Comment: The strengths of this recommended firm for litigation and arbitration lie in antitrust litigation and in disputes of a regulatory nature. The practice is one of the most visible players in Germany when it comes to cartel damages, defending e.g. Lufthansa against the largest lawsuit to date and representing one of the most important claimants with regard to the sugar cartel in the form of Katjes. Its regulatory knowledge is brought to bear in various data protection suits for Facebook as well as in Kamann’s work on behalf of the European Central Bank in connection with European banking supervision. The consequences of the firm’s strategy to follow in the footsteps of the US practice and orient itself more toward high-end instructions, such as complex international proceedings, were seen lately in key staff shifts: following the departure of long-standing partner Klaus Schubert (to K&L Gates) and Dr. Christofer Eggers (to Squire Patton Boggs), WH gained former Hengeler counsel Dr. Vanessa Wettner, known predominantly for her work on behalf of taxi service Uber. If the firm manages to quickly involve her in international litigation cases, it could help streamline a practice viewed by many competitors as fragmented.
Strengths: Actions for damages related to ?antitrust.
Practice: Litigation within teams incorporating specialist practices. Corporate as well as ?compliance, antitrust (Berlin), trademarks and unfair competition, banking and regulatory and finance. Litigation in international arbitration, where the renowned London practice predominates. Sectors: logistics, finance, commerce, energy. (5 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 3 counsel, 12 associates)
Clients: ?? Deutsche Bahn against the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart in financing dispute concerning Stuttgart 21 and in asserting claims for damages against rail cartel; Lufthansa against action for damages in air freight cartel; Facebook in data protection proceedings, incl. on “fan pages”, “like button” and “friends finder”; Katjes Fassin, Krombacher and Schweppes Deutschland on damages regarding sugar cartel; Bitmanagement in claim for damages against US Navy due to non-authorized use of software.
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