Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)

Florian Huerkamp

Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)
Of Counsel

Florian specialises in all aspects of EU and German competition law, with a focus on cartels (including follow-on litigation), merger control and abuse of dominance cases. He takes a particular interest in competition and regulatory issues and has advised on a broad range of energy related matters. Florian has represented clients in proceedings before the EU Commission, the Federal Cartel Office, the Federal Network Agency and in national courts. His sector focus covers regulated industries (such as energy), automotive, consumer products, agribusiness as well as general industries. As a former in-house counsel with Bayer AG Florian is very familiar with the specific demands and challenges companies face in complex transactions and proceedings. He was part of the in-house team that advised Bayer on the worldwide merger control process for its successful acquisition of Monsanto. He frequently holds lectures at the Institute for Antitrust Law in Düsseldorf and the University of Regensburg on a broad range of antitrust and other regulatory topics. His work has been published in the fields of competition, procurement, energy and constitutional law.

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Articles

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Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Daniel Vowden, Kristien Geeurickx, Marcel Nuys, Florian Huerkamp, Susan Black The EU Commission invites comments on its draft revised rules on horizontal cooperation agreements

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On 1 March 2022 the EU Commission published, for consultation, its draft revised rules on horizontal cooperation agreements. The rules consist of two horizontal block exemption Regulations (covering Research & Development agreements and Specialisation agreements) and Guidelines on the (...)

Marcel Nuys, Florian Huerkamp The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturns the Competition authority’s decision to clear a joint venture between a telecommunications company and a regional utility provider (Telekom Deutschland / EWE)

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Last week the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturned a decision adopted by the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) clearing a JV between Telekom Deutschland and EWE, a regional utility company. The JV partners were looking to cooperate in the development of fibre-optic networks in parts (...)

Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Florian Huerkamp, Kristien Geeurickx, Marcel Nuys, Daniel Vowden, Susan Black The EU Commission publishes drafts of revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines

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On 9 July 2021, following a comprehensive consultation process, the EU Commission (Commission) published its proposals for a revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (Draft VBER) and Draft Vertical Guidelines, due to replace the current regime which expires on 31 May 2022. The previous (...)

Marcel Nuys, Florian Huerkamp, Daniel Vowden, Adrian Brown The Munich Regional Court grants an injunction regarding an internet search cooperation between the Government and a Big Tech company as it constitutes a restriction on competition (Google / German Ministry of Health)

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The Munich Regional Court has granted an injunction based on Article 101 TFEU against an arrangement between Google and the German Ministry of Health . The Ministry operates a national online platform (“Gesund.bund.de”) providing information on health, including a short description of common (...)

Marcel Nuys, Annika Gante, Peter Rowland, Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Florian Huerkamp The German Parliament passes the digital competition act bringing significant changes to the competition law landscape

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Today, the German parliament passed the “Digital Competition Act” which is the 10th amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC). The amended law – which will very likely enter into force January 2021 – will bring about significant changes to the German competition law landscape. (...)

Marcel Nuys, Florian Huerkamp, Daniel Vowden, Adrian Brown The German Parliament sees its 10th amendment to the Act against Restraints on Competition enter into force bringing about substantial changes to national cartel enforcement regime

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At the end of January 2021, the revised Act against Restraints on Competition ("ARC") entered into force. Most attention has focused on the new powers bestowed upon the Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") to investigate the likes of Google, Amazon and Facebook. However, the revised ARC also contains (...)

Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Peter Rowland, Marcel Nuys, Florian Huerkamp The German Competition Authority announces that it has initiated abuse proceedings against a social platform company for linkage with a virtual reality products brand (Oculus / Facebook)

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The German FCO has not lost its appetite to take on major tech companies. Today, it has announced that it has initiated abuse proceedings against Facebook to examine the linkage between Oculus virtual reality products and Facebooks’ social network. The accusations against Facebook Facebook’s (...)

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