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"I advise my clients on all questions of European and German antitrust law."

Dr. Nils Ellenrieder, LL.M.

It is his utmost priority to achieve with all available and admissable means the best possible solutions for his clients. On account of his specialised wide experience in antitrust law matters and his passion for antitrust law he is able to offer solid and sound advice in antitrust law.

His working languages are German and English.

Nils studied law at the universities of Bonn (both state examinations with distinction), Cologne (PhD studies and degree relating to procedural aspects of private enforcement of EU competition law), Strasbourg (Erasmus studies) and Edinburgh (LL.M. degree in EU law with distinction).

In the years 2011 to 2014 Nils worked in the antitrust department of Hogan Lovells LLP in Düsseldorf. From 2015 to 2017 he worked in the antitrust practice of Linklaters LLP in Düsseldorf. Since 2017 he has been working as an inhouse antitrust lawyer for the chemical company Covestro AG (former Bayer Material Science).

In the course of his career he gathered extensive experience in several different industries such as the automotive, food, insurance, construction and IT-industry as well as in the engineering and banking sector. He specialises in the area of digitalisation, e-commerce and internet trade.

He teaches antitrust law at the FOM University of Applied Sciences.

Selection of Mandates:

  • Defence in the power transformers bid-rigging case before the German Federal Cartel Office resulting in successful settlement negotiations.
  • Defence of an automotive supplier company in a cartel (information exchange) case before the European Commission resulting in successful settlement negotiations.
  • Numerous defence and advice in cartel cases before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission e.g. suspicion and cartel cases in the automotive and automotive supplier industry, in the engineering, battery and food industry.
  • Advice, defence and enforcement for cartel follow-on damage claims and other antitrust-related damage claims.
  • Competition litigation matters dealing with antitrust issues concerning IP rights, (terminated) distribution agreements, cooperation agreements or other claims.
  • Advice, defence and enforcement of stand-alone damage claims, in abuse matters and vertical allegations.
  • Diverse complex merger control cases before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission. Managing of multijurisdictional filings.
  • Insurance antitrust law related advice and defence and enforcement for companies and associations in different matters and proceedings.
  • Conducting preventive antitrust audits for large and smaller companies and in various industries.
  • Development of antitrust guidelines for associations in various industries and advice of associations to specific antitrust topics.
  • Preparation and support in the context of complaints to antitrust authorities.
  • Advice and defence in relation to antitrust topics of the digital economy.
  • Advice and defence and enforcement for companies concerning business practices in case of dominance or market power.
  • Advice and defence and enforcement of vertical antitrust aspects of distribution systems.