Ashurst (Munich)

Maria Held

Ashurst (Munich)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

Dr. Maria Held is a counsel in the competition practice.Maria practises in all areas of German and European competition law, including merger control proceedings before the European Commission and the German competition authority as well as cartel investigations. Furthermore, she advises clients on various other aspects of competition law, such as restrictive agreements, damage claims, abuse of dominance, joint ventures and compliance programmes. Maria has particular experience in the assessment of merger filing obligations worldwide. She advises clients across various industry sectors such as health care, manufacturing, consumer goods, media and automotive. Maria also has experience in the interplay of intellectual property (in particular patents) and competition law. Prior to joining Ashurst, Maria worked for, amongst others, a well-known US law firm in Brussels.

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Michael Holzhäuser, Maria Held The German Competition Authority accepts a postal service company’s commitments to end its discount system for the dispatch of newspapers and magazines (Deutsche Post)


On 26 February 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") closed its six-year investigation into Deutsche Post AG ("DPAG") after securing commitments in connection with practices relating to the dispatch of newspapers and magazines. The FCO suspected that DPAG had abused its dominant (...)

Maria Held, Michael Holzhäuser The German Federal Court of Justice rules on a damages claim following a Commission decision sanctioning a cartel of truck manufacturers (Trucks cartel)


In a decision of 23 September 2020, published early January 2021, the German Federal Court of Justice ("BGH") rejected a follow-on damages claim filed against Daimler in relation to the European Commission’s ("Commission") Trucks decision. This is the first time that the highest German civil (...)

Michael Holzhäuser, Ute Zinsmeister, Maria Held, Max-Niklas Blome The German Competition Authority fines €100 million three car manufacturers for joint anti-competitive practices concerning the purchase of long steel products (BMW / Daimler / Volkswagen)


On 21 November 2019, the German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") issued fines totalling approximately €100 million on BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen for joint anti-competitive practices concerning the purchase of long-steel products. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEAWAYS In 2018, the FCO imposed (...)

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