Christian Ritz

Hogan Lovells (Munich)
Counsel

Christian Ritz is a Counsel in the global Antitrust and Competition team at Hogan Lovells in Munich. His practice focuses on large scale cartel investigations, antitrust compliance, competition litigation as well as merger control advice. Christian advises clients from different industry sectors with a specific focus on competition related challenges in digital markets, the automotive and mobility sector, the medical devices and pharmaceutical industry as well as with financial institutions. Christian’s work has been recognized by Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal which has named him in 2018 and 2019 as "Future Leader Competition". He has also been recognized as "Rising Star" Competition and Antitrust Germany by ExpertGuides 2018. Christian undertook his legal education at the University of Bonn and the Paris-Sud University, France. He obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Sydney, Australia. Christian speaks and publishes regularly on antitrust and competition law matters with a specific focus on cartel investigations and antitrust compliance in digital markets.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Berlin)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Berlin)
European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
AkzoNobel (Brussels)
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
Hogan Lovells (Munich)
Hogan Lovells (Munich)
Hogan Lovells (Munich)

Articles

5419 Bulletin

Christian Ritz, Mariya Serafimova The EU Court of Justice holds that suppliers of luxury goods may under certain conditions restrict authorised retailers in a selective distribution system not to sell their goods via third-party online platforms to preserve their products’ ‘luxury image’ (Coty Germany)

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I. Introduction On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its long-awaited judgment on the permissibility of restrictions by suppliers of luxury goods to sell their products via third-party online platforms under Article 101 (1) TFEU. The question has been subject to (...)

Christian Ritz, Falk Schöning The German Competition Authority publishes a paper on "Big Data and Competition" as Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of EU competition authorities

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I. Introduction On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office (’FCO’) launched its new series of papers on ’Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy’. The first paper deals with ’Big Data and Competition’. The same day, a ’real-life example’ of competition enforcement in Big Data (...)

Carolin Marx, Christian Ritz The Regional Court of Dortmund holds that standard arbitration agreements apply to cartel damages actions if and when the alleged conduct coincides with a breach of contract deviating from the ECJ’s foreseeability theory established for jurisdiction clauses in its CDC judgement (C. / N.)

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1. Introduction The question of whether cartel damages claims can be tried in arbitration under so-called ’standard’ arbitration agreements – meaning not explicitly referencing tortious or even specifically antitrust damages claims – has recently been the subject of much debate. Regarding (...)

Christian Ritz, Christoph Wunschmann, Falk Schöning The German Parliament adopts a new amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition in order to adapt its competition law to the digital economy

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On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC) entered into effect introducing important amendments for companies to German competition law. The reform deals with two main issues: the implementation of the European Cartel Damages Actions Directive (...)

Christian Ritz, Gianni de Stefano The Regional Court of Berlin refers the extradition of an Italian citizen from Germany to the United States for cartel charges to the European Court of Justice to rule on whether Member State extradition can violate the principle of non-discrimination under EU law (Romano Pisciotti)

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On 18 March 2016, the Regional Court of Berlin (RC Berlin) in Romano Pisciotti v. Federal Republic of Germany referred four questions to the European Court of Justice to seek guidance on whether Mr Pisciotti could argue that he had suffered discrimination and claim compensation from the German (...)

Christian Ritz, Mariya Serafimova The Frankfurt Higher Regional Court holds that manufacturers of branded goods are entitled to prohibit authorised retailers in selective distribution agreements from distributing their goods via third-party online platforms (Markenrucksäcke / Branded Backpacks)

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I. The Facts The parties argue in a civil law proceeding whether a manufacturer could make the supply of goods to an authorised distributor in a selective distribution system subject to a contractual obligation not to resell goods via online sales platforms such as Amazon and advertise them via (...)

Christian Ritz, Ilka Mauelshagen The Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf dismisses transferred follow-on damages claims because of the shift of the risk of litigation costs (Cartel Damages Claims)

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I. The Facts The judgment by the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf (HRC Düsseldorf) put an end to 10 years of on-going legal dispute that started after the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) disclosed various regional quota cartels, operating for a number of years until 2002, in the German cement (...)

Christian Ritz, Ilka Mauelshagen The Regional Labour Court of Düsseldorf holds that the managing director of a steel producer cannot be held liable for fines imposed on the company by the Federal Cartel Office (ThyssenKrupp)

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I. The Facts In 2012 and 2013 the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) imposed heavy fines on numerous companies and individuals for participating in a cartel in the rail industry. Among the companies fined were subsidiaries of the large German steel-producing group, ThyssenKrupp, which had to (...)

Christian Ritz, Ilka Mauelshagen The Higher Regional Court of Munich holds that the arbitration clause used by the International Skating Union referring all challenges to the Court of Arbitration of Sport was in breach of German competition law (Pechstein)

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I. The Facts In 2009 Ms. Claudia Pechstein, a successful German speed skater, was banned by the International Skating Union (ISU) from all skating competitions for two years. Ms. Pechstein had tested positive in a doping control that was held during the ISU skating world cup in Norway. The (...)

Christian Ritz, Ilka Mauelshagen The German Federal Court of Justice upholds the judgement of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf dismissing an administrative fine imposed for alleged participation in anti-competitive arrangements due to corporate restructuring (Maxit)

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I. The Facts In 2009, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) imposed fines on several companies in the mortar sector (FCO, 24 March 2009, B 1-40/06-U 21). The companies were accused of having participated in anti-competitive agreements on set-up fees for dry mortar silos. Among the companies (...)

Christian Ritz, Ilka Mauelshagen The German Federal Court of Justice applies a case-by-case analysis in order to decide on the internal liability between joint and several debtors of a fine imposed by the European Commission (Calcium Carbide)

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I. The Facts The claimant seeks reimbursement from the two defendants for a fine imposed by the European Commission on all three companies for allegedly infringing European competition law rules. In 2009, the European Commission fined several suppliers of calcium carbide and magnesium (...)

Christian Ritz The German Federal Constitutional Court regards the disclosure of leniency applicants’ documents as not violating fundamental constitutional rights in the cartel damages proceedings (Aufzugskartell)

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I. The Facts Following the European Commission’s decision to impose fines against a group of lift and escalator manufacturers for violating EU antitrust rules in February 2007 (COMP/38.823), several building contractors initiated civil damages claims before the Regional Court of Berlin at the (...)

Christian Ritz, Frank Röhling The Federal Court of Justice of Germany clarifies that ‘legal impossibility’ can be used as a justification for denying a potential competitor access to essential facilities and provides guidance on the respective burden of proof (Ferry Port Puttgarden II)

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I. The Facts Scandlines Deutschland GmbH (Scandlines) is the owner of the Puttgarden/Fehmarn ferry port in Germany and the sole provider of ferry services between Puttgarden and Rødby/Lolland in Denmark. Two Norwegian shipping companies sought access to the ferry port in Puttgarden in order to (...)

Christian Ritz, Frank Röhling The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf modifies calculation of fines for cartels and significantly lowers fines imposed by the German Federal Cartel Office (Silostellgebühren I)

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I. The Facts In two proceedings in 2009 and 2010 the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) imposed total fines of about € 53,1 million (€ 39,69 million in 2009, and € 13,36 million in 2010) on several undertakings and individuals operating in the dry mortar sector. The judgement at hand concerns the (...)

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