Bernd Langeheine, Former EU Commission Director of Mergers, Joins Cleary Gottlieb
August 26, 2015
Cleary Gottlieb announced today that Bernd Langeheine, former Deputy Director-General for Mergers of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), will join the Brussels and Cologne offices as a Senior Consultant.
Mr. Langeheine was DG COMP’s Deputy Director-General for Mergers until 2014, where he oversaw the European Commission’s enforcement of the EU Merger Regulation during Commissioner Joaquín Almunia’s tenure as Competition Commissioner. Before his appointment at DG COMP, Mr. Langeheine served as Director for Telecommunications Policy at the European Commission’s Information Society and Media Directorate-General between 2002 and 2011. In the 1990s, he was a member of the EC’s Legal Service before being appointed to head the Trade Section in the Washington Delegation of the European Commission.
“Bernd has an extraordinary depth and breadth of experience at the highest levels of antitrust practice. We are very happy he is joining us,” said Cleary partner Dirk Schroeder.
Cleary partner F. Enrique González-Díaz comments: “I had the pleasure to work closely with Bernd at the Legal Service over 20 years ago and, more recently, when he worked at DG COMP, and know first-hand what a great lawyer he is. He brings a fantastic wealth of knowledge and significant experience.”
“We are very excited Bernd is joining us. After a long and distinguished career at the European Commission, he will provide our clients with invaluable experience and insight,” said Cleary partner Nicholas Levy.
“I am delighted to be joining Cleary Gottlieb’s premier international antitrust practice,” said Mr. Langeheine. “I know the firm well from my time at the European Commission and am greatly looking forward to working with them in the next chapter of my career.”
With more than 65 years of experience on both sides of the Atlantic, Cleary Gottlieb’s antitrust practice provides clients with unparalleled global antitrust strategy. Clients benefit from our in-depth experience and longstanding commitment in the jurisdictions in which we practice. One of the few global firms with equally strong and recognized antitrust practices in Europe and the United States, Cleary offers clients a unique transatlantic perspective.