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Eckart Wagner, LL. M. (London)
Partner - Rechtsanwalt

T +49 40 8060136 65
F +49 40 8060136 89
M +49 173 999 4529

eckart.wagner@wagner-legal.eu
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Eckart Wagner has many years of experience in all aspects of German and European competition law and related areas, regularly advising domestic and international companies, institutions and associations on:

  • Merger control,

  • Cooperation agreements and information exchange between companies,

  • Joint ventures, corporate restructurings, mergers and other transactions,

  • Distribution systems, as well as distribution, licensing, supply and purchasing agreements,

  • Abuse of a dominant position,

  • The pursuit of and defence against competition law (damages) claims,

  • Compliance management systems and compliance in general, including white collar crime,

  • Questions around unfair competition,

  • EU law,

  • Procurement law, and

  • State aid.

He also represents clients in connection with:

  • Contract and other negotiations,

  • Merger control, competition and abuse proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), the EU Commission as well as German and EU courts,

  • Civil disputes involving competition and associated areas of law, including in competition law damages cases before courts, and

  • Discussions with prosecutors and appearances before criminal courts.

He provides support to clients in a range of industries, particularly oil, energy, transport, electronics, chemicals, IT, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, construction, luxury goods, automobile accessories and the media.

Eckart Wagner regularly speaks, organises workshops and publishes on competition law topics. He is a contributor to the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the "Financial Times" and the "Börsenzeitung", newspapers which turn to him for commentary on competition law issues.

Eckart Wagner has been recommended for competition law advice by Juve, Nomos and Legal500 for many years:

The JUVE 2015/2016 German Commercial Law Firm Handbook lists Eckart Wagner as a "leading practitioner in antitrust" in Germany and refers to competitor's obeservation of Wagner Leagl and Eckart Wagner's "persistent and tough representation and high-quality advice" (s. here).   

The JUVE 2014/2015 German Commercial Law Firm Handbook lists Eckart Wagner as on of the "leading practitioners in antitrust" in Germany (s. here). According to the JUVE 2014/2015 German Commercial Law Firm Hadnbook "clients value the firm’s “pleasant working style” and consider Wagner “capable and knowledgeable”" (s. here). 

"Eckart Wagner [...] has substantial experience with merger control clients as well as in the mineral oil sector" (JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2013/2014)

"Competition law specialist Eckart Wagner" (JUVE, November 2013)

"Eckart Wagner has many years of experience in German and European competition law" (Nomos Handbook, 2013)

"Frequently recommended: Eckart Wagner ('good level of expertise', a competitor, competition law)" (JUVE Handbook 2012/2013)

"It was a surprise for the market that the firm did not only provide MPC with M&A advise as regards its acquisition of Ferrostaal, but that its competition lawyers also coordinated the required multinational merger control filings. Lead counsel was Eckart Wagner who could rely on his previous experience with Linklaters" (JUVE Handbook 2012/2013)  

"Eckart Wagner was recommended for his experience in the crossover with IP law" (JUVE Handbook 2011/2012)

"A renowned competition law partner", "'conscientious and good technically', a competitor" (JUVE Handbook 2010/2011)

"Eckart Wagner is recommended" (Legal500 2009)

Languages

German, English, French

Curriculum Vitae

2013

Partner with Wagner Legal

2010–2013

Partner and Head of the Competition law practice with Corinius LLP, Hamburg

2008–2010

Partner and Head of the Competition law practice with Oppenhoff & Partner, Cologne

2001–2008

Rechtsanwalt (from 2007 onwards as Counsel, with Linklaters LLP (formerly Oppenhoff & Rädler/Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler), Brussels, London and Cologne, EU & Competition practice group

2001

Admitted to practice as a Rechtsanwalt in Cologne and Brussels

2000

Internship (Stage) at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, Brussels

1999–2000

Trainee stationed at Freshfields Deringer, Berlin, Competition law practice group

1998

Trainee stationed at the Ministry of Economics, Berlin, EU law and state aid department

1997–1998

Master of Laws (LL. M.), University College London, University of London

1991–1997

Degree in Law and political science at the Free University of Berlin

1994–1995

Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Study of the implementation of international environmental laws, Java, Indonesia

Publications

  • Kartellrecht: Halbherzige GWB-Novelle kommt, Finance Magazin, 19.6.2013

  • Sektoruntersuchung "Kraftstoffe", was sind die Konsequenzen für die Branche?, UNITI-Jahresbericht 2011/2012, pp. 28-32

  • Kartellschäden - EU Kommission darf in eigener Sache klagen, PLATOW Recht, 22.11.2012

  • Sektoruntersuchung „Kraftstoffe“ des Bundeskartellamtes: Viel Lärm um nichts?, Brennstoffspiegel und Mineralölrundschau (2011), September and October

  • Transparency rules: Primacy of effective leniency and settlement programmes over private antitrust enforcement in the EU? (together with Miriam le Bell), Global Competition Litigation Review (2010), pp. 124–128

  • Analyse kollektiver Marktbeherrschung in der deutschen und europäischen Fusionskontrolle, WuW (2009), pp. 619–631

  • Kartellrecht betrifft auch den Mittelstand (together with Dr. Daniel Dohrn), IHK Plus, Mitteilungen der IHK Cologne (2009), No 11, Beilage Recht, Steuern & Consulting

  • Antitrust in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Germany (together with Peter Klappich and Dr. Maxim Kleine), in: Getting the Deal Through, 2009, pp. 59–65

  • Anteilskauf mit verstecktem Risiko (together with Anne Federle), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Recht & Steuern, 8. April 2008

  • Kartellrechtliche Schadensersatzklagen – Bewertung der Vorschläge der Europäischen Kommission im Weißbuch (together with Dr. Maxim Kleine and Dr. Ingo Liebach), EWS (2008), pp. 305–318

  • Neue Entwicklungen im einstweiligen Rechtsschutz im Kartellverwaltungsverfahren: der Soda-Club-Beschluss des BGH (together with Dr. Wolfgang Deselaers and Dr. Ingo Liebach), WuW (2007), pp. 882–888

  • Die Übernahme der europäischen 10%-Regel für Geldbußen bei Kartellverstößen schafft einen verfassungsrechtlich fragwürdigen Fremdkörper im deutschen Recht, EWS (2006), pp. 251–257

  • The Integration of Schengen into the Framework of the European Union, Legal Issues of European Integration 25 (1998), No 2, pp. 1–60

Memberships

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e. V.

  • International Antitrust Law Committee, Section of International Law, American Bar Association