Dirk Schroeder’s practice focuses on EU and competition law including EU and German merger control, cartels, and monopolies.

He represents clients before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office, the European Courts and German courts. He has extensive experience in the postal, telecommunications, media, chemical, oil, energy and health care industries.

Dirk joined the firm as a partner in 2003.

Notable Experience

  • Baxter, a healthcare company, on various competition law issues including on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Gambro.

  • Deutsche Post with respect to questions of international and antitrust law, notably concerning the Universal Postal Convention.

  • The Dow Chemical Company on various matters, including:

    • Dow and DuPont’s merger of equals;
    • Obtaining EU clearance in the ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation;
    • The antitrust aspects of its $5 billion agreement to separate a significant portion of its chlorine value chain and merge that new entity with Olin Corporation;
    • On the merger control aspects of a polyethylene joint venture with Mitsui;
    • Worldwide antitrust, foreign investment, and other regulatory approvals in the $1.63 billion sale of its Styron business unit to Bain Capital Partners;
    • Sale of Rohm and Haas’s powder coating business to AkzoNobel;
    • Antitrust aspects of its $18.8 billion acquisition of Rohm and Haas; and
    • Several other transactions over the past several years that are part of Dow’s strategic transformation to a focused provider of high value, differentiated products based on innovative value chains.

  • International Post Corporation with respect to intercompany pricing in the postal industry.

  • Masco Corporation in the appeal against the European Commission’s decision finding an infringement of EU competition law in the bathroom fixtures and fittings sector before the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

  • Otis Elevators (a UTC company) on a number of follow-on damages claims related to the elevator cartel before various German local courts.

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SELECTED ACTIVITIES

  • Co-editor, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb
  • Co-editor, Frankfurter Kommentar zum Kartellrecht
  • Professor, University of Cologne
  • Board Member, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German competition law association)
  • Member, Professional Rules Committee, Deutscher AnwaltVerein (German Lawyers Association)

Publications

  • Finanzkraft in der Fusionskontrolle”, in: Liber amicorum Michael Oppenhoff, p. 299 et seq., 2017.
  • Wettbewerbsbeschränkende Vereinbarungen zwischen Konkurrenten (horizontale Vereinbarungen), Einzelfragen, in: G. Wiedemann (ed.), Handbuch des Kartellrechts, § 9 A-D, p. 377 et seq., 3rd ed., München, 2016.
  • “Der SIEC-Test in der deutschen Fusionskontrolle”, in: Festschrift für Wulf-Henning Roth, München, p. 583 et seq., 2015.
  • Art. 4 EU-Fusionskontrollverordnung (commentary on Article 4 EUMR), in: Münchener Kommentar zum Europäischen und Deutschen Wettbewerbsrecht, G. Hirsch, F. Montag, F.J. Säcker (ed.), 2nd ed., München, 2015.
  • ·§§ 29a, 206, 207 BRAO, in: M. Henssler, H. Prütting (ed.), Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung - Kommentar, p. 199 et seq. and p. 1203 et seq., 4th ed., Munich, 2014.
  • “Die Behandlung von Optionen in der Fusionskontrolle”, in: Festschrift für Cornelis Canenbley, p. 411 et seq., 2012.
  • Art. 101 AEUV (konzerninterne Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen, kooperative Gemeinschaftsunternehmen, Vereinbarungen zwischen Wettbewerbern), in: Grabitz/Hilf, Das Recht der Europäischen Union, para. 450-844, München, 2012.
  • “Antitrust Damages – Where Does Europe Stand in Relation to the US?”, in: C. Baudenbacher (ed.), Current Developments in European and International Competition Law – 17th St. Gallen International Competition Law Forum 2010, Basel, p. 435 et seq., 2011.
  • “Normative and institutional limitations to a more economic approach”, in: J. Drexl, W. Kerber and R. Podszun (ed.), Competition Policy and the Economic Approach – Foundations and Limitations, Cheltenham and Northhampton, p. 279 et seq., 2011.
  • “Die Anwendung des SIEC-Tests in der EU-Fusionskontrolle”, in: Festschrift für Georg Maier-Reimer, p. 639 et seq., 2010.
  • “The Merger Control Patchwork”, Legal Issues of Economic Integration [37], p. 5 et seq., 2010.

Events

March 12, 2018
Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht Forum in Brussels

October 19, 2017
Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht Conference in Luxembourg