Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber is a partner with bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte (attorneys-at-law) in Vienna and Brussels and head of the competition law department. bpv Hügel is founding member of the bpv LEGAL Alliance with offices in Baden, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Mödling, Prague, and Vienna. She has been practising EC competition law in Vienna and Brussels since 1998 and is representing national and international clients in antitrust and merger cases before the Austrian and European competition authorities and in proceedings before the European Courts. Astrid graduated from the University of Salzburg, where she also obtained a degree in journalism and French. She gained profound experience in merger control and antitrust law while working with several antitrust authorities (stage/European Commission, Merger Task Force, legal assistant to the president of the Austrian Cartel Court in Vienna). Following her doctoral theses she worked in the competition department of Linklaters, London and joined Hügel & Partner in 1998. Until July 2016, she was board member and chairman of the Austrian member organisation of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht. She is part of the advisory group to the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce regarding the large amendment to the Cartel and to the Competition Act (which is still ongoing) now in her capacity as official rapporteur for the Austrian Bar Association for the amendment. Further she is also board member of the Austrian Federation for the Protection of Intellectual Property (ÖV) and Vice-President of the Competition Law Commission of the UIA. She is author of numerous books and articles on Austrian and European antitrust and merger control law, inter alia: Co-author with Loewenheim, Riesenkampff, Meessen, Kommentar zum gesamten europäischen Kartellrecht, C.H. Beck Verlag 2005, reprint 2016; Medienmarkt und Fusionskontrolle (Media markets and European merger control), Kölner Schriften zum Europarecht, Band 42.