Asger Petersen is a consultant attached to and working in the premises of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Brussels since December 2000.

He counsels on EU competition law, in particular in the field of State aid.

Asger worked at the Danish Department of Justice in Copenhagen, served as public prosecutor and practiced private law in Denmark between 1963 and 1970. He was admitted to the Danish bar in 1969. During the period from 1970 to 1973, he worked as general manager and legal adviser for an Austro-Danish joint venture in Cambodia.

For more than 25 years (from 1974 to 1999), Asger served as an official in the European Commission’s Directorate General of Competition, after 1981 mainly in the field of State aid control. In 1992, he was appointed director of the State aid directorate, and at the directorate’s partition in 1998 he was appointed deputy director general responsible for State aid.

At his departure from the Commission, he was appointed director general honoris causa of the Commission. Besides various tasks as consultant or lecturer, Asger has since mainly been occupied with problems linked to the enlargement of the EU. In particular, he has acted as a high-level adviser to the Commission on State aid matters in Poland.

In 2004, Asger was appointed for a five-year term as a member of the World Trade Organization’s Permanent Group of Experts on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.

Asger has received the highest decoration that the Federal Republic of Germany can bestow on a foreign civil servant in recognition of his contribution to the reunification of the two Germanys and the integration of the former East Germany into the European Union. He has also been knighted by the Queen of Denmark.