Hausfeld (Berlin)

Ann-Christin Richter

Hausfeld (Berlin)

Dr. Ann-Christin Richter is an antitrust litigator and the deputy Managing Partner of Hausfeld in Berlin. She advises on all aspects of competition law and represents clients in antitrust and IP litigation. Ann-Christin specializes in representing clients in cartel damages actions, both on the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side. She is also experienced in defending clients in cartel investigations by competition authorities and in conducting internal investigations. A further focus of Ann-Christin’s practice is providing advice in abuse of dominance cases and at the interface of IP and antitrust law. Ann-Christin has represented clients before numerous German courts as well as before the European General Court. Ann-Christin studied in Hanover, Hamburg, Berlin and Durham. She holds a LL.M. from Durham University and a Ph.D. from Freie Universität Berlin, both with a focus on competition law. Prior to joining Hausfeld, Ann-Christin worked for two international law firms in German and European competition law and antitrust and IP litigation for several years. She further worked as an antitrust expert for a major international pharmaceutical and healthcare company.

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Dr. Ann-Christin Richter, Merlin Gömann The EU Court of Justice holds that National Competition Authorities may consider violations of data protection laws during abuse of dominance assessments (Meta)


In parallel to the rise of the tech giants, the interplay between EU competition and data protection law has attracted increasing attention. This relationship was at the core of the 2019 Meta decision of the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt, BKartA), in which the authority held (...)

Dr. Ann-Christin Richter, Dr. Asja Zorn The EU Court of Justice rules on the compatibility of national cost rules and judicial damages estimation in cartel damages claims (Tráficos Manuel Ferrer)


This time, the preliminary ruling concerns the bearing of costs by the claimant in the event of partial dismissal of its claim and the prerequisites under which the national court is entitled to estimate the damage. The Advocate General’s opinion had raised high expectations for the ECJ’s (...)

Dr. Ann-Christin Richter, Dr. Asja Zorn The EU Court of Justice rules on the temporal applicability of the cartel damages directive and clarifies the statute of limitation in cartel damages (Volvo / DAF Trucks)


In its latest decision regarding the Trucks cartel the European Court of Justice (“ECJ“) once again clarified statute of limitation issues. Although the decision primarily dealt with the temporal applicability of the 2014 EU Damages Directive, it draws important implications for the (...)

Dr. Ann-Christin Richter, Philipp Westerhoff The Higher Regional Court of Berlin rules that an appeal is "manifestly ill-founded" in a case where an online marketplace for homes was offering realtors discounts for exclusively listing properties on its website (ImmoScout)


This article has been nominated for the 2023 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. In early 2021, the German legislator amended the country’s antitrust law and introduced, inter alia, Sec. 20(3a) to the German Competition Act. The provision (...)

Lesley Hannah, Dr. Ann-Christin Richter The EU Court of Justice provides guidance on patent settlements between manufacturers of the originator and generic medicines (Generics - UK / GlaxoSmithKline / Actavis / Xellia Pharmaceuticals / Merck / Alpharma)


On 30 January 2020, the European Court of Justice released its judgment relating to a patent dispute between the pharmaceutical patent-holder, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and a generic drug maker concluding that originators and generics are in fact “potential competitors” if the generic drugmaker (...)


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