As a partner in our Düsseldorf office, I lead our German competition law practice, specialising in IP-related competition law, competition law litigation and distribution-focused competition law.
With more than 20 years' experience in EU and competition law, including EU state aid law, and anti-trust litigation, I advise clients with a focus on IP-related competition law, private enforcement, licence and distribution agreements, and in the area of German and EU merger control. I regularly represent clients in proceedings before the German and European competition authorities and courts, advise on discriminatory practices and conduct compliance programmes at clients'.
My particular expertise is at the intersection between IP and competition law, where I represent clients in patent infringement proceedings, provide expert advice in the area of technical standardisation and advice clients on complex patent and trade mark licensing and cooperation agreements. The strong IP focus of my practice allowed my team to gain comprehensive insight into very IPR-specific strategies and proceedings leading to a market-leading expertise in applying competition law in this context.
Our comprehensive forensic experience at the intersection to IP over the years helped me build up significant expertise as a litigator not only in IP-related litigation but also in cartel damage claims proceedings and general antitrust disputes. I have represented both national and international clients and the public sector in a large number of proceedings before regional courts, higher regional courts, the Federal Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. In recent years, I have won several important landmark decisions before the Federal Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice.
In EU state aid law, I have particular experience in rescue and restructuring projects, privatisation of public enterprises, infrastructure and special aspects of the public banking sector.
Clients I act for include both national and major international players in the technology and communications sector (such as the mobile phone, personal computer and digital entertainment and semi-conductor industries), large automotive, retail and consumer and pharma companies, public entities in the healthcare sector as well as the German Federal Government.
Today, I publish regularly on EU and competition law, am co-author of 'Kartell- und regulierungsbehördliche Ermittlungen im Unternehmen und Risikomanagement' (reference book on cartel investigations and risk management for undertakings) and have contributed to various leading publications in the area of competition and anti-trust law.
I am a member of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V., the German association of leading competition law experts, and of GRUR, the German Association for Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright.
Before joining our firm in 2005 I worked in the competition law practice of a major global law firm in its Düsseldorf and Brussels offices.