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Competition law

Competition law rules are often the key to opening up markets. Breaches of competition law, on the other hand, can cost companies dear. So, from a commercial perspective it is crucial to keep those risks in mind - while identifying any potential room for manoeuvre. Providing clients with this kind of strategic support requires expert knowledge and years of practical experience.

Wagner Legal advices and represents clients in all aspects of competition law and neighbouring areas:

  • Cooperation agreements between companies,

  • Merger control,

  • Joint ventures, corporate restructurings and other transactions,

  • Distribution systems and distribution contracts,

  • Licensing contracts,

  • Supply contracts,

  • Purchasing agreements,

  • Category management contracts,

  • Information exchange,

  • Cartel proceedings,

  • Abuse proceedings,

  • Pursuing and defending competition law (damages) claims,

  • Defending and pursuing claims under the German Law against unfair competition, and

  • White collar crime, in particular corruption cases connected with cartel activity.

Our lawyers advise clients in the negotiation and structuring of contracts, as well as providing strategic guidance on the risks and opportunities associated with commercial proposals. We also represent clients before the German and European authorities, in particular the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), the European Commission, prosecuting authorities and courts.