DG COMP (Brussels)

Rainer Becker

DG COMP (Brussels)
Head of Unit

Rainer Becker is head of unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, and currently dealing with antitrust enforcement and policy in the area of pharmaceuticals and health. Before that, he was leading the central unit in charge of coordinating the Commission’s antitrust and cartel cases and of developing competition policy in this area. Rainer previously served in different other positions within DG Competition, working in particular on the EU’s legislative initiative on private damages actions, and in operational units of the authority handling antitrust and merger matters in manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Before joining the Commission in 2004, he was a lawyer of the Brussels and Cologne bars and a senior associate in an international law firm. He advised clients across a range of industries on European and German merger control, antitrust and cross-border litigation matters. Rainer has published and spoken widely on issues of competition policy, general EU law and comparative law, and lectures at Heidelberg University. Born in 1969, he studied Law, and Spanish & French literature at German, Spanish and Canadian universities and holds Ph.D. (Trier), LL.M. (McGill) and Ass./Ref. iur. (Rh.-Pfalz) degrees in law. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

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1423 Bulletin

Claes Bengtsson, Kay Parplies, Rainer Becker, Stephan Simon, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Walter Tretton The EU Commission clears a merger in the engineering sector addressing the issue of bidding markets and minority stakes (Siemens / VA Tech)


"Siemens/ VA Tech : A Case of Bidding Markets and Minority Stakes"* On 26 April 2006, the merger case M.3653 — Siemens/VA Tech was closed following the successful sale, after an auction process organised by Siemens, of VA Tech‘s hydro power business to Andritz, an Austrian engineering group. (...)

7112 Revue

Alain Ménéménis, Arnaud Nuyts, Catherine Kessedjian, Catherine Prieto, Christophe Lapp, Claire Favre, Denis Mazeaud, Emmanuelle Claudel, Hélène Gaudemet-Tallon, Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Jean-Marc Kiviatkowski, Joelle Simon, Laurence Idot, Louis Vogel, Marie-Laure Niboyet, Michael Wilderspin, Philippe Rincazaux, Rainer Becker, Soraya Amrani-Mekki, Yves Gaudemet Colloque : Le livre blanc sur les actions en dommages et intérêts pour infraction aux règles communautaires sur les ententes et les abus de position dominante (Paris, 13 juin 2008)


Alors que dans le système de mise en ?uvre des articles 81 et 82 CE issu du règlement n° 17/62, il était usuel de distinguer l’application de ces textes, d’une part, par la Commission, d’autre part, par les autorités et juridictions nationales, ce qui conduisait à privilégier un critère formel fondé (...)

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