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About Dr. Dominic Divivier

Dominic advises in all areas of European and German competition law with a specific focus on international cartel investigations, antitrust law compliance and other behavioural, regulatory and contentious matters.

He is fluent in German and English.

Recent work

  • Advising several clients with regard to cartel investigations initiated by the European Commission, the German FCO, the US Department of Justice, the SACC in South Africa and CADE in Brazil.
  • Advising several clients with regard to internal compliance investigations and the development of compliance structures.
  • Advising several clients with regard to competition law aspects of R&D cooperations, joint purchasing as well as IP and distribution agreements.
  • Advising Continental, inter alia, with regard to its complaint with the European Commission against Nokia's licensing practice concerning standard-essential patents as well as on Continental's acquisition of a 5% stake in and future R&D collaboration with HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location services.
  • Advising thyssenkrupp, inter alia, with regard to the German FCO's proceedings concerning quarto plates.
  • Advising Takata, inter alia, with regard to the European Commission's proceedings concerning seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels for passenger cars, leading to Takata being granted immunity from what otherwise would have been aggregated fines of about €270 million.
  • Advising several clients with regard to follow-on litigation proceedings, including Volvo/Renault Trucks regarding claims arising from the European Commission’s decision relating to the trucks industry.

 

Qualifications

University education

  • Freiburg University (Dr. iur. and state examination)
  • Cambridge University
  • Heidelberg University (Diploma in US public and private law)
  • Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany

Professional memberships

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (association of German-speaking attorneys, specialising in competition law)

Publications

  • Die Reichweite der Befugnis mitgliedstaatlicher Gerichte und Wettbewerbsbehörden zur Anwendung des EU-Kartellrechts, Baden-Baden 2014, 656 pages