Oliver Geiss focuses his practice on competition law in the European Union and Germany.

    He has represented companies in some of the largest cartel investigations before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, including Air Freight, LCD Screen, Optical Disk Drives, Refrigeration Compressors and Industrial Batteries, as well as in civil damage actions before national courts. Oliver is at the forefront of developments and regularly publishes in this area.

    Oliver also regularly advises clients on merger notifications of cross-border transactions with the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and other competition authorities throughout Europe. Oliver has extensive experience in a variety of industry sectors, including chemicals, energy, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. He frequently represents clients before the European Courts in Luxembourg and also advises clients on EU state aid law and competition law aspects of commercial agreements, such as distribution agreements or joint buying or selling arrangements.

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    • Representing clients in five major cartel investigations before the European Commission, including two of the five largest cartels.
    • Securing EU merger approval of a US$3.2 billion merger between two major chemical companies.
    • Representing clients in cartel investigations and in over 100 merger filings before the German Bundeskartellamt.
    • Representing a beverage manufacturer in a landmark state aid case before the European Court of Justice.
    • Defending clients in civil cartel damage litigation, including the largest cartel damage case ever brought before German courts.
    • Advising on all aspects of EU law, including free movement, in a number of international arbitration cases.

    Education

    • Higher Regional Court of Darmstadt, Second State Examination, 2000
    • Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, First State Examination, 1998
    • University of Leicester, English Legal Studies, 1996

    Admissions

    • Germany, 2001

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • Recognized in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2019 for Belgium – Competition: EU and Global
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 in Competition - EU and global, Belgium
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 Edition
    • Recommended in Chambers Europe 2015 Edition
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 Edition

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