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 advises and represents its clients in all areas of competition law as well as on related issues:
- Cartel proceedings
- Cartel damages
- Distribution and cooperation agreements
- Merger control
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, and courts. In doing so, according to JUVE, “the firm demonstrates time and again that it can also manage complex mandates.” (JUVE Handbook 2019/20).
Competition law proceedings
WAGNER LEGAL advises companies, board members and trade associations in fine and abuse and other antitrust proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission as well as German and European courts. We advise and represent both addressees of such proceedings as well as complainants and respondents.
In addition to cartel proceedings, we have a special focus on antitrust-related distribution law, including price fixing and abuse proceedings. For example, we recently successfully represented the Federal German trade association in the sporting goods industry as complainant against the DOSB and the IOC before the German Federal Cartel Office on IOC rules restricting sponsors in the marketing of athletes (see News).
We support you in asserting or defending antitrust related claims in or out of court. As an independent specialised law firm, we can represent claimants or defendants.
Antitrust litigation is one of our main areas of our work, where we are highly recognised in the market. For example, we brought cartel damage claims on behalf of corporate clients against, among others, the participants in the sugar, truck and EC-Cash cartels. Competitors praise WAGNER LEGAL as “very experienced in litigation.” (JUVE Handbook 2020/21) Eckart Wagner “ranks, with his team, among the most active lawyers in litigation.” (JUVE Handbook 2019/20) WAGNER LEGAL is a “specialist in competition law-driven litigation.” (JUVE Handbook 2018/19) Competitors praise the “persistent and tenacious representation” of clients. (JUVE Handbook 2017/18) WAGNER LEGAL has “enlivened the market” in the field of cartel damages. (JUVE Handbook 2016/17) WAGNER LEGAL is pursuing “one of the largest lawsuits against the sugar cartel.” (JUVE Handbook 2016/17) The litigation success for Reuter brought “a lot of praise in the market.” (JUVE Handbook 2016/17) WAGNER LEGAL won “one of the first verdicts awarding cartel damages.” (JUVE Handbook 2015/16) “The strongest commentary in the market was the litigation success for Reuter, which was a much-noted damages decision." (JUVE Handbook 2014/15)