Mathias, could you first tell us a little about your professional background and how you became the head of the antitrust department at Robert Bosch GmbH? I actually started my professional career as a banker. After an apprenticeship with a local savings bank, I studied law in Konstanz and took a doctoral degree there, after which I did a master at the University of Oxford. This was where I first encountered competition law. The second encounter was during my “referendariat” (professional training), when I had the chance to do a “stage atypique” (internship) at DG COMP, focusing on merger control. Once qualified as a lawyer, I joined the competition department at a large international law firm in Stuttgart, where I spent almost six years. While thoroughly enjoying the work of a private
Mathias TRAUB, head of the antitrust department at one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, discusses his work as an-house counsel, the challenges of this position and notably, how it differs from his previous experience in private practice.
Interview conducted by Denis Fosselard, Ashurst, Brussels.
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