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Dr. Johannes Zöttl


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  • University of Würzburg (Ph.D. in Law 1998; Academic Assistant at the Jean-Monnet-Chair for European Law, 1996-1998); Clerkship with the Court of Appeals, Bamberg, Germany (1994-1996); University of Würzburg, Germany (First State Examination 1994); University of Cardiff, Great Britain (Diploma in Legal Studies 1990); University of Passau, Germany (1987-1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Federal Republic of Germany

Johannes Zöttl focuses on antitrust enforcement proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission as well as merger reviews. He has worked extensively with companies in the chemical and IT industries and has led high-profile internal investigations in the automotive industry. He has particular experience dealing with cross-border mergers and acquisitions subject to review by multiple antitrust authorities around the world.

Johannes represented several suppliers of auto parts before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. He has significant experience in the area of cross-border compliance investigations and recently was one of the leaders of a large multinational cross-border investigation in connection with U.S. and German regulatory and law enforcement authorities.

Johannes was the only German member selected for the International Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (2007-2008), was a vice chair of the section's Unilateral Conduct Committee (2008-2014), and currently serves as a vice chair of its Global Private Litigation Committee. He is also a non-governmental advisor to the ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group (UCWG) and is a member of the German Antitrust Lawyers Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.) and the Frankfurt Antitrust Forum (Kartellrechtsforum Frankfurt e.V.).

Honors & Distinctions

  • ILO Client Choice Award 2012 for "Competition / Germany"

    Recommended in:

    JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien

    International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists

    Who's Who Legal: Germany

    Chambers Europe: Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business

    Legal 500 (Germany and EMEA)

    PLC Which lawyer?

    WiWo 2018: "Die besten Kartellrechtsanwälte" (The Best Antitrust Lawyers)


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