Stephan Barthelmess

Mr. Barthelmess’ practice focuses on German and European competition law, including administrative and civil litigation before the German and European courts. He has published various articles in the field of antitrust law, and is a co-author of the Loewenheim commentary on European and German antitrust law (2008). Recent matters handled by Mr. Barthelmess in the area of merger control include the representation of EMC in merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office concerning the acquisition of a large patent portfolio of Novell by CPTN, a consortium of EMC, Microsoft, Apple and Oracle; of Gazprom in merger control proceedings before the European Commission regarding the acquisition of full control over Wingas; of construction materials company Xella in merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the German courts concerning its proposed acquisition of the Danish company H+H; and of The Coca-Cola Company with respect to the acquisition of the Apollinaris mineral water business. Mr. Barthelmess also has substantial experience advising clients in cartel and other antitrust investigations, including the representation of US chemicals company DuPont in an ongoing Commission investigation into alleged anti-competitive behavior in connection with its cooperation with Honeywell concerning the development and production of a new environmentally sustainable automotive air conditioning refrigerant; MediaSaturn Holding in the EU proceedings against Intel for abuse of a dominant position; and the ongoing European Commission investigation in the consumer electronics industry.

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