Ulrich von Koppenfels

DG COMP (Brussels)
Civil servant

Ulrich von Koppenfels joined the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition in 2000 after having worked for five years at the Bundeskartellamt (German National Competition Authority). As a case handler in DG Competition, he worked on a number of high-profile cases, first in the field of merger control (including Schneider/Legrand, Lagardère/Natexis/VUP, Siemens/VA Tech and Metso/Aker Kvaerner), then in the Energy & Environment Antitrust unit (i.a. the E.ON/GDF market-sharing case and the ENI gas foreclosure case). From 2009 to 2012, Ulrich von Koppenfels was a member of the Antitrust & Mergers Case Support unit and in 2012 joined the Mergers Case Support and Policy unit. In this capacity, he coordinates case teams working on merger cases across industries, working closely with the responsible Deputy Director General, and is responsible for policy projects in the field of merger control (such as the 2013 Simplification Package or the 2014 White Paper "Towards more effective EU merger control"). In 2017, Ulrich von Koppenfels joined the legal team in the policy coordination unit of the Commission’s Directorate General for Energy.

Ulrich von Koppenfels studied law in Bonn, Geneva and Freiburg and gained a post-graduate degree at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is the author of a number of publications on European competition law and has taught European merger control law as a guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.

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Articles

6845 Bulletin

Frank P. Maier-Rigaud, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission adopts a commitment decision addressed to Italian energy company regarding potential abuse of its dominant position in the market for gas transportation services(ENI)

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Strategic underinvestment and gas network foreclosure – the ENI case* Introduction On 29 September 2010, the Commission adopted a commitment decision addressed to ENI Spa (ENI) under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003. With this decision, the Commission made binding on ENI the commitments it had (...)

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)

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"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. (...)

Caroline Boeshertz, Gwenaëlle Nouët, Laurent Petit, Thibaut Kleiner, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Valérie Rabassa The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger in the publishing sector (Lagardère / Natexis / VUP)

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"Lagardère/Natexis/VUP: big deal in a small world"* The COMP/M.2978 Lagardère/Natexis/VUP case concerned the proposed acquisition of Editis (formerly called Vivendi Universal Publishing or VUP) by the Lagardère conglomerate. Before the transaction, Editis was the leader in the publishing, (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission approves the creation of a joint venture bringing together the DCPD RIM (synthetic rubber) activities of two Japanese manufacturers (Zeon / Teijin)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 12 August the Commission approved the proposed creation of a joint venture bringing together the DCPD RIM (dicyclopentadiene reaction injection moulding) activities of Zeon and Teijin. On 30 June Zeon and Teijin (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission authorizes the acquisition of joint control by two investment companies of German based academic and professional publisher (Candover/Cinven/BertelsmannSpringer)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 29 July the Commission decided to authorise the acquisition of joint control by the investment companies Candover and Cinven of the German based academic and professional publisher BertelsmannSpringer. The transaction (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission clears the acquisition of the vitamins and fine chemicals division of a Swiss pharmaceutical company by a Dutch company after a detailed investigation (DSM / Roche)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 23 July 2003, the European Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of the Vitamins and Fine Chemicals division of Swiss company Roche by Dutch-based company DSM after a detailed investigation. The Commission had (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission refuses the request of the French authorities for the partial referral of a merger case in the publishing edition in France (Vivendi Universal Publishing/Lagardere)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 14 May 2003, the French authorities lodged an application asking that the planned acquisition of Vivendi Universal Publishing (VUP) by the French conglomerate Lagardère be referred to them under Article 9 of the Merger (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission authorizes an acquisition in the mining industry concluding that the change from joint to sole control does not give rise to new competition concerns (Caemi/CVRD)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* In July the Commission authorised CVRD‘s proposed acquisition of sole control of Caemi, currently controlled by the Japanese iron ore trader Mitsui and CVRD. CVRD acquired joint control of Caemi as a result of a (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission clears a merger between two Japanese manufacturers of cameras, photocopiers and other imaging products (Minolta/Konica)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 11 July the Commission decided to clear the proposed acquisition of Minolta by Konica, two Japanese manufacturers of cameras, photocopiers and other imaging products. Both Konica and Minolta develop and manufacture (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission approves after an in-depth investigation the creation of a joint venture between two German chemical producers (Celanese / Degussa)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 11 June the Commission approved the proposed creation of a Joint Venture between the German chemical producers Celanese and Degussa. The parties will contribute most of their oxo chemicals businesses to the Joint (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU Commission conditionally approves a linkup between an Austrian power company and five regional power suppliers (Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts / EnergieAllianz)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* On 11 June the Commission also approved a linkup between the Austrian power company Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts-AG (Verbund) and five Austrian regional power suppliers grouped together as EnergieAllianz, (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The European Commission refers part of a proposed merger between dairy products companies to the UK competition authorities and clears the operation for the remaining product and geographical markets (Express Dairies/Aria Foods)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* The European Commission decided, 10 June 2003, to refer part of the proposed merger between Danish-based dairy products company Arla Foods and Britain’s Express Dairies to the UK competition authorities, which then (...)

John Gatti, Mary Loughran, Ulrich von Koppenfels The EU General Court upholds the Commission’s rejection of a proposed purchaser of divested petrol stations in a merger between two leading oil companies (TotalFina / Elf)

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"Merger control: main developments between 1st May and 31st August 2003"* This judgement finds that the Commission did not go beyond the limits of its discretionary power in assessing whether the applicants could be accepted as buyers of certain assets in the course of divestitures on which a (...)

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