Jones Day (Dusseldorf)

Johannes Zöttl

Jones Day (Dusseldorf)
Lawyer (Partner)

Johannes Zöttl represents companies in antitrust regulation before the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) and the European Commission, including merger reviews and antitrust enforcement actions. He deals extensively with cross-border mergers and acquisitions and has coordinated the merger review by multiple jurisdictions for numerous headline transactions around the world. Johannes also has extensive experience in counseling and litigation in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries. Recently, Johannes represented Abbott Laboratories in its $2.8 billion takeover of Advanced Medical Optics and Daiichi Sankyo in its $4.6 billion acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories before the European Commission. In matters involving the EU and German prohibitions on abusive single-firm conduct, Johannes is defending Heraeus in antitrust action for damages. Johannes was the only German member of the ABA Antitrust Section’s International Task Force (2007-2008) and is a vice chair of the section’s Unilateral Conduct Committee. He is also a non-governmental advisor to the ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group (UCWG) and a member of the German Antitrust Lawyers Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.) and the Frankfurt Antitrust Forum (Kartellrechtsforum Frankfurt e.V.).

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Charlotte Breuvart, Eric Barbier de la Serre, Serge Clerckx, Michael A. Gleason, Johannes Zöttl The EU Commission issues guidance on the application of the referral mechanism set out in Article 22 of the Merger Regulation expanding its antitrust reviews to non-reportable transactions

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In Short The Situation : According to the European Commission ("EC"), an increasing number of competitively significant transactions have evaded merger notification because one or both of the transacting parties (but typically a small, high value target) did not meet EC or any Member State (...)

Laurent de Muyter, Carsten Gromotke, Dr. Jürgen Beninca, Michael A. Gleason, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Prudence Smith, Craig A. Waldman, Philipp Werner, Johannes Zöttl The German Parliament adopts competition rules for tech platforms

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In Short The Development : The Bundestag, the German legislature, amended Germany’s antitrust laws to include special competition rules for digital platform "companies with overwhelming importance for competition across multiple markets." The amendments, known as the GWB Digitization Act or ARC (...)

Johannes Zöttl The German Regional Court of Düsseldorf refers to the EU Court of Justice questions concerning the availability of remedies to holders of FRAND-pledged SEPs prevailing in patent infringement actions (Huawei / ZTE)

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This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") to clarify a number of questions at the intersection of EU (...)

Carsten Gromotke, Johannes Zöttl, Thomas Jestaedt The German Federal Court of Justice hands down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines and potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants (Grauzementkartell)

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The German Federal Court of Justice ("BGH") has handed down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines in Germany, potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants. The decision deals with fines imposed on a number of German cement (...)

Alexandre G. Verheyden, Francesco Liberatore, Johannes Zöttl The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) institutes a new supra-national African competition law regime

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A new supra-national African competition law regime, the COMESA Competition Commission ("CCC"), began operations in January 2013. This new regime includes new merger control regulations likely to have a significant impact on international businesses with local operations in the region. The CCC (...)

Dieter Strubenhoff, Johannes Zöttl The EU General Court grants access by a private antitrust plaintiff to the Commission’s files in cartel proceedings (CDC Hydrogene Peroxide)

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The General Court of the European Union (General Court) has annulled a decision by the EU Commission (EC) that denied access by a private plaintiff to the EC’s files in cartel proceedings (Case T 437/08 – CDC Hydrogene Peroxide vs European Commission). The plaintiff requested access to those (...)

Johannes Zöttl, Mirjam Erb The German Supreme Court holds that indirect purchasers have standing to sue for antitrust damages but defendants may invoke passing-on defense (Carbonless Paper Cartel)

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The German Federal Civil Court (BGH) has held that both direct and indirect purchasers may sue for antitrust damages, but defendants may raise the passing-on defense. Through the passing-on defense, defendants try to demonstrate that plaintiffs suffered no financial harm, as they passed on the (...)

Carsten Gromotke, Johannes Zöttl, Thomas Jestaedt The German Competition Authority prohibits an online video platform joint venture between two leading TV broadcasters (RTL / Pro7Sat1)

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On March 17, 2011, the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) rejected plans by German broadcasting groups RTL and Pro7Sat1 to launch a joint venture for the creation and operation of an online video platform. This decision illustrates how in Europe, particularly in Germany, antitrust (...)

Bernard Amory, Eric Morgan de Rivery, Johannes Zöttl The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Mazak recommends that prohibition on internet sales be considered as a per se infringement (Pierre Fabre)

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On March 3, 2011, Advocate General (AG) Mazák delivered an opinion to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS (PFDC). PFDC, a French manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products, prohibited its retailers from selling via the Internet. AG Mazák advised the (...)

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