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13 May 2014
Digital Agenda eCommerce workshop of the EU Commission in Berlin - Eckart Wagner speaks
Eckart Wagner is member of the panel "Ban on Sales on Online Platforms: Effect on the Internal Market, Competition Law Perspective" on the Digital Agenda eCommerce workshop of the General Directorate Connect of the European Commission. He speaks on the competition law framework for the internet economy in Germany and the EU. For further information on the workshop please click here on the respective website of the European Commission.
1 March 2014
Wagner Legal grows
Hannes Hoffmeyer works as a further "Rechtsanwalt" (fully qualified German lawyer) for Wagner Legal since March 2014.
Wagner Legal advises BP and Statoil on the creation of a joint venture supported by Lawentus and Schönherr - JUVE and Lawyer Monthly report
Statoil Fuel & Retail AS acquires shares in Trafineo from BP Europa SE. Trafineo provides support to nearly all European toll chargers. Trafineo is a wholly owned subsidiary of BP Europa SE which in turn belongs to the British BP Group. BP Europa SE manufactures petrochemical products and distributes and markets fuel and lubricants under the “BP”, “ARAL” and “Castrol” brands in various European countries. Statoil Fuel & Retail AS is part of the Canadian Couch-Tard Group and operates a network of approx. 2,300 fuel stations across Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltics and Russia.
While still a Corinius partner, Eckart Wagner led a team of corporate lawyers headed up by Dr. Tilman Rückert, the then Corinius (now Lawentus) partner, which provided support for the BP Europa SE and Statoil Fuel & Retail AS joint venture negotiations and was responsible for structuring the SPA and the joint venture agreements. Following the establishment of Wagner Legal in August 2013, Wagner Legal continued to advise on the matter as lead counsel, providing both parties - in consultation with Dr. Tilman Rückert - with advice on questions around the structuring of the joint venture agreements, carrying out an analysis of merger control notification requirements for both parties, running the merger control notification process in Germany for both parties and - working together with the Schönherr partner Volker Weiss - coordinating the merger control notification process in Austria for both parties.
Eckart Wagner was retained by BP Europa SE und Statoil Fuel & Retail AS because of his comprehensive experience in advising and representing companies in the mineral oil sector, including in the area of fuel and service cards and toll related services.
Wagner Legal supports Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak (SK&S) in advising the French trading group Auchan as regards the completion of the acquisition of the Polish business of Real from the German trading group Metro
Auchan acquired the East European businss of Real, the food retailing subsidiary of the German trading group Metro, for 1.1 billion EURO on 6 December 2012. The European Commission had refered the merger control jurisdiction for the Polish part of this transaction to the Polish competition authority. Following the conditional approval of this transaction by the Polish competition authority on 21 January 2014, the transaction has now been completed.
The leading Polish business law firm SK&S advised Auchan in this transaction, which was governed by German law. Wagner Legal supported SK&S in this matter since September 2013.
SK&S and Eckart Wagner of Wagner Legal (then partner with Corinius) already worked together in advising the largest Central Eastern European group, the mineral oil group PKN Orlen and its German subsidiary Orlen Deutschland GmbH.
Wagner Legal is Competition Law Firm of the Year in Germany
Wagner Legal has won the Global Award "Competition Law Firm of the Year in Germany 2014" of the British Corporate INTL Magazine. For further information please click here or refer to the website of Corporate INTL Magazine here.