Maxim Kleine

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Maxim Kleine

Maxim Kleine



Dr. Maxim Kleine is a competition lawyer based in Hamburg. Maxim advises clients on 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 cooperations 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 Who's Who Legal Competition and in 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 he has also 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 German online newsletter Newsdienst Compliance. He is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht, Germany's main competition lawyer association.

Maxim is a native German speaker and fluent in English.

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  • Rechtsanwalt
  • German
  • English