Dr Markus Wirtz is partner at GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ, a German law firm focusing exclusively on competition and corporate work.
Examples of recent experience include:
advising companies in cartel investigations concerning railtrack technology, food packaging, meat, thread, insurance, cemicals, concrete pipes, mortar, power transformers, sanitary fittings, luxury cosmetics, drug store goods, pet food, confectionary, flour, coffee, pharmacies and a number of cases pending before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office, or multiple leniency filings;
conducting international merger control filings, for example, for Fortis Investments, HypoVereinsbank, Kerry, MPC Capital, Tognum or United Internet (1&1, gmx, web.de);
representing clients such as Deutsche Telekom, HDI Gerling, Canon, Epson, Eurobaustoff, Kyocera, Medion, Xerox or the German Accountants Institute (IDW) in various antitrust litigation;
structuring and drafting of agreements for exclusive or selective distribution for Dyson, Electronic Arts, Mettler Toledo and others.
He receives accolades as a leading competition lawyer in a number of publications.
Markus Wirtz studied law and economics at the University of Bayreuth. He holds an LL.M. in European Law from the University of Nottingham School of Law, and was awarded a doctorate from the University of Bayreuth. Prior to his admission to the bar he had worked as an intern, inter alia, for the German Monopolies Commission.
Markus Wirtz developed an efficiency test in his doctoral thesis on the European merger control regulation in 2001. This efficiency test was introduced 2004 in the horizontal merger guidelines of the European Commission.
He has published numerous articles on antitrust and merger control law, and contributes the chapter on dominance to the Handbook of European Competition Law (Mäger) in German and the chapter on technology transfer to the Handbook of German and European Competition Law (Lange) in German. He is a frequent speaker on EU and German competition law.
Markus Wirtz is a member of the Düsseldorf bar, German Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht and the International Bar Association.