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About Dr. Frank Röhling

Frank's practice focuses on all aspects of competition matters, often advising on global merger and foreign investment reviews as well as investigations

He has worked in several offices around the network and has gained additional antitrust experience working in the legal department at Nestlé’s headquarters and as a trainee in other law firms and competition authorities.

Frank's clients value his calm professionalism and practical approach when handling what can sometimes be complex and demanding situations.

He has built significant sectoral experience through transactions and compliance matters across a number of industries. Recent client work includes several high-profile matters in the media and digital economy sectors. He complements his client work by publishing articles and is a frequent speaker at various conferences, including the IBA and ABA. Furthermore, he regularly advises clients under foreign investment rules before the German Federal Ministry of Economics and also abroad.

Frank is bilingual (German and French) and fluent in English.

Recent work

  • Advising RHI on the acquisition of Magnesita (approval by the European Commission was granted in phase 1 with commitments).
  • Advising Axel Springer on two highly complex phase 2 mergers, including negotiations of remedies, and on the merger of two leading online real estate portals (Immonet and Immowelt), one of the few cases where merger approval was granted in phase 1 for a three-to-two merger.
  • Advising CME's (Time Warner) TV stations in five European countries on all aspects of competition law.
  • Advising Advent International, Cinven and BC Partners in various merger control proceedings before the European Commission and national competition authorities.
  • Advising Daimler on the joint acquisition with Rolls-Royce of Tognum and the subsequent divestment of its stake to Rolls-Royce.
  • Advising clients under applicable foreign investment rules in Germany and abroad (e.g. Airbus on the sale of its electronic defence business to KKR).

 

 

Qualifications

  • Universities of Saarbrücken (Germany), Westminster (UK) and Montpellier (France)
  • Doctor of laws degree (Dr iur) for his thesis on European merger control law

Publications

  • 11 December 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2012, Art. N° 57263 The Federal Court of Justice of Germany clarifies that 'legal impossibility' can be used as a justification for denying a potential competitor access to essential facilities and provides guidance on the respective burden of proof (Ferry Port Puttgarden II) (co-author with Christian Ritz)

  • 29 October 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2012, Art. N° 57262 The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf modifies calculation of fines for cartels and significantly lowers fines imposed by the German Federal Cartel Office (Silostellgebühren I) (co-author with Christian Ritz)

  • Politik & Kommunikation, December 2011/January 2012, p.24 Wie in Europa, so in Deutschland – Gesetz des Monats: Novelle des Gesetzes gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen

  • Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, November 2011 European Commission's First Waiver of Behavioural/Non-divestiture Commitments in the Absence of a Review Clause (co-author with Claus-Jörg Rütsch)

  • EuZW 13/2011, p.514 Anmerkung zu EuGH-Urteil in der Rechtssache C-375/09