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Dr. Eckhard Bremer

Lawyer | Partner
LL.M. (Harvard)

Antitrust

Competition

Economic Regulation

Government Contracts

State Aids

T +49 30 88 060 910
F +49 30 88 060 919
Empfohlen im Handelsblatt 19

Areas of expertise

 
 

Market Access

Market Regulation

Antitrust Damage Claims (Litigation), Abuse of Dominance

Administrative Procedures (Regulatory and Competition Authorities)

Government Contracts, State Aids

Languages

 
 

German

English

References

 
 

Antitrust law, public procurement law, regulatory law, public commercial law: advice to national and international companies, trade associations, ministries, public entities and individual enterprises

Advising State Government on cartel damages claim worth EUR 220m

Advising RDC Deutschland and HKX (Hamburg-Köln-Express) in all matters concerning access to the German railway market: Acquisition of rolling stock including financing, licensing and homologation; access to railtrack system and track- and station pricing; participation in public tenders; access to national tariff – and ticket distribution system; including advice in corporate law, labor law, commercial contracts

Advising an international railway company on the acquisition of rolling stock, financing, licensing

Representing the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) and the Federal Umbrella Organization of German Magazin Publishers (VDZ) in the proceedings by the European Commission concerning the suspected abuse of a dominant market position by Google

Representing the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) and the Federal Umbrella Organization of German Magazin Publishers (VDZ) in the proceedings by the European Commission concerning the suspected abuse of a dominant market position by Google

Advisor to WESTBahn (Austria) in bid protest procedure in the award of passenger service contracts in Austria

Advisor to an international rolling stock producer on public tender procedure and licensing, including public procurement and cartel law

Acting on behalf of Axel Springer AG in the appeal on points of law before the German Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) regarding the denial of the media law clearance certificate by the Commission on Concentration in the Media (KEK) in the AS/ProSiebenSat1 merger case

Acting on behalf of Axel Springer AG in the Berlin Tagesspiegel / Berliner Zeitung merger control procedure and the procedure to obtain minister exempt approval

Advising Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) on European state aid law, public procurement law and passenger transportation law in negotiations with the Berlin state government on the award of transport contract worth around EUR 3 billion and on other European-wide procurement procedures

Advising a rail company on access to monopolized ticket distribution system and access to a cartelized nationwide tariff system

Advising an international railway company in the acquisition, refurbishment licensing and finance of rolling stock, including related advice on corporate law, labor law, commercial contracts by other specialized attorneys of the firm

Representation of national and international clients as third-party intervenor in merger control procedures and investigations of abuse of dominance by the German Federal Cartel Office, European Commission, Higher Regional Court (OLG) Düsseldorf and Cartel Division of German Federal Supreme Court (BGH)

Advising a media company in connection with the media law reform

Acting for National Geographic Society in an appeal before the German Federal Supreme Court challenging the decision by competition authorities to prohibit the licensing of the German edition of National Geographic Magazine to Gruner + Jahr

Representing a railway company in judicial review and state aid review proceedings relating to the anti-competitive award of transport contracts

Acting for Veolia Verkehr in the Deutsche Bahn AG / Uestra-Intelliance merger case

Representing a railway company in the bidding procedure of the divestiture trustee for the acquisition of private enterprises on matters concerning procurement law, anti-trusts law, industry regulation, and of special expertise relating to company, commercial, contract and employment law

Rankings

 
 

Handelsblatt 2019/20 Top Legal Advisors Germany

Best Lawyers Germany 2019/2020 Antitrust & Competition

Best Lawyers Germany 2014 Attorney of the Year for Competition / Antitrust Law

JUVE 2012 Partner, Law Firm of the Year, Regulated Industries

JUVE 2011 Partner, Nominated Law Firm of the Year, Antitrust & Competition

Wirtschaftswoche 2011 Wiwo Top Legal Advisors Germany Best Lawyers Germany, Antitrust & Competition

Professional background and education

 

Since 2019

HYAZINTH LLP, Partner

2015-2019

Wegnerpartner (Berlin), Partner

2000-2015

Hogan Lovells and its predecessor firm Hogan & Hartson, Partner

1998-2000

Richter Seiler Jenckel Bremer (Berlin), Partner

1996-1997

Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (Washington D.C./Berlin)

1990-1996

Research Fellow, Project on Law & Economics of International Telecommunications at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law Hamburg); Assistant to Prof. Dr. Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker (former Chairman of German Monopolies Commission)

1996

Universität Göttingen, Dr. iur. (s.c.l.)

1989

Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht Hamburg, Assessorexamen (German equivalent to Bar Exam)

1987

Harvard University, Cambridge / Mass. USA, LL.M.

1983

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Referendarexamen (German equivalent to LL.B.)

1976-1978

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Published works (selection)

 
 

Vereinbarungen zwischen Zeitungs- oder Zeitschriftenverlagen über eine verlagswirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit, Kommentierung zu § 30 Abs. 2b GWB, (Cooperation agreements of newspaper or magazine publishers on economic publishing services) co-authored with Max Klasse in: Münchener Kommentar, Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht (Kartellrecht), Band 2, München 2019 (will be published soon)

Die Ministererlaubnis. Kommentierung zu § 42 GWB (Treatise on Ministerial Approval under German Merger Control Rules) in: Münchener Kommentar, Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht (Kartellrecht), Band 2, München 2015 (Reprint 2019, co-authored with Max Klasse, will be published soon)

Preisbindung bei Zeitungen und Zeitschriften. Kommentierung zu § 30 GWB (Treatise on Price Maintenance Regulation for the Printed Press) co-authored with Jens Hackl in: Münchener Kommentar, Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht (Kartellrecht), Band 2, München 2015 (Reprint 2019, will be published soon)

Die Rückforderung überhöhter Eisenbahninfrastrukturentgelte auf Grundlage von § 315 BGB und Kartellrecht. Zum Urteil des EuGH vom 9. November 2017 (C 489/15) co-authored with Fabian Scheffczyk in: NZKart 3/2018, S. 121

Sektorentätigkeiten / Verkehrsleistungen. Kommentierung zu § 102 Abs. 4 GWB (Sector-Specific Regulation in the Transport Sector) co-authored with Felix Helmstädter in: Münchener Kommentar, Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht Band 3: Vergaberecht I, 2. Auflage 2018

Vergabe von öffentlichen Aufträgen über Personenverkehrsleistungen im Eisenbahnverkehr. Kommentierung zu § 102 Abs. 1 GWB (Competitive Procurement of Contracts on Passenger Transport Services in the Railway Sector) co-authored with Felix Helmstädter in: Münchener Kommentar, Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht, Band 3: Vergaberecht I, 2. Auflage 2018

Ministerial Approval according to the 9th Amendment to the German Competition Act (ARC) Procedural Rules and Third Party Intervention, co-authored with Fabian Scheffczyk in: NZKart 9/2017, p. 464–469

Kartellvergaberecht und Marktöffnung im Schienenpersonennahverkehr (Government Contract Law and Access to the Market for Regional Passenger Transportation) co-authored with Felix Helmstädter in: Wettbewerb-Transparenz-Gleichbehandlung, Festschrift für Friedhelm Marx, pp. 53–73, 2013

Fairer Wettbewerb zwischen Internet-Suchmaschine und Online-Presse. Warum sich Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverleger in Sachen Google an die Kartellbehörden gewandt haben. (Fair Competition between Internet Search Engines and Online Press: Why Newspaper and News Magazine Publishers turned to Cartel Authorities in the case of Google) in: Kommunikation und Recht (KuR), Heft 3/2010

Gerichtliche Billigkeitskontrolle von Intrastrukturentgelten im Eisenbahnverkehr (Judicial Track Access Pricing Control in the Railway Industry) co-authored with Thomas Höppner in: Netzwirtschaften und Recht (N&R), Beilage 1/2011

Kartellrechtswidrige Zusatzentgelte für die Trassennutzung in Deutschland (Compatibility of Track Access Fees with German and European Antitrust Regulation) in: Eisenbahn-Revue International (ERI), April 2010

Recurso para o Ministro em controlo de concentracoes – Comentário ao artigo 42. da lei alema da concorrencia (Ministerial exempt, commentary to § 42 GWB) in: Temas de Integracao, 1. E 2. Semestre de 2010 n. 29 e 30, pp. 301-366, 2010

Zum Verhältnis von Kartellrecht und Eisenbahnrecht (The Relationship between Antitrust Law and Railway Regulation) co-authored with Thomas Höppner in: Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2009, p. 1271

Konzentrationskontrolle in »virtuellen Meinungsmärkten«? (Article concerning interpretation on German Media Law on Rules of Contration) co-authored with Andreas Grünwald in: MMR 2009, pp.80–84

Transparenz und Wettbewerb bei SPNV-Verträgen erforderlich (The Need of Transparency and Competition in the Award of Contracts for Public Passenger Transport) co-authored withChristoph Wünschmann in: Der Nahverkehr, 11/2008, P. 34 et seq.

Einstweiliger Vollzug von Zusammenschlüssen im vorläufigen Rechtsschutz – Zum Phonak-Beschluss des OLG Düsseldorf (Temporary Legal Protection against Implementation of Merges under Antitrust Law) co-authored with Christoph Wünschmann and Maik Wolf in: Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2008, Heft 1, p. 28

Fusionskontrolle im Nahverkehr (Merger Control in the Passenger Transport Industry) co-authored Christoph Wünschmann in: Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2006, Heft 11, p. 1118

Gewährleistungsverantwortung als Infrastrukturverantwortung am Beispiel der Eisenbahnreform in Deutschland. (The Government’s Responsibity for providing Public Services and Infrastructure, exemplified by the Reform on Railway Regulation in Germany) in: Gunnar-Folke Schuppert (Editor); Der Gewährleistungsstaat – Ein Leitbild auf dem Prüfstand, p. 133 et seq. (2005)

Die Pflicht der Aufgabenträger zur Vergabe von SPNV-Leistungen im Wettbewerb – Vergaberechtliche und beihilferechtliche Grundlagen – (The Government’s Legal Obligation to perform Public Tender Procedures in awarding Passenger Transport Contracts), co-authored with Christoph Wünschmann in: Wirtschaft und Verwaltung, pp. 51–64, 2004

Kartellrechtsreform und Sicherung der Pressevielfalt. Wäre eine »Lex Holtzbrinck« verfassungsgemäß? (The Reform on German Merger Control Rules relating to the Pinted Press. Press diversity and plurality under the scrutiny of Constitutional Law) co-authored with Karin Martini in: ZUM 2003, pp. 942–948

Pressefusionskontrolle im Zeitalter zusammenwachsender Medienmärkte (Merger Control of the Printed Press at the age of converging media markets) co-authored with Hanno Wollmann, Rolf H. Weber, Wolfram Hertel et al.HHR White Paper, Berlin, 2001

Verfassungs- und wirtschaftsrechtliche Fragen der Breitbandkommunikation. (Broadband Communication as a Problem of Constitutional Law and Economic Regulation) Ein Symposium. Sonderbeilage zu Heft 2/2001 von MultiMedia und Recht mit Beiträgen von Wernhard Möschel, Lawrence Lessig, Tilman Rhein, Raimund Schütz, Christoph Wagner und Hans Peter Hillig sowie einer Einführung von Eckhard Bremer (Editor)

Treuhandverwaltung und Jurisdiktionsbefugnis – (Untersuchung zu den völkerrechtlichen Grenzen der extraterritorialen Anwendung und Durchsetzung von Wirtschaftsrecht) (Treatise concerning the Extraterriorial Application and Implementation of Economic Regulation, as a Problem of International Law) in: Nomos / Baden-Baden, 1998

Zehn Forderungen für eine effiziente Regulierungsbehörde in Deutschland (Ten Recommendations for an Efficient Regulatory Authority in Germany) co-authored with Dieter Lange, Ulrich Immenga et al.WCP White Paper, Berlin, 1996

Die koordinierte Sperre im deutschen und europäischen Recht der öffentlichen Aufträge (The Coordinated Exclusion of Participants of Public Tender Procedures under German and European Government Contracts Law) co-authored with Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker in: Betriebsberater, Beilage 19/1995

Medienplanwirtschaft – Organisationsrechtliches Denken bei der Interpretation der Rundfunkfreiheit durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht (The German Constitutional Court’s Interpretation of the Freedom of the Press for a Regulation of Media Markets as Centrally Planned Economies) in: ORDO 1995, pp. 361–389

Freiheit durch Organisation? – Ausgestaltung der Rundfunkfreiheit als Problem von Grundrechtsinterpretation, Grundrechtstheorie und Ordnungstheorie (The concept of »organization« of the Freedom of Broadcasting as a Problem of the Interpretation of Individual Rights, the Theory of Indivdual Rights and Ordoliberalist Market Theories) in: Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker (Editor), Kommunikation ohne Monopole II, pp. 311–349, Nomos / Baden-Baden, 1995

Die wettbewerbliche Ordnung des Rundfunks / Konkurentnaja Sistema Radiovezanija i Televidenija (Competition in the Broadcasting Industry) in: W. Hoffmann-Riem (Editor), Rundfunkrecht für Russland, pp. 105–145, Nomos / Baden-Baden, 1994 (German and Russian Translation available)

Der Rundfunk in der Verfassungs- und Wirtschaftsordnung in Deutschland (The German Broadcasting System under Constitutional Law and Economic Interpretation) co-authored with Michael Esser and Martin Hoffmann. in: Law and Economics of International Telecommunications, Vol. 17, Nomos / Baden-Baden, 1992

Broadcast Content Regulation in the United States and the Policy of Deregulation Harvard University, Cambridge / Mass., 1987

Memberships

 
 

Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Experts’ Association on Antitrust Law)

Forum Vergabe (German Association of Public Procurement Law Experts)

Berliner Gesprächskreis zum Europäischen Beihilfenrecht (Berlin Circle of European State Aid Law Experts)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung (German Society for Comparative Law)

Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristenvereinigung (German American Lawyers’ Association)

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Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (German Association of Transport Sciences)

Freundeskreis des Max Planck Instituts für ausländisches und internationals Privatrecht, Hamburg (Alumni Association of Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Private International Law, Hamburg)

Harvard Law School Association

Harvard Club of New York City