With a focus on European and German competition law, Carsten Gromotke astutely counsels European and U.S. clients in merger control and other proceedings before the European Commission, German Federal Cartel Office, and other competition authorities. In addition, his practice includes the handling and coordination of complex antitrust litigation and arbitration cases. Carsten is the head of Jones Day's German Antitrust & Competition Law Practice.
Recent assignments have involved a wide variety of industrial sectors, including automotive, pharmaceutical/chemicals, energy, food retail, media & telecommunications, postal, and steel. A significant part of his regulatory practice encompasses inquiries and investigations under Articles 101 and 102 TFEU and the equivalent national rules involving a broad range of competition law matters from cartel, licensing, and distribution cases to strategic alliances and abuses of a dominant position. Most notably, he worked extensively on two cases before the General Court of the European Union involving the successful challenge of the imposition of significant fines against two companies in the chemicals industry. He also has been involved in a number of cross-border and national antitrust investigations on behalf of both leniency applicants and defendants.
Carsten is fluent in German, English, and French and possesses a good working knowledge of the Czech and Slovak languages. He has written and spoken widely on topics relating to European, German, and East European antitrust laws. Recent publications include comments on a broad range of European and German antitrust law developments and compliance issues, which have appeared in German and U.S. periodicals.
Antitrust Alert: Dawn Raids and Preparing for Surprise Government Competition Law Investigations: Jones Day Guide to Best Practices
- May 28, 2013
"Recognition of Compliance Programs When Determining Antitrust Fines? - Current Status and Latest Developments", BDI seminar "Grenzüberschreitende Kartellrechtsdurchsetzung und -verteidigung"
- May 14, 2013
Aktuelle kartell- und wettbewerbsrechtliche Fragen bei der Konferenz "Der Markt für Unternehmensübernahmen: Trends 2013", Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.
- May 2010
- January 21, 2010
Current Trends in Antitrust Enforcement in the Context of Public M&A Transactions, Conference of the German Association of Listed Companies
- December 9, 2009
Private Enforcement of Competition Law in the European Union -- Trends and Perspectives, Geneva University School of Law
- May 27, 2009
Current EC and German competition law enforcement issues affecting the German retail sector, Compliance workshop for in-house counsel organized in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the German Trademark Association
- December 2, 2008
Preliminary results of the European Commission's pharmaceutical sector inquiry and its forthcoming guidelines on Art 82 EC, Frankfurt Chamber of Industry & Commerce on "Innovative Companies under Scrutiny by Antitrust Authorities"
- September 12 and October 29, 2008
October 1, 2008
September 4, 2008
Kartellrechtliche Grenzen im Umgang mit der Marktgegenseite ("Antitrust Limitations in Dealings with Competitors"), German Trademark Association
- Free University of Berlin (Dr. iur. 1996; Second State Examination 1990; First State Examination 1987); Southern Methodist University (LL.M. 1995)
- Federal Republic of Germany
Chambers Europe (2007-2017)
European Legal Experts (2001-2013)
Legal 500 EMEA (2006-2017)
PLC Cross-border Competition Handbook (2007/2008-2013)
PLC Which lawyer? (2008-2013)
Listed among top law firms for antitrust law by WirtschaftsWoche, No. 44, October 31, 2011
International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists
Who's Who Legal: Germany
Listed as "Germany Life Science Star" for competition/antitrust by LMG Life Sciences (2014-2016)
- English, German, French