McDermott Boosts its German Antitrust Practice with the Appointment of Partner Christian Krohs


DÜSSELDORF (9 November, 2015) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that it has appointed Christian Krohs as partner in its Düsseldorf office. Christian, who will join the firm with two associates at the end of the year, will be responsible for developing McDermott’s antitrust practice in Germany.

A highly-respected antitrust lawyer, Christian joins from KPMG Law in Cologne where he was the head of its Antitrust Group and played a decisive role in its set up. Prior to that, he spent eight years with Freshfields working in Cologne, Berlin and Brussels.

Mr. Krohs has extensive experience in advising on German and EU competition matters, particularly with regard to cartel proceedings, defending damages claims and merger control proceedings, especially in the energy industry.

His team also advises on compliance issues in relation to antitrust and corruption.

“Christian is an excellent fit for McDermott,” said Ray Jacobsen, head of McDermott’s global Antitrust/Competition Practice Group. “Our antitrust practice is currently experiencing a period of substantial growth in Brussels, Italy and France. Christian and his team will be instrumental in taking this strategy to the next level by developing our antitrust capabilities in Germany. The new team will advise our numerous German clients, as well as foreign clients operating in Germany, and will be working closely with antitrust lawyers from across our European offices.”

Norbert Schulte, partner-in-charge of McDermott’s Düsseldorf office added: “We are very excited about the arrival of this competition team as it will help to further expand our German and international client offering. We are impressed with Christian’s wealth of experience and his proven track record in setting up a team. He will make an excellent addition to our German and international practice,” Schulte concluded.

McDermott’s Antitrust & Competition Practice Group has broad experience in all aspects of antitrust and competition law, and it is recognized as one of the top 20 leading antitrust/competition practices in the world. The Group’s 65+ lawyers have a sophisticated practice that encompasses U.S. antitrust law, EC competition law and the competition laws of other countries throughout the world including China. The Group is centered in Washington, D.C. and has lawyers with significant antitrust/competition experience in its Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Brussels, Paris, Rome and Milan offices, and now also in Düsseldorf.

Recently McDermott handled the merger notifications of the acquisition by Lockheed of Sikorsky business from UTC, including in the US, EU and globally. In the EU, in 2015, McDermott was also involved in representing a third party in the GE/Alstom phase II merger notification.

Working with MWE China Law Offices, McDermott’s integrated antitrust/competition law capability includes advising clients under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law. Our lawyers regularly represent clients before the FTC; DOJ; DG Competition; the Chinese competition authorities; U.S., European and Chinese courts; and other national antitrust and competition authorities.

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