Hogan Lovells (Brussels)

Falk Schöning

Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Falk Schöning can assist you regarding all questions and problems of EU and German antitrust law, EU State Aid law and export control law. He advises in particular on international cases which require coordination between different legal systems or representation vis-à-vis several regulators. Falk also has experience of policymaking in Brussels and Berlin and can assist you effectively in policy advocacy projects. Clients praise Falk as solution-orientated, pragmatic and reliable. He can advise you on the structuring of transactions, joint ventures or divestitures, and he represents you in merger control and foreign investment control proceedings to ensure that you can successfully close your M&A transaction. In cartel cases, Falk represents companies vis-à-vis authorities and in follow-on damage litigation cases. In State Aid cases he structures projects and transactions and counsels in the proceedings of the European Commission, national authorities or courts. Falk is also frequently called on by companies which need advice on EU or German export control law, in particular regarding internal investigations. He knows the typical pitfalls of trade and sanctions cases and regularly cooperates with the German regulators BAFA and the customs authorities. He also has a particular focus on EU defense procurement. For more than 10 years he has monitored the political and legal developments in this area and assists companies to adapt to the new EU level playing field, e.g. regarding R&D projects, Article 346 TFEU or individual tenders and State Aid cases in the area of defense.


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4959 Bulletin

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 (...)

Eric Paroche, Sabrina Borocci, Casto Gonzalez-Paramo, Mark Jones, Suyong Kim, Falk Schöning, Marc Schweda The EU Commission authorises State aid measure following the COVID-19 outbreak to help companies cover their immediate liquidity needs through bank loans guaranteed by EU member states


The first State aid measures authorized by the European Commission (Commission) following the COVID-19 outbreak were aimed at helping companies to cover their immediate liquidity needs, mainly through bank loans guaranteed by EU Member States. The significant losses incurred by companies as a (...)

Aline Doussin, Eleni Theodoropoulou, Imogen Brooks, Lourdes Catrain, Falk Schöning The EU Commission issues guidance to Member States concerning foreign direct investment during the COVID-19 outbreak


The disruption linked to COVID-19 already affects the global economy significantly, including M&A transactions in Europe and across the globe. On the regulatory side, many deals face challenges caused by national authorities’ reduced capacities, while some authorities struggle to uphold (...)

Falk Schöning, Christopher Thomas, Sabrina Borocci, Myrto Tagara, Suyong Kim, Eric Paroche, Ákos Kovách The EU Commission announces that companies were encouraged to delay new merger notifications until further notice because of the complexities and disruptions caused by the current COVID-19 outbreak


The current COVID-19 pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges on our public health systems and communities. It is also heavily impacting economic activity, including for companies in the midst of M&A or joint venture transactions. Deals that are subject to merger control review in the (...)

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


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 (...)

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


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 (...)

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