Ashurst (Frankfurt)

Michael Holzhäuser

Ashurst (Frankfurt)
Lawyer (Partner)

Michael Holzhäuser advises clients on all aspects of EU and German antitrust/competition law. As well as having strong compliance and multi-jurisdictional merger control experience, his practice also focuses on defending companies in international antitrust proceedings for cartels or abusive practices before the German and European cartel authorities and courts. In addition, he specialises in the defence of companies in private follow-on cartel damages claims. Michael’s practice also includes advising enterprises on their commercial agreements (e.g. distribution systems, R&D-license, JV- or specialisation agreements) as well as in regulatory and EU-law matters.. Prior to joining Ashurst he was a partner at DLA Piper Dr.. Holzhäuser has headed the German Antitrust and Competition Practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.


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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, Max-Niklas Blome The German Lower Regional Court of Dortmund hands down a judgment regarding follow-on damages against a wholesale company for sanitary and heating products (Sanitary and heating cartel)


On 8 July 2020, The German Lower Regional Court of Dortmund ("Court") recently handed down its ruling regarding follow-on damages against a specialist wholesale company for sanitary and heating products. Damages were sought following a fine of the German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") relating (...)

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 (...)

Michael Holzhäuser, Nick Elverston The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf suspends the decision of the German Competition Authority which prevented data gathering practices from a social network company (Facebook)


On 26 August 2019, the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf suspended the German Federal Cartel Office’s (’FCO’ or Bundeskartellamt) decision to prevent Facebook from combining user data from various sources such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and unrelated sites that use Facebook analytics and (...)

Michael Holzhäuser, Peter Crowther The EU Court of Justice issues preliminary ruling holding that national courts need to balance on a case-by-case basis the interest of preserving the effectiveness of leniency programs and that of facilitating private enforcement by third parties (Pfleiderer)


This article has been nominated for the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On 14 June 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a key judgment regarding the interplay between national leniency programmes and the right of (...)

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