Ashurst strengthens competition practice in Germany with partner hire

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    Michael joins from DLA Piper, where he is managing partner of the firm's Frankfurt office, having joined there in 2012. Michael has also previously been head of the German antitrust & regulatory practice at Weil Gotshal & Manges.

    Michael advises clients on all aspects of EU and German antitrust/competition law. As well as having strong compliance and multi-jurisdictional merger control experience, his practice also includes defending international antitrust proceedings for cartels or abusive practices, before the German and European cartel authorities and courts, and the defence of companies in private follow-on cartel damages claims. His practice also includes advising and representing enterprises in state aid cases as well as in regulatory and EU-law matters. Recent work includes advising clients across a broad range of industry sectors including financial institutions, energy, electronics, media, healthcare, telecommunications and the automotive industry.

    Tobias Krug, managing partner of Ashurst in Germany, said:

    "Germany is one of the most important markets for antitrust in the EU, and in the last three years we have witnessed high growth in antitrust investigations and competition litigation issue. Michael's appointment therefore comes at a critical and exciting time, and I am delighted to welcome him to the firm. I am sure he will make a significant impact to our pan-European competition offering."

    Euan Burrows, head of Ashurst's EU antitrust practice, said:

    "The Ashurst competition team has been going from strength to strength in recent years and we are very pleased to welcome Michael, who is a highly regarded and well established practitioner, into our European team."

    Michael Holzhäuser added:

    "Ashurst has market-leading competition credentials, continuously achieving great results in complex, multi-jurisdictional competition investigations, merger reviews, litigation and appeals. I am looking forward to being part of this exceptional team and contributing to the further growth of the practice."

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