WAGNER LEGAL, Hamburg, law firm and specialist attorney/lawyer for competition/antitrust law, European law, compliance management, merger control, private enforcement etc.

WAGNER LEGAL, Hamburg, law firm and specialist attorney/lawyer for competition/antitrust law, European law, compliance management, merger control, private enforcement etc.

Competition law firm

We are an independent German law firm specialising in German and European competition law and related legal issues.

Our work is characterised by deep, detailed knowledge, more than 20 years of experience in all areas of German and European competition law and a high level of commitment. Due to the setup of the firm we do not—as a rule—have any actual or strategic conflicts and are always driven exclusively by our clients' business and strategic objectives. This gives us a clear view of the opportunities and risks, even—in fact, especially—in complex cases.

In addition to competition law, we also advise our clients on related issues regarding EU and regulatory law and, if necessary in cooperation with specialists from our network, corporate, civil and contract law as well as intellectual property and unfair trading law. In addition, we also offer mediation services.

How others see us:

WAGNER LEGAL and founding partner, Eckart Wagner, have been consistently recommended for competition law advice by the leading handbook for evaluating and ranking commercial law firms in Germany, the JUVE Handbook, based on evaluations by competitors and clients:

Long-standing client relationship

Long-standing client relationship

“The Hamburg-based competition law boutique is characterised by long-standing relationships with its clients.” (JUVE Handbook 2020/21)

For many years, clients have praised the “pleasant cooperation” with WAGNER LEGAL and Eckart Wagner as a “capable and proven expert” (JUVE Handbook 2014/15)

Representation and advice at the highest level

Representation and advice at the highest level

Competitors praise WAGNER LEGAL and Eckart Wagner as:

“experienced, competent and always up to date.” (JUVE Handbook 2018/19),

“experienced, competent and innovative” as well as “competent and very committed,” (JUVE Handbook 2016/17)

as well as for its, "highest standards.” (JUVE Handbook 2016/17)

International handbooks have also recommended Eckart Wagner for many years beginning with Legal 500 in 2009.

Cartel damages

Cartel damages

“When it comes to cartel damages, the firm typically sides with claimants such as HANSA-HEEMANN or Reuter.” (JUVE Handbook 2020/21)

Eckart Wagner “is, with his team, one of the most active lawyers in litigation.” (JUVE Handbook 2019/20)

“New players stimulate the market: for example, the boutique law firm WAGNER LEGAL has teamed up with the Hanefeld litigation firm for one of the largest actions against the sugar cartel.”(JUVE Handbook 2016/2017)

Specialist for competition law litigation

Specialist for competition law litigation

Competitors praise WAGNER LEGAL as “very experienced in litigation” (JUVE Handbook 2020/21)

“Specialist for antitrust driven litigation.” (JUVE Handbook 2018/19)

Obtained “one of the first awarding judgments in a case of cartel damage claims.” (JUVE Handbook 2015/16).

Complex interface consulting

Complex interface consulting

“Competitors praise Wagner's expertise at the interface with intellectual property law as well as his industry knowledge of the toll market.” (JUVE Handbook 2018/19)

“Eckart Wagner was most recently recommended for his experience interfacing with IP.” (JUVE Handbook 2011/2012)

Distribution and online platforms

Distribution and online platforms

“The boutique has a focus on antitrust related distribution law.” (JUVE Handbook 2018/19)

“Competitors praise in particular its ‘tenacious advocacy’ for its clients and great know-how regarding online platforms.” Wagner conducted various lawsuits for Reuter, among others against Google.”(JUVE Handbook 2017/18)

Great expertise in national and international merger control cases

Great expertise in national and international merger control cases

“The boutique also regularly advises a number of high-profile clients on merger control cases.” (JUVE Handbook 2019/20)

“The competition law firm’s team has ample experience working with major law firms, is well connected in the market and has therefore been consulted in a number of international merger control cases.” (JUVE Handbook 2015/16)

“Its experience in international merger control is unusual for a firm of this size.” (JUVE Handbook 2014/15) 

Good networking

Good networking

“Due to the good network of the founder, the firm always manages to get new and large mandates.” (JUVE Handbook 2020/21)

“Sought-after cooperation partner for various law firms without their own antitrust lawyers.” (JUVE Handbook 2016/17)

Controls complex special cases

Controls complex special cases

“Demonstrates time and again that the firm can navigate complex mandates, most recently advising the Federation of the German Sporting Goods Industry against rules of the International Olympic Committee.” (JUVE Handbook 2019/20)

The fact that WAGNER LEGAL “is also confident about handling special cases is shown by the representation of mineral oil companies in the EC-Cash case. Here, enforcing damages against banks is considered to be particularly complicated.” (JUVE Handbook 2018/19).

A lot of experience with joint ventures

A lot of experience with joint ventures

“Always new and large mandates, such as the work for Ehrmann, Zentis and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft on a joint venture.” (JUVE Handbook 2020/21)

“Antitrust advice on joint ventures is also gaining in importance, and Wagner was able to win the chemical trader Helm as a client in this regard.” (JUVE Handbook 2017/18)  

Tenacious advocacy

Persistent representation

Competitors praise its “persistent representation” of clients. (JUVE Handbook 2017/18)

“Very persistent and tenacious representation and advice of the highest calibre.” (JUVE Handbook 2015/16).

Our network

Where necessary, we work closely with leading experts from other specialised law firms in Germany and abroad. This allows us to provide our clients with full support inter alia in the following additional areas of law:

  • M&A/Corporate law
  • white collar crime
  • employment law
  • industrial property rights, unfair trade law, IP-law
  • litigation

Internationally, we maintain contacts with law firms in all significant jurisdictions, including the EU Member States, UK, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, China and Australia.

Through our network, we offer our clients comprehensive support on questions that involve a crossover between different areas of law and/or jurisdictions.

 

References

We work for multinational groups, their German subsidiaries, mid-sized businesses (German Mittelstand) and associations. Our clients include inter alia AGES  | Germany’s Arbeitskreis der Belieferer von Bundesautobahntankstellen (Working Group of the Suppliers to Federal Motorway Service Stations – Shell, BP and others) |  Actia Group  |  Auchan  |  bft Bundesverband freier Tankstellen e.V. (Federation of Independent Petrol Stations) |  BP/Aral  |  Bayer 04 Leverkusen | British American Tobacco  | BSI Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (Federation of the German Sporting Goods Industry) | Ceravis | various medium sized mineral oil companies | various online platforms and retailers  |  DMK  |  EDEKA Hessenring  |  Ehrmann  |  ENI/AGIP  |  EG Group  |  Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Graco/Finishing Brands | Görtz | HANSA-HEEMANN  |  Helm  |  Hoyer  |  Kromberg & Schubert  |  NYCO  |  Oiltanking  |  ORLEN  |  Q1 | Reuter  |  Rockwell Collins  |  UNITI Bundesverband mittelständischer Mineralölunternehmen e.V. (Federation of mid-sized Mineral Oil Companies) | Zentis | Ziegler-Gruppe/DPE Deutsche Private Equity.

Some selected references are listed under News in more detail.

Pro Bono

The partners of WAGNER LEGAL offer legal advice to people in need for free in the framework of the community foundation ("Bürgerstiftung") "Good Local Advice" ("Guter Rat vor Ort") in the Hamburg district of Sankt Georg, where the office of Wagner Legal is located. In addition, members of WAGNER LEGAL are engaged in many other pro bono projects, including legal advice and support for refugees.