Dr. Carsten T.Gromotke


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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.


  • Timken to acquire BEKA Lubrication for $165 millionJones Day is advising The Timken Company in its $165 million acquisition of BEKA Lubrication (BEKA), a leading global supplier of automatic lubrication systems.
  • CBS and Viacom announce $28 billion all-stock-mergerJones Day is serving as antitrust counsel to CBS Corporation in the $28 billion all-stock merger of CBS and Viacom.
  • Evidera acquires MedimixJones Day advised Evidera, a business unit of Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC, in its acquisition of Medimix International, a global technology company providing real-world evidence (RWE) insights and information to the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device industries.
  • Lincoln Electric buys out its joint venture partner in Kaynak Teknigi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.Jones Day advised Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. in the buyout of its joint venture partner in Kaynak Teknigi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. ("Askaynak") to advance Lincoln Electric's regional growth strategy.
  • Nordson acquires Optical Control GmbH & Co. KGJones Day advised Nordson Corporation in its acquisition of Optical Control GmbH & Co. KG, a German designer and developer of high speed, fully automatic counting systems utilizing x-ray technology.
  • International Wire Group acquired by affiliates of Atlas HoldingsJones Day advised International Wire Group Holdings, Inc. ("IWG") in connection with its acquisition by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC.
  • USG acquired by Gebr. Knauf for $7 billionJones Day advised USG Corporation in the acquisition by Gebr. Knauf KG ("Knauf") of all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at $7 billion.
  • Timken acquires The Diamond Chain CompanyJones Day advised The Timken Company in its acquisition of The Diamond Chain Company, a supplier of high-performance roller chains for industrial markets, from Amsted Industries.
  • KKR completes investment in OneStream SoftwareJones Day advised Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts & Co. L.P. in connection with its investment in OneStream Software LLC, a leading provider of cloud or on-premise Corporate Performance Management solutions for mid-sized to large enterprises, in a transaction that values the privately held company at more than $1 billion.
  • Ferro acquires Quimicer SAJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Quimicer S.A.
  • Ferro acquires Ernst-Diegel GmbHJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Ernst-Diegel GmbH.
  • Reifen Krieg Group acquired by European FinTyre Distribution LimitedJones Day advised the current owners of Reifen Krieg on the disposal of privately held Reifen Krieg Group, a leading full-range tire wholesaler in Germany, to European FinTyre Distribution Limited ("EfTD").
  • Lennox International sells its Brazilian refrigeration business to Elgin S.A.Jones Day advised Lennox International Inc., a global manufacturer of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration products, in the auction and sale of its Brazilian refrigeration business (doing business as "Heatcraft do Brazil") to Elgin S.A., a Brazilian-based commercial products manufacturer.
  • Reifen-Müller acquired by Hankook TireJones Day advised Reifen-Müller on the sale of the company, one of Germany's largest and independent tire wholesalers and retailers, to Hankook Tire.
  • Ferro acquires PT Ferro Materials UtamaJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of 66 percent of the equity interests of PT Ferro Materials Utama, bringing Ferro’s total ownership to 100 percent.
  • StepStone Real Estate forms joint venture with Starwood Capital Group and Round Hill Capital and acquires German real estate portfolioJones Day represented StepStone Real Estate, a global real estate investment firm, in connection with the formation of a joint venture with Starwood Capital Group and Round Hill Capital, and the acquisition by the venture of a German real estate portfolio comprising 60 properties and over 925 residential and commercial units.
  • Calgon Carbon acquired by Kuraray for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) in its $1.3 billion all-cash acquisition by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TSE:3405).
  • Owens Corning acquires Paroc Group, a leading European mineral wool manufacturer, for approximately €900 million (US$1.04 billion)Jones Day advised Owens Corning in its acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe, from CVC Capital Partners for an enterprise value of approximately €900 million ($1.04 billion).
  • Ferro acquires Endeka CeramicsJones Day represented Ferro Corporation, a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials, in connection with its acquisition of Endeka Group, a global producer of high-value coatings and key raw materials for the ceramic tile market.
  • Ambry Genetics sold to joint venture formed by Konica Minolta and Innovation Network for up to $1.0 billionJones Day advised Ambry Genetics Corporation, a leading genetic testing corporation, in its sale to a newly formed joint venture between Konica Minolta, Inc. and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan for up to $1.0 billion (including earnouts).
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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
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