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Dr. Maxim Kleine is a competition lawyer based in Hamburg and leads the German antitrust and regulatory practice.
Maxim advises clients in German and EU competition law and his main focus is defending clients in antitrust proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office, the European Commission, and the competent courts.
He has extensive knowledge of distribution systems and regularly provides advice on the structuring of joint ventures and co-operations by competitors.
Maxim has experience of 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 defends clients against antitrust damage claims which regularly succeed to authority proceedings, both in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Maxim recently won a benchmark case before the German Federal Supreme Court, successfully challenging a rule of assumption that cartels regularly lead to damages.
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, power plant infrastructure, beer, wallpaper, steel, building insulation, 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 2018/2019 recommends Maxim for antitrust law. The directory notes his "good analytical skills" and describes him as "highly committed with a focus on the essential". He is listed among the "experts in competition" in both Who's Who Legal Competition and Who's Who Legal Germany, 2019. German weekly Wirtschaftswoche lists Maxim as one of the leading antitrust advisers in Germany.
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.
Maxim is a native German speaker and is fluent in English.
- Represented Schreck-Mieves GmbH in a railway infrastructure case against damage claims before the German Federal Supreme Court which rendered its judgment that no rule of assumption is applicable that damages are created by violations of antitrust law (KZR 26/17 judgment of December 11, 2018)
- Defended Schreck-Mieves GmbH in various proceedings against antitrust damage claims by customers
- Defended an undertaking fined in the steel cartel against antitrust damage claims by customers
- Defended an undertaking fined in power plant infrastructure cartel against damage claims by customers and reaching settlement for the defendant
- Defended an undertaking in German beer cartel proceedings with a successful settlement comprised of a fine that was approximately 10 percent of the original fine proposed by the German Federal Cartel Office
- Defended a client in a freight forwarding cartel investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office which resulted in the client not being imposed with a fine
- Defended an agricultural wholesale company in numerous investigations
- Defended a building insulation manufacturerer in an antitrust investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office
- Defended a manufacturer of wall paper in a German wall paper cartel investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office.
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