Competition / Antitrust

Broad-based expertise in all areas

Gleiss Lutz has been involved in shaping antitrust law since day one, having played an active role in all major national and international developments and cases for more than 60 years. Clients benefit not only from our extensive experience but also from our many years of dealing with the relevant authorities. This makes us one of the leading antitrust practices not only in Germany but across Europe.

Chambers Europe 2020
“Exceptional practice that consistently handles the most complex and high-profile competition matters.”

Merger control

A major focus of our practice is the planning and implementation of merger control procedures – whether in Germany, the European Union, or elsewhere in the world. To ensure that transactions are brought to a successful conclusion, we negotiate constructively and effectively.


We devise practical and creative solutions with a keen eye for legal, economic, and political developments. When arranging and coordinating filings in multiple jurisdictions, we look into the notification obligations mandated by antitrust legislation and conduct the necessary procedures with the help of our global network of leading local law firms.

Cartel investigations

Gleiss Lutz enjoys an outstanding reputation for defending clients in cartel investigations and has played an instrumental role in nearly all major German and European cases in recent years. Our work in the first settlement proceedings in European antitrust law was groundbreaking and serves as a ringing endorsement for future casework in this area.


As part of an international network, we are able to assist our clients swiftly and effectively in all legal jurisdictions, for example in cases in which multiple cartel authorities conduct coordinated searches in several countries. Gleiss Lutz helps clients develop cross-border defence strategies, and prepare and file any necessary leniency applications. Furthermore we have a wealth of experience in appealing decisions imposing fines, frequently representing clients in court at national and European level and, in our role as litigators, have been or are involved in many of their major decisions.

Damages actions (follow-on actions)

In Europe, in particular, we have been involved in the development of private enforcement – a relatively new field of the law – from the very beginning, building up extensive experience in the process. The representation of defendants in test cases such as ORWI, grey cement and firefighting vehicles underscores our pioneer status.


Our integrated teams of lawyers that include our antitrust and dispute resolution experts provide support and advice that addresses the legal issues specific to EU member states, the US, and other major jurisdictions. Here, our services include defending against and the out-of-court settlement of damages claims, as well as advising on claims between the cartel members themselves. We regularly work with some of the most renowned economists in the field.

We develop and implement tailored compliance programmes for companies to help them avoid falling foul of the cartel authorities and to minimise the risk of fines. We also conduct preventive antitrust audits and organise seminars as well as customised online workshops to train staff and heighten their awareness of antitrust issues.


In the event of breaches of duty by management, we can advise extensively on D&O insurance coverage. Here, our clients benefit from our interdisciplinary compliance team: As a full service law firm, we effectively combine the specialist knowledge of lawyers from different disciplines, such as antitrust, criminal, employment, data protection, procurement and corporate law.

Horizontal and vertical agreements

We advise on horizontal agreements with competitors and vertical agreements with suppliers, distributors or customers. By preparing a state-of-the-art “self-assessment” as required by law, we ensure that our clients achieve their commercial objectives while fully complying with antitrust law.


Our lawyers have longstanding experience in dealing with distribution, R&D, specialisation, licensing and joint venture contracts, to name but a few. What’s more, our industry-specific know-how means our advice is highly appreciated in the automotive, banking, chemicals, e-commerce, energy, healthcare, engineering, media, food, pharmaceuticals, raw materials, commodities and insurance sectors.

We provide integrated specialist advice to our clients anywhere in the world – be it on multiple merger filings, international cartel investigations, or damages actions with worldwide implications.


Close ties with leading antitrust practices around the world allow us to draw from a flexible and proven international network. This enables us to put together hand-picked, multi-jurisdictional teams tailored to our clients’ needs.

Competition / Antitrust News
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Gleiss Lutz advises PHOENIX on the acquisition of McKesson’s European business
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The Tenth Amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition – Digital Competition Act is in force
Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act: European Commission unveils two draft regulations to reform rules on digital economy and competition
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