Roman Zagrosek

Heinz & Zagrosek (Köln), Compliance Solutions - GmbH (Germany), Compliance Solutions - GmbH (Switzerland)
Lawyer (Partner)

Mr. Zagrosek’s practice focuses on compliance and German and European competition law. He advises clients in German and European competition law in relation to German and European administrative fine proceedings, horizontal restraints of competition, vertical restraints of competition, abuse of dominance, German and European merger control, sector inquiry of competition authorities, litigation, cartel investigations, and guidelines/trainings in competition law. Mr. Zagrosek advises clients in compliance in relation to execution and assessment of internal investigations regarding compliance topics such as anti-corruption, risk analysis, draft and adaption of compliance policies, external compliance representative and contact of external whistleblowing hotline. Besides his legal advice, Mr. Zagrosek also supports clients to implement their compliance policies in practice. He possesses an in-depth knowledge in the implementation of compliance solutions, in particular, IT based tools (Business Partner due diligence, integrity, and screening; risk assessments; whistleblowing; elearning; data protection). Mr. Zagrosek has expertise in various industries, including consumer goods, market research, telecommunication, information technology (IT) and digital media, automotive, energy, medical devices and pharmaceutical products. He is a lecturer at the Quadriga University Berlin. He regularly speaks at conferences and has been cited as a recognized expert by the press, e.g., The Economist. He is a member of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht and the German-Swiss Juristenvereinigung. Mr. Zagrosek has been involved in a broad range of merger control proceedings with the European Commission, including in the areas of medical devices and IT. With respect to German merger control, he has been involved in several merger control proceedings in connection with IT, pharma and industrial products. He further has in-depth experience with cartel and abuse proceedings with the European Commission. He has carried out internal investigations and has advised clients in the submission of leniency applications for example in consumer goods (request for immunity). In addition, he drafted responses to statement of objections and requests for information and attended oral hearings in food packaging (alleged cartel) and telecommunication (alleged abuse of dominance/parental liability). Mr. Zagrosek defended clients in administrative fine proceedings, notably with the Düsseldorf Court of Appeals and the German Supreme Court. For example, he represented an industrial insurance company in the cartel proceedings. In addition, he has been involved in the cartel proceedings against decorative paper manufacturers and sausages producers. Mr. Zagrosek has represented clients in litigation, including a cartel damages claim at the Dortmund District Court and a request for a declaratory judgment at the Munich District Court. He was also involved in the preliminary ruling proceedings in the Pfleiderer case concerning access to file in cartel cases. In addition, he has represented a client in a shareholder dispute at the Cologne Court of Appeals. Mr. Zagrosek in particular provides advice in relation to cooperations among companies, contracts (sales representatives, franchise contracts, etc.), and information exchange. Finally, he has in-depth knowledge in the organization and execution of EU-wide internal investigations, the review and adaption of compliance policies, as well as trainings of employees. Mr. Zagrosek worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Cologne from 2007 to 2013. He received an LL.M. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. Mr. Zagrosek received his doctorate in law, summa cum laude, from the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen in 2005. In his thesis, he focused on “Leniency Policies in U.S., EU, and German Antitrust Law”. He passed his Second State Examination in the State of Berlin in 2007 and the First State Examination at the University of Tübingen in 2002. Mr. Zagrosek is a member of the legal bar in Cologne. His native language is German, he is fluent in English and has a rudimentary knowledge of Russian.

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