Till Müller-Ibold’s practice focuses on EU law, where he specializes in certain areas of competition law (such as EU scrutiny of state aid), EU sanctions regulation, public procurement, anti-dumping and trade law, as well as in the representation of private parties and government entities in the European Courts.

Till joined the firm in 1991, became a partner in 2004 and became senior counsel in 2016. Prior to Cleary, he worked for Boesebeck Droste Rechtsanwälte in Düsseldorf where he practiced German commercial law and German private international law.

Notable Experience

State Aid

  • AES on alleged State aid to a power generation project, dealing with issues of legitimate expectations, relevance of bilateral investment treaties, etc.

  • Alcoa on a EU Commission State aid investigation of electricity tariffs paid by Alcoa smelters in Italy and in Spain, in the framework of the complex regulatory structures in Italy of energy pricing and energy tariffs (incl. Litigation before the European Courts in this regard).

  • Belgian Railways on a infrastructure project, connecting the Brussels Airport to the high speed rail network and respective State aid issues.

  • City of London and Transport for London regarding a dispute over the privatization of the London Underground, in particular public procurement and State aid issues.

  • LG Philips LCD in connection with the notification to and approval by the EU Commission of investment aid for a “large project” granted for a greenfield investment into a new LCD manufacturing plant in Poland.

  • Mercer and ZSG regarding investment aid for a new pulp mill in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), including in an intervention before the European Court of First Instance in support of the EU Commission’s decision to authorize €250 million of State aid, including complex arrangements for new gas, electricity, and rail.

  • OKD, a Czech coal producer in connection with alleged State aid upon its privatization.

  • Orange (formerly Equant) in various procurement proceedings vis-à-vis the Institutions of the EU, incl. its successful appeal to the European General Court against an European Commission procurement decision relating to a major network infrastructure project.

  • TVO on State aid and public procurement aspects in connection with the construction of a new nuclear reactor in Finland (the first of its kind in Europe in decades).

  • Zelezara Smederevo (a steel company in Serbia) on State aid advice in connection with Serbia’s European Union accession negotiations.

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International Trade

  • Ajinomoto in connection with trade matters associated with the production and trade in monosodium glutamate in Indonesia and China.

  • Tosoh in connection with anti-dumping duties on imports of electrolytic manganese dioxide.

  • A number of financial institutions in the Gulf region in connection with EU financial sanctions against Syria, Iran, and other countries.

  • A number of clients on export control and financial sanctions issues in relation to the sanctions imposed against (inter alia) Syria, Libya, and Iran, as well as those recently imposed in connection with the crisis in Ukraine.

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  • Member, Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Europarecht
  • Member, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung
  • Member, Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung
  • Lecturer, EC law, University of Hamburg


  • Die Entwicklung des europäischen Außenwirtschaftsrechts, in EuZW 17/2016, pp. 646-655.
  • European Commission Probes Member States’ Tax Rulings Systems, in: Practical European Tax Strategies, Thomson Reuters, Vol. 15, No. 8, August 2013.
  • Common Commercial Policy After Lisbon: The European Union’s Dependence on Secondary Legislation, in: European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Special Issue: Common Commercial Policy after Lisbon, January 2013.
  • Commentary of the external policy sections of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Articles 205, 206, 207, 215, 216 TFEU) in: Lenz, Borchardt (Ed.), EU – Verträge - Kommentar, Köln, 5th ed. 2010 (6th ed. December 2012). 
  • Antidumpingrecht (jointly with Wolfgang Knapp), in: Heidel et al. (German Lawyers Association), AnwaltFormulare, Bonn, 6th ed. 2009 (7th ed. 2011 in preparation). 
  • Die gemeinsame Handelspolitik nach Lissabon, Sekundärrechtsabhängigkeit der gemein¬samen Handelspolitik (The need for implementing legislation in the application of EU trade policy), in: Bungenberg, Herrmann, die Gemeinsame Handelspolitik der Europäischen Union nach Lissabon, Baden-Baden, 2011, pp. 75-94.
  • Foreign Investment in Germany: Restrictions based on Public Security Concerns and their Compatibility with EU law, in: European Yearbook of International Economic Law 2010, pp. 103-122.
  • The European Court of Justice rules on two state aids in the books distribution sector holding that their twenty-year duration is not an “exceptional situation” under European law (CELF, SIDE), e-Competitions, No. 35663, www.concurrences.com, 11 March 2010.
  • The new Commission guidance on state aid and the financial crisis (jointly with François-Charles Laprévote), in: Eurowatch, October 2008.
  • Der "Schutz vor Staatsfonds" schafft extreme Unsicherheit (jointly with Klaus Riehmer), in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, November 2007.
  • Die "neuen" Bereiche der gemeinsamen Handelspolitik - Handelsaspekte geistigen Eigentums sowie Investitionen (the "new" areas of trade policy - trade related aspects of intellectual property rights and investments), in: Herrmann, Krenzler, Streinz, Die Außenwirtschafts-politik der Europäischen Union nach dem Verfassungsvertrag, Baden-Baden, 2006, pp. 117-133.
  • Zinsen nach Darlehenswiderruf beim Haustürgeschäft, in: WM (Wertpapier Mitteilungen), 2005, pp. 1592-1597.
  • Du paiment des interêts en cas de révocation d'un contrat de crédit conclu par demarchage à domicile - quelques remarques sur les conclusions de l'Avocat Général Léger dans l'affaire Crailsheimer Volksbank, in: Euredia 2005/2, pp. 185-200.
  • Ausfuhrförderung aus der Sicht der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (Export Subsidies from the perspective of the European Communities), in Ehlers et al, Rechtsfragen der Ausfuhrförderung, Heidelberg 2003, p. 41-84. 
  • “Die Sicherung des “Legal Privilege” im Gemeinschaftsrecht”, (jointly with M. Dolmans and Helmut Eichler), Anwaltsblatt 1999, S. 493. 
  • “The AEA Proposal for a Regulation on State Aid Procedure”, in EuZW 1996, 677. 
  • “Harmonization of indirect taxation and the creation of the internal market”, in: Yearbook of International Law (Miami), 1992-1993, Vol. 2, p. 175 - 239. 
  • “Befreiung von Ausländern von der Pflicht zur Leistung einer Prozeßkostensicherheit in Panama”, in: IPRax 1990. 
  • “Debt collection procedures in the Federal Republic of Germany”, in: International Litigation Practitioners Forum, 4/1990, p.8. 
  • “Die Begründungspflicht im europäischen Gemeinschaftsrecht und im deutschen Recht”, Frankfurt 1989, 293 S. 
  • “Verwaltungskollisionsrecht der Europäischen Gemeinschaften im Lichte neuerer Rechtsentwicklungen”, in: Europarecht 1986, p.112. 
  • Various case notes on important judgments (1986 – 2011).