Dirk Middelschulte (Unilever): How purpose-driven business charms a competition practitioner

In this interview, Dirk Middelschulte, Global General Counsel Competition for Unilever in Brussels, reviews competition law developments including in the Fast-moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, and his approach, and experiences at, Unilever. Specifically, Middelschulte outlines his views on a range of topics, such as the Commission’s verticals policy review, sustainability collaborations between competitors and the explosion of e-commerce on a global level.

Interview conducted by Christian Ahlborn, Partner, Linklaters, London.

Introduction You joined Unilever as VP global general counsel competition in October 2017. Can you describe to us your career path until now? I had early stints in Brussels at the Commission and at Freshfields, worked for two years as an IP and antitrust private practice lawyer and moved to Deutsche Bahn in their Berlin headquarters in 2006 during the truly exciting days of European railway liberalisation and the global freight forwarding cartel investigation. After five years heading DB’s antitrust advice & compliance team I joined Danone in Paris in a broader corporate compliance director role, although still with a focus on antitrust, before taking up my current position at Unilever. Competition law developments: General In light of increased concentration levels and profits

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