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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
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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 retail, oil, energy, transport, electronics, chemicals, IT, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, construction, luxury goods, automobile accessories and the media. Selected references are listed under references and news.

Eckart Wagner is member of the board of Competition Litigation Forum (C-L-F). He regularly speaks, organises workshops and publishes on competition law topics. He appeared in German television (ZDF) in programms relating to competion law and 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:

"This reflect again that he can manage particuarly complex matters. He is often recommended by competitors as always being up to date" (JUVE handbook 2019/20).

"Wagner dares to do special cases. He is often recommended by competitors as experienced, competent and always up to date" (JUVE handbook 2018/19)

"Competitors praise his persistent and tough representation of clients and his great know-how" (JUVE handbook 2017/18)

"Competitors praise Wagner for being experienced, competent at the highest level and innovativ" (JUVE handbook 2016/17)

"Competitors praise Wagner for his persistent and tough presenattion at the highest level" (JUVE handbook 2015/16) 

"Clients value the firm’s pleasant working style and consider Wagner capable and knowledgeable" (JUVE handbook 2014/15)

"Eckart Wagner [...] has substantial experience with merger control clients as well as in the mineral oil sector" (JUVE Handbook 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)


German, English, French

Curriculum Vitae


Partner with Wagner Legal


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


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


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


Admitted to practice as a Rechtsanwalt in Cologne and Brussels


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • E-Commerce: Handel mit HIndernissen, vertikale Wettbewerbsbeschrönkungen hemmen das Potential des E-Commerce, Analysen udn Argumente 23/2017, published by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

  • 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


  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e. V.

  • Competition Litigation Forum (member of board)

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