Dr. Maxim Kleine is a competition lawyer based in Hamburg.
Maxim advises clients in German and EU competition law. His main focus is defending clients in antitrust proceedings. Furthermore, he focuses on distribution systems and he regularly provides advice on the structuring of joint ventures and co-operations by competitors.
Maxim has experience in all areas of contentious antitrust law, including antitrust investigations before the European Commission and various national authorities, such as the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt). He also covers litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning antitrust law.
In recent years, Maxim has worked on a number of high-profile contentious competition law cases before the German Federal Cartel Office – including a diverse range of cartel cases spanning railways, infrastructure, beer, wallpaper and contact lenses. He has also worked on a number of antitrust cases before the European Commission.
Maxim has repeatedly been recognised by various leading legal directories. The German legal directory JUVE 2015/2016 recommends Maxim for antitrust law. The directory quotes a client emphasizing his ‘good analytical skills’ and a competitor describing him as ‘highly committed with a focus on the essential’. In Who’s Who Legal Germany 2015, he is listed among the ‘Experts in Competition’. kanzleimonitor.de 2014/2015 considers him one of the regularly recommended lawyers.
Maxim holds a law degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Goettingen and has studied abroad at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Before joining us, he worked for other international law firms in Hamburg and Brussels and headed the antitrust practice of a leading domestic German law firm in Cologne.
Maxim regularly publishes articles on competition law and is co-publisher of the leading German online newsletter Newsdienst Compliance. He is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (the main German competition lawyer's association).
A native German speaker, he is fluent in English.