Michael Dietrich is an Associate Principal in RBB’s Düsseldorf office, where he has relocated to in 2017 after 14 years in RBB’s Brussels office. Before joining RBB in 2002, he worked in the energy practice of a leading European economic consultancy, advising on electricity and gas regulation issues. Michael has advised clients on many competition cases, both before the European Commission and before national competition authorities in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Greece, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, China, South Korea, Australia and other countries. Michael provided advice to the parties on several EC Phase II merger cases, including Dow/DuPont, Zimmer/Biomet, Aegean/Olympic II, Friesland Foods/Campina, Johnson & Johnson/Guidant, Sony/BMG, GE/Instrumentarium and Carnival/P&O Princess Cruises, as well as on other notable merger cases such as AB InBev/SABMiller, IAG/Aer Lingus, Etihad/Alitalia, Andritz/Schuler, IAG/bmi, Sasol/Engen, Agfa/Lastra and VNU/Book Data. In addition to his merger work, Michael has advised on a number of other cases before the European Commission (including the investigation into Google search), the German Bundeskartellamt and the Austrian competition authority. His non-merger assignments also include advice to the parties of the North transatlantic joint business agreement between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia, and IAG’s and LATAM’s proposed South transatlantic agreement. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is a German national and fluent in German and English.
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This article has been nominated for the 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Introduction On 6 October 2015, the European Court of Justice (the Court) issued its preliminary ruling in Post Danmark A/S v Konkurrencerådet (Competition (...)
I. Background In December 2008, the European Commission (EC) cleared the proposed merger between the two largest dairy cooperatives in the Netherlands: Friesland Foods and Campina. The clearance came after a Phase II investigation, subject to commitments offered by the parties. The EC (...)