Christian Peeters

Of Counsel

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Christian is an Of Counsel in the Firm’s Brussels office and an expert in competition law.

Qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt, he has spent the past 15 years practicing in London and Brussels. During this time he has counselled some of the world's leading businesses on their headline-grabbing transactions and bet-the company litigation. Several of these cases serve as precedents for the way antitrust is practiced today.

Christian’s competition law practice specializes in multi-jurisdictional merger cases as well as defenses in complex abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. He regularly counsels clients with strategic antitrust-related advice on M&A transactions, the drafting of distribution and other cooperation agreements, and the preparation and presentation of compliance programs. Christian has extensive experience representing clients before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and other agencies around the world. In addition to his antitrust practice, Christian helps clients navigate German foreign investment screening procedures. He also has litigation experience in SEC and DOJ investigations under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Germany, Rechtsanwalt
  • Belgium, Avocat

Education

  • State of Berlin, 2nd State Exam, Law 
  • University of Glasgow, LL.M., European Legal Studies; Postgraduate representative to the Student Representative Council 
  • Freie Universität Berlin, 1st State Exam, Law

Professional Activities

Member

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.

Author

  • “Don’t Open Till Doomsday: FDI Screening in the EU—A Cure for a Covid-19-Struck Economy?,” Journal of Bankruptcy Law (August 18, 2020)

Antitrust Merger Control

  • Hydro in the EUR 1.4 billion sale of its Hydro Rolling business, one of the largest global manufacturers of aluminum rolled products, to KPS Capital Partners;
  • rfXcel Corporation, a global leader in digital supply chain traceability solutions, in its acquisition by Antares Vision Group, an Italy-based global provider of intelligent track & trace, inspection and smart data management solutions for the life science and food & beverage sectors;
  • NortonLifeLock in its USD 360 million acquisition of Avira to expand its market-leading consumer Cyber Safety portfolio with one of the world’s most popular freemium cybersecurity and privacy solutions;
  • Honeywell in its EUR 425 million acquisition of Transnorm, a global leader in high-performance conveyor solutions;
  • Mentor Graphics in its USD 4.5 billion sale to Siemens to create the world’s leading supplier of industrial software for the Digital Enterprise;
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Alerts and Publications

European Commission Extends Reach Over Non-Reportable Transactions

April 6, 2021

Draft EU Adequacy Decision Paves the Way for Smooth EU-UK Data Flows Post-Brexit

March 8, 2021

EU Commission Publishes Text of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

January 27, 2021

Germany Strengthens Antitrust Enforcement Powers to Rein in Big Tech

January 19, 2021

China Expands National Security Review of Foreign Investments

January 12, 2021

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 2 - Draft Digital Services Act

December 23, 2020

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 1 - Draft Digital Markets Act

December 21, 2020

Staying Ahead of the EU Data-Protection Curve: How Companies Can Ensure Continued Transatlantic Data Transfers

December 1, 2020

The UK National Security and Investment Bill: Strengthening scrutiny of investment in the UK and introducing the UK’s first mandatory notification regime

November 20, 2020

China Publishes “Unreliable Entities” Rules Targeting Foreign Enterprises

September 22, 2020

Journal of Bankruptcy Law: Don’t Open Till Doomsday: FDI Screening in the EU—A Cure for a Covid-19-Struck Economy?

August 18, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Approves First Cartel Settlement

August 13, 2020

Picking up the Pieces After Schrems II

July 30, 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority Targets Big Tech

July 2, 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office Calls for the EU Court of Justice’s Guidance on Important Patent Licensing Issues

June 25, 2020

Germany’s Supreme Court Sides with National Antitrust Enforcer in Facebook Abuse of Dominance Case

June 23, 2020

European Commission Turns to Distortive Effects of Foreign State Ownership and State Financing in the Internal Market

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Antitrust M&A Considerations

May 7, 2020

Gun-Jumping Concerns for Pending Transactions When There Is No Such Thing as “Ordinary Course of Business”

April 27, 2020

The Failing Firm Merger Defense in Times of Economic Turmoil: Past Lessons and the COVID-19 Crisis

April 23, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Proposed Commitments Offered by Online Travel Agents to Remove Parity Clauses from Agreements with Accommodation Providers

April 9, 2020

China Adopts Antitrust Enforcement Policy to Fight COVID-19 and Spur Economic Recovery

April 8, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Commission Issues Statement on the Application of the Competition Rules to Cooperation Agreements Between Companies Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2020

European Antitrust in the Time of COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Flexibility of EU State Aid Rules in Response to COVID-19 Impact

March 23, 2020

Temporary Merger Control Measures in the EU, US, and China in Response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020