As European antitrust regulators step up their efforts to enforce companies' compliance with merger control stand-still obligations, in-house counsel and their external advisers need to tread carefully to avoid the numerous pitfalls along the way to closing. Gun jumping may expose undertakings to significant fines, undermines deal certainty and may even scupper a transaction altogether.
Partner/Head of Competition Germany
Daisy Walzel is a competition law partner in our Cologne office. She offers fast and pragmatic advice on transactions requiring national, EU or international merger control analysis and clearances. She has navigated numerous transactions through merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and/or the European Commission. Ms Walzel also helps businesses resolve competition law issues in their day-to-day businesses as well as in distribution contracts, e.g. regarding questions of resale price maintenance, limitations to online or cross-border trading, non-compete clauses or sole supply/trading clauses. She is experienced in representing clients in cartel proceedings before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office.
Dimitris Sinaniotis is located in our London office. He specialises in UK and EU competition law, with over 10 years’ experience across all areas of competition law including merger control, behavioural advice, market investigations, enforcement cases, compliance programs and training. Mr Sinaniotis has developed an interest and expertise in the application of UK/EU competition laws in sectors such as retail, FMCG, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance and financial services.
Mr Sinaniotis worked from 2008 to 2011 at the Office of Fair Trading (now the Competition and Markets Authority) as a principal case officer for more than 30 merger cases, was the team leader of a Chapter 2 CA98 investigation, and assisted in dawn raids and policy projects. He was a lecturer in EU and competition law at the University of Greenwich and is the author of the book Interim Protection of Individuals before the European and National Courts. Mr Sinaniotis is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales as well as a qualified lawyer in Athens, Greece.
Christian Peeters is a competition law partner in our Brussels office. His competition law practice specialises in multi-jurisdictional merger cases in addition to defences in complex abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. He regularly counsels clients with strategic antitrust-related advice on M&A transactions, the drafting of distribution and other cooperation agreements, plus the preparation and presentation of compliance programs. A German-qualified lawyer by trade, Mr Peeters has extensive experience representing clients before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and other agencies around the world.
Partner/Head of Competition (Poland)
Marcin Trepka is located in our Warsaw office. He specialises in Polish and EU competition law with particular focus on restrictive practices and agreements (cartels, verticals), abuse of dominant market position by large network companies, merger control and state aid. Mr Trepka represents clients before the competition authorities, Polish and EU courts of law and the Polish Supreme Court. He advises a wide range of clients, including energy and insurance companies, media, finance and pharmaceutical groups.
In addition, Mr Trepka is active in the development of international competition law policy, serving as the co-chair of the global Cartels and Leniency Task Force of the ICC Competition Commission in Paris, as the vice pPresident of the ICC Competition Commission in Poland and as a Polish Competition Agency non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network.