Mathias TRAUB, head of the antitrust department at one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, discusses his work as an-house counsel, the challenges of this position and notably, how it differs from his previous experience in private practice.
Interview conducted by Denis Fosselard, Partner, Ashurst, Brussels
Mathias, could you first tell us a little about your professional background and how you became the head of the antitrust department at Robert Bosch GmbH?
I actually started my professional career as a banker. After an apprenticeship with a local savings bank, I studied law in Konstanz and took a doctoral degree there, after which I did a master at the University of Oxford. This was where I first encountered competition law. The second encounter was during my “referendariat” (professional training), when I had the chance to do a “stage atypique” (internship) at DG COMP, focusing on merger control. Once qualified as a lawyer, I joined the competition department at a large international law firm in Stuttgart, where I spent
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