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 over 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 advises clients on German foreign direct investment law. 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.
  • American Bar Association

Author

  • “Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers in the European Union,” contributor (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2021)
  • “Competition Compliance” contributor to chapter on EU law (Lexology, Getting The Deal Through, 2021)
  • “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) (nominated for the 2021 Antitrust Writing Awards by Concurrences and George Washington University)

Antitrust Merger Control

  • DL Chemical in its USD 2.5 billion acquisition of specialty chemical manufacturer Kraton;
  • IAA in its GBP 225 million acquisition of Synetiq, a leading integrated salvage and vehicle dismantling company in the United Kingdom;
  • 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;
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Press Releases

Alerts and Publications

Lexology: Competition Compliance 2022 - European Union

May 31, 2022

Prompted by Sweeping Executive Order on Competition, New Leadership at US Antitrust Agencies to Launch Review of Merger Guidelines; Similar Initiatives in Europe and China May Signal Greater Convergence in Enforcement Across Jurisdictions

July 26, 2021

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

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