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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Michael Bauer
Dr. Michael Bauer
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...
Dr. Björn Herbers
Dr. Björn Herbers, M.B.L.
Belgium, Brussels
Björn Herbers advises clients on all aspects of European and German competition law.Bjoern Herbers joined the firm in 2009.
Harald Kahlenberg
Dr. Harald Kahlenberg
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...
Tim Reher
Dr. Tim Reher, M.Jur. (Oxford)
Germany, Hamburg
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...
Kai Neuhaus, LL.M.
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...
Markus Schöner
Dr. Markus Schöner, M.Jur. (Oxford)
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Competition & EU Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Markus Schöner is a specialist for EU and German antitrust law, including merger control. His competition law expertise is in particular demand in the context of setting up selective distribution...
Christian Friedrich Haellmigk
Dr. Christian Friedrich Haellmigk, LL.M. (College of Europe)
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...
Heinz-Joachim Freund
Dr. Heinz-Joachim Freund
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...
Rolf Hempel
Dr. Rolf Hempel
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...
Christoff Henrik Soltau
Christoff Henrik Soltau, LL.M. (King's College London)
Germany, Hamburg
Christoff Soltau specialises in German and European competition law and represents his clients before competition authorities (German Federal Cartel Office, European Commission) as well as before...