Maxim Kleine

Norton Rose Fulbright (Hamburg)
Lawyer (Partner)

Maxim Kleine is a Partner based in Hamburg at Norton Rose Fulbright since October 2014. Maxim advises clients in German and EU competition law. Maxim has experience in all areas of contentious antitrust law, including antitrust investigations before the European Commission and various national authorities, such as the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt). He also covers litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning antitrust law. Maxim is recognised by the German legal directory, Juve 2013/2014, as being ‘creative, very well connected, and efficient’ and for providing ‘very well-founded and high-level professional advice’. In Who’s Who Legal Germany 2015, he is listed among the ‘Experts in Competition’. The German weekly business magazine Wirtschaftswoche 2011 classed him among the top 25 German antitrust lawyers. Maxim holds a law degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Goettingen and has studied abroad at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Before joining us, he worked for other international law firms in Hamburg and Brussels and headed the antitrust practice of a leading domestic German law firm in Cologne. Maxim regularly publishes articles on competition law and is co-publisher of the leading German online newsletter Newsdienst Compliance. He is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (the main German competition lawyer’s association). A native German speaker, he is fluent in English.


19175 Bulletin

Maxim Kleine The German Competition Authority fines spice producers again for exclusivity clauses and other contractual agreements that could lead to factual exclusivity (Fuchs / Teuto)


In a decision dated 9 May 2006, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has imposed a fine of EUR 250.000 against TEUTO Gewürzvertriebs GmbH (“TEUTO”), an undertaking belonging to the Fuchs Gewürze group, for violating a prohibition decision of the FCO dating back to July 2002. 1. Background The (...)

Maxim Kleine The German Competition Authority applies a small and medium-sized undertakings exemption to a cartel in the sector of brick production and finds that trade between the Member States is not affected (Ziegelwerk Bellenberg Wiest)


On 25 October 2005 the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) decided not to take action against the intention of several small and medium-sized brick producers to conclude a cartel agreement. The FCO based its decision on the fact that only German antitrust law applied to the case, which provides for a (...)

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