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  • October 2015

    JUVE recommends WAGNER LEGAL in its 2015/2016 handbook on German Commercial Law Firms as a "highly regarded" firm in antitrust law in Germany and Eckart Wagner as leading practitioner

    JUVE substantiated its recommendations inter alia by stating that WAGNER LEGAL "achieved one of the firsts judgements in antitrust damage actions", that "a competitor noted its 'persistent and tough representation and high-quality advice'", that "the team's lawyers come from large firms and are well connected in the market" and "have been consulted in a number of international merger control cases".  

  • 12 September 2015

    Süddeutsche Zeitung quotes Eckart Wagner in an article on antitrust related distribution law

    Germany's largest quality newspaper quotes Eckart Wagner in an article on antitrust related distrbution law concerning online retail.

  • 1 April 2015

    Divestment of Liquid Finishing Business Asstes of Graco Inc. in fulfillment of an FTC-order - German merger control procedure

    Graco Inc. acquired Illinois Tool Works, Inc. in 2012. The FTC only approved this acquisition subject to fulfillemt of an order to divest all activities of Graco Inc. in the field of liquid finishing technolgies with a turnover of more than EUR 200 million to an FTC-approved acquirer. Until this divestiture, the liquid finishing business assets had to be held separate by a trustee. Against this background, Graco Inc. divested the liquid finishing business assets on 1 April 2015 to Carlisle Companies Inc.

    Wagner Legal represented the trustee in the merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office.      

  • 9 March 2015

    Wagner Legal advises and respresents UNITI in setting up of a so-called retailer concentrator for the mineral oil industry with regard to electrionic cash commitments by the German banking sector

    The German banking sector submitted comittments to the German Federal Cartel Office to discontinue to jointly set the level of fees for electronic card cash payment. The Federal Cartel Office made these commitments binding on 8 April 2014. Since then, the German banks issuing eelectronic cash cards as well as their associations are obliged to negotiate these fees bilaterally with the retailers accepting these cards for payment. So-called concentrators are able to conduct such negotiations for a coopeartion of retailers. On 9 March 2015, the Federal Cartel Office closed its cartel proceedings against the German banking sector as it found - also against the background of competitive pressure exerted by the electronic direct debit system (ELV) and the planned EU Regulation on Interchange Fees for Card-based Payment Transactions - that the commitments were implemented.

    Wagner Legal advised UNITI in setting up such a retailer concentrator for the mineral oil industry and respresented UNITI in this matter before the German Federal Cartel Office and the banking sector.      

  • 22 January 2015

    Eckart Wagner speaks about indirect effect of cartels on the L&A-Competition Day

    Eckart Wagner takes part on the panel discussion of the L&A-Competition Day in Hamburg on indirect effects of cartels together with leading competition lawyers and economists of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Norton Rose, CDC and Lademann & Associates.