a Directive on Damages Actions: One Step forward - Two Steps Back, The European Antitrust Review 2011, p. 53 ff
  • Towards the Directive on Private Enforcement of EC Competition Law: Is the Time Ripe?, The European Antitrust Review 2010, p. 43 ff
  • Die kartellrechtliche Rückzahlungsverpflichtung "nach § 32 GWB". Eine kritische Betrachtung der kartellbehördlichen Befugnisse nach der "Stadtwerke Uelzen"-Entscheidung des BGH, WuW 2010, p. 513
  • Plans for Private Antitrust Damages Actions Directive Suffer Setbach, ILO-Newsletter 2010
  • Dawn Raids: Federal Cartel Office scrutinizes market for consumer products, ILO-Newsletter 2010
  • Commission publishes study on quantification of damages, ILO-Newsletter 2010
  • The Commission's White Paper on Damages Actions for Breach of the EC Antitrust Rules, The European Antitrust Review 2009
  • Commission plans Private Antitrust Enforcement Directive, ILO-Newsletter 2009
  • German Federal Cartel Offices fines pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy associations and pharmacies in Germany for resale price maintenance, ILO- (International Law Office) Newsletter 2008
  • European Initiative on Damages Action for Breach of Competition Rules, The European Antitrust Review 2008, p. 46-49
  • The Commission's Green Paper on Damages Actions for Break of Competition Rules, The European Antitrust Review 2007, p. 40 f
  • "Kartellrechtliche Schadensersatzansprüche nach 7. GWB Novelle für Altfälle am Beispiel des Vitaminkartells", Liber Amicorum für Alexander Riesenkampff zum 70. Geburtstag, Verlag C.H. Beck, 2007, p. 40 ff
  • Federal Cartel Office Announces New Leniency Programme, ILO-Newsletter 2006
  • Kommentierung der Spezialisierungsvereinbarungen, Kommentierung der Spezialisierungsvereinbarungen, Verlag C.H. Beck, München 2006
  • Antitrust Amendments: Private Enforcement US-Style, International Law Office, Legal Newsletter 2005
  • Court Rules on Damages Claims Against Cartel Members, International Law Office - Legal Newsletter 2005
  • Kartellrecht und Risikomanagement, Hansa 2004, p. 22 ff
  • First Vitamins Victory for an Industrial Customer, Global Competition Review 2004
  • Wegfall des Rabattgesetzes eröffnet neue Werbemöglichkeiten, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) 2000
  • Einschränkungen der Tabakwerbung bleiben möglich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) 2000
  • Tabakwerbung ist nicht gänzlich verboten, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) 2000
  • Das Werbeverbot für Tabakerzeugnisse - geht das Prinzip der begrenzten Einzelermächtigung in Rauch auf?, EWS 1998, p. 294 ff
  • Gesetzgebungskompetenzen der Gemeinschaft nach dem Urteil des EuGH zur Einlagensicherung, EWS 1997, p. 366 ff
  • Gesellschaftsrecht in Gemeinsamen Märkten, Nomos 1997
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Lectures list

  • Main Features of European Corporate and Capital Market Law, lecture given in Europäische Rechtsakademie Trier (ERA), in October 1999
  • European Corporate and Capital Market Law after the Centros Decision from the European Court of Justice, lecture in the Europäische Rechtsakademie Trier (ERA) in September 2000
  • International Merger Control, English-speaking training session at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, in the autumn term of 2002
  • Competition Law: "Co-operations and Joint Ventures", English lecture at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Autumn term 2003
  • Seminar "Current Questions of German and European Competition Law", lecturer at the Bucerius Law School, Summer term 2004, ongoing
  • together with Prof. Dr K. Schmidt Competition Law: "Cartels, Merger Control and Joint Ventures", English lecture at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Autumn term 2004
  • Competition Law and Merger Control, English lecture at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, since 2005
  • Private Enforcement: Schadenersatz wie in den USA? CMS-Seminar zur 7. GWB-Novelle, München, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Autumn term 2005
  • Anti-trust/Competition Law, joint Master of Law and Business Program Bucerius Law School and WHU School of Management, visiting professor, 2006/2007
  • Speaker on Cartel Damages Claims in Germany, American Bar Association, autumn conference "EU Antitrust Litigation - Mouse or Mountain?", London, 5 October 2007
  • Introduction an new trends in EU and German Competition Law, C.H. Beck Seminar, since 2007 at Munich, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg
  • Speaker on GCR 2009 Competition Law Review Conference "Damages Actions for Breach of the EC Antitrust Rules", Brussels, 17 November 2009
  • CMS Competition Conference 2011, Panel Diskussionsleiter on Private Actions, Enforce Competition Law, 2011, Brüssel
  • Specific issues in Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions brought by multiple claimants in Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions, London April 2012
  • CMS Competition Conference 2013
  • CMS Competition Conference 2013, Panel Diskussionsleiter zur Entwicklung von zivilrechtlichen Kartellschadensersatzansprüchen, Brüssel
  • CMS Competition Conference 2015, Vortrag zur praktischen Erfahrungen mit der Durchsetzung von kartellzivilrechtlichen Schadensersatzansprüchen vor deutschen Gerichten
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