Hausfeld (Berlin)

Merlin Gömann

Hausfeld (Berlin)

Dr. Merlin Gömann is an associate with Hausfeld in Berlin. He advises clients on EU and German competition law, conflict of laws and complex litigation, with a focus on antitrust. Before joining Hausfeld as an associate, Merlin worked for a leading international law firm in Brussels and was a law clerk at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, representing the Federal Republic of Germany before the EU Courts. Merlin’s doctorate (Ph.D.) focuses on conflicts of law under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and was completed at the University of Augsburg and the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at the Universities of Hannover and Augsburg. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in EU law from the College of Europe in Bruges. Merlin is fluent in German, French and English and has a good command of Spanish and Italian.

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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 (...)

Alex Petrasincu, Merlin Gömann The German Federal Court of Justice roundly rejects claims that cartel behaviour was ’harm-free’, which would have allowed the cartelists to avoid a presumption of injury, and declares the behaviour constituted a hardcore infringement (Schlecker)


In several jurisdictions, claimants’ burden of proof for the existence of injury is a major hurdle to traditional cartel damage claims. To avoid a presumption of injury under the settled case law of the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, (“BGH”) for hard-core cartels, (...)


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