Axel Schulz - McDermott Will & Emery


Axel Schulz focuses his practice on European competition law and has a wealth of experience in merger control, global cartel defence and general antitrust advice in sectors including energy, chemicals, agri-commodities, container shipping, ports, pigments, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Within the pharmaceutical sector, Axel demonstrates exceptional proficiency and industry insight. He has built a solid reputation assisting clients with competition law matters arising around loss of exclusivity; in addition, Axel has advised on distribution, co-marketing, licensing and various forms of vertical and horizontal cooperation agreements.

Axel is adept in orchestrating advice across numerous jurisdictions, providing clients with clear and comprehensive solutions. This global aspect of his practice equips him to guide both national and multinational companies through the most intricate challenges.


  • Advised a leading energy company in the acquisition of a renewable energy company with a dozen merger control notifications worldwide*
  • Advised a sovereign wealth fund on the acquisition of a global agri-commodity business with a dozen merger control notifications worldwide*
  • Advised a leading container shipping company on the acquisition of a leading niche player, resulting in several global merger control notifications*
  • Advised a global specialty chemical company on the acquisition of a competing business with merger control filings in 11 jurisdictions, including the EC and the FTC*
  • Provided a leading global pharmaceutical company with antitrust advice in relation to its blockbuster product*

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  • Global Competition Review, GCR 100, 2024
  • Lexology, Client Choice Award, Competition in Belgium, 2024
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, 2016-2024
  • JUVE, Recommended for Antitrust law, 2016-2023
  • Handelsblatt Best Lawyers in Germany, Antitrust/Competition Law, 2021-2023


College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M, European Law
University of Konstanz, Law Degree
University of Lyon, Diploma in French Law