Katharina Apel’s practice focuses on German and European competition law, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, and state aid.

She represents clients before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office, the European Courts, and German courts. She has extensive experience in the media, chemical, health care, consumer goods, and telecommunications industries.

Katharina joined the Cologne office of the firm in 2009 and became counsel in 2019. From 2013 to 2014, she was resident in the Brussels office.

 

Notable Experiences

  • International Flavors & Fragrances in EU and international merger control proceedings in connection with various matters, including:

    • the acquisition of DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences (N&B) business; and
    • the sale of its Microbial Control Business to Lanxess.
  • The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox on competition matters related to Disney’s $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets.

  • The Dow Chemical Company in its $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont.

  • A worldwide IT firm in Phase II merger control proceedings in Germany.

  • Deutsche Telekom in its appeal before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU regarding a European Commission decision concerning Slovak Telekom’s behavior on broadband internet access markets.

  • Lithuanian Railways in its appeal before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU against the European Commission’s €29 million fine in the Article 102 TFEU investigation.

  • Henkel in relation to a number of international mergers and acquisitions.

  • Lavazza in merger control proceedings concerning its acquisition of Mars Drinks.

  • Yageo Corporation on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Pulse Electronics Corporation.

  • Baxter International in EU merger control proceedings with respect to the acquisition of Gambro.

  • Samsonite International in its acquisition of Tumi Holdings.

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Selected Activities

Research assistant at the chair for civil law, trade and commercial law, multimedia and telecommunications law, University of Göttingen, 2002-2005

Publications

The Dominance and Monopolies Review – 10th Edition

Getting the Deal Through’s Dominance Guide, Germany, co-author with Friedrich A. Konrad, April 2022.

“Gap cases in der formellen Fusionskontrolle?,” Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht (ZweR) 2021, 273 – 316 (co-author with Romina Polley).

“Germany,” The Dominance and Monopolies Review – 9th Edition, co-author with Romina Polley, 2021.

Editor of the German Competition Law Newsletter, Cleary Gottlieb’s bi-monthly German antitrust publication.

Getting the Deal Through’s Dominance Guide, Germany, co-author with Friedrich A. Konrad, April 2021.

The Dominance and Monopolies Review – 8th Edition – Germany, co-author with Romina Polley, 2020.

Getting the Deal Through’s Dominance Guide, Germany, co-author with Friedrich A. Konrad, May 2020.

Getting the Deal Through’s Dominance Guide, Germany, co-author with Tobias Rump, April 2019.

“Transatlantische Herausforderungen beim Schutz des Legal Professional Privilege in komplexen Fusionskontrollverfahren,” in: Kokott/Pohlmann/Polley (Hrsg.), Festschrift für Dirk Schroeder. Europäisches, deutsches und internationales Kartellrecht, Köln, 2018. S. 23-46.

Die kartellrechtliche Zwangslizenz im Lichte des europäischen Wettbewerbsrechts, Nomos, 2015.

“Chapter on Germany” (co-author Silke Heinz), The Public Competition Enforcement Review, 7th edition, Law Business Research Ltd., London, 2015.