Janine Kristin Discher’s practice focuses on European and German competition law.

Janine advises clients on all aspects of European and German Competition law including complex cartel proceedings, merger control, compliance, and abuse of dominance matters. Janine has worked extensively on cases related to a wide variety of industries including healthcare, technology, telecommunication, chemicals, automotive, and sports. She is also experienced in the development and implementation of compliance trainings and programs.

Janine joined the firm in 2014 and was resident in the Washington, D.C. office from 2016 to 2018. From 2011 to 2013, Janine was a stagiaire in the Cologne office.

Notable Experiences

Investigations and Antitrust Litigation

  • Google in Federal Cartel Office investigations related to Google’s paramount significance for competition across markets and Google’s data processing practices in Germany.

  • A leading sports media rights company in an investigation into alleged anti-competitive behavior by the European Commission.

  • A number of companies in confidential national and multijurisdictional investigations and antitrust audits.

  • Bosch in relation to investigations concerning diesel emissions by U.S. and German authorities.

  • T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom in the federal court trial brought by a coalition of state attorneys general challenging the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, which resulted in a combined company with an enterprise value of $146 billion.

  • A North American automotive group in a DIS arbitration under German law relating to a supply agreement.

  • Nestlé in cartel damages litigation.

  • Ovako on antitrust assessment of distribution agreements.

  • International Olympic Committee in a German cartel/abuse of dominance investigation of the Federal Cartel Office with respect to the legality of Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter.

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Merger Review

  • The Walt Disney Company in the sale of its 50% interest in Super RTL to Bertelsmann’s RTL.

  • ArcelorMittal in $1.4 billion sale of ArcelorMittal USA to Cleveland-Cliffs.

  • Walgreens Boots Alliance in the creation of a joint venture with McKesson.

  • Veolia Environment in the filing of its tender offer for Suez.

  • ENI in its investment in Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

  • T-Mobile US and Deutsche Telekom in T-Mobile US’s merger with Sprint Corporation for a total combined enterprise value of $146 billion.

  • The Dow Chemical Company on antitrust aspects of its $130 billion all-stock merger of equals with DuPont and in its restructuring of Dow Corning Corp.

  • GlaxoSmithKline in its multibillion-dollar, three-part transaction with Novartis involving its consumer healthcare, vaccines, and oncology businesses.

  • Autoliv in the context of the EU Commission’s investigation into automotive occupant safety systems.

  • Furukawa Electric in its European joint venture with Essex Magnet Wire.

  • Stanley Black & Decker in the $725 million sale of its entry door business to Masonite International Corporation to dormakaba.

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