Maxim Kleine

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Maxim Kleine

Maxim Kleine



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 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 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 holds a law degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Goettingen and 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.

Professional experience

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  • Rechtsanwalt
  • Mieves GmbH – represented 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).
  • Schreck-Mieves GmbH –defended in various proceedings against antitrust damage claims by customers.
  • An undertaking fined in the steel cartel – defended against antitrust damage claims by customers.
  • An undertaking fined in power plant infrastructure cartel – defended against damage claims by customers and reaching settlement for the defendant.
  • An undertaking in German beer cartel proceedings - defended with a successful settlement comprised of a fine that was approximately 10 percent of the original fine proposed by the German Federal Cartel Office.
  • A freight forwarding cartel – defended a client who was investigated by the Germany Federal Cartel Office which resulted in the client not being imposed with a fine. An agricultural wholesale company – defended on numerous investigations.
  • A building insulation manufacturer – defended in an antitrust investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office.
  • A manufacturer of wall paper – defended in a German wall paper cartel investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office.



  • Maxim is recommended for antitrust law and described as having "good analytical skills" and is "highly committed with a focus on the essential" by JUVE Award Nomination 2019
  • Maxim is listed among the 'experts in competition' and as 'Competition Future Leader' by GCR Who's Who Legal Competition and Who's Who Legal Germany 2019
  • Kartellrecht, WirtschaftsWoche TOP Kanzleien 2018
  • 'One of the leading antitrust advisers in Germany' Wirtschaftswoche 


  • Member of the German Association for the Study of Antitrust Law (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP / Antitrust and Competition - Member of Hamburg Industry Association (Industrieverband Hamburg - IVH)
  • German
  • English