Jonas S. Brueckner

Baker McKenzie (Dusseldorf)
Lawyer (Senior Associate)

Dr. Jonas S. Brueckner is a senior associate in Baker & McKenzie’s Dusseldorf office. He joined the Firm in 2014 and advises on antitrust and competition law. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Mr. Brueckner was a member of the Brussels-based antitrust team of Linklaters from 2010 to 2014, and a government official (Regierungsrat) at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in Berlin from 2009 to 2010. Mr. Brueckner advises clients on all aspects of European and German antitrust and competition law. He has in-depth experience in national and multinational merger control cases, as well as European and national cartel and antitrust proceedings. Mr. Brueckner has represented clients in antitrust and state aid litigation matters before the European Courts. He is experienced in conducting investigations, advising on compliance matters and dawn raids. His recent clients include German and international companies, particularly in the transport, food, chemical and automotive industries. He holds a PhD from the University of Cologne with a thesis on European competition law. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Constance Law School. From 2000 to 2001 he studied at the European Institute of the University of Geneva. He also holds the degree of a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford and was a research assistant to the University’s Center for Competition Law and Policy. During vocational legal training in preparation for his bar exam in 2006 he worked for law firms Hengeler Mueller and Slaughter and May as well as the European Commission DG Competition.

Articles

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Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt clears a merger in the gas supply market subject to the divestiture of minority stakes in two energy supply companies (E.ON Avacon/WEVG)

3995

The operation On 25 September 2007, E.ON Energie AG (“E.ON Energie”) on behalf of E.ON Avacon AG (“E.ON Avacon”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its intention to increase its stake in the equity capital of WEVG Wasser- und Energieversorgungsgesellschaft mbH Salzgitter (“WEVG”) from 10% to 50.2%. (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the retail market for DIY products and hardware goods subject to remedies including the divestiture of several shops (Globus/hela Profizentren)

2087

The operation On 9 August 2007 Globus Fachmärkte GmbH & Co. KG (“Globus”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of the proposed acquisition of 100% of the shares of the following businesses from Distributa Gruppe: (1) G.V.M. Gewerbe- und Verbrauchermarkt GmbH, (2) Distributa Verbrauchermarkt GmbH (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt clears two downstream acquisitions of shares in the energy market subject to the divestiture of a minority stake (RWE/SWKN)

3546

The operation On 30 July 2007 RWE AG (“RWE”) on behalf of RWE Rhein-Ruhr AG (“RWE Rhein-Ruhr”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of two proposed transactions. The first, was for RWE Rhein-Ruhr to acquire a stake of 25% in Stadtwerke Krefeld Neuss AG & Co. KG (“SWKN”). The second transaction was (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The UK OFT decided to accept undertakings in lieu of a reference to the Competition Commission, including the vacation of an overnight airport parking stand (Flybe/BA Connect)

2753

The operation By decision given on 7 February 2007, the Office of Fair Trading authorised Flybe, one of Europe’s largest largest low-cost airlines specialising in serving regional destinations, to acquire the assets of BA Connect1, the regional arm of British Airways plc which offers low fare (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for hospital services subject to remedies including the requirement to make capacity available to a competitor (Klinikum Region Hannover/LKH Wunstorf)

2091

The operation On 20 December 2006 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposed acquisition by Klinikum Region Hannover GmbH (“KRH”) of Niedersächsische Lankdeskrankenhaus Wunstorf (“NLKH Wunstorf”) from the State of Lower Saxony. KRH is a 100% subsidiary of Region Hannover, a municipality. (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the retail market for perfumes and cosmetics subject to remedies including the divestiture of one of the target’s shops (Douglas/Hela)

2078

The operation On 16 November 2006 Douglas Holding AG (“Douglas”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of HELA Kosmetik Handels GmbH & Co. Parfümerie KG (“Hela”) by one of its subsidiaries. Douglas is the controlling company of the Douglas group. Douglas is active in the (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for oil-injected compressors subject to remedies, including the divestment of the domestic business of one of the acquirer’s subsidiaries (Atlas Copco/ABAC)

2116

The operation On 2 August 2006 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposed acquisition of ABAC Aria Compressa S.p.A., Italy (“ABAC”) by a subsidiary of Atlas Copco AB, Sweden (“Atlas Copco”). Atlas Copco is the controlling company of a group that is active worldwide in manufacturing and (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the retail market for building supplies subject to remedies including the divestiture of four stores (Praktiker/Max Bahr)

2127

The operation On 12 September 2006 Praktiker AG (“Praktiker”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of the Max Bahr Gruppe (“Max Bahr”). Praktiker is a retailer operating 275 large building supplies and do-it-yourself (DIY) stores throughout Germany. Max Bahr is a retailer of (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for waste disposal subject to remedies including the transfer of contractual rights (Remondis/SAS Schwerin)

2038

The operation On 6 March 2006 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposed acquisition of 49% of the shares of Schweriner Abfallentsorgungs- und Stadtreinigungsgesellschaft mbH (“SAS Schwerin”) by Remondis GmbH & Co. (“Remondis”). Remondis is part of the Remondis group, one of the (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The UK OFT accepts undertakings in lieu of a reference to the Competition Commission, including an exclusive licence of intellectual property rights to an upfront purchaser thereby clearing the merger in the equipment for industrial cheese production market (Tetra Laval/Carlisle Process Systems-CPS)

2778

The operation By way of decision of 20 November 2006 the OFT decided to accept undertakings offered by Tetra Laval to address the competition concerns arising from the anticipated acquisition by Tetra Laval of part of CPS from Carlisle Companies Inc. Tetra Laval is a group of companies active (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt, following a referral from the EU Commission, conditionally clears a merger in the market for the production of ready-mix asphalt (FIMAG/ Züblin)

2050

The operation On 26 August 2005, Finanz Industrie Management AG, Wien (“FIMAG”) notified the European Commission of its proposed acquisition of 48.7% of the shares of Ed. Züblin AG, Stuttgart (“Züblin”). 4.9% of Züblin’s shares had previously been acquired by Strabag SE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for the production of asphalt mix subject to remedies, including the divestiture of a shareholding in a joint venture (Strabag/AMH)

2051

The operation The operations covered by this case comprised acquisitions by Strabag AG (“Strabag”) of businesses, shareholdings and assets involved in the production of ready-mix asphalt. Strabag is the German subsidiary (66%) of Strabag SE and plays a leading role in the road construction (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for waste disposal services subject to remedies including the divestiture of an asset/share package (Sulo/Cleanaway)

2076

The operation Sulo GmbH (“Sulo”) proposed to acquire Cleanaway Deutschland Holding GmbH (“Cleanaway”). Both Sulo and Cleanaway are active in all the major German waste disposal markets. As the total turnover of the parties exceeded the €5 billion threshold in Art. 1 para. 2 (a) of the ECMR, the (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for waste disposal services subject to remedies, including the divestiture of investments and assets (Alba/RWE MV)

1839

The operation On 21 November 2005 Alba AG (“Alba”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of RWE Umwelt Mecklenburg Vorpommern GmbH (“RWE MV”). Alba is active as a provider of waste disposal services for commercial and industrial clients as well as municipalities. RWE MV is a (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for hospital services subject to remedies, including the divestiture of a 50% shareholding in another hospital (AKK GmbH/AKK Verein)

1922

The operation On 2 August 2005 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposed acquisition by AKK Altonaer Kinderkrankenhaus gGmbH (“AKK GmbH”) of Altonaer Kinderkrankenhaus (“AKK”) from Verein Altonaer Kinderkrankenhaus (“AKK Verein”). AKK (the target) is a children’s clinic in Hamburg-Altona. (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the building materials sector subject to remedies, including an extensive divestment package (Werhahn/Norddeutsche Mischwerke)

1930

The operation On 21 February 2005 Basalt-Actien-Gesellschaft (“BAG”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of the proposed acquisition by Werhahn & Nauen of shareholdings in three companies from Norddeutsche Mischwerke NMW (“NMW”). The shareholdings comprised: 100% of the shares of Asphaltwerk (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared with remedies, including the divestments of a depot and a shareholding, the disposal of two lease agreements and the termination of a distribution agreement (WASAG/Sprengstoffwerke Gnaschwitz)

2042

The operation On 3 December 2004 H&R WASAG AG, Salzbergen (“WASAG”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of approximately 50% of Sprengstoffwerke Gnaschwitz GmbH, Schlungwitz (“SWG”). WASAG is active in the development, production and distribution of chemical and (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for hospital services subject to remedies, including the divestiture of one of the target’s hospitals (Asklepios/LBK Hamburg)

2174

The operation On 1 December 2004 Asklepios Kliniken GmbH (“Asklepios”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of at first 49.9% and subsequently (on 1 January 2007) another 25% of Landesbetrieb Krankenhäuser Hamburg GmbH (“LBK”) from the City of Hamburg, LBK’s sole (indirect) (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for waste disposal services subject to conditions and obligations, including the divestiture of shares and assets of both the acquirer and the target (Remondis/RWE Umwelt)

1962

The operation On 12 October 2004 Rethmann AG & Co. KG (“Rethmann”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition, via its subsidiary Remondis Unternehmesbeteiligungs GmbH, of all the shares of RWE Umwelt AG (“RWE Umwelt”). Rethmann is the controlling company of the Remondis group (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for stationary x-ray systems for non-destructive testing subject to remedies, including the divestment of the target’s subsidiaries in the US and Germany (GE/InVision)

2469

The operation On 24 April 2004 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposed acquisition of the entire share capital of InVision Technologies, Inc., USA (“InVision”) by General Electric Company, USA (“GE”). With the notification the parties announced that they intended to divest two (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared two acquisitions in the market for the supply of consumables for dentists and dental laboratories subject to remedies, including the divestiture of the mail order business of one of the targets (Henry Schein/Demedis & Euro Dental)

2039

The operation On 12 January 2004 Henry Schein Inc, USA (“Henry Schein”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of the entire share capital of (i) Demedis GmbH (“Demedis”) and (ii) Euro Dental Holding GmbH (“Euro Dental”). Henry Schein is active worldwide as a producer and (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The UK Office of Fair Trading clears a merger in the pharmaceutical sector accepting remedies in lieu of reference to the Competition Commission including a commitment not the increase prices for two pharmaceutical products (Ivax / 3M)

2595

The operation Ivax and 3M both manufacture and supply pharmaceutical products including products for the treatment of asthma. Ivax has acquired 3M’s distribution business for certain asthma treatments operating in the UK, IRE, D, F, NL, N, S, SF and DK. The transaction was notified to to the (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt clears a joint venture in the local public transport sector, under the condition that contracts for local public transport services be increasingly awarded through competitive procedures (DB Regio/Ustra Intalliance)

2316

The operation On 7 July 2003 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposal of DB Regio AG (“DB Regio”) and üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG (“üstra”), to combine their local public transport activities in the greater Hanover area in the joint venture üstra intalliance AG (“intalliance”). (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for the production of quicklime subject to remedies, including the requirement to shut down three quicklime top loading production units (Rheinkalk/Kalkwerk Lengerich)

1897

The operation On 21 March 2003 the Bundeskartellamt was notified of the proposed acquisition of a not publicly disclosed percentage of the shares of Kalkwerke Lengerich GmbH (“Lengerich”) by Rheinkalk GmbH (“Rheinkalk”). Rheinkalk is a subsidiary of the Belgian Lhoist Group (“Lhoist”), which is (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for fungicides subject to remedies, including the granting of an exclusive distribution licence (BASF/Bayer Crop Science)

2057

The operation On 17 February 2003 BASF AG (“BASF”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of certain crop protection activities of Bayer Crop Science AG (“Bayer Crop Science”). The notification was also related to the commitments given to the European Commission (EC) by Bayer (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the market for food additives subject to remedies, including the commitment not to apply to the EC for an extension of anti-dumping customs duties (Ajinomoto/Orsan)

1475

The operation On 7 January 2003 Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Japan (“Ajinomoto”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of 80.4% of Orsan S.A, France (“Orsan”). Orsan is mainly active as a producer of monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer. With a plant in Neslé, France, Orsan (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt cleared a merger in the air transport sector subject to remedies, including the transfer of scheduled flight services, the making available of slots and the divestment of aircraft (Lufthansa/Germanwings)

2192

The operation On 22 November 2000 the parties notified the Bundeskartellamt of the proposed acquisition of 49% of the equity capital of Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG (“Eurowings”) by Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”). Lufthansa and Eurowings are both civil aviation airlines and operate a number of related (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt clears a merger in the energy sector subject to remedies, including access to infrastructure, publication of prices and extraordinary contract cancellation rights (Trienekens/Stadtwerke Viersen)

3339

The operation On 27 December 2000 the parties notified the Bundeskartellamt of the proposed acquisition by Trienekens Niederrhein GmbH & Co. KG (“Trienekens”) of 49% of the equity capital of Stadtwerke Viersen GmbH (“Stadtwerke”) from the Stadt Viersen, its sole shareholder. Trienekens is (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt clears a merger in the gas supply sector subject to remedies, including access to infrastructure, publication of prices and extraordinary rights to terminate agreements (Contigas/Stadtwerke Heide)

3200

The operation On 30 May 2000 Contigas Deutsche Energie-Aktiengesellschaft (“Contigas”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of its proposed acquisition of 49% of the equity capital of Stadtwerke Heide GmbH (“Stadtwerke”) from Stadt Heide, its sole shareholder. Contigas is an energy supply company (...)

Jonas S. Brueckner The German Bundeskartellamt clears a joint venture in the market for special interest magazines subject to the divestiture of two magazine titles (Axel Springer / Jahr Verlag)

1866

The operation On 19 June 2000 Axel Springer Verlag AG (“Axel Springer”) notified the Bundeskartellamt of a proposed joint venture of its subsidiary, Top Special Verlag GmbH, with Offene Handelsgesellschaft in Firma Jahr Verlag GmbH & Co. (“Jahr Verlag”). The purpose of the joint venture (...)

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