As a senior counsel in our Düsseldorf office, I am part of the German competition law team, specialising in competition law litigation, merger control and distribution-related competition law with years of diverse experience in the healthcare sector.

I specialise in all areas of German and European competition law with a particular focus on distribution-related competition law, merger control and competition law litigation, in particular IP-related disputes and cartel damages, where I advise clients from various sectors with particular experience in the areas of healthcare and consumer goods.

After becoming an Attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt) in 2003 and before joining our firm, I spent several years working for another large international law firm in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Brussels and London.

I publish a bimonthly column on media and press-related competition law developments in „Archiv für Presserecht" (Archive for Media Law) and have provided a contribution on competition law to a Compliance Compendium for Public Administration by Stober and Ohrtmann ("Compliance-Handbuch für die öffentliche Verwaltung", Stuttgart, 2013).

  • Manufacturer of reverse vending machines: Competition law advice and complaint against DPG, Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH – the company providing the nationwide organisational framework for managing deposits on drinks packaging. The Federal Cartel Office has stepped in successfully with a view to allowing our client to produce "read-out units" for use within nationwide DPG system.
  • City of Düsseldorf v. Federal Cartel Office: Representing the city of Düsseldorf in administrative proceedings initiated by the Federal Cartel Office as model proceedings relating to the procurement of fire alarm concessions (Federal Cartel Office, 24.05.2013, B 7 – 30/07-1).
  • Public Health Funds v. Federal and State Government Employees Retirement Fund: Advising and representing a litigation association of several Public Health Funds on the competition law-related aspects of several lawsuits relating to exit compensation claims of the German Government Employees Retirement Fund leading amongst others to a groundbreaking decision of the Federal Court of Justice on the applicability of competition law (Federal Court of Justice, 6.11.2013, KZR 58/11 – VBL-Gegenwert).
  • City of Düsseldorf v. thyssenkrupp: Representing the city of Düsseldorf in asserting competition law damages claims against thyssenkrupp based on the escalator cartel.
  • Cybex: Advice and representation in several competition law matters regarding the distribution of the client's trade mark products, including advice on selective distribution.
  • DALLI-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG: Advice on merger control regarding the acquisition of a detergent brands portfolio from Procter & Gamble, including merger control proceedings in Germany and the coordination of notification requirements in several legal systems; merger control advice in relation to potential takeovers.
  • Blutspendedienst des Bayerischen Roten Kreuzes gGmbH (blood donor services of the Bavarian Red Cross): Advice on competition law aspects and representation in second-phase merger control proceedings before the Bundeskartellamt (BKartA, German Federal Cartel Office) regarding the acquisition of the blood donor services of the municipal clinic of Munich (published decision of the BKartA B3-191/15 dating from 3 March 2016).
  • auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG: Representation in cartel law damage law proceedings against BiHa (Bundesinnung für Hörgeräteakustiker – national guild of hearing care professionals). Follow-on case based on a decision of the BKartA (German Federal Cartel Office) concerning the abuse of a dominant position.
  • Nokia: Advising on FRAND aspects in a patent law dispute with Apple.
Education
  • Studies of law and economics at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, at the Geneva University and at the Geneva Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales
  • Doctorate at the Faculty of Law at Mannheim University (thesis on franchising and distribution under European competition law)
  • Intermediate examination in economics from Heidelberg University
Admissions
  • Admitted to the German bar in 2003