Hogan Lovells (Brussels)

Stefan Kirwitzke

Hogan Lovells (Brussels)

Stefan Kirwitzke advises clients on all questions relating to EU and German antitrust and competition law as well as international trade and investment law. At the intersection of competition and trade law, Stefan guides clients to successfully close their multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions in the context of merger control and foreign investment control proceedings. He focusses his practice on international, cross-border cases and has experience handling complex global mergers in front of the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and Ministry of Economics as well as coordinating merger and FDI filings in jurisdictions globally towards multiple regulators. Stefan also advises on sanctions and export controls in a German, European and international context as well as procurement law, specialising in defence procurement. With a background in diplomacy and policy, Stefan has a sound understanding of liaising between international clients respectively and in their relation to international authorities. Prior to joining the firm, Stefan completed traineeships in the Hamburg and Ho-Chi-Minh-City offices of another international law firm and at the German Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Stefan is German-qualified and undertook his legal education at the Universities of Münster and Salzburg and at the Appellate Court of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Besides German law, he focused his studies on international and European private and public law as well as common law, working inter alia with a London-based law firm.


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1825 Bulletin

Falk Schöning, Ákos Kovách, Sebastian Faust, Stefan Kirwitzke, Philipp Reckers The EU Commission releases a decision enforcing its exclusive competence to assess mergers with an EU dimension, notwithstanding a breach of a Member State’s FDI rules (AEGON / Vienna Insurance)


For the first time ever, the EU Commission has issued a decision on the relationship between EU merger control law and national FDI screening rules. It found that the Hungarian Government’s veto of Vienna Insurance Group’s planned acquisition of the Hungarian subsidiaries of Dutch insurer AEGON (...)

Philipp Reckers, Stefan Kirwitzke, Sebastian Faust The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action allows a merger between a chip supplier and its rival to fail after the FDI screening procedure took too long (GlobalWafers / Siltronic)


All good things are worth waiting for? Not in the case of the planned takeover of Munich-based chip supplier Siltronic by its Taiwanese rival GlobalWafers. After more than a year of intense FDI screening, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action let the deal fail. (...)

Falk Schöning, Sebastian Faust, Stefan Kirwitzke The German Government prohibits the acquisition of a communications technology company by a Chinese communication product manufacturer (IMST / Addsino)


Foreign investment control has become a key factor in M&A deals and 2020 has been an eventful year. A large number of economies have introduced foreign investment control regimes or tightened their existing rules. Now it appears that it is time to make use of them: this week Germany has (...)

François Brunet, Eric Paroche, Falk Schöning, Stefan Kirwitzke The French and German Governments publish a manifesto calling for a reform of current EU merger rules to shape a "European industrial policy fit for the 21st Century"


Following the European Commission’s prohibition of the Alstom-Siemens transaction, the French and German governments published a manifesto calling for a reform of current EU merger rules to shape a "European industrial policy fit for the 21st Century." This manifesto appears to be directly (...)

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