Rainer Becker

European Commission - DG COMP
Deputy Head of Unit

Dr Rainer Becker is deputy head of unit in the policy and strategy directorate of the European Commission’s DG Competition. His unit is in charge of coordinating the Commission’s antitrust and cartel cases and of developing policy projects in this area. Rainer previously worked on the EU’s legislative initiative on private actions for antitrust damages and served in operational units of the authority handling antitrust and merger matters in different industries. Before joining the Commission in 2004, Rainer was a lawyer of the Brussels and Cologne bars and a senior associate in a major international law firm. He advised clients across a range of industries on European and German merger control, antitrust and cross-border litigation matters. Rainer has published and spoken widely on various issues of antitrust law, general EU law and comparative law, and he lectures at Heidelberg University. Born in 1969, he studied law and Spanish & French literature at universities in Germany, Spain and Canada and holds Ph.D. (Trier), LL.M. (McGill) and Ass./Ref. iur. (Trier) degrees in law. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

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University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
ESSEC Business School
University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
Fourgoux & Associés (Paris)
French State Council (Paris)


1198 Bulletin

Claes Bengtsson, Kay Parplies, Rainer Becker, Stephan Simon, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Walter Tretton The EU Commission clears a merger in the engineering sector addressing the issue of bidding markets and minority stakes (Siemens / VA Tech)


"Siemens/ VA Tech: A Case of Bidding Markets and Minority Stakes"* On 26 April 2006, the merger case M.3653 — Siemens/VA Tech was closed following the successful sale, after an auction process organised by Siemens, of VA Tech‘s hydro power business to Andritz, an Austrian engineering group. (...)

6894 Review

Alain Ménéménis, Arnaud Nuyts, Catherine Kessedjian, Catherine Prieto, Christophe Lapp, Claire Favre, Denis Mazeaud, Emmanuelle Claudel, Frédéric Jenny, Hélène Gaudemet-Tallon, Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Jean-Marc Kiviatkowski, Joelle Simon, Laurence Idot, Louis Vogel, Marie-Laure Niboyet, Michael Wilderspin, Rainer Becker, Soraya Amrani-Mekki, Yves Gaudemet Conference: The EC White Book on competition private enforcement (Paris, 13 06 2008)


Alors que dans le système de mise en oeuvre des articles 81 et 82 CE issu du règlement n° 17/62, il était usuel de distinguer l’application de ces textes, d’une part, par la Commission, d’autre part, par les autorités et juridictions nationales, ce qui conduisait à privilégier un critère formel fondé (...)

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